Northwestern Press

Thursday, January 24, 2019

St. Paul’s UCC quilters craft tablecloth for couple’s 50th anniversary

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Skilled quilters from St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Trexlertown, recently put the finishing touches on a special quilted tablecloth for Ron and Elsie Heist of Breinigsville.

The tablecloth honors the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 14, 2018.

Marie Rissmiller, Anne Mowad, Judy Ditch, Gloria Snyder, Judy Walker, and Elsie herself, used their skills to create the tablecloth and a bed quilt.

Times News, Lehigh Valley Press buy semi-annual Kids Closet Sale

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by AMY MILLER in Local News

A longtime community resource that helps families save money on children’s necessities has a new owner.

The Times News and Lehigh Valley Press purchased the Kids Closet Sale from Danielle Andreas, who started the consignment sale nearly a decade ago, and will build on Andreas’ vision this April. The paperwork was finalized last Tuesday.

Friedens Lutheran youth present Christmas fantasy

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Betty Davis, director of the children’s program at Friedens Lutheran Church, Stony Run, said the youth were too young the past few years to present a full-fledged musical but as they got older she wanted to try again.

That program became a reality when “The One and Only Original Christmas Factory, a Christmas Musical Fantasy Celebrating the True Meaning of Christmas” was presented as part of the Dec. 9, 2018, church service.

Eleven youth and the senior choir were involved in the presentation.

Davis said the first kids’ program was in 1990 during Desert Storm.

Weisenberg board readies for new year

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

All across Pennsylvania the first Monday in January is when townships of the second class reorganize.

Weisenberg Township was no exception.

Linda Gorgas was installed as chairwoman of the board of supervisors with Anthony Werley named vice chairman.

He was also appointed roadmaster with James Werley to serve as assistant roadmaster.

Brian Carl was appointed as the board secretary along with being zoning officer, township administrator and alternate sewage enforcement officer.

Sewage enforcement will be provided by Keystone Consulting Engineers.

Christ’s Church at Lowhill donates to Autism Society, Lehigh Valley

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Money donated by visitors to view the Christ’s Church at Lowhill’s Lights of Wonder presentations was recently given to the Autism Society, Lehigh Valley chapter.

Jason Ruhe, organist, is in charge of the Lights of Wonder program and, when a photo was taken of all those who helped with that presentation, there were many from the church family.

Wanda Kalusky and Cindy Smith do the outreach for the church.

Smith said they had the best attendance, 1,500, in the history of the program which began in 2014.

Coroner Grim resigns

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Heading to job with Pa. Department of Health

Scott Grim has announced he is stepping down as Lehigh County’s coroner effective Feb. 28.

After 26 years investigating the cause and manner of hundreds of deaths within his jurisdiction, Grim is looking forward to a new beginning with the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Grim will be investigating violent deaths, working with other coroners, law enforcement and district attorneys to develop programs to reduce the number of these type of deaths.

BREAKING NEWS: Suspicious package found at Lehigh County courthouse

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The City of Allentown police and fire department, and the Lehigh County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a suspicious package found at the Lehigh County Courthouse, Police Chief Tony Alsleben said in a 9:31 a.m. Jan. 16 email to The Press.

Roads around the courthouse are blocked off.

It is not known if the courthouse was evacuated.