Northwestern Press

Thursday, October 17, 2019

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Calling all canines: Barktoberfest will be on Oct. 12

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Upper Macungie Township and Keystone Consulting Engineers will host Barktoberfest 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 12 at Upper Macungie Park, 1625 N. Route 100, Fogelsville. Rain date is Oct. 13.

A demonstration by the police K-9 team will be presented 12:30 p.m., with music, activities, giveaways by vendors, a pet parade and costume contest with prizes.

Pet parade registration takes place 11 a.m. to noon at the welcome table. Winners will be announced at 1:10 p.m.

Admission is free. All pets must be on a leash to attend.

LOWHILL TOWNSHIP: Trunk or treat in the grove Oct. 19 at Christ’s Church at Lowhill

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Christ’s Church at Lowhill, 4695 Church Road, New Tripoli, will have a trunk or treat in the grove 3-6 p.m. on Oct. 19. Rain date is from 3-6 p.m. Oct. 26.

There will be a goodie walk, food and apple dumplings for sale, apple cider, piñata, s’mores at the fire pit, and prizes awarded for the best trunk. For more information, call Sue at 610-395-0723.

The church is accepting orders until Oct. 13 for the R&K Italian, turkey, ham, roast beef and American hoagie and sandwich sale. Also available are turkey and all cheese on whole grain hoagies and bread.

Former Hosfeld’s General Store damaged in car crash on Sept. 29

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

The former Hosfeld’s General store and Stony Run Post Office, 2471 Route 737, Stony Run, Albany Township, was damaged 1:20 a.m. on Sept. 29 when a car crashed into the front of the building, now used as a residence.

State Police Troop L, Hamburg, say Jamen M. Schrock, 41, of Kempton, was driving a 2012 KIA Forte south on Route 737, when he allegedly failed to negotiate a right curve in the roadway.

His car continued straight across the oncoming traffic lane before leaving the roadway and striking the building.

Something was squirrelly in South Whitehall Twp

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Nothing can change a day in a newspaper office more than a power outage.

As this reporter arrived around 8:30 a.m. Oct. 1 to The Press office, 1633 N. 26th St., South Whitehall Township, I learned the power went out around 7:30 a.m.

After tracking down a PPL electric utility truck driven by Brian Walter, a lineman with the company, the cause of the outage was discovered.

“A squirrel took out the line,” Walter said. “It climbed on top of the transformer and was electrocuted.”

Two children discovered unconscious in Albany Twp.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

State Police Troop L, Hamburg, are investigating an incident involving two children in Albany Township, Berks County.

Police say a 4-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy were found unconscious at 4:37 p.m. Sept. 23 at a house in the 2400 block of Route 143.

Both children were MedEvac’d to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

They are listed in stable condition, police say.

Volunteer firefighters with the Kempton Fire Company, along with Kutztown, Hamburg and Cetronia ambulance corps personnel assisted at the scene.

LOWHILL TOWNSHIP: Harvest Home on Sept. 29

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Christ’s Church at Lowhill, 4695 Lowhill Church Road, New Tripoli, will have its 250th anniversary Harvest Home service and communion 10 a.m. Sept. 29.

Some members of the congregation will be wearing Colonial attire.

Lehigh County Agricultural Society President Bev Gruber will share special remarks as they celebrate and bless God’s provisions.

All food items will benefit the food pantry.

For information, call Bev Moyer at 484-707-6591.

The church will have a fall penny party Oct. 4.

Doors open 5:30 p.m. Game starts at 7 p.m.,

Berks County man charged with sexual assault at KidsPeace

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin has announced that a Berks County man was charged with committing institutional sexual assault for an alleged incident at KidsPeace in North Whitehall.

Kharee Javon Greene, 23, of 204. S. Kemp St., Lyons Station, Berks County, a former KidsPeace employee, has been charged with one count of institutional sexual assault, a felony of the third degree.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church having pet blessing on Oct. 6

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Zion’s Union Church, Maxatawny, 329 Church Road, Kutztown, is collecting new socks for men, women, children and infants between Oct. 6-27 to be distributed to local organizations and shelters.

For more information, call the church office at 610-683-7485.


St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8227 Hamilton Blvd., Breinigsville, will offer a blessing of the pets at 1 p.m. Oct. 6. This event will be held rain or shine.

Arrive by 12:30 p.m. for food, drinks and raffle ticket sales. Hot dogs, baked goods and drinks will be available for purchase.

Two trucks crash, portion of I-78 in Greenwich Township closed

Thursday, September 19, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A crash involving a 2016 Western Star dump truck and 2017 International Harvester tractor-trailer completely shut down the right lane of I-78 West at 9:35 a.m. Sept. 17 in Greenwich Township, Berks County.

State Police Troop L, Hamburg say Morando Maye, 43, of Baltimore, Md., was driving the dump truck in the left lane of I-78 West and was in the process of overtaking the tractor-trailer driven by Joseph D. Herron, 63, of Fredericksburg, Va., which was in the right lane.

Granitz named Allentown’s interim police chief

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Speaking before a crowded room, Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell announced the appointment of Capt. Glenn E. Granitz Jr. as the city’s interim police chief.

Mayor O’Connell began his speech by stating, “Seventeen months ago, when I took this job as the interim mayor of the City of Allentown, one of the first tasks I had was the selection of a new police chief,” O’Connell said. “Glen Dorney was retiring from the city heading to South Whitehall Township, so the department needed a new police chief. I selected Tony Alsleben.”

O’Connell then noted Alsleben was an excellent chief.