Northwestern Press

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Lynnport Fire Company celebrating 75th anniversary

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

By the time the celebration of the Lynnport Fire Company’s 75th anniversary is over, President Darryl Schafer said he expects the building to look like new.

Schafer said it was the first-ever bingo held by the fire company. The money will go toward renovations such as a new floor, roof, a stove, and office.

“It has been three decades since improvements were made and we are doing this to pay for them,” said Schafer, adding the work is being done because people are investing in them.

Heidelberg Twp board deals with various items at meeting

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Paul McAdams gave the fire company report to begin the June 20 Heidelberg Township supervisors meeting.

He said the fire company has a signed plan for the new part of the firehouse and expect to start building in July.

Truck 1 and truck 2 classes will be held in July and August.

The Northern Valley Ambulance service report said crews responded to 100 percent of calls. They were not on site for seven days but did have coverage 8.4 hours a day for May.

Dellicker happy with ‘young voices’ saying the pledge at meeting

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Several Northwestern Elementary students attended a recent school board meeting as some of their artwork was on display in the boardroom.

Board President Bill Dellicker said it was nice to hear the young voices join in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Superintendent Jennifer Holman said 32 students had their artwork chosen for the boardroom.

She then turned the event over to teacher Tracy Smoyer.

She said this was the 14th year for hanging student art in the boardroom and it is always difficult to choose which will be used, as there are hundreds from which to choose.

Presentations made at school board meeting

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in School

Before the start of the June 19 Northwestern Lehigh School Board meeting, President Bill Dellicker noted that Mary Anne Wright was in the audience.

She was one year into her retirement as superintendent.

Dan Macauley and DJ Wolbert, from the Northwestern Lehigh Education Foundation, attended the meeting to present a check in the amount $164,000 to the district.

The money will be used for mini grants, Chromebooks for the younger grades, and work to be done at the middle school fitness center.

This brings the total amount of donations to more than $1.5 million.

Lighthouse Baptist honors first responders

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

June 9 was a special day at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Breinigsville.

For the past five years, first responders have been honored on the second Sunday of June. Cheryl Summerfelt and Bob Walker, organize the day.

Summerfelt contacted 18 organizations and invited their members to visit the church that day.

On the table in front of the altar were statuettes of a policeman helping a child and a fireman.

Pastor Hal Hopkins welcomed everyone.

“We are so glad you are here,” Hopkins said to the first responders.

Objections raised to new lighting in Northwestern Middle School gym

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Northwestern Lehigh School Board directors approved an agreement, during their June 19 meeting, with SSM Group to develop bid specifications and to provide oversight to the middle school gym and auxiliary gym floor.

Approval was given by the board to bid the project. Work was approved to replace flooring and associated equipment through the Keystone Purchasing Network and/or COSTARS, a state associated organization.

The total amount is estimated at $506,000.

Heidelberg Union Church welcomes Lynda Randle

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Musical entertainers Jack and Friends provided the opening for Lynda Randle’s recent concert at Heidelberg Church.

Jack’s group is local and well known for his story telling, as well as the music.

Randle is the best gospel singer there is, according to Jack, who arranged the double show. Her musicians were on a London tour but she carried the program alone and very well.

Jason Ruhe of Christ’s Church at Lowhill was the pianist for Jack and Friends.

Other members of the group are Rich Gressley, Tom Meyers, Victoria Rose Lear, Ed and Stan Hamm and Brian Peters.

Slatedale honors our fallen heroes

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

‘The deeds done on a battlefield are savage. In remembering the people we find hope and life.’

The Rev. James D. Robison Jr., pastor of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Slatington, gave the welcome to those who attended the Memorial Day service at Slatedale Cemetery.

This was the 78th Slatedale service held to honor those who gave their lives.

Victoria Lear, a Northern Lehigh graduate, sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Lear is heading to Nashville next week to continue with her music.

Dennis Ziegler presented the message from the American Legion Allen O. Delke Post 16 saying:

County planners present Northern Lehigh comp plan at workshops in Heidelberg, Washington townships

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Becky Bradley, executive director of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, welcomed attendees to the Northern Lehigh comprehensive plan workshops June 12 in Heidelberg and June 13 in Washington.

She said the LVPC was there as consultants, not to tell them what to do.

The plan is for Weisenberg, Heidelberg, Lynn, Lowhill and Washington townships and Slatington Borough.

Superintendents of both Northern Lehigh and Northwestern Lehigh school districts attended the Washington Township session.

The state requires the plans to be updated every 10 years.

Kempton Fair features new attractions

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

What do you expect to find when you go to a country fair?

Rides, kids games, animals, crafts, food stands, tractors and classic vehicles are all common attractions.

This year, the Kempton Fair offered all of these and more.

The “more” included a wine and beer garden, helicopter rides and a wash stand for the animals.

The one thing few others have is a frog jumping contest.

Frog jumping was made popular in a story by Mark Twain about frog jumping contests in Calaveras County, Calif., where the championship jump was 21 feet 3.5 inches.