Northwestern Press

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Pewter communion set returns to Christ’s Church at Lowhill

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The most important part of the Rally Day and 250th anniversary celebration at Christ’s Church at Lowhill was the return of the pewter, altar elements of a communion set that dates back to 1769.

One plate has words inscribed “Before the Reformation, German in Weisenberg and Lowhill.”

Pastor Chris Cocca said the pieces had been stored in the New Tripoli Bank vault to be safe.

The items were donated by Weisenberg Lutheran Church in September 1769.

The church at that time was known as the Lowhill Reformed Church.

Washington 2020 budget to be advertised

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Washington Township supervisors discussed the proposed 2020 budget and authorized the spending plan for advertisement at their Nov. 6 meeting.

The budget total is $1,886,708 with a 0.3 mill real estate tax. Major purchases are a small truck with a plow for $80,000 and two plows for $30,000.

The township will pay $21,000 less for health insurance with a change of plan.

Approval was given to destroy records from 2003-07 for real estate and earned income taxes, per capita tax, paving bids and road salt records.

Halloween hauntings at Miracle League field

Friday, November 8, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Sell Road in Heidelberg Township was one way for traffic Oct. 23 to make room for the extra vehicles while the Miracle League had its annual Halloween extravaganza.

During sports season, 240 people with disabilities come to the League field, said Kristy McKeever, executive director, organizer and friend, participating in baseball, cheerleading and activities.

Year round there is bowling, board game nights, movie nights, arts and crafts and more. The first event of the night was picking up bags for collecting candy from McKeever and a friend.

Coven of witches attend chili cook-off

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

It was just a small coven with four witches that attended the chili cook-off and trunk or treat at New Life Lutheran Church, New Tripoli, on Oct. 19.

The witches were Ann Flower, Heather Shook, Cindy Kelly and Nancy Schlegel. Wanda Witch sat on the ground watching what was going on with Harry Scarecrow nearby. Beverly Weaver said Cindy Kelly made a lovely witch.

Blind taste tests would choose the winner of the cook-off.

Ingredient lists were at the seven contestants’ stands.

Resident asks board about breakfasts

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh School District resident Chance Dreisbach asked school directors about breakfast for students during the board’s Oct. 16 meeting.

Dreisbach was concerned about a letter received in 2018. Some students are watching other kids eating breakfast at school, he told the board.

“We can prepare breakfast at home and they can bring it to school and eat with others,” he said.

Superintendent Jennifer Holman replied to his comment.

Crusade for Hope benefits Porter Lilley

Sunday, October 27, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

People were busy at the pavilion of the Skeet Club and Sporting Association, Slatington.

Some were cooking while others set up prizes for the Chinese auction. Band equipment was ready to go.

Motorcycles and classic cars participating in the 2019 Crusade 4 Hope on Sept. 21 were not expected for another hour but Kathy and Danny Fetherolf, of Germansville, had started a pig cooking the night before and were busy cutting up the meat for sandwiches.

Heidelberg Township

Sunday, October 27, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Budget ready for public review

Heidelberg Township’s 2020 budget is being advertised.

Supervisor Steve Bachman said it was possibly the earliest one to have been completed.

The total budget is for $1,744,477 with $1,232,891 of that in the general fund.

Major general fund revenue comes from real estate taxes, $276,996; earned income tax, $460,000; television franchise payments, $48,000; cell tower rents, $13,180; state shared revenues, $48,150; and public safety, $36,500.

‘Night’ profits decrease

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

During the Sept. 19 Heidelberg Township board meeting, Supervisor David Fink said supervisors received a letter from the Goodwill Fire Company, Germansville, for help with the construction project at the firehouse.

He told the company they appreciated receiving the letter.

Goodwill Fire Chief Jay Scheffler said there were 91 calls for the year – down from the previous year as the school has dealt with its alarm system. The company helped with a Northwestern Elementary 5K race.

Visitors flock to a bygone era

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Pioneer Apple Festival celebrated at Ontelaunee Park

The Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society presented its annual Pioneer Apple Festival on Oct. 5 under blue skies.

“We do this every year,” said Bill Blayle of the Fellowship Community, Whitehall. The group makes and sells apple butter and talks to festival visitors.

He said last year they turned six bushels of apples into apple butter and sold out, so this year they were prepared with 10 bushels.

Blayle said Woody Green deserved special mention because he worked all morning.

5K, kids race at Heidelberg Church

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The parking lot at Heidelberg Church was filled with people talking and moving on to talk to others. Some were still registering because it was race day at the church and enthusiasm filled the air.

Two food trucks, Burger Wagon offering breakfast and staying for the return of the racers, and Stagger Lee, with a variety of grilled offerings, were on hand. On a table was free fruit and water for the returning runners.

A Polish Ice stand provided cool refreshment. A market truck, which bore the logo, “Eat Real Food,” provided produce to be taken home.