Northwestern Press

Monday, October 22, 2018

Annual Austreibungs Fest chases away winter

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Flags created a colorful backdrop for the Joe Kroboth Duo as they provided the music for dancing and general enjoyment at the Austreibungs Fest, or the festival to chase away winter.

The flags were from Germany, Bavaria and Austria, Don Eckhart explained.

Paul Semmel was walking around talking to people as they entered the Goodwill Fire Company social hall in Germansville.

Tons of talent on display at Living Stone Fellowship

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

A talent show at Living Stone Fellowship drew entrants from a large area in both singing and dancing categories.

Pastor Jean Masiko gave the welcome to the first ever talent show at the church in New Tripoli.

“This is a place of welcome for everyone,” she said. “We are honored to have these young people show their talents.

Bryan Gonzalez, the son of Associate Pastor Jaime Gonzalez, was the announcer.

Play ball!

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Baseball opens with parade, celebration

Luckily, the rain waited until evening when the Northwestern Youth Athletic Association tee ball, grasshopper and prep softball teams gathered to officially open their season April 25.

Volunteers from the school helped the Parent Teacher Organization man the concession stand.

As the players marched down the road to the playing field for the 11th annual event, they chanted, “Here we are, Tigers, here we come.”

David Freeman, baseball director for the NYAA, commented on the opening day.

“We’re here and the sun is shining so that’s a good sign,” Freeman said.

Trail to be done by ‘Night’

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

During the April 25 meeting of the Northwestern Recreation Commission, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, represented by Activities Director Jason Zimmerman, a parent and a student asked if the fee could be waived for its event which was usually held in the school but cannot due to construction.

The waiver was approved by the recreation commission and the event will be held at the community park.

The fellowship would like the outdoor venue to increase participation with the change in venue.

Civil War comes to Kempton

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Weekend activities raise funds for WK&S engine

From books to speakers and train rides with President Abraham Lincoln and his secretary, there were many different events happening at the Kempton Community Center during the weekend of April 13 through 15.

The event was a fundraiser to help pay for restoring a steam engine at the WK&S Railroad.

Capt. Rick Eisenhart, 153rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, a resident of Northampton County, was teaching a group of soldiers how to form a company.

“We are proud to serve our Union savior, President Lincoln,” Private Dave Strawn said.

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.