Northwestern Press

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Heidelberg reorganizes with few changes

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

David Fink was named temporary board chairman when Heidelberg Township reorganized on Jan. 7.

Steve Bachman retained his position as chairman of the supervisors’ board.

Jonathan Jakum was named vice chairman.

Janice Meyers will continue as secretary-treasurer for this year.

Township solicitors will be Charles Waters and Keith Strohl from the law firm of Steckel and Stopp, Slatington.

Chris Noll of Keystone Consulting Engineers, Wescosville, was named township engineer.


Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in Local News


JAN. 24

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·Alcoholics Anonymous at New Life Lutheran Church, 6804 Weiss Road, New Tripoli, 7 p.m. Enter at far end of church. Call 610-298-2710.

·Cetronia Senior Center, 12:30 p.m., in the social hall behind the Cetronia Fire Company, 3950 Broadway. Pinochle and bingo. Beverages and doughnuts served. Must be age 55 or older. Open to residents of all areas. For information, call 610-751-0912.

School directors honored for serving unselfishly on the board

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Members of the Northwestern Lehigh School Board were honored during their January meeting in celebration of School Director Recognition Month.

This group of nine spends dozens of hours each month voluntarily leading the schools and making difficult decisions.

They play a significant role in creating an environment where student success can happen.

Each board member received a Tiger tumbler from Student Council, an art “Thank you” picture from Weisenberg Elementary students and a group picture from Northwestern Elementary.

Larry Shrawder wins Independent Park bid

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT KENNY BLEILER in Local News

Upper Macungie Township supervisors unanimously voted Jan. 3 to accept a bid by Larry Shrawder of Kempton bid to purchase Independent Park, 150 Independent Road.

Shrawder has owned Stony Run Winery, Kempton, for several years.

According to Kal Sostarecz, township secretary, supervisors accepted Shrawder’s bid of $1,526,000, which was slightly more than the advertised minimum bid of $1,500,000.

One other bid was received, but it did not meet the minimum requirements set by the board.

Bev Gruber honored for volunteerism, leadership

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Allentown Fair President Beverly Gruber was recognized for her leadership and longtime volunteerism at the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

She was given the Gerald W. Reichard Memorial Impact Award Jan. 10 during the Commercial Exhibitors Breakfast.

The award is given in honor of Reichard, a veteran, educator, and Farm Show volunteer, who died in 2016.

School requests approval for turf

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Following the Jan. 7 reorganization meeting of Heidelberg supervisors, the board met for its regular monthly meeting.

Terry Degroot of Terra Forma Engineering was accompanied by Northwestern Lehigh School District Superintendent Jennifer Holman and Operations Director Arthur Oakes.

There are to be renovations to the existing track with a rubberized surface rather than cinders.

New bleachers and a press box are to be added. Javelin and the discus throw, which were on the north side of the track, are to be moved to the south side.

Bridge repair updates provided

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by DANIEL HAMM in Local News

Lowhill supervisors were relieved hear at their Jan. 7 meeting that repairs are completed and satisfactorily done to Valley Road Bridge.

Solicitor Keith Strohl reported that for 2019 there has been an inflation adjustment for any public bid requirements.

For anything that is at least $11,600, the township can do an abbreviated bid process, but for anything that is $20,600 or greater, a full bid process needs to be done.

This is approximately a $200 increase from last year.

Running-for-office workshop on Jan. 26

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Thinking of running for local office in 2019? Circulating a petition to be placed on the ballot begins Feb. 19.

To many, running for local office can be a daunting task.

To assist candidates through this complex process, the League of Women Voters of Lehigh County will conduct a “Running for Local Office Workshop” between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the DeSales University Center, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley.

This workshop is designed to give someone thinking of running for local office, or working on a campaign, an understanding of how to qualify and run.

Martin announces re-election bid

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin, a Republican, has announced he is seeking re-election.

Martin has been district attorney since January 1998 when he was appointed by Lehigh County commissioners to succeed Judge Robert L. Steinberg.

He was elected to four-year terms in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015.

He is the longest serving district attorney in county history. In 2015, he received 1,771 write-in votes for the nomination on the Democrat ticket and, thus, was the nominee of both major parties.

Lehigh County seeks nominations for senior citizen Unsung Heroes

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County’s Office of Aging and Adult Services is accepting nominations for its 2019 Unsung Heroes program.

The program is part of Older Americans Month celebrated in May.

“To be eligible for consideration, applicants must meet the following criteria:

•Must be at least 60 years of age.

•Must be a Lehigh County resident.

•Achievements, accomplishments or service must be performed on a volunteer basis, not paid.

•Have performed outstanding contributions or services that promoted, enhanced and enriched the quality of life for others.