Northwestern Press

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Turnpike Northeast Extension reopens ahead of schedule

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

The Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike reopened ahead of schedule to traffic between the Lehigh Valley Exit (No. 56) and the Mahoning Valley Exit (No. 74) after a bridge replacement.

Crews worked very diligently between Oct. 13 and 16 to reopen the roadway ahead of schedule, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced Oct. 16.

The southbound lanes opened at 1 a.m. The northbound lanes opened at 2 a.m. Oct. 16.

Every construction task involved in the process was accomplished smoothly and ahead of time.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


Lehigh Valley Health Network will administer free seasonal flu vaccinations for adults and children 6 months and older during two community sessions in November.

Shots will be all drive-thru 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 4 at Dorney Park, South Whitehall, and the same time at Coca-Cola Park, Allentown, on Nov. 5.

LVHN is partnering with area food banks and shelters to accept donations of unexpired, nonperishable food items during the drive-thru sessions. Food donations are optional.

Bonita B. Seko Schlabig

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

certified nursing assistant

Bonita B. “Bonnie” Seko Schlabig, 67, a longtime Catasauqua resident, died peacefully Oct. 7, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg Campus, Bethlehem.

She was the widow of Gregory O. Schlabig, who died in 2016 and Ronald Seko, who died in 2005.

Born in Schnecksville, she was a daughter of Grace M. (Strohl) Balliet of Coplay, and the late William F. Balliet, former Whitehall Township fire chief.

She was a longtime member of the former Trinity United Church of Christ, Coplay.

Richard Edwin Danner

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

Richard Edwin Danner, 84, of East Texas, died Oct. 11, 2017.

He and his wife Emily A. (Lehr) Danner were married 62 years in March.

Born in East Texas, he was a son of the late Edwin and Viola (Litzenberger) Danner.

He was a sheet metal worker for more than 50 years with Union Local 19.

He was a member and former church council president of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, past president of Lower Lehigh Lions Club, past president of East Texas Playground Association and a former superintendent of East Texas Sunday School.

Charles B. Harding

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

operating engineer

Charles B. Harding, 85, of Allentown, died Sept. 27, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He was the son of the late Charles Fredrick and Lurena (Moody) Harding.

He and his wife Barbara Ann (McDonnell) were married 65 years.

He served in the Korean War as an Army sergeant first class in the 7th Calvary.

An operating engineer and member of the International Union of Operating Engineers 825 for many years, he was also a member of Ocean Grove Auditorium Ushers Association in New Jersey, section leader for more than 25 years and an avid outdoors man.

LCCC Early Learning Center lauded

Friday, October 13, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) Early Learning Center has been awarded the highest four-star rating through the Keystone STARS initiative through the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

The performance standards are grouped into four levels and address staff qualifications and professional development, the early learning program, partnerships with family and community, and leadership and management. Each level utilizes research-based best practices to promote quality early learning environments and positive child outcomes.

Baby delivery services to move from Sacred Heart to St. Luke’s - Allentown

Friday, October 13, 2017 by The Press in Business Showcase

Sacred Heart HealthCare System has announced that as of Oct. 10, Sacred Heart Hospital, 421 Chew St., Allentown, will no longer offer labor and delivery services.

Obstetrics services will be “delivered” through a new collaboration with St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Through this collaboration, there is only one change: mothers-to-be can deliver their babies at St. Luke’s Hospital - Allentown Campus, 1736 Hamilton St., Allentown, which is less than two miles from Sacred Heart Hospital.