Northwestern Press

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

From Wales to Alburtis, in search of WW2 hero

Sunday, May 26, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

Steve Jones, a resident of Port Talbot, Wales, Great Britain, spent this spring traveling the Lehigh Valley and points beyond on his motorcycle. But he is not exactly what you’d call a typical tourist.

The 56-year-old could be called a history buff. For the last 30 years, he has been researching aviation history in South Wales. He’s studied all kinds of stories and events. He’s also pursued some of them. But one in particular, one that happened more than 75 years ago, brought him to the small borough of Alburtis, Lehigh County.

Folk music veteran Eric Andersen never gives up on a dream

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

Robert Frost’s ambiguous classic poem, “The Road Not Taken,” challenges readers to contemplate life choices: Ultimately, whether to go with the mainstream, or go it alone.

Folksinger-songwriter Eric Andersen’s choice came many years ago and in retrospect he didn’t go it alone, but he most certainly went his own way.

Andersen is in concert, 7 p.m. April 11, Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem.

Jim Brickman brings joyful exchange to Miller Symphony Hall

Thursday, December 20, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

‘Tis the season that piano sensation Jim Brickman hits the road.

The Grammy-nominated pianist understands that being a successful entertainer is about more than creating captivating and beautiful music. Brickman’s easy as Sunday morning style resonates with his audience and it’s part of the reason they keep coming around for more.

Brickman’s 30-city United States holiday tour, “A Joyful Christmas,” lands at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Ziegels Union Church dates back to 1750

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Ziegels Union Church, 9990 Ziegels Church Road, Breinigsville, could be considered something of an anomaly, according to the Rev. Jeffrey Kistler, of the United Church of Christ.

“This is what is called a vintage church in the literature,” Kistler said. “One of the things that has always been positive about a vintage church is the pastors are committed to doing pastoral care. If someone is sick, we go to the hospital.

“My perception is that is not always the case in nonvintage churches.”

Another anomaly is there are actually two Ziegels Union churches, well, sort of.

LV Arts Council disburses grants to fund 33 projects

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

How do the arts enhance your life?

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council (LVAC) says plenty.

The 501c3 organization was established “to promote the value of the arts, foster collaboration in the community and encourage arts engagement for all people in the Lehigh Valley.”

The Arts Council honored its membership at the annual Arts Count 2018 annual fall reception and Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Grant Awards presentation Oct. 16, Butz Corporate Center, 842 Hamilton St., Allentown.

Renovated 19th St. Theatre is more than a building

Friday, October 26, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

The year is 1928. The Roaring ‘20s are nearing their conclusion and the Great Depression’s desolation awaits.

In West Allentown, a stately, regal and artful movie palace opens known as the Nineteenth Street Theatre.

Ninety years later, years of planning, months of renovations and $5.5 million have created a refurbished Civic Theatre of Allentown, which officially reopened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 11.

China policies affect recycling

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Business Showcase

Scrap policy is evolving and how the United States responds matters, and matters a lot.

That’s what panelists told a crowd assembled at the 2018 Lehigh Valley Energy & Environment Outlook and Expo, Sept. 21, Homewood Suites, Center Valley, presented by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Ground zero for those changes are occurring in China. The communist country has recently banned certain materials and is requiring exporters to ship materials that are almost entirely devoid of contamination.

Jewish Community Center of Lehigh Valley marks 100th year

Friday, October 5, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

Enter the front door of the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley and make the first right. Head down the hall and you’ll see them on your left. Literally hundreds of class photos dating back more than half a century. Smiling children with their classmates and teachers.

“Let me see where mine is,” says Amy Sams, JCC adult program and event coordinator. “Oh, here it is.”

There in a small frame is a class photo of when she was a young girl. Just like it is for thousands of other students.