Northwestern Press

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

School success:

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

‘Every day counts. Every minute counts’

Parkland Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rodney Troutman leads a group of educators from every school district in Lehigh County in an effort to improve school attendance.

Troutman spoke to The Press about the endeavor.

“Our goal is to get the best attendance for all of our kids,” Troutman said. “Children with good attendance are more likely to be successful in school.

“High attendance rates are linked to high student achievement.

Troutman noted high student achievement with school attendance is true for every grade — elementary, middle, and high school.

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: Union UCC to have tailgate party fundraiser to fight hunger

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

The Welcoming Committee of Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, will be hosting a tailgate party from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 3, the day of the big football game.

Enjoy a free lunch of subs, pizza, wings, chili, salads, snacks, birch beer and dessert. The occasion is a welcome party not only for new church members but also for anyone who would like to have some food, fun and fellowship.

Union UCC joins thousands of churches across the country on Super Souper Sunday to collect food and funds to fight hunger.

NORTH WHITEHALL: Union Lutheran kids buy chicks and piglets

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Children at Union Lutheran Sunday School are collecting pennies as their contribution to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America World Hunger program.

They showed up at the God’s Work, Our Hands event last fall with piggy banks, pots, coffee cans and plastic bags all filled with pennies.

At that time, the group had amassed $120 for the ELCA World Hunger piglet campaign.

The amount enabled needy families to receive piglets.

NORTH WHITEHALL: U.L. Lions Club celebrates 71 years

Thursday, December 27, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

The Upper Lehigh Lions Club is celebrating its 71st year with 62 members dedicated to serving the local community and some national and worldwide endeavors.

Recently, the club presented a check for $3,000 to the Center for Vision Loss to help screen children for eye issues and to assist with expenses of the organization.

The club donated $200 to Family Promise to help families who are homeless, decorated the township Christmas tree and sponsored a spaghetti supper to benefit the Schnecksville Fire Company kitchen rebuilding fund.

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: Schneck House featuring cookies and clear toys

Sunday, December 16, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

The Upper Lehigh Historical Society will sell homemade Christmas cookies and clear toy candy at the Schneck House 1-4 p.m. Dec. 16,

Everyone is invited to visit the historic Schneck log house along Route 873 across from McDonald’s in Schnecksville and purchase the special holiday treats.


Bingo has resumed Monday nights in the Schnecksville Fire Company.

Doors open 5:30 p.m. Early bird bingo begins 6 p.m. Regular games start at 6:45 p.m. The kitchen will be open.

Board OKs 5 waivers

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

After listening to a presentation from Ridge Farm representatives and public comments from 24 individuals, South Whitehall commissioners approved five waiver requests, denied one and tabled another.

The actions were taken Nov. 27 at a special meeting at Springhouse Middle School.

The denied item was a request to allow a 9-1/2 percent grade on the north-south road running through the development between Walbert Avenue and Huckleberry Road.

The township ordinance requires a 6 percent grade for the unnamed street, which is designated a collector road.

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: Union Lutheran Church to host craft show on Nov. 17

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, will present its seventh annual holiday craft show 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17.

The event includes 85 crafters with homemade items such as jewelry, bird houses, floral arrangements, greeting cards, purses, hand-woven baskets, crocheted children’s apparel, chocolates, and more.

This is a great time to enjoy fellowship, do some Christmas shopping, and hear music of the season.

Breakfast, lunch, and baked goods will be available.

Admission is free.


King George site looking better

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Recent actions by South Whitehall administrative staff and property owner Atul Patel have yielded improvements in the area around the King George Inn, reported township Manager Renee Bickel during the Oct. 17 board of commissioners’ meeting.

In August, Commissioner David Bond raised the issue with concerns not only about the surrounding property but about the inn itself.

“The building is deteriorating,” said Bond at the time. “It could just fall down.”

Commissioner Christina “Tori” Morgan voiced her opinion at the time.

NORTH WHITEHALL TWP: Quilts and crafts at St. John’s UCC

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1415 Rising Sun Road, Laurys Station, is hosting a craft fair and quilt sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 13.

The event features handmade crafts, refreshments, bake sale, Chinese auction and raffle.

Quilts will be displayed in the sanctuary. They may be purchased or simply viewed for their interesting patterns.

This is an opportunity to find gifts for any special occasion.

Come and enjoy lunch with a variety of homemade items including barbecue and soup.

Enjoy a fun filled day in the country at St. John’s UCC.

South Whitehall Twp police welcome K-9s Kyra and Drax to the department

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Two new K-9s recently traveled from Holland to join the South Whitehall Township Police Department. They will be training until the end of October.

“Then, they will hit the streets,” Police Chief Glen Dorney explained.

Kyra, a 17-month-old Dutch Shepherd, specializes in explosive detection. Drax, a 19-month-old Belgian Malinois, is specifically trained for narcotics detection.

Both K-9s will also be used in patrol work, tracking and apprehension.