Northwestern Press

Monday, September 23, 2019

LCCC, first responders practice for active shooter at the college

Thursday, September 19, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, in cooperation with Northern Valley EMS, Schnecksville, and Neffs fire companies, and the Pennsylvania State Police recently took part in an active shooter drill on the campus.

Using all the resources available to respond to the campus, first responders were confronted by multiple gunshot “victims.”

These “wounded” individuals were portrayed by local fire and police personnel and volunteers from the college.

Oversight for the program was provided by Kristie Wilk, executive director of Northern Valley EMS.

Dogs and cats get their shots at Felines and Fidos

Thursday, September 19, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

From the parking lot, the yelping of a dog as dogs and cats could be heard as they arrived at Forgotten Felines and Fidos for vaccination on Sept. 15.

The animal shelter is located along Mountain Road, Heidelberg Township.

Coconut, one of the canines, continued to cry all through the procedure and struggled even after he was wrapped in a towel.

Tara Kunkle administered the shots with Vet Tech Claire Schultes from Lehigh Carbon Community College, who was watching and learning, and occasionally helping.

The Neffs National Bank bids farewell to longtime banker

Thursday, September 19, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Neffs National Bank has announced the retirement of Ronald Gildner.

After 45 years of service, the vice president of retail lending is hanging up his suit and tie in an effort to spend more time with his family and the community.

Gildner started as a bank teller in July 1974 and rose to security officer and vice president of retail lending.

Over the years, Gildner helped generations of local families meet their financial needs.

Heidelberg 5K takes off on Sept. 21

Thursday, September 19, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The second annual Heidelberg 5K and 1-mile walk for kids will take place, rain or shine 9 a.m. Sept. 21 at Heidelberg Union Church, 5187 Irvin Road, Heidelberg Township.

There will be special activities for the kids, and all 1-mile walk participants, age 14 and younger, will receive a ribbon.

Kids who are age 14 and older, and those who are younger, are welcome to participate in the 5K walk/run as well.

In addition to the kids 1-mile, there will be Boy Scout and Girl Scout events and a craft area designated with products donated by Crayola.

Albany Twp residents express concerns about spotted lanternfly

Thursday, September 19, 2019 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in Local News

John Nissen, service forester with the state Bureau of Forestry, Berks County, did not want to spend a lot of time talking about the spotted lanternfly when he recently visited the Kempton Fire Company social hall.

Albany Township Environmental Advisory Council hosted Nissen for a conversation titled “Protecting Your Backyard Trees and Woodlots.”

Still, a packed house of concerned residents, peppered Nissen with a variety of questions about that one pest.

St. Luke’s VIA Marathon results

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The 2019 St. Luke’s VIA Marathon was run on a beautiful Sept. 8 with more than 3,000 runners participating in the full marathon, half-marathon and relay categories.

Starting at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown the 26.2 mile race followed the D&L Trail to Bethlehem, where it looped through the city back to the D&L trail and continued to the finish line in Easton. Half the runners began their race on Main Street in Bethlehem.

Top finishers were:


Sean Grossman (23) 2:28:15, Matt Gillette (28) 2:34:10, Ian Walsh (33) 2:37:18,


Ross Plants and Flowers opens new store

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Monica Yurconic-Groff, owner of Ross Plants and Flowers, Orefield, recently celebrated her new store opening at 7525 Tilghman St., in the Fogelsville area, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Customers, friends and family filled the new store to welcome Ross Plants and Flowers to the area.

State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, joined the celebration to welcome the expansion into his district.

Secretary of state gives county voting machine money

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Pennsylvania recently gave Lehigh County election officials a check for $380,868 to apply toward the cost of new voting machines.

Secretary of State Kathleen Boockvar presented an oversized check to county Executive Phillips Armstrong during a short ceremony Sept. 12 in the Administration Building, Allentown.

Boockvar said the check is part of $14.15 million comprised of state and federal funding the state set aside in 2018 for distribution to counties for new voting systems.

Free Narcan distribution on Sept. 25

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Allentown Health Bureau and Lehigh County state health centers will provide free naloxone as part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s Stop Overdoses in PA initiative.

The naloxone distribution is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 25, as long as supplies last.

In the Lehigh Valley, the event will take place at: Allentown Health Bureau, 245 N. 6th St., Allentown, and Lehigh County State Health Center, 3730 Lehigh St., Suite 206, Whitehall.