Northwestern Press

Friday, October 19, 2018

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.

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: Worship times change at Union Lutheran Church

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, announces Sunday worship times are now at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. A variety of music will be offered at each service.

Christian education hour is 9:30 a.m. each Sunday for all ages.

The catechetical program begins Sept. 25.

A contemporary worship service will be offered 6 p.m. Sept. 22. The service will feature the group SWIM, with Bobby Siegfried leading the music along with youth musicians.

The Vine Church

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Pastor Adam Kern, of The Vine Church, which meets at the Schnecksville Grange, 5322 Route 873, has announced several forthcoming endeavors for the organization.

“We are rolling out a new children’s ministry and revamping the area downstairs,” Kern said.

“We’re transforming the basement where kids will want to come.

“And, we have a new director of children’s ministry with a background in education.”

The first children’s church lesson will be on Sept. 16.

Union Lutheran Church welcomes new pastor

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, has elected the Rev. Gordon A. Camp as its new full-time pastor.

Camp graduated from Temple University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and film.

He earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 1995, and served his internship year at St. Paul’s, Catasauqua, with the Rev. Herb Gifford, who is now a member of Union Lutheran.

Camp’s wife, Cindy, is also a Lutheran pastor serving as the director of disaster response for Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries.

Yellow Dot decal assists emergency responders

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Pennsylvania has created the Yellow Dot program as a way for individuals to receive appropriate emergency care following a traffic accident when they may not be able to communicate their own needs.

Placing a Yellow Dot sticker in the vehicle’s rear window alerts first responders to check the glove compartment for vital medical information.

The Yellow Dot sticker and pamphlet with instructions and pages for emergency information are available from the office of state Rep. Gary Day, R-187th.

PART II

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Robert Heintzelman praises former worker Harold Reitz

Heintzelman Funeral Home co-owner and Supervisor Robert Heintzelman spoke with The Press about Harold Reitz’s decades of service.

“His work ethic was second to none,” Heintzelman said. “He started at 7:10 a.m. for 8 a.m. and never left when he was supposed to. He said he would stop when his work was done.”

Heintzelman said Reitz, who recently retired, loved what he did.

“He was an integral part of everything we had going here,” Heintzelman said. “We gave him the fancy title ‘director of property management.’

PART I

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Reitz retires after six decades at funeral home

Harold Reitz has retired after 61 years of service to the Heintzelman Funeral Home.

During that time, he was involved in nearly every aspect of the business and was recognized by many as he stopped traffic in the middle of Route 309 for visitors to cross from the parking lot to the Schnecksville funeral home.

In addition to his career with Heintzelman’s, Reitz has participated in many public events as PITSTOP the clown and other costumed characters. He plans to continue that hobby.

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: Union UCC to host Country Sale

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, will stage its annual Country Sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 5.

Vendors will be set up inside the church and outside over to the grove.

Highlights include a book sale, Santa’s Attic and homemade baked goods.

Lunch will be available with items such as homemade soup, barbecues, sides, and burgers cooked outside by the Grill Guys.

It’s a great time for the community to come together for fun and food.

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The Auxiliary of Northern Valley EMS, NOVA, is having a flea market 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5, Food will be available.

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: Take a walk, help feed the hungry

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

The 10th annual Hunger Walk to benefit the Northern Lehigh Food Bank will take place May 6, along the Slatington Rails to Trails.

The walk begins at 2 p.m. but arrive by 1:45 p.m. to sign in.

Organizers are looking for participants to walk the two miles from the food bank in Emerald into Slatedale and back again and to obtain pledges for contributions.

Anyone who registers before April 25 and has at least $25 in donations may receive a free T-shirt.