Northwestern Press

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Farms are the topic at meeting

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

A meeting to discuss the planned farm festival will be held June 26 at the Heidelberg Township Municipal building.

There will be a recognition ceremony, with state officials, 11:30 a.m. June 7 at Heidel Hollow Farm, Germansville, in honor of the 550,000 acres of farmland preserved in the commonwealth.

In other matters, Northern Valley Ambulance Corps, NOVA, responded to 20 calls in April with 98 percent coverage.

The average response time was 11.9 minutes. They were present for work 8 hours per day. The crew is nearly up to its desired staffing.

Yard sale is a hit with bargain hunters

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Parking was in short supply at Ontelaunee Park on April 28.

There was a soccer game on the playing field and a yard sale with many people looking for bargains.

Lynn Township Supervisor Justin Smith had suggested having a yard sale. Kathy Hermany and Supervisor Steve Feinour did the organizing, each giving the other credit.

One large item was reportedly sold already at 8:30 a.m. though the sale was scheduled to start at 11 a.m. This reporter was not told what the item was or the name of the buyer, just that the sale occurred.

Missionary Moyer discusses his mission in Panama

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The service at New Life Lutheran Church began with a presentation by the bell choir.

Bill Dellicker was worship leader on April 29 as the church awaits a new pastor. The bishop is coming to help with the call, and Pastor Peggy Wuertele, a member of the Lutheran Synod, was a member of the congregation on that day.

A mission team from the church is going to Texas May 20-26 to help clean up after the summer’s hurricane.

The service also took place on the seventh anniversary of the date church member Bob Moyer went to Comarca, Panama, to serve as a missionary.

Heidelberg Union Church penny party delivers the prizes

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The one event where most people attending win a prize and usually multiple prizes is at the Heidelberg Union Church penny party.

Players start with a lot of change, much in pennies, and a pile of numbers.

Each prize is marked with the cost, which may be as little as 4 cents.

The prizes and two cups, one for numbers and one for coins, are passed around the table.

When that is done, Betty Krause, who has been calling the winners for years, calls out, “Who won?”

Brian Fisher and Sylvia Dise then deliver the prizes to the winners.

Washington to improve roadways

Thursday, May 17, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Washington Township supervisors, at their May 1 meeting, announced the list of roads to be worked on this season.

They are County Bridge Road, Furnace Road, Ventura Drive, Maple Tree Lane, Windy Ridge Road, Javalyn Court, Eagle Circle, Old Mill Road and Bruce Lane. They will be advertised.

Sherry Graver, emergency management coordinator, said she has been attending the county hazard mitigation meetings for Lehigh and Northampton municipalities.

Forgotten Felines and Fidos

Thursday, May 17, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Caring for our furry friends at vaccination clinic

Dr. Jeannette Maucher spends a great deal of her time helping shelters with events similar to the vaccination clinic fundraiser at Forgotten Felines and Fidos, Germansville.

Maucher does not have a private practice, said Dena Hankee, president of the rescue organization.

The veterinarian works at Forgotten Felines and Fidos three days a week and does relief work for local veterinarians.

Maucher said the spring clinic was going more quietly than last fall when many owners wanted everything available for their pet’s health.

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.