Northwestern Press

Monday, March 18, 2019

Ordinance to target gun ranges

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

Washington Township supervisors will advertise an ordinance amending provisions regarding target ranges and the regulation of group homes, small and large, which will be by special exception.

Resident Kevin Gombart asked, at the board’s March 5 meeting, if there were to be regulations on the target range.

Supervisor Chairman Josh Friebolin said a 75-yard distance from roads or structures will be required.

Zoning Officer Todd Weidman said a backstop will be required at the ranges.

Board discusses rec field damage

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

With the cancellation of their January meeting, Northwestern Recreation Commission members had their reorganization meeting Feb. 27.

Lynn Township representative to the commission Justin Smith was renamed president. Rick Hughes was chosen as vice president and Todd Hernandez will serve as secretary.

Then, discussion moved on to the topic most people came to the meeting to hear about —the damage at the recreation commission park.

Edge of the Woods owner gives presentation on ‘Legacy Landscape’

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Members of the Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society had a special treat during their Feb. 26 quarterly meeting at the Weisenberg Municipal Building as Sue Tantsits, co-owner, of Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery, gave a special presentation titled “Our Legacy Landscape.”

She explained Edge of the Woods was founded 17 years ago to bring back native vegetation to the local area.

Tantsits’ discussion was highlighted by the many beautiful pictures she brought along to illustrate her presentation.

Comedy night benefits boys and girls basketball

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

On Jan. 26 the basketball booster clubs from Northwestern Lehigh High School sponsored a comedy night at the Lynnport Fire Company.

Rosemarie Lister, president of the girls boosters; Kelly Hallman, vice president of the boys boosters; and Nadine Sevrain, vice president of the girls boosters were all busy getting things ready for the expected 200 people who would be coming for an evening of laughs.

The trio were wearing Hoop It Up Tigers badges.

All money comes back to the basketball programs for such things as equipment and food, said Lister.

County exec visits board

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

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong visited Washington Township’s Feb. 5 board of supervisors’ meeting.

Armstrong told the board he wants to be sure the county is involved with all 25 municipalities in Lehigh.

A newsletter will be mailed out in May so all 150,000 families will know where their tax money is going, he said.

“I get a visitor every now and then who keeps me in the know about this area of the county,” he said, turning to resident Ed Ziegler.

Middle school art displayed in board room

Thursday, February 7, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Before the opening exercises of the January Northwestern Lehigh School Board meeting, President Bill Dellicker said having young people attending the meeting was a pleasure.

Middle school art instructor Christiana Fogel had artwork created by her students displayed on the wall of the board meeting room and the artists were there to receive audience accolades.

David Dovico, middle school principal, said he was excited to see the artwork all around the middle school and anyone with a chance to visit the school should take time to see the art.

Principals explain student achievement

Thursday, February 7, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Weisenberg Elementary Principal Jill Berlet, and Northwestern Elementary Principal Maria Pulli presented information about student performance in their schools during the January school board meeting.

School performance was also given for area school districts for the purpose of comparison.

The information was offered as a resource for schools to communicate performance results and assist schools in focusing resources for continuous improvement.

Weisenberg had a score of 82.3 and Northwestern had a score of 75.9.

Heidelberg reorganizes with few changes

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

David Fink was named temporary board chairman when Heidelberg Township reorganized on Jan. 7.

Steve Bachman retained his position as chairman of the supervisors’ board.

Jonathan Jakum was named vice chairman.

Janice Meyers will continue as secretary-treasurer for this year.

Township solicitors will be Charles Waters and Keith Strohl from the law firm of Steckel and Stopp, Slatington.

Chris Noll of Keystone Consulting Engineers, Wescosville, was named township engineer.

School directors honored for serving unselfishly on the board

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Members of the Northwestern Lehigh School Board were honored during their January meeting in celebration of School Director Recognition Month.

This group of nine spends dozens of hours each month voluntarily leading the schools and making difficult decisions.

They play a significant role in creating an environment where student success can happen.

Each board member received a Tiger tumbler from Student Council, an art “Thank you” picture from Weisenberg Elementary students and a group picture from Northwestern Elementary.

School requests approval for turf

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Following the Jan. 7 reorganization meeting of Heidelberg supervisors, the board met for its regular monthly meeting.

Terry Degroot of Terra Forma Engineering was accompanied by Northwestern Lehigh School District Superintendent Jennifer Holman and Operations Director Arthur Oakes.

There are to be renovations to the existing track with a rubberized surface rather than cinders.

New bleachers and a press box are to be added. Javelin and the discus throw, which were on the north side of the track, are to be moved to the south side.