Northwestern Press

Friday, January 19, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Ex-kennel owner’s neglect charges head to trial

Friday, January 19, 2018 by CHRIS REBER in Local News

A former kennel owner was in court Jan. 18 facing charges relating to 38 animals SPCA animal control officers removed from his Heidelberg Township property last May.

Derbe Eckhart, 50, of Central Road, Germansville, was set to appear for a preliminary hearing yesterday but showed up more than a half-hour after it was scheduled to begin.

District Judge Tom Creighton held the hearing in absentia, and carried over all charges against Eckhart for trial.

Creighton said Eckhart had car trouble not far from the district court office in Slatington.

County commissioners overturn Muller’s veto of electronic budget

Thursday, January 18, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners have overridden a veto, by former County Executive Thomas Muller, of a requirement the county provide an electronic copy of the annual budget.

Before the vote at the Jan. 10 meeting, commissioners listened to Muller explain why he had vetoed the measure.

In a letter dated Dec. 21, 2017, Muller recounted some “facts worth reviewing,” including the delivery of paper copies of the budget to commissioners on the same afternoon following its official release the Thursday before Labor Day.

Supervisors honor Eagle Scout

Thursday, January 18, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Weisenberg Township supervisors have honored Eagle Scout Sean Sprossel for the work he did at the township building.

Sprossel, who renovated the handicapped ramp to the rear of the building, sanded and painted the ramp and the Bilco door and installed new railing on the ramp along with some other items.

In other matters at the Jan. 8 meeting, Rochelle Kaplan and Dr. Fritz Walker, representing Fair Districts PA, gave a short presentation to supervisors on gerrymandering.

Lowhill meets for new year

Thursday, January 18, 2018 by DANIEL HAMM in Local News

With all positions organized for 2018 the Lowhill Township supervisors’ board was ready to address its agenda for the first regular meeting of the new year.

Supervisors’ Chairman Richard Hughes first made a motion, which was later passed, to approve the December 2017, the reorganization meeting and the auditors meeting minutes.

The next order of business was to review the Sorenson construction sketch plan for 2883 Windy Road.

After discussing the plan, supervisors agreed to approve the sketch plan and allow the company to move forward.

Living Stone ordains associate pastor

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

A five-year member of the Living Stone Fellowship, Jaime Gonzalez, was chosen, first by God and then by the church board, as associate pastor of the church.

From neighboring churches came members of a Presbytery — pastors and church members getting together to ordain the new person.

As Gonzalez is an employee of Allentown, Mayor Ed Pawloski, attended the ceremony.

Living Stone Pastor Jean Masiko asked God to be in their midst.

The program began with lunch and extra tables had to be set up, and then more tables.

Gov. Tom Wolf visits LCCC

Thursday, January 18, 2018 by DANIEL HAMM in Local News

Discusses CDL, manufacturing programs

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recently visited Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, to discuss trucking and manufacturing positions with local company team leaders and students.

Wolf was introduced by LCCC President Dr. Ann Bieber, who helped lead discussion topics.

Upon his arrival at the college, Wolf, Bieber and LCCC Board of Trustees Chairwoman Roberta Marcus toured the commercial truck driver training facilities and the college’s new manufacturing mobile unit.

This mobile unit helps prepare workers for higher level jobs in manufacturing.

A fitting farewell for a general

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Members of the Military Forces Honor Guard of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provided a fitting salute to the late U.S. Army Retired Brig. Gen. Ann Mae V. Hays, 97, at Grandview Cemetery, South Whitehall, as she was laid to rest Jan. 12 with full military honors.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Daniel J. II. and Matie (Humphrey) McCabe.

A graduate of Allentown School of Nursing, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Columbia University and Master of Science degree in nursing from Catholic University of Washington, D.C.

Classes begin on Feb. 7

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by The Press in Local News


Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association is offering a four-session class, “Introduction to Beekeeping” 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 21 and March 7 and 21.

All classes will be in Room 107/108, Rothrock Library in the Alumni Center, Lehigh Carbon Community College, 4525 Education Park Drive, Schnecksville.

Registration fee for adults includes a reference book, course materials, refreshments and planned field trips to the club apiary for hands-on experience.