Northwestern Press

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Stagemakers to perform ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Stagemakers at the J will perform “Once Upon a Mattress” 7 p.m. May 10 and 13; and at 2 p.m. May 13 at the Jewish Community Center, Allentown.

The play is about King Sextimus, who due to a curse, is unable to speak. And, his unappealing wife, Queen Aggravain, has taken control of the kingdom.

She is determined to keep their son, Prince Dauntless, from ever getting married. The only way a princess can ever become the prince’s betrothed is by passing a rigorous sensitivity test designed by the queen.

And no one in the kingdom may get married until Prince Dauntless weds.

Annual Austreibungs Fest chases away winter

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Flags created a colorful backdrop for the Joe Kroboth Duo as they provided the music for dancing and general enjoyment at the Austreibungs Fest, or the festival to chase away winter.

The flags were from Germany, Bavaria and Austria, Don Eckhart explained.

Paul Semmel was walking around talking to people as they entered the Goodwill Fire Company social hall in Germansville.

HAPPENINGS

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by The Press in Local News

THURSDAY MAY 10

·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 610-398-9272.

·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.

·Al-Anon Family Support group for adult children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families 8-9 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Tilghman St. and Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, 7-9 p.m.; Alcoholics Anonymous.

Kuhnsville Lions Club chicken barbecue benefits local programs

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Kuhnsville Lions Club held a chicken barbecue fundraiser on April 28 in the grove at Jordan UCC, South Whitehall Township.

Kuhnsville Lions Club is affiliated with the Lions Clubs International, based in Oakbrook Ill., which has more than 1.4 million members worldwide serving in 46,000 local clubs such as Kuhnsville.

The mission of the Kuhnsville Lions Club is to help fund programs that benefit those with vision and hearing loss in the Lehigh Valley.

Helping Hands of the Lehigh Valley is also a recipient of the Lions’ generosity.

Tons of talent on display at Living Stone Fellowship

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

A talent show at Living Stone Fellowship drew entrants from a large area in both singing and dancing categories.

Pastor Jean Masiko gave the welcome to the first ever talent show at the church in New Tripoli.

“This is a place of welcome for everyone,” she said. “We are honored to have these young people show their talents.

Bryan Gonzalez, the son of Associate Pastor Jaime Gonzalez, was the announcer.

Crazy Elmer has no plans to retire

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

Entertainer celebrates 70 years performing on stage

Originally from Alburtis, ClenRoy Geist began his entertainment career at 13 by joining his father and older brother as a minstrel show singer in Longswamp.

In 1949, Geist became a member of a local country group, Earl Keller and the Melody Rangers.

When one of the end men, (literally the band members who sat at the open ends of the rows) left the group, Keller asked Geist to fill the role of the band’s comedian. Geist accepted and Elmer was born.

Boy Scout Troop 89 mends fences at Gettysburg

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Boy Scout Troop 89, based at the Ontelaunee Rod and Gun Club, New Tripoli, joined the Lehigh Brigade of the Civil War Round Table, the Whitehall Historical Society, and history students from Saucon Valley High in volunteering their services April 21 at the annual Gettysburg Conservation Day.

The contingent from the Lehigh Valley cut brush from around the fences on the Henry Spangler Farm site within the battlefield park.

The volunteers also dismantled, then rebuilt fences in need of repair, as well as painted posts, pickets and rails.

Play ball!

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Baseball opens with parade, celebration

Luckily, the rain waited until evening when the Northwestern Youth Athletic Association tee ball, grasshopper and prep softball teams gathered to officially open their season April 25.

Volunteers from the school helped the Parent Teacher Organization man the concession stand.

As the players marched down the road to the playing field for the 11th annual event, they chanted, “Here we are, Tigers, here we come.”

David Freeman, baseball director for the NYAA, commented on the opening day.

“We’re here and the sun is shining so that’s a good sign,” Freeman said.