Northwestern Press

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4 seats, 4 candidates for NWL school board

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

There are four candidates for the four open seats for four-year terms on the Northwestern Lehigh School Board. In addition, there is only one candidate seeking the open two-year term on the board.

Marci Handwerk Piescienski, James Warfel, Alan L. Rex and Todd Hernandez have all cross-filed on the Democrat and Republican tickets for the four-year terms.

Phillip Toll is unchallenged for his bid for a two-year term on the board.


Marci Handwerk Piescienski said she is running to be a school board director as she wants to support quality schools and education.

Kempton man interns at Gates of Arctic National Park

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Noel Bond of Kempton, spent his summer interning at the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in the interior of Alaska.

Through the Student Conservation Association, people can choose 20 places they would like to work.

He chose from the National Parks and Forests segment.

Bond was asked by the Albany Township Historical Society to talk about his experiences to a gathering Oct. 20 at New Bethel Church, Kempton.

When historical society President Lucy Muth introduced Bond, she said he was always adventurous.

Adams’ ghostly tales are told at historical society meeting

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

“Ghost stories without history are not ghost stories,” said Charles Adams III, as he began a talk to the Palmerton Area Historical Society at the Little White Church, Third Street, Palmerton.

Adams has written more than 30 books about ghosts beginning with “Ghost Stories of the Lehigh Valley.”

“It’s not a belief in ghosts; its understanding what they are,” Adams said. “To me, it’s just energy from a past time.

“Einstein said energy cannot be destroyed. If they tore this church down, my energy would still be here.”

Chamber tailgates at Mountain Road Rumble

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in School

Nancy Treskot, past president of the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce, explained at the Tailgate for a Cause, the flags decorating the food tents had to be for both the Bulldogs and Tigers, as both schools receive money from the Chamber.

Alice Wanamaker said that the party, now in its third year, has many sponsors.

The fundraiser splits proceeds between Brett Snyder for the ALS Foundation and the Bo Tkach Foundation’s Hat and Helmet.

Northern Lehigh’s Tkach had a promising football career and Northwestern Lehigh’s Snyder went on to play at Lehigh University.

Board seeks to close two roads to trucks

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Following an executive session to discuss personnel the Oct. 19 meeting of the Heidelberg Township supervisors was opened.

Supervisor David Fink suggested two roads — Saegersville and Jones roads — off Mountain Road be closed to trucks except for local deliveries.

The issue is expected to be discussed at a Washington Township meeting as a portion of the roads are in that municipality.

Zoning Officer Chris Noll will check with that township before posting can be done.

Heidel Hollow welcomes visitors during Open Gate Farm Tour

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Melanie Fink said Open Gate is the one day of the year when Heidel Hollow Farm is open to all so people can see what goes into farming.

The farm is operated by the sixth generation of the Fink family — David and Sonia Fink, and their son Mike and his wife Melanie. Family friends come to help on Open Gate day.

Heidel Hollow and Mike Fink’s second farm in Potter County encompass more than 2,000 acres.

This year, 300 acres of pumpkins were raised which were shipped as far as Chicago.

UCC board members challenged

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

A resolution to establish a Uniform Construction Code appeals board was the main subject at the Oct. 3 Washington Township supervisors meeting.

Previously they shared a board with Heidelberg and Lynn townships.

Josh Karoly asked how the people chosen were qualified and if the need for members was advertised.

Josh Friebolin said when an appeal comes up the question of board makeup would be answered.

“You are closing comments without giving an answer. Who can tell if the person is qualified if you can’t. Are board members paid?” asked Karoly.

History comes alive at Pioneer Day

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The weather was on everyone’s mind at the Oct. 7 Pioneer Day held by the Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society at Ontelaunee Park.

The lack of rain was even given credit for more animals being on exhibit for petting, as the weather was too bad last year to bring the animals.

At 10:30 a.m. parking spaces were rapidly filling. Descendants of the Zeisloff family came to have their picture taken at the original family home, the Zeisloff House, which was moved to the park.

They had called Ginny Woodward for information about this year’s Pioneer Day.

Crusade 4 Hope helps families in need

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Crusade 4 Hope is a local charity based in New Tripoli with Joe Madar as the guiding force.

The primary beneficiary of the Sept. 23 Motorcycle and Classic Car Run fundraising was Owen Rex, 16 months, who has cancer, and the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Motorcycle run registration was held, as it is every year, at the Bagel Bunch, Routes 309 and 100, New Tripoli.

The end point, with raffles, Chinese auction, music and food took place at the Slatington Skeet Club Grove pavilion.

Wright announces retirement

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in School

Superintendent Mary Ann Wright of Northwestern Lehigh School District said it was with mixed emotions she ends a 32-year career in public education.

The announcement was made at the Sept. 20 school board meeting.

Her career at Northwestern began in 1985 student teaching with Roxanne Davis, whom she terms an “incredible role model and mentor.”

Wright served as a teacher, principal and superintendent at Northwestern and said her success came from the work and dedication of students, employees and the community.