Northwestern Press

Monday, September 23, 2019

Dogs and cats get their shots at Felines and Fidos

Thursday, September 19, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

From the parking lot, the yelping of a dog as dogs and cats could be heard as they arrived at Forgotten Felines and Fidos for vaccination on Sept. 15.

The animal shelter is located along Mountain Road, Heidelberg Township.

Coconut, one of the canines, continued to cry all through the procedure and struggled even after he was wrapped in a towel.

Tara Kunkle administered the shots with Vet Tech Claire Schultes from Lehigh Carbon Community College, who was watching and learning, and occasionally helping.

Oakes praises retiring custodian

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh School District Operations Manager Arthur Oakes announced the retirement of a 25-year school custodian at during the Aug. 21 board meeting

Oakes said Ethel Hollenbach was helpful in setting up and tearing down equipment for special events.

She also realized the meaning of school and community.

Hollenbach will be given a plaque but was unable to attend the meeting.

“She was an amazing custodian,” Oakes said.

Washington board donates to rec association

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Washington Township supervisors adopted a resolution during their Sept. 3 meeting to contribute $50,000 in each of the next five years to the Northern Lehigh Recreation Association.

Walnutport and Slatington have also signed a resolution to this effect. The three municipalities are working toward a community center. The township has also applied for grants.

The Heidelberg Union Church 5K and kids 1 mile race will begin 9 a.m. Sept. 21. This will require a two-hour closing of several township roads including: Werley Street and portions of Best Station and Irvin Street.

Heidelberg firetruck closer to completion

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Goodwill Fire Company Chief Chief Jay Scheffler attended the Aug. 15 meeting of Heidelberg supervisors and reported the chassis for the new truck is ready.

The truck comes piece by piece and will be constructed.

Supervisor Steve Bachman said the emergency management coordinator position remains open.

NOVA responded to 96 percent of calls. For the year, response was 97 percent. Ambulance crew members were on site six days a week. Response time was 11.2 minutes per call.

Early reports come in for ‘Night’

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Kathy Hermany, committee chairwoman for the annual Night in the Country festival gave early reports during the Aug. 28 meeting of the Northwestern Recreation Commission.

She said vendors have 10 days to pay, but most has come in. Many food vendors had long lines. The commission receives 20 percent of the profits.

Security cost $150 more than last year. Nonprofits pay $25 and businesses pay $50. There was discussion about raising these prices. Paid admissions were up by more than 2,000 people over last year.

Backenstoes celebrate 65th with tractors, family and friends

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The house on the hill was beautifully decorated with natural flowers. A row of tractors indicated this was the home of Lester and Nancy Backenstoes, who were celebrating 65 years of married life on Aug. 24.

Nancy met her future husband at Bindnagles Lutheran Church, Palmyra, Lebanon County, when both were being confirmed. At the time he lived in Grantville. She lived at Hershey Farms.

The Backenstoes were married the year Nancy completed high school. Lester had just turned 21. His birthday is the day before their anniversary.

The little idea that grew into a beautiful quilt

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Kutztown Library patrons stitch together pieces of cloth and join the community

Camille Romig is the lead artist with the Community Threads program at the Kutztown Library.

“I have this little idea,” she told some friends at the library one day. “We can make a community art quilt. It will incorporate material from families who use the library, as a place for dialogue and creativity.”

The project was approved and 20 people became involved, including one little boy, Eduardo, who came one winter afternoon to watch. Eduardo was asked if he wanted to join the group.

“He did,” Romig said, adding he did a really careful job.

Oh, what a ‘Night’

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Annual event celebrates country life

Fire police from various companies helped with the parking at Night in the Country. The firefighters offered plastic hats to the kids and talked to the adults during the Aug. 17 festivities.

Silver, from the City of Bethlehem Police Department, came with her partner, Deputy Fire Marshal Douglas J. Nothstein.

They spent time visiting with supporters from the Weisenberg Township Volunteer Fire Company.

She is the only arson dog in the area and has been called to help out as far away as Harrisburg.

Board deals with various issues

Friday, August 16, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Washington Township supervisors, at their Aug. 6 meeting discussed waivers requested by Randi Bult, and Bryan and Brenda Park. They both have to add contour lines to their plans.

Bult was granted a waiver for location of soil pipes. They both have to meet engineer’s comments and add contour lines to their plans.

Bult’s property is at 3755 and 3837 Main St., Emerald.

The Parks’ request is for a boundary line adjustment at 2938 Cemetery St., Emerald.

Conditional approval was given by the board.

Shinefest brightens the day at Jacob’s Church

Friday, August 16, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The field behind Jacob’s Church, Jacksonville, Lynn Township, was brightly colored with bouncy houses for kids, and occasionally adults, to play on during the annual Shinefest presented Aug. 10.

There was a tropical bounce house with palm leaves and a waterfall. The water led to screams of delight but a few said it was too cold.

On another, kids jumped up a step and then tried to see how high they could jump and stick themselves to a “wall.”

Special suits made with hook and loop material held them to the black wall.