Northwestern Press

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Carl T. Ruch Sr.

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

automobile mechanic

Carl T. Ruch Sr., 74, of Schnecksville, died May 1, 2018, in his home.

He and his wife Julia A. (Williams) Ruch were married 55 years.

Born May 26, 1943, in Schnecksville, he was the son of the late Emery Jacob and Myrtle Irene (Gogel) Ruch.

He was an automobile mechanic at Gilboy Ford, Whitehall, for 35 years before retiring in 2000.

In the 1960s, he drove race car No. 74, at various local racetracks.

An avid hunter and fisherman, he was a member of Grouse Hall, Ironton.

Patrick William Murray

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

infant son

Patrick William Murray, infant son of Damian and Sarah (Jolly) Murray, was born into the arms of Angels May 1, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

In addition to his parents and loyal pups, Copper and Gunner, he is survived by maternal grandparents Richard and Christine (Avenali) Jolly of Kane, paternal grandmother Sara (Rothenberg) Drey of Arizona, paternal grandfather Boyd Murray of Allentown, maternal great-grandparents Alfreta and Michael Avenali, Uncle Jesse Jolly, and Aunt Daniella Murray, along with extended family and friends.

Colonial League Track and Field Championship seeds

Friday, May 4, 2018 by The Press in Sports

Seeds for the Colonial League Track and Field Championships were released Thursday. The league meet will be held Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9 at Whitehall High School.

The following list includes the top five seeds in each event. The complete list can be found on the track and field page of the Colonial League web site (


100 - 1. Tyrek Scipio (B) 10.9, 2. Delano McKenzie (S) 10.9, 3. Jared Colletti (PS) 11.0, 4. Noah Schock (SL) 11.0, 5. Julius Ewunken (ND) 11.0;

Resource fair on May 5

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs


Parkland School District and the Education Foundation are hosting a community resource fair 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5 in the cafeteria at Parkland High School, 2700 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., South Whitehall Township.

More than 50 different agencies will be on hand to discuss transportation, disabilities, health care, mental health, employment, housing, aging, and women’s, children, veterans and emergency services, churches, food banks and more.

There will be snacks, prizes and giveaways. All are invited to attend.

Event offered on May 12

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs


Lehigh County Auto Theft and Insurance Fraud Task Force has scheduled a free vehicle identification number etching event 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12 at the Whitehall Township Public Works Building, 3219 MacArthur Road, Whitehall.

The event is open to all vehicle owners in Lehigh County, and there is no limit to the number of vehicles motorists can bring to the event.

VIN etching is the process of chemically etching a vehicle’s unique identification number on all windows and sunroofs.

Plant auction on May 7

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Garden club

Claussville Garden Club will have a plant auction 6:30 p.m. May 7 at Zettlemoyer’s Fogelsville Auction Center, 820 Nursery St., Fogelsville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

There will be a wide variety of perennials, hostas, day lilies, etc. as well as houseplants available for purchase.

The sale of the plants, grown by the club members, will benefit the club’s scholarships, which each year is awarded to a Northwestern High School senior who is pursuing an education in agricultural or environmental studies, and other club activities.

Safety seat checks May 17

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

S. Whitehall

South Whitehall Township police will be conducting a National Seat Check 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 at Target, 1600 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., in Crest Plaza shopping mall.

Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand to check car seats for proper installation and advise parents and caregivers how to choose the right car seats and install them properly in their vehicles.

Concerts on May 6, 13, 27

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs


The Allentown Band, under the direction of Conductor Ronald Demkee, will perform a “Side-By-Side” concert with guest conductor Dr. Virginia Allen and Carol Jantsch, principal tuba with the Philadelphia Orchestra 7:30 p.m. May 6 at Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

The band will also give a Mother’s Day concert 7 p.m. May 13 and a Memorial Day concert 7 p.m. May 27, both at Springhouse Middle School, 1200 Springhouse Road, South Whitehall Township.

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