Northwestern Press

Monday, February 18, 2019

LOWHILL TOWNSHIP: L.V. Zoo offering family Valentine’s Day festivities

Thursday, February 14, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, is hosting a Wild at Heart Valentine’s Day event for families Feb. 16.

Enjoy a day of music, crafts, animal encounters and raffles.

Bagged lunches will be provided.

Space is limited, so call the zoo at 610-799-4171 to reserve a space.

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Members of Christ’s Church at Lowhill, 4695 Lowhill Church Road, New Tripoli, are accepting orders until March 10 for their hoagie sale.

Woodlawn fire chief charged with simple assault, harassment

Thursday, February 14, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Woodlawn Fire Chief James Kutz was charged with simple assault and harassment Jan. 11 after allegedly pulling a gun on a Boy Scout who was leaving food-drive fliers on house doorknobs in South Whitehall Township.

According to the affidavit of probable cause and criminal complaint obtained from District Judge Jake Hammond’s office, South Whitehall, police were dispatched 7:24 p.m. Nov. 4, 2018, to a home in the 2400 block of Coolidge St., for a possible attempted burglary.

Day, Geiger receive Lehigh County 4-H awards

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Lehigh County 4-H recently presented the Friend of 4-H Award to someone who continually supports the 4-H program and the youth involved.

“For many years, we have interacted with this individual at 4-H events,” said Kelly M. Weisner, extension educator with 4-H youth development at the Lehigh County Cooperative Extension. “On many occasions, he speaks to others about the value of this great program.

“We recognize state Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, as the Lehigh County Friend of 4-H.”

Day, Geiger receive 4-H awards

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Lehigh County 4-H recently presented the Friend of 4-H Award to someone who continually supports the 4-H program and the youth involved.

“For many years, we have interacted with this individual at 4-H events,” said Kelly M. Weisner, extension educator with 4-H youth development at the Lehigh County Cooperative Extension. “On many occasions, he speaks to others about the value of this great program.

“We recognize state Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, as the Lehigh County Friend of 4-H.”

LOWHILL TOWNSHIP: Otter Bowl Feb. 2 at L.V. Zoo

Friday, February 1, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, is hosting its eighth annual Otter Bowl 10:30 a.m. Feb. 2.

Visit the North American River Otter exhibit and cheer on the zoo’s otters, Naya and Luani, as they make their prediction for which team will win the big game.

The zoo will be offering additional conservation crafts and activities such as tours of the kangaroo exhibit and the giraffe vestibule.

There will be penguin bracelet and sand art making, and specialty zoo keeper chats.

For information, call the zoo at 610-799-4171.

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Derbe Eckhart pleads guilty to cruelty to animal charges

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A Lehigh County man who has faced numerous charges of abuse of animals over the years, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge James T. Anthony in Lehigh County Court to 94 counts of cruelty to animals stemming from four separate search warrants served in May 2017 as well as January and June 2018.

Derbe “Skip” Eckhart, 51, who has lived in Heidelberg Township and the Emmaus area, has been in jail since August.

LOWHILL TWP: Zoo celebrating Penguin Awareness Day

Friday, January 18, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, is hosting Penguin Awareness Day with feedings of the African black-footed penguins 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jan. 20.

There will also be a fun assortment of conversation, crafts and activities.

Stop by the Bison Room and make a penguin bracelet, then see if it matches any of the penguin’s identification bands at the zoo.

For more information, call the zoo at 610-799-4171.

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Morgenland Church, 3120 Weidasville Road, Orefield, will have a bake sale 9 a.m. Jan. 20.

BREAKING NEWS: Suspicious package found at Lehigh County courthouse

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The City of Allentown police and fire department, and the Lehigh County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a suspicious package found at the Lehigh County Courthouse, Police Chief Tony Alsleben said in a 9:31 a.m. Jan. 16 email to The Press.

Roads around the courthouse are blocked off.

It is not known if the courthouse was evacuated.

South Whitehall police seek help to identify pickup truck

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

South Whitehall Township police are seeking the public’s help to identify the owner or business that owns a truck involved in an incident that occurred around 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 2018, in the 2500 block of Highland St., South Whitehall.

This case is under active investigation and no other details can be released at this time, police say.

Anyone who may be able to identify the business or owner of the pickup truck or has information regarding this investigation, is asked to contact South Whitehall Detective Timothy Shoudt at 610-398-0337.

South Whitehall police seek help identifying theft suspect

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

South Whitehall police are investigating a theft from a vehicle and subsequent access device fraud, which occurred 10:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 28, 2018, in the 3800 block of Walbert Avenue, South Whitehall Township.

Police say after the man entered the vehicle, he allegedly used the stolen credit card at the Top Star Exxon, Tilghman Street, South Whitehall; Home Depot, Whitehall; and Ahart’s market, Allentown.

The man was seen driving a blue Subaru sedan with an unknown registration.