Northwestern Press

Monday, August 21, 2017

Heidelberg Union Church’s organist, choir director retire after 15 years

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The prelude for the Aug. 13 joint church service at Heidelberg Union Church was an arrangement combining four hymns by David Earp, retiring organist. Also being honored was choir director Louise Earp.

Among the announcements was one by Sonia Fink for a bakeless bake sale to benefit a baby in the Midwest born weighing 3 pounds and having various problems.

Emmalyn Fink helped with the announcement by appearing as a baker.

American Legion visits 13 cemeteries to honor fallen military

Thursday, August 10, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Flags were gently waving over the graves of the fallen soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen. It was a bright, sunny Sunday, a nice day to be out and honoring the fallen.

Dennis Ziegler, president of the Memorial Day committee of American Legion Allen O. Delke, Post 16, Slatington, asked the people from Jacob’s Church, Jacksonville, to “Help us to continue in honoring the values they have bestowed upon our great nation: loyalty, respect, brotherhood, duty, service, honor and trust, in honor of all our veterans.

Student artwork on display in district boardroom

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh’s School Board recently honored six students from the middle school for their artwork on display in the board meeting room.

Teacher Jennifer Bernhard introduced the artists and said they were chosen for their ethic of excellence.

“They are all on different steps to the journey of excellence,” she said. “Some are just beginning to learn the meaning of failure. Yes, I said failure.

“To some it means time to give up but to others it means try again.

“Instead of good enough it means what can make it better.

Everything is a go for ‘Night’

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The 19th annual Night in the Country community celebration will take place Aug. 19 with a rain date of Aug. 20 at the Northwestern Recreation Commission Community Park, Northwest Road and Route 309, New Tripoli.

“Everything is a go,” “Night” Committee Chair Kathy Hermany said at the recreation commission’s July meeting.

There will be a huge food court, more than an acre of cars to view, firefighter competitions and games and activities.

Cherr the cow will choose the winning number for the cow flop bingo.

Leaser Lake Foundation plans improvements

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Jaimie Townsend, co-chair of the Leaser Lake Foundation, said major projects at the dam are finished.

During the foundation’s July 27 meeting, members discussed remaining smaller items.

Townsend said they do not want a Disney World, but rather little attractions at the lake.

Mike McCartney said although there are 120 birdhouses for bluebirds, kestrels, wood ducks and one for purple martins, more are on the way.

He said it takes a couple years for purple martins to locate and move into a house, but they moved in quickly and tend to return year after year.

Heidelberg administrator seeks rules on block parties

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Township Administrator Janice Meyers told Heidelberg supervisors during their July 20 meeting there should be a resolution or ordinance covering items such as block parties.

She wants something in writing to show people when they come in with questions about this type of social event.

Zoning Officer Chris Noll said he would see what he could do.

The resolution or ordinance would need to cover ease of access, sufficient parking and release of the township from liability.

Good Shepherd adaptive fishing clinic offered at Leaser Lake

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Susan Bates and Katie Pidstrawski enlisted a group of 17 people to attend a recent adaptive fishing clinic at Leaser Lake, Lynn Township.

The two recreational therapists at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, Allentown, were to review basic fishing skills and have demonstrations of special equipment.

The program was designed to help people overcome disabilities and injuries and to once again be able to fish.

Helping were volunteers, Good Shepherd, Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation and members of various sporting clubs.

Artwork on display in Northwestern Lehigh boardroom

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh’s School Board honored six students from the middle school for their artwork on display in the board meeting room.

Teacher Jennifer Bernhard introduced the artists and said they were chosen for their ethic of excellence.

“They are all on different steps to the journey of excellence,” she said. “Some are just beginning to learn the meaning of failure. Yes, I said failure.

“To some it means time to give up but to others it means try again.

“Instead of good enough it means what can make it better.

Board appoints code officer

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

At its July 5 meeting Washington Township supervisors appointed Ann Lett as building code official.\

She had submitted a proposal and was approved. She will be paid hourly as needed.

She has been doing the work in neighboring municipalities and has worked with Washington Zoning Officer Todd Weidman.

Bids were opened for paving work with the low bid of $142,000 from Bruce George Paving and Excavating.

The bid will be reviewed by Solicitor John Ashley before final acceptance.

Ontelaunee Park welcomes car and bike enthusiasts

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Sue Giralico of the Lynn Township Recreation Committee said the July 9 car show at Ontelaunee Park was the largest of the previous eight shows by six cars.

There were 146 registered entries compared to the previous high of 140.

“People are enjoying themselves and it is a beautiful day,” Giralico said.

Jason “Slim” Szerencits of Catasauqua brought his 1971 FLH Harley Shovelhead bike, which he calls “an eye catcher, a lot of fun,” to share with others.

He said the motorcycle is 95 percent original. Although repainted, it is the same color as when it was new.