Northwestern Press

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Fire companies provide updates

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Lynnport Fire Company representative Tim VanBlargen reported to Lynn Township supervisors several of its members attending firefighting classes. He also noted at the board’s Feb. 13 meeting that firefighters responded to 69 calls in 2019 and six so far this year.

In June, remodeling of the bathrooms will begin and work will commence on the roof at the fire station.

The 2000 Club is underway with the final night on March 29.

New Tripoli firefighters responded to 174 calls in 2019 and six so far in 2020. Several members also took various firefighting courses.

Browne secures funding for NOVA, Lynnport Fire Co.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Northern Valley Emergency Medical Services Inc., Ormrod, which covers Heidelberg Township, and Lynnport Community Fire Company No. 1, Lynn Township, will each receive a $95,000 grant from the state of Pennsylvania, according to Senate Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne, R-16th.

NOVA and Lynnport have experienced similar challenges as many fire and ambulance companies have including shrinking budgets and reduced volunteerism.

These impediments have put a strain on their already limited resources, with many companies putting off capital improvements to facilities and vehicles.

Former Secret Service agent for Reagan, Joseph Petro, tells of witnessing history

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Joseph Petro, speaking to the Allentown Rotary Club Feb. 21 at Bell Hall restaurant, Allentown, took his audience back to the mid-1980s, when he was head of President Ronald Reagan’s Secret Service protective detail.

Petro sat in on a private meeting between Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva, Switzerland.

The cordial relationship struck up between Reagan and Gorbachev in that meeting, Petro asserted, had a tremendous influence on the trajectory of world relations.

Petro was a special agent and senior executive in the Secret Service from 1971-93.

Northwestern Elementary hosts B-I-N-G-O night for families

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in Local News

Principal Maria Pulli, third-grade teacher Jodie Chandler and second-grade teacher Marisa Bartholomew served as helpers and bingo callers.

Girl Scout leaders volunteered at the concession stands and parents signed up guests and sold bingo sheets, dabbers and raffle tickets. PIE Secretary of Records Marybeth Long originally suggested the family bingo night.

Breinigsville student on forensics team

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Lindsey Garnel from Breinigsville helped the Bloomsburg University Forensics team win the second-place team sweepstakes award out of nine schools at the annual CFA/Harold Cox Wilkes University Speech and Debate Tournament the weekend of Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

Bloomsburg University narrowly lost to St. Joseph’s University, a school with a nationally recognized forensics program, by just 1.5 sweepstakes points.

Deitsch Eck Restaurant donates to Kempton Lions

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Chef and owner of the Deitsch Eck Restaurant Steve Stetzler recently presented the Kempton Lions Club with a $630 donation.

The check, given to the Lions Club at its Feb. 19 meeting, was generated by the restaurant’s “Plate It Forward” campaign.

According to Stetzler, when a customer orders any Pa. Dutch special throughout the month at the Lenhartsville eatery, $1 from each special is designated for that month’s chosen charitable organization.

State trooper visits Lowhill

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by DANIEL HAMM in Local News

Cpl. Nick Goldsmith of State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, visited the Feb. 6 Lowhill supervisors’ meeting to ask if there were any issues or questions for him.

Goldsmith reported the barracks has a new lieutenant, Greg Emery.

According to Secretary Jill Seymour, Engineer Ryan Christman provided the board with his report.

Christman said the Bear Bridge inspection reports were received from the state. He will review them and report back at the next supervisors’ meeting.

Administrator Brian Carl gave his report to the board.

‘Centenarians’ invade Northwestern Elementary

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in Local News

Hang on to your prune juice everyone, little “seasoned ladies and gentlemen” were on the march at Northwestern Elementary Feb. 7 to mark the 100th day of school in a unique way.

Northwestern kindergartners marked their halfway point with a nod to the numeral 100 and what it means in their lives.

Rather than just counting to 100, or bringing in 100 straws, the class was challenged to dress up as though they were 100 years old and then parade around the school.

Most students were delighted to know that the school year was more than half over.