Northwestern Press

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Board to host comp plan meeting

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Washington Township supervisors said, at their June 4 meeting, they had attended a multi-municipal comprehensive plan workshop.

The plan covers Washington, Heidelberg, Lowhill, Lynn, and Weisenberg townships and Slatington Borough.

Future workshops, sponsored by the Northern Lehigh Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee and the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, will be 8 a.m. June 13 at Washington, and 6:30 p.m. June 17 at Weisenberg.

The purpose of the workshops is to draft the vision, goals and objectives for the area over the next decade and beyond.

Northwestern Lehigh Class of 2019

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Seeing through the eyes of a child

une 1 was the day the Northwestern Lehigh senior class members left high school behind and moved on to higher education, the military or to join the workforce. Commencement exercises were held at Stabler Arena, Lehigh University.

The Class of 1969 with spouses was invited to attend as part of their 50th reunion. Those who had graduates in the Class of 2019 were asked to present their family members with the diplomas. The directors on the school board received the same invitation. Among them were Marci Piescienski, John Casciano, Todd Hernandez, Aileen Yadush and Bill Dellicker.

Board to vote on proposed final budget

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Northwestern Lehigh School Board general fund and its supporting tax levies were approved with a .3735 mill increase at the May 15 meeting.

Tax levies are real estate, 16,6138 mills; earned income tax one-half of 1 percent; real estate transfer tax divided among the four townships and a local services tax of $10.

Budget expenditures are $46,805,650.

Successful and enjoyable is the way board President Bill Dellicker described a meet-and-greet at Glasbern Inn, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Air Products.

Armstrong visits Heidelberg, discusses census

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Lehigh County executive Phillips Armstrong visited Heidelberg Township’s May 16 supervisors’ meeting.

Armstrong said he tried to visit sooner but snow forced him to turn around.

He reported an addition to Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation, South Whitehall, should be started by fall.

His chief interest, however, was making sure everyone completes the census forms since in the last census, the count for the county was low.

Money coming to the county is tied to how many people are counted.

Native Americans return to Ontelaunee Park

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

For three days in May, dancers and families of Native Americans take over Ontelaunee Park, in Lynn Township.

On May 17, demonstrations were given for school children about how the Native American lived.

Then, Saturday and Sunday were given over to powwows with the grand entries beginning at noon.

Barry Lee, of Conestoga, a member of the Munsee tribe was the announcer.

He gave the program for the opening as the grand entry, words of prayer, a flag song with the posting of the flags for all military units, an honoring of veterans and first responders and a song.

Native Americans return to Ontelaunee Park

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

For three days in May, dancers and families of Native Americans take over Ontelaunee Park.

On May 17, demonstrations were given for school children about how the Native American lived.

Then, Saturday and Sunday were given over to powwows with the grand entries beginning at noon.

Barry Lee, of Conestoga, a member of the Munsee tribe was the announcer. He gave the program for the opening as the grand entry, words of prayer, a flag song with the posting of the flags for all military units, an honoring of veterans and first responders and a song.

Voters pick school board candidates for November

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

On Tuesday’s municipal primary, four candidates were seeking one of the five open seats on the Northwestern Lehigh School Board.

Incumbents John Casciano, Joseph Fatzinger, Willard Dellicker and Todd Leiser all cross-filed on the Democrat and Republican tickets.

In addition, Rachael Scheffler waged a write-in campaign during the primary.

According to the Lehigh County Voter Registration Office, Dellicker took first place with an unofficial 644 votes, 27.06 percent of the total 2,380 Republican votes cast.

Veterans Memorial topic of interest at yard sale

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Kathy Hermany, helping at the Lynn Township yard sale on April 27, said Ben and Sue Giralico would be taking over from her.

Hermany asked that Harold Handwerk and the proposed Veterans Memorial be mentioned in this yard sale story.

Handwerk said the first committee meeting was held in Palmerton last year with four members: veterans Handwerk, David Keller and Willard Dellicker and Donald Christ.

Handwerk was selling bake sale items to benefit the memorial.

The group is trying to get state incorporation and set up a website.

Four file to be on ballot for five NWL school board seats

Thursday, May 16, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Four candidates are seeking one of the five open seats on the Northwestern Lehigh School Board.

Incumbents John Casciano, Joseph Fatzinger, Willard Dellicker and Todd Leiser have cross-filed on the Democrat and Republican tickets for the May 21 Municipal Primary.

In addition, Rachael Scheffler is waging a write-in campaign to be chosen as a school director.

Willard Dellicker

I’d like to run for one more term on the Northwestern Lehigh School Board and finish my tenure with my five Grandtigers who will all be graduating in the next four years.

Two hike to benefit cancer research

Thursday, May 16, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Kara and Bern Leibensperger of Kempton are on a crusade to benefit research in the cause of never-smoker lung cancer.

They became interested in it after meeting Margie Clapper, a researcher at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Janet Plasha, Bern Leibensperger’s sister-in-law, developed another form of lung cancer, involving the anaplastic lymphoma kinase gene (ALK) from which she has since died. Her husband is Bruce and they had two children.

The Leibensperger women had been walking the Appalachian Trail a piece at a time and covered 600 miles.