Northwestern Press

Thursday, June 29, 2017

UPDATE: Asbury Church issues statement on bomb squad response

Saturday, June 17, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Asbury Methodist Church, South Whitehall, has issued a statement to the June 16 incident in which South Whitehall Township police and the Allentown Bomb Squad responded around 11 a.m. to a report of a suspicious package.

“Asbury Church is open. There were news reports today (Friday, June 16, 2017) about a suspicious item identified inside the building,” Asbury Church Diretor of Communications Cristina Lenner emailed The Press. “Authorities removed the item, searched the premises and found there to be no threat.

Walkers, runners support NWL Education Foundation

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The day was bright and sunny after several days of rain. Some 150 people were registered to participate in the 5K run-walk sponsored by the Northwestern Lehigh Education Foundation with the profits to benefit the school district.

The education foundation has surpassed the $1 million goal for their 10th year.

The foundation recently donated $156,000 to the district.

Jayson Boushell, foundation board member, was in charge of the 5K.

Sponsors were Joe Madar of Comfortek, and Deer Park Water.

Weisenberg board organizes

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

With the departure of Bob Milot from the Weisenberg Township Board of Supervisors, the remaining members, along with the newly appointed supervisor Tony Werley, had to establish a new hierarchy.

Linda Gorgas will serve as chairwoman, Tom Wehr vice chairman and Tony Werley as board member.

This organization will stand until the reorganization meeting in January 2018.

The junkyard license was discussed again.

The C. Lick Jr. salvage yard, 9575 Old Route 22, needs some shrubbery around the perimeter in certain places.

Allentown Fair accepting applications for 2017 queen

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by The Press in Local News

The search is on for the 2017 Great Allentown Fair Queen, who will represent the fair’s mission during the event’s Labor Day week run and in the community throughout the year.

The Lehigh County Agricultural Society, the nonprofit organization, which has been operating the fair for 165 years, is looking for contestants from Lehigh, Northampton and Berks counties.

An ideal candidate will have the ability to communicate enthusiasm for the Allentown Fair, local farming and the agricultural industry.

Star Hose receives $20,000 from township

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Washington Township supervisors voted, at their June 6 meeting, to release $20,000 to the Star Hose Company, Emerald. Each of the three companies in the township receive a large contribution annually.

A contingent from the fire companies asked for help since recruitment has become more difficult.

They would like a tax break to make it of more benefit for people to join the volunteer companies.

Robert Schramel of the Slatedale Citizen’s Fire Company spoke and was joined in by other firefighters.

A Day for Doug

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

What happens when a beloved member of the community is struck by a devastating disease?

In the case of 1976 Northwestern Lehigh graduate Doug Rassler, who has gastroesophageal cancer, the community rallies around him.

Katie Kressley, a childhood friend of Rassler’s daughter, Sarah, jumped in with both feet and organized a “Crafts for a Cure” fundraiser June 11 at the Lynnport Fire Company.


Thursday, June 15, 2017 by The Press in Local News


·Schnecksville Senior Citizens at Schnecksville Fire Co. social hall, meeting at noon lunch, bingo, cards. New members welcome. Call 610-769-7570.

·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 610-395-1006.

·Model Railroad Explorer Post 101 at Coplay Municipal Building, Room 201, 96 S. Fourth St., 7-9 p.m. Call 610-965-2598 or 610-262-7013.

Student school board reps give final report for year

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Student representatives Elizabeth Fornauf and Paige Stitzel began their final report to the Northwestern Lehigh School Board with sports.

In track and field, the girls finished 9-2 overall and placed sixth in the Colonial League meet.

The boys had an 8-3 overall record and placed seventh in the Colonial League meet. Trevor Cunningham broke both the 100- and 300-meter Northwestern hurdle records for the season, the two representatives told the board.