Northwestern Press

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Festival on Oct. 19

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs


Family Promise of Lehigh Valley is hosting a Harvest of Hope festival noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 19 at Jordan United Church of Christ, 1837 Church Road, South Whitehall.

There will be live music, hay rides, pumpkin painting, photo booth, games and food.

There will also be free s’mores for kids.

Family Promise is a non-profit organization assisting homeless families to become self-sufficient.

For information, call 484-809-4108 or email

Concerts on

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs


The Allentown Band, under the direction of Conductor Ronald Demkee, will premiere Steve Reisteter’s original score for the 1922 classic silent horror film “Nosferatu (Dracula) projected in restored high definition, Blu-ray on the large screen 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

For tickets, call 610-432-6715 or go to

They will also perform a concert featuring soloists Stephen Xhori on violin and Michael Krentz 3 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Christ Lutheran Church, 13th and Hamilton, Allentown.

Election Policy

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

A message to candidates, readers

As we approach the Nov. 5 Municipal Election, the Parkland Press and the Northwestern Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt the publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.

The last week for publication of columns by local government officials running for office was the Oct. 3 edition.

We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.

Chosen Words

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

The October

of Our Lives

Crisp bright days illumine fall colors

Brilliant gold mixed with a tinge of rust

Days of rain laden with sadness

Sadness at the loss of dear friends departed

All these aspects of the October of our lives

Not yet November with its darkness

and debilitation

Looking toward December’s long night of the soul

The end of our days

But October

Those golden moments

Of playing with the grandchildren

Reunions with old friends

and acquaintances

Reminiscences of younger years

School reunion

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

East Allen

East Allen Township schools are having a reunion 2-4 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Wolf Academy on the Governor Wolf Historical Society campus, 6600 Jacksonville Road, Bath.

The society is sponsoring this gathering to give everyone a chance to reminisce and share their memories of the schools, teachers and classmates.

Everyone is encouraged to bring photos, schoolbooks, report cards, schoolwork, or any other documents they might have for show and tell.

Another View

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Let them work

The Supreme Court heard a few landmark cases for the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community Oct. 8. Two of the cases dealt with alleged discrimination against gay employees. The third involved a transgender employee.

The first two cases involve the late Donald Zarda, an employee of a sky-diving company, and Gerald Bostock, a child welfare services coordinator, who were both terminated from their jobs, allegedly after being identified as gay. Zarda made a reference to his sexual orientation to a client. Bostock joined a gay recreational softball league.

Diane Kelly will provide strong leadership for South Whitehall Township

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

To The Editor:

I would like to strongly endorse Diane Kelly for South Whitehall commissioner.

Diane has been an appointed member of the South Whitehall Planning Commission for the past 18 months and has been a strong voice to uphold our township zoning laws.

Diane advocates balanced growth that enhances our community, open government that includes you, the taxpayer.

Diane is a strong supporter of our law enforcement and first responders, and will work to ensure they have adequate resources to keep our community safe.

Virginia Beidler

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Telephone Pioneers

Virginia Beidler, 92, of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Allentown, died Oct. 12, 2019, in her home.

She and her husband, Donald A. Beidler, were married 47 years.

Born March 21, 1927, in Easton, Northampton County, she was the daughter of the late Elmer F. and Catherine (Ryerson) Hinkel.

A member of the Lehigh Valley Council of Telephone Pioneers, she was a secretary at the former Bell of Pennsylvania, Bethlehem, for 36 years before retiring in 1982.

She was a member of Joy Lutheran Church, Ocala.