Northwestern Press

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

World War I ambulance brings a bit of history to Allentown

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Ambulance 255, a reconstructed 1916 Ford Model TT ambulance used during World War I made a stop at the Allentown Fair to help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the opening of Camp Crane.

The fairground fields and facilities were used by the U.S. Army during WWI to train ambulance drivers for duty in France during the war.

The camp derived its name from Brigadier Gen. Charles Henry Crane, surgeon general of the Army from 1882-83.

The trainees used ambulances identical to Ambulance 255 both in training and in the field.

Firefighters learn dangers of working with live wires

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

State Reps. Gary Day, R-187th, and Zachary Mako, R-183rd, sponsored a “Live Wires” training Sept. 7 at the Neffs Volunteer Fire Company.

Special trainers from PPL Electric Utilities brought mock-ups of poles, transformers, fuse boxes and miscellaneous materials in order to introduce firefighters to the dangers of working around electrical emergencies.

LCTI students compete in SkillsUSA culinary challenge

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in School

Before the end of the last school year, Skills- USA held its eighth annual culinary challenge at the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, Schnecksville.

Teams from LCTI, Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School, Career Institute of Technology, Monroe Career and Technical Institute, and Upper Bucks County Technical School competed for the People’s Choice Award.

Judges included Laurie Hackett, Air Products; Kristen Rinaldi, Lehigh Valley Style; Chris Porreca, Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Bobby Gunther Walsh, radio station WAEB 790 AM.

Parkland’s first graduating class celebrates at 67th reunion

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Several members of the first Parkland High School senior class met May 10 at the Hops at the Paddock, South Whitehall, for their 67th reunion.

This was the first class to graduate from the recently renamed South Whitehall High School as students from North Whitehall wanted a more neutral name.

A contest was held and the winning name, Parkland, was submitted by Mary Lou Urffer.

The high school in 1950 was at what is now the Troxell building, North Cedar Crest Boulevard, South Whitehall.

Boy Scouts have flag retirement ceremony

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Boy Scout Troop 57, Schnecksville, had a flag retirement ceremony May 6 at Community Fire Company No. 1., Schnecksville.

Retired Lehigh County Community College President Don Snyder shared his thoughts on patriotism and the meaning of the flag as it relates to veterans.

A number of veterans attended the ceremony.

Additional photos appear on page A6.

Cetronia Ambulance Corps hosts annual 5K run

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Cetronia Ambulance Corps sponsored its annual 5K Run and Walk on May 20 at Cedar Creek Parkway West, 4200 Broadway, South Whitehall Township.

More than 90 entrants enjoyed a rainy start with help from the IronPigs “Pork Racers.”

South Whitehall Township Police Department’s explosive detection K-9 Kimber with Officer Colin Beaumont and Allentown Fire Department’s arson dog Judge with Allentown Fire Chief Lee T. Laubach Jr., were on hand to demonstrate their skills.

Additional photos on page A5.

Unattended jeep smashes into home at Terry Hill park

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

Upper Macungie Township police and firefighters along with Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel responded May 2 to a report of a car into a trailer near the former Terry Hill Water Park, Upper Macungie Township.

A 1979 Jeep CJ-7 had rolled down a hill in the Terry Hill Mobile Home Park and hit the rear of a home, causing damage to the master bedroom area of the home.

The owner was not home at the time of the crash.

Earlier in the morning, the Jeep’s owner had attempted to start it, but was not successful.