Northwestern Press

Monday, September 23, 2019

Road work next week on various state roads

Friday, August 30, 2019 by The Press in Local News

PennDOT has announced work will be done on the following roads:

South Whitehall Township

Route 309 at Pa. Turnpike Northeast Extension Overpass between Snowdrift Road and Blue Barn Road for bridge repair

Type of restriction: 24 Hours

Route 309 will be closed and detoured for the Pa. Turnpike Commission’s replacement of their bridge over Route 309.

Route 309 will be closed and detoured from 7 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday. The posted detour will use Route 22, Route 100, and Eoute 309.

Board discusses various issues

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

During the Lynn Township supervisors’ Aug. 8 meeting, Roadmaster Bruce Raber reported his crew was busy as usual.

Along with working at Ontelaunee Park, the crew was mowing, cutting trees on mountain roads, replacing signs, cleaning culverts, working on the dirt roads and will be working at the Night in the Country.

Lynnport Fire Company will have its 75th anniversary celebration beginning with a parade 2-8 p.m. Sept. 7.

They responded to 34 calls so far this year.

State police seeking horse donations

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Pennsylvania State Police is asking the community for donations of horses to support its mounted patrol unit.

The department maintains a stable at the Academy in Hershey and relies on donations to fill a complement of 28 horses.

The animals are deployed statewide for searches, crowd control, security and patrol of remote areas. They also participate in parades, demonstrations and other community events.

Donated horses must be geldings between the ages of 5 and 15 and stand between 16 hands (5 foot 4 inches at the shoulder) and 18 hands tall.


Thursday, August 29, 2019 by The Press in Local News


·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 at First Presbyterian Church, Tilghman St. and Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, 7-9 p.m.; Alcoholics Anonymous, 8-9 p.m.

Backenstoes celebrate 65th with tractors, family and friends

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The house on the hill was beautifully decorated with natural flowers. A row of tractors indicated this was the home of Lester and Nancy Backenstoes, who were celebrating 65 years of married life on Aug. 24.

Nancy met her future husband at Bindnagles Lutheran Church, Palmyra, Lebanon County, when both were being confirmed. At the time he lived in Grantville. She lived at Hershey Farms.

The Backenstoes were married the year Nancy completed high school. Lester had just turned 21. His birthday is the day before their anniversary.

Pediatric Cancer Foundation moving to south Allentown

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley will move its headquarters on Sept. 1.

PCFLV will be leaving The Banana Factory and moving into an office building at 2132 S. 12th Street, Suite 401, Allentown.

“We have loved our time here at The Banana Factory,” PCFLV Executive Director Michelle Zenie said. “But we really want to be closer to Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, where many of our kids receive their cancer treatments.

Rotary donates food to Rescue Mission

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Rotary Club of Allentown, had a celebration mixer Aug. 15 at the Rotary Fountain on 7th Street in front of the Lehigh County Courthouse. The fountain was a dream come true for the late Warren Armstrong, a Rotarian.

Several years ago, the Rotarians purchased bricks to fund the fountain as a gift to the city.

Development Manager of the Allentown Rescue Mission Rosaria Stoops recently joined the Rotary.

“Thank you, Wendy Body and Lou Bottitta, for your work in creating a lovely night for all including a huge buffet of food,” Stoops said.

The little idea that grew into a beautiful quilt

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Kutztown Library patrons stitch together pieces of cloth and join the community

Camille Romig is the lead artist with the Community Threads program at the Kutztown Library.

“I have this little idea,” she told some friends at the library one day. “We can make a community art quilt. It will incorporate material from families who use the library, as a place for dialogue and creativity.”

The project was approved and 20 people became involved, including one little boy, Eduardo, who came one winter afternoon to watch. Eduardo was asked if he wanted to join the group.

“He did,” Romig said, adding he did a really careful job.