Northwestern Press

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Ag Security properties announced

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The April 19 Heidelberg Township supervisors’ meeting answered a question that audience members had been prepared to ask.

When residents ask to have land included in an Agricultural Security Area, there are advertisements in the newspaper announcing the requests, but apparently never from Heidelberg.

Supervisors approved resolutions to include LET Farms’ 64.91 acres at Heil and Central roads, and for Glenn and Kathryn Frey, Bake Oven Road, for 61.5 acres.

Visiting artist helps Weisenberg students create mural

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in School

Caren Frost Olmsted, a mural artist from New Jersey, recently visited Weisenberg Elementary School for 11 days and helped 431 students create a mural on the wall outside the cafeteria.

Art teacher Karly Sacco commented on the visit.

“We had an amazing time,” she said of the unique project. Sacco brought four students and a slideshow to the March 27 Northwestern Lehigh School Board meeting.

Eric Riggins introduced the artist saying she chose the perfect spot for the mural. She has helped create 50 murals in various schools.

Germansville family waits years for egg roll

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Loribeth Knauss learned about the National Egg Roll held each year at the White House in Washington, D.C., when it was mentioned on a television talk show.

Knauss of Germansville, found the application information by Googling egg roll.

Those accepted to attend are chosen by lot. The fourth time around was the magic one for the Knauss family when Knauss learned she, husband Troy, and children Kaylynn, 5, and Clara, 4, were lottery winners.

The 30,000 winners were sent tickets.

Frisbee gives presentation on budget

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Business Manager Leslie Frisbee reported to the Northwestern Lehigh School Board that the budget is on target.

She explained the various fund balance categories.

Superintendent Mary Anne Wright said the funds are not to be used for recurring costs but only for their specified uses.

The school usually buys two buses and two vans, but will probably purchase three buses this year.

One costs approximately $93,000, and a utility vehicle will cost between $20,000 to $25,000.

The bid for oil and diesel will not be received until May.

Egg hunters fill New Life Church sanctuary

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Two miles away, the snow was gone but at New Life Lutheran Church, New Tripoli, it was still four-inches deep when the Easter Egg Hunt was scheduled on March 24.

The hunt was rescheduled for March 31 and the weather was near perfect.

By 2:30 p.m., kids were registering for the 3 p.m. event. From the registration table they went to a prize egg table.

Buckets of eggs for each age group guaranteed each child would receive a prize. In addition they were given a coupon for a Kid’s Meal at Texas Roadhouse.

To turf or not to turf

Thursday, April 5, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh School Board President Bill Dellicker opened a discussion during the recent school board meeting about an agenda item of placing turf on the athletic fields.

The turf would be in the stadium, on a six-lane track and be used by boys and girls soccer, football, boys and girls lacrosse, field hockey, cross-country, track and field and marching band.

Dellicker said the issue should be tabled as there had not been enough time to study the proposal.

Operations Director Arthur Oakes asked if waiting would damage the entire project.

No traffic during bonfire

Thursday, April 5, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Use of the recreation field facilities was first on the agenda at the March 28 meeting of the Northwestern Recreation Commission.

Football boosters want to have its annual bonfire on Oct. 18, the day before the Northern Lehigh game.

If they do not clean up, they have to pay caretaker Jim Hughes to do the work.

A problem developed last year when people continued to drive past even after the fire was started.

Road crews kept busy

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Five roadmasters, a township manager and two supervisors met March 12 to discuss public works problems and solutions during the quarterly council of governments six-township meeting.

Chief among the problems this winter was the many serious storms.

Lowhill Township Roadmaster Joe Kalusky said he is repairing equipment and doing tree trimming.

Roadmaster Kevin Huber of Heidelberg Township said the wind, rain and snow were keeping his crew busy.

Historical society given presentation on Leaser Lake

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Gloria Zimmerman, president of the Weisenberg Lowhill Township Historical Society, introduced Carl Zvanut as the speaker for the quarterly historical society meeting.

Zvanut recently spoke at a Rotary Club of Allentown West meeting, which Zimmerman attended.

She asked him to a historical society picnic and Zvanut was scheduled twice to talk at the lake but both times the event was rained out.

Zvanut brought a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate his talk at this meeting.

A retired chemical engineer, he worked for DuPont and Air Products.

Walk around shows little work needed at rec fields

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in School

As seven members of the Northwestern Recreation Commission and Northwestern Youth Athletic Association met for their annual walk around of the fields, they agreed there should not be much work needed.

A broken picnic table under the pavilion was the first damage noticed and this was considered intentional.

Two round tables by the playground equipment look new but Justin Smith of Lynn Township said they have been at the recreation fields four years without painting.