Northwestern Press

Monday, August 21, 2017

Osborne concerned with slowness of decisions regarding Cedarbrook

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioner Brad Osborne has expressed frustration at what he sees as slow progress on decisions concerning Cedarbrook Nursing Home.

According to Osborne, a much anticipated operational analysis, which has been two years in the making, for Cedarbrook, was delivered to Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller July 21.

However, according to Osborne, Muller sent commissioners an email indicating he does not plan to forward the report until the Aug. 23 board meeting.

Osborne would like to see it sooner.

Police investigate bank robbery in South Whitehall Township

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A white male wearing a mask robbed Provident Bank, 4285 Tilghman St., South Whitehall Township, just before noon July 29.

South Whitehall Township Police Detective Timothy Shoudt said in a news release officers responded to the bank for a holdup alarm.

Shoudt said the man entered the bank with his hand covering his face and an object in his hand.

The man, standing approximately 6 feet tall with a slender build, removed his hand and revealed he was wearing a light-color mask or cloth covering his lower face and nose.

Everything is a go for ‘Night’

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The 19th annual Night in the Country community celebration will take place Aug. 19 with a rain date of Aug. 20 at the Northwestern Recreation Commission Community Park, Northwest Road and Route 309, New Tripoli.

“Everything is a go,” “Night” Committee Chair Kathy Hermany said at the recreation commission’s July meeting.

There will be a huge food court, more than an acre of cars to view, firefighter competitions and games and activities.

Cherr the cow will choose the winning number for the cow flop bingo.

Coroner seeks family of woman killed in Upper Macungie motorcycle crash

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim is seeking the next of kin of Yvonne Suzette Rohrbach, a 51-year-old Hamburg, Berks County woman killed after she was thrown from the 1992 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on which she was a passenger around 11:30 p.m. on July 30 at the intersection of Route 222, North, at Mill Creek Road, Upper Macungie.

Grim said the woman was pronounced dead at 12:23 a.m. July 31 by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Gabrielle Riley.

Grim told The Press on Aug. 1 her cause of death was multiple blunt injuries. He ruled her death an accident.

Leaser Lake Foundation plans improvements

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Jaimie Townsend, co-chair of the Leaser Lake Foundation, said major projects at the dam are finished.

During the foundation’s July 27 meeting, members discussed remaining smaller items.

Townsend said they do not want a Disney World, but rather little attractions at the lake.

Mike McCartney said although there are 120 birdhouses for bluebirds, kestrels, wood ducks and one for purple martins, more are on the way.

He said it takes a couple years for purple martins to locate and move into a house, but they moved in quickly and tend to return year after year.

S. Whitehall Police Department earns PLEAC accreditation

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by The Press in Local News

South Whitehall Township Police Chief John Christman and Capt. Jason Negron have announced the department has received accreditation from the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.

PLEAC’s evaluation of the South Whitehall Township Police Department included a thorough review of the physical facility and an examination of proofs of compliance with 132 standards.

“PLEAC interviewed our officers and staff and conducted a review of organizational documents, including records, reports and certifications,” Chief Christman said.

Heidelberg administrator seeks rules on block parties

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Township Administrator Janice Meyers told Heidelberg supervisors during their July 20 meeting there should be a resolution or ordinance covering items such as block parties.

She wants something in writing to show people when they come in with questions about this type of social event.

Zoning Officer Chris Noll said he would see what he could do.

The resolution or ordinance would need to cover ease of access, sufficient parking and release of the township from liability.

Loved ones remembered with butterfly release

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

“A butterfly to remind me, Even though we are apart, Your spirit is always with me, Forever in my heart …” stated a poem on the pamphlets distributed to all in attendance at the Stephens Funeral Home memorial butterfly release.

The heat that day in June did not, however, wilt the spirits of the family and friends who came to pay tribute to loved ones.

Stephens Funeral Home, Upper Macungie, frequently opens its doors and hearts to the community, having events such as Hearts of Hope and Veterans Day services.

Board discusses various park items

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Various pieces of information regarding Ontelaunee Park were presented to the Lynn Township supervisors.

Chris Noll and Roadmaster Bruce Raber will meet to discuss the railroad trestle subject.

Funding for the bridge is being sought through the state Municipal Services Department.

The contract for line painting in the park, with an estimate of $991.25, was given to Diamond Construction.

Secretary Kathy Hermany was instructed to obtain quotes for the removal of the old pavilion.

She was also instructed not to take any more rentals for the year.