Northwestern Press

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Redeemer’s Closet invites those in need to open its door

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Redeemer’s Closet, inside the former Salem United Methodist Church, Slatedale, provides free clothing and many other items donated for those in need.

Especially in the case of an emergency, such as a fire, the closet is a good place to start replacing destroyed items.

Each person is eligible to receive five shopping bags, but when the necessity is great, more are permitted, said Ann Costalas, clothing coordinator.

Costalas said there are usually four volunteers who help people find what they need or who sort donations.

School board treated to dinner and a tour at LCTI

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Oct. 10 Northwestern Lehigh School Board meeting was held at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute.

This is an annual event that begins with dinner prepared by the culinary department at LCTI.

Then there was student-led tours of three departments. This year, the tours were in the horticultural department with Kayla Leibensperger leading, plumbing and heating with Noah Reiter, and precision machining with Wesley Shaffer as guide.

NWL Superintendent Jennifer Holman said LCTI is well known around the country.

Heidelberg Township

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Board reviews proposed budget

Township Manager Janice Meyers presented the first draft of the 2019 budget to Heidelberg Township supervisors at the Sept. 20 meeting. It is much like the 2018 budget, she said.

There is a $90,000 surplus some of which will pay off the Tiger mower and go toward the backhoe.

Real estate taxes will be $274,961 with earned income bringing in another $440,000. The state will provide $24,000 in Firemen’s Relief funds. Total revenue is $1,277,436.

Albany Twp historical society opens Allemaengel Room

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Albany Township Historical Society, Kempton, purchased Trexler Grain and Feed Warehouse in 2001.

Since then, there have been many renovations, as time and money permitted.

On Sept. 29, there was an open house to introduce the beautiful rooms to friends and members of the society.

This time, the renovation was a major undertaking with everything all fresh and new.

During the open house, Terri Keefe opened bottles of Stony Run wine and two beers from Saucony Creek to give guests.

A lager and an IPA (India pale ale), were being poured by Kevin Keefe.

Board OKs subdivision

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Albert Paul has asked Washington Township supervisors, during their Oct. 2 meeting to permit the farm from his mother’s estate to be subdivided.

Ten acres and a house at 6011 Creek Road, zoned rural village, were to be sold as his mother had indicated she did not want it rented. Payment is to be divided with his brother.

The property has been surveyed and the township planning commission gave a recommendation for the subdivision to supervisors.

The sewage planning module was also approved.

Nestle donates for trail

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Eric Andreus, resource manager for Nestle Pure Water, attended the Sept. 26 meeting of the Northwestern Recreation Commission bearing gifts.

He presented another $2,500 to the commission to be used on the walking trail.

This brings the Nestle donations to $25,000.

“We’re glad to help,” Andreus said.

Andreus said if the walking trail is dropped due to expense being much more than expected the money can be put to another use.

Heidelberg 5K run/walk benefits community

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Troy Knauss was operational chair of the first 5K run/walk fundraiser at Heidelberg Church on Sept. 22.

Many participants waited until the day of the event to sign up, with Kelly Mahoney, Colleen Andrews and Amy Peters helping out at the registration table.

Knauss said he was very excited to be part of the first 5K to help support the local community.

Brian Lenhart, 5K chairman, said the 5K was all about health and living in the Lehigh Valley.

Parents comment on bus routing

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Leo Pedron responded during public comment at the Sept. 19 Northwestern Lehigh School Board meeting.

His concern was overcrowding, especially on bus 19.

He lives along Silver Creek Court, Kutztown, and brought with him a wooden mock-up of a bus seat.

Pedron said the seats are 39 inches wide and no one is supposed to place parts of their body or supplies they are carrying in the aisle.

He asked two students to come sit on his bus seat, and then added a third.

Elementary students are to sit three to a seat. Middle and high schoolers sit two to a seat.

Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society fall festival

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

There were brief rain showers during the Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society Fall Festival on Sept. 8 but not enough to stop the fun.

The parking lot was crowded and, at one point, word went around food was running out but that seemed to just be a rumor as fest-goers kept going through the line.

Lester Backenstoes, who brings farm equipment to the festival, brought along a homemade tractor this year.