Northwestern Press

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time to be ‘Going up the Country’ at Open Gate Farm Tour

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Each year, farms throughout the county “open their gates” to the public to help educate the community on what they do.

The community is invited to discover a variety of farms that are growing fruits and vegetables, making cheese and yogurt, training horses, raising alpacas and much more 1-5 p.m. on Oct. 15.

For the most up-to-date information, visit and search for “Open Gate.”

·Heidel Hollow Farm, 7419 Saegersville Road, Heidelberg Township.

History comes alive at Pioneer Day

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The weather was on everyone’s mind at the Oct. 7 Pioneer Day held by the Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society at Ontelaunee Park.

The lack of rain was even given credit for more animals being on exhibit for petting, as the weather was too bad last year to bring the animals.

At 10:30 a.m. parking spaces were rapidly filling. Descendants of the Zeisloff family came to have their picture taken at the original family home, the Zeisloff House, which was moved to the park.

They had called Ginny Woodward for information about this year’s Pioneer Day.

Fire company’s Guns and Cash is a successful bash

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Anyone driving through New Tripoli Sept. 23 could see the Community Fire Company’s “Guns and Cash Bash” was wildly successful.

A packed parking lot teeming with cars, fire trucks, ambulances and folks gathered under a huge tent told the story.

“The whole reason this came about is because we want to redo our station and expand the square footage of [the current facility],” said Scott Koenig, special events committee chairman. “We do a lot smaller things [to raise money, but] we needed a way to meet the mortgage payments so we came up with Guns and Cash Bash.

Author Kathy Miller, Chippy visit Wanamakers General Store

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Wanamakers General Store, Kempton, was all abuzz Sept. 30 when author Kathy M. Miller and Chippy Chipmunk came to town for a book launch party.

Miller, an award-winning author and photographer, brought along copies of her new book, “Chippy Chipmunk Feels Empathy,”

Through Chippy’s meeting with a special chipmunk, Harriet, Miller teaches the young and young-at-heart lessons on diversity and empathy.

In this newest book, Chippy’s friends, including a blue peacock, show him there is diversity in every species.

Benefit concert Oct. 8 for Steven Wasser

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Friedens Lutheran Church, 9727 Red Road, Stony Run, Kempton, will host a benefit concert for Steven Wasser at 2 p.m. Oct. 8.

Pastor David Reinwald from Kissinger’s Church, Wyomissing, and other members of his Rocky Mountain Band will perform the rich and majestic music of the beloved John Denver, Elvis and others.

The concert is to benefit Wasser, the 34-year-old sexton of Friedens Lutheran Church.

Wasser had a major stroke in July and has been hospitalized and in rehabilitation since then.

Youth cupcake contest features fall flavors

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Carrot Cupcakes

2-1/2 cups of King Arthur Flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1-1/2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. cinnamon

2 cups sugar

1-1/2 cups oil

4 eggs

2 cups grated carrots

1 16 oz. can crushed pineapple in heavy syrup, drained

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

3/4 cup chopped Angel flake coconut

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Bake at 350º for about 15-20 minutes until done.

Cream Cheese Butter Cream Icing:

4 Tbsp. flour

1 cup milk

1 cup sugar

3-1/2 tsp. cream cheese extract

Lauretta Ruch becomes a centenarian

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by WENDY WRIGHT in Local News

Lauretta Ruch, who was raised on a farm in Seipstown, turned 100 years old on Sept. 30.

One of six children of Mr. and Mrs. Alton Fiste, she married Edgar Ruch in 1939, and moved to their home in Fogelsville.

The couple had three children Betty, David and Peggy.

Edgar, a veteran of World War II, died at the young age of 57 leaving Lauretta a widow for many years.

Lauretta lived in the home she made with Edgar until she moved to Cedarbrook Nursing Home at the end of this summer.

Rep. Day having senior fairs

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by The Press in Local News

State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, invites senior citizens age 55 and older, family members and caregivers to learn more about services and programs available to them at two upcoming senior fairs.

The first is Day’s annual Senior Fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Kutztown Fire Company, 310 Noble St., Kutztown.

In addition to information tables and representatives from local, state and federal governments, and private agencies, the event will include door prizes and free refreshments.