Northwestern Press

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Vine Church

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Pastor Adam Kern, of The Vine Church, which meets at the Schnecksville Grange, 5322 Route 873, has announced several forthcoming endeavors for the organization.

“We are rolling out a new children’s ministry and revamping the area downstairs,” Kern said.

“We’re transforming the basement where kids will want to come.

“And, we have a new director of children’s ministry with a background in education.”

The first children’s church lesson will be on Sept. 16.

Senior biker rides again

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Second Wind Dreams puts Cedarbrook resident back on the road

Second Wind Dreams recently helped Sandy Smith, 83, a resident of Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center, South Whitehall, fulfill her dream of riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle one more time.

Smith was asked how her ride went.

She replied “ wonderful” and gave a two-thumbs up.

Smith, who owned and rode a Harley Davidson, said she began riding motorcycles in the 1960s when she was 25.

“I was tired of holding on when my husband was driving the bike,” she said. “The last I rode before today was about 24 years ago.”

Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society fall festival

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

There were brief rain showers during the Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society Fall Festival on Sept. 8 but not enough to stop the fun.

The parking lot was crowded and, at one point, word went around food was running out but that seemed to just be a rumor as fest-goers kept going through the line.

Lester Backenstoes, who brings farm equipment to the festival, brought along a homemade tractor this year.

Finding tranquility at Jordan UCC’s Peace Garden

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Some find peace in church. Some also find peace in the Peace Garden on the grounds of Jordan United Church of Christ.

The Rev. David Charles Smith, Jordan UCC’s senior pastor, said the South Whitehall Township church refurbished about 2.5 acres of its 40-acre campus about 12 years ago for the garden.

Today, recently ordained Pastor Virginia Schlegel of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Whitehall Township, is leading the charge to maintain it.

Six municipalities to share comp plan costs

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Washington Township supervisors have signed a resolution agreeing to submit an application to the Department of Community and Economic Development for a grant to renew the Northern Region of Lehigh County Comprehensive Plan.

The group includes Slatington borough, and Heidelberg, Weisenberg, Lynn, Lowhill and Washington townships.

Each municipality agrees to jointly contribute to the $61,860 matching grant and agrees to contribute needed resources to update the plan.

In other matters, four per capita tax exonerations were approved at the board’s Sept. 4 meeting.

Mt. Zion Summerfest benefits Northwestern Lehigh student Wyatt Newhard

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Proceeds from the Summerfest at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Krumsville, will benefit Wyatt Newhard, a Northwestern Lehigh student.

He has been fighting neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system, since he was 3 years old.

A row of game stands went up one side of the festival field along with a flea market, but the first thing people saw was the bouncy house which gives kids some joyful exercise.

One family had stopped by a dog rescue before coming to Summerfest. The dog they chose was a Yorkie, which they said will probably be named, Avery.

Rookie South Whitehall police officer loses job

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

South Whitehall Township Police Officer Jonathan R. Roselle, 33, who was charged last month with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., man has lost his job.

Township Manager Renee Bickel in a telephone call with The Press on Sept. 10 said Roselle’s employment was discontinued on Sept. 6 during his probationary period.

She said Roselle’s annual salary was $62,920.