Northwestern Press

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Dan Kunkle settles in as director emeritus of nature center

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Dan Kunkle, director of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, has retired from his mostly volunteer job.

He appreciates the many volunteers who helped make his time at the center so successful. He has received state and national awards and the center has received many more.

For 28 years he was a biology and environmental science teacher at Freedom High School until he took early retirement in 2004.

Lions collect supplies for homeless

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

LVHN’s Street Medicine Team also benefits from the donations

Channeling the spirit of charity and giving into the new year, local Lions Clubs had a collection drive at Friedens United Church of Christ, 7277 Route 873, Slatington.

The Jan. 11 event was designed to benefit the Lehigh Valley Health Network Street Medicine program and the local homeless population.

Volunteers have a super time at JCC fundraiser

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

The Jewish Community Center was bustling with activity Jan. 28 during the annual Super Sunday program.

Chairwomen of the fundraiser were Dana Cohen and Naomi Schachter. They sought out volunteers to make phone calls asking for donations.

In addition to the phone calls, there was a group story time sponsored by the PJ Library.

Jennifer Einstein, who uses crutches to walk, read the book ”The Only One Club” to a group of children.

Recreation board chooses officers

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Jan. 29 was reorganization night for the Northwestern Recreation Commission.

Rick Hughes was named temporary president. Jim Hughes returns as the member-at-large to the board of directors.

Steve Bachman will serve as the representative from Heidelberg Township.

Lynn Township’s Justin Smith was named president with Rick Hughes of Lowhill Township names vice president.

Todd Hernandez will again serve as secretary.

He and Todd Leiser are representatives from the Northwestern Lehigh School Board.

Linda Gorgas represents Weisenberg Township on the board.

Grundsau says six more weeks of winter

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Mid 30-degree temperatures did not deter the 50-plus groundhog aficionados from gathering 7 a.m. Feb. 2 at Wehr’s Dam, South Whitehall, to watch Jahde and his nephew, Lee, float down the Jordan Creek.

As members and supporters of Grundsau Lodsch Nu. 16 awaited the groundhog’s weather prediction, they were treated to cookies and hot beverages.

Lodsch Haaptmann David Adam of Orefield opened this year’s ceremony by welcoming everyone in Pennsylvania Dutch.

4-H’ers learn life skills at potato grading contest

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by The Press in Local News

A record number of contestants participated in the 2020 4-H Potato Grading and Identification Contest Jan. 7 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

One hundred and thirty-nine 4-H members from 33 teams participated in this exciting contest.

Registration numbers increased by 40 percent from last year and included five new counties.

4-H youth from Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Carbon, Indiana, Lebanon, Lehigh, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montgomery, Northampton, Union and York counties all tested their knowledge of spuds.

The first and second place “B” teams were from Lehigh County.