Northwestern Press

Monday, April 22, 2019

LOWHILL TOWNSHIP: Churches offering Easter events

Friday, April 12, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Christ’s Church at Lowhill, 4695 Lowhill Church Road, New Tripoli, is hosting a free community breakfast and egg hunt with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny April 13.

A breakfast of egg casseroles, hash brown casseroles, gluten free and regular pancakes, cream chipped beef, French toast, sausages, ham and beverages will be served from 9-11 a.m.

The egg hunt starts at 11 a.m. in the grove.

For information, call Sue at 610-395-0723 or Wanda 610-842-4781.

Eckhart to serve 3-10 years for animal cruelty charges

Friday, April 12, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A Lehigh County man who has faced numerous charges of abuse of animals over the years, was sentenced April 3 to three to 10 years in prison by Judge James T. Anthony in Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas.

Derbe “Skip” Eckhart, 51, who has lived in Heidelberg Township and the Emmaus area, faced 94 counts of cruelty to animals stemming from four separate search warrants served in May 2017 as well as January and June 2018.

Eckhart, represented by Attorney Alfred Stirba IV, of Orefield, has been in jail since July 2018.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Churches offering Easter activities

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Ziegels Union Church, 9990 Ziegels Church Road, Breinigsville, will have an Easter Egg Hunt for kids ages 1 through sixth grade at 2 p.m. on April 14, rain or shine.

An adult challenge course will also be offered.

Refreshments will be served in the grove following the egg hunt.

The church will observe Maundy Thursday with a Union Agape potluck meal (a form of Love Feast) 6:30 p.m. April 18 in fellowship hall.

For more information, call the church office at 610-285-6157.

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Players of the Stage to perform ‘The Outsiders’

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Players of the Stage, a Christian home-schooled theater group, will present “The Outsiders” April 11-13 to benefit Hope Kids of Allentown.

The play is based on S.E. Hinton’s novel of the same name, and adapted by Christopher Sergel.

The play tells the 1960s story of the conflict between two rival gangs, the working class “Greasers” and the upper class “Socs” as told by Ponyboy Curtis, a young Greaser.

North Whitehall resident Jake Diem, who plays Ponyboy Curtis spoke with The Press about his character.

LCTI forges bond with school districts for new welding center

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Lehigh Career and Technical Institute administrators, staff and students and local school administrators broke ground March 14 for a new $4.25 million Welding Technology Center.

Speakers at the groundbreaking ceremony included LCTI Executive Director Dr. Thomas J. Rushton, Director of Career and Technical Education Kurt Adam, Joint Operating Committee Vice Chairman Gary Fedorcha, state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, and Pa. Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani.

Firefighters battle third area barn fire

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Laurys Station, Neffs, Lehigh Township, Whitehall-Egypt Station, Schnecksville, Tri-Clover and Allen Township volunteer firefighters were dispatched around 10:51 p.m. March 24 for a barn fire at 1352 Clearview Road, North Whitehall Township.

Laurys Station Fire Chief Robin Hood said the fire was called under control at 11:21 p.m.

North Whitehall Fire Marshal Jim Steward and State Police Fire Marshal Trooper James Welsh are investigating the fire. Northern Valley Ambulance Corps and Macungie rehabilitation emergency medical services assisted at the scene.

Police seek help to solve cold case

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, are seeking the public’s help in solving a pedestrian hit and run, which occurred Nov. 29, 2013, on southbound Route 222, north of the Kressler Road intersection, Lower Macungie Township.

According to police, Michael Mason, who was 36 at the time of the crash, was walking along the west berm, when a southbound vehicle on Route 222 struck him.

Police say the vehicle’s bumper, which was approximately 17 inches from the ground, struck Mason on his left calf.

Mason was pronounced dead at the scene.

State Police seek help to solve cold case

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, are seeking the public’s help in solving a pedestrian hit and run, which occurred Nov. 29, 2013, on southbound Route 222, north of the Kressler Road intersection, Lower Macungie Township.

According to police, Michael Mason, who was 36 at the time of the crash, was walking along the west berm, when a southbound vehicle on Route 222 struck him.

Police say the vehicle’s bumper, which was approximately 17 inches from the ground, struck Mason on his left calf.

Mason was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver left before police arrived.