Northwestern Press

Monday, February 18, 2019

‘Night’ continues despite brief rain showers

Friday, September 7, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Night in the Country Chair Kathy Hermany gave her preliminary report to the Northwestern Recreation Commission on Aug. 29.

Although there was a shower at 5:30 p.m. and a second one about 6:30 p.m., neither were enough to stop the vendors and fireworks. Many foods were available and there were games and a cow for cow flop bingo.

People walked around with plastic baseball bats won as prizes. Kids rode bulls and people took a chance on where Carrot the cow would choose the winner for the bingo.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy has grant money

Friday, September 7, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Heidelberg supervisors have learned grants are available from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to help with zoning and ordinance changes.

In other matters, Goodwill Fire Chief Jay Scheffler reported to the township board the purchase of a fire truck has nearly been finalized with the contract expected to be signed in early September.

Supervisor Jonathan Jakum and Dawn Didra attended a recent Lehigh Valley Planning Commission meeting.

Nature Center celebrates 15 years improving the mountain

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Fifteen years ago, the Wildlife Information Center decided it needed a new home and a new name.

After checking several pieces of land, Grant White and others of the Center’s board of directors decided it made sense to buy the mountain in Lehigh Gap, outside Slatington.

They had ideas how the land could be made alive again after the devastation from chemicals released by the New Jersey Zinc Company.

Holman, Ziatyk lead first meeting

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The new superintendent, replacing Dr. Mary Anne Wright, and assistant superintendent, replacing Jennifer Holman, led the first Northwestern Lehigh School Board meeting following the resignation of Wright in June.

They are Superintendent Jennifer Holman and Assistant Superintendent Josh Ziatyk.

Board President Bill Dellicker offered them congratulations. Ziatyk will also be open records officer.

At a party honoring Wright, she asked for school supplies instead of gifts. The supplies were given to the elementary schools.

Scout plans GaGa pit

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Logan Dyer, a Boy Scout from Troop 87, Nazareth, who moved to this area a year ago, brought a model of the GaGa ball pit, a walled circle, he plans to make for his Eagle Scout project to the Aug. 7 Washington Township supervisors meeting.

He was told to proceed with the project and the board would determine a location.

Dyer’s preference is at Eagle’s Nest Park. He said it would provide one more option for recreation in the township.

He also noted the GaGa pit needs a minimum 20-foot by 20-foot area.

Lighthouse Baptist honors first responders

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Rev. Hal Hopkins began the program at Lighthouse Baptist Church on June 10, First Responder Sunday, by saying, “ We are so grateful for the services you provide. Know you are appreciated by the church community.

“Everyone here is kind for you. If not, they are not part of Lighthouse Baptist.”

In the front row were representatives from Lehigh County Emergency Management Service, Pa. State Police, Troop M, Fogelsville, Macungie Fire Department, Macungie Ambulance, Lehigh County Field Communication truck and the Lehigh County Sheriff’s Office.

Final plans discussed for ‘Night’

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The July 25 meeting of the Northwestern Recreation Commission covered last minute details of the Night in the Country celebration scheduled for 4 p.m. Aug. 18.

“Night” Committee Chairwoman Kathy Hermany told recreation commission members six light towers, donated previously, will need to be rented.

Fifteen have been donated but that is not enough with 20 considered a minimum. Some of the lights need to be picked up. Some will be delivered.

Veterans memorial planned

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Don Christ and Bill Dellicker attended the July 19 meeting of Heidelberg Township supervisors.

Lynn Township is asking the other three townships within the Northwestern Lehigh School District to participate in planning for a veterans memorial at Ontelaunee Park.

Christ said Lynn wrote to the other townships and a committee has been formed to plan and gather information about veterans since the War of 1812.

Dellicker said they visited Palmerton to see its memorial and ask about fundraising ideas.

‘Voices of Mobile’ perform at Lighthouse Baptist

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Voices of Mobile, a 15-member gospel concert group, traveled from the campus of the University of Mobile, Ala., on its way to Carnegie Hall.

Along the way, the group stopped at churches — including Lighthouse Baptist Church, Breinigsville, on June 14 — to present gospel concerts

The school, which members of Voices of Mobile attend, offers Master’s degrees in music, piano and voice. The musical group heads out to churches, mostly in the southeastern United States, every weekend during the school year and sings during morning worship and again in the evening.

Veterans benefit from Mt. Zion Lutheran Church donations

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

In our worldwide task of caring for the hungry and despairing, in the harvest we all share, God’s will be done. (From the hymn “For the Fruit of all Creation”)

Jeff Wetzel of Mount Zion Lutheran Church, Krumsville, thought of a new way to honor mothers on Mother’s Day and fathers on Father’s Day.

Why not collect food during that period to give to Veterans Making a Difference at the Paul R. Gordon Veterans Social Center, Reading, he thought to himself.