Northwestern Press

Monday, October 22, 2018

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.

Farm families honored at dinner

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

The Farm Family Appreciation program is held almost every year at the Union Fire Company field house in Hamburg, Berks County.

Though the program began 20 years ago, this was only the 18th dinner/dance as two were missed for various reasons, said Pastor Mary Gade of the program committee.

Doors were scheduled to open at 6:30 p.m. but this night someone came to the door and called out that people should fill up the spaces at the tables because there were so many attending.

Friedens Lutheran Church welcomes new pastor

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

Althea Albright, of Reading, is now Pastor Althea Albright of Friedens Lutheran Church, Stony Run.

Albright says she was called to be a pastor since she was in the eighth grade.

She received a Bachelor’s degree from Susquehanna University and then attended Philadelphia Lutheran Seminary.

While at the seminary, she studied social work and worked in that field for six years. She enjoyed working with children while specializing in the area of foster care and adoptions

Drone added to fire company roll

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

Chief Jay Scheffler, of Goodwill Fire Company, Germansville, told Heidelberg supervisors at their March 15 meeting that the company had acquired a drone which may be especially useful in finding people who have become lost in the area.

Many of the firefighters are taking classes to learn how to use it.

Fire company members met with state Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, and state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, to discuss the recruitment, retention and a grant for truck funding.

Artists change board room exhibit

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in School

Christina Fogel, art instructor, was accompanied by middle school artists, who held a mini reception for the new artwork on display in the Northwestern Lehigh School Board meeting room.

She said the board members must realize how amazing the young artists are.

Fogel said they are not only artists but planners, designers, editors, critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, creators and leaders.

Soup, salad and spuds meal to benefit Hope missions

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Maria Piltz and Dawn Mengel were the coleaders of the soup, salad and spuds fundraiser to benefit various missions at Hope Community Church, Claussville.

The missions run on a three-year basis with this summer’s a local mission to benefit the elderly in the area around the church.

The next one will be an international mission, followed by a national one. The national mission helps the elderly or people in need at other places around the country.