Northwestern Press

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Garden club celebrates Arbor Day with students

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by RANDY WENHOLD in Local News

In celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day, a member of the Parkland Garden Club recently talked to students at each of the elementary schools in the Parkland School District on the importance of conservation and tree care to help preserve the environment.

Members of the garden club also wrapped 700 white spruce seedlings that were distributed to all the first grade students, as well as, to the girls in the club-sponsored Daisy and Brownie Troop.


Thursday, May 3, 2018 by The Press in Local News


·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.

·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, meets 8-9 p.m.

Paper trail mandate leaves county holding expensive bag

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

The integrity of the vote is central to the democratic process. But integrity isn’t always cheap.

It will cost Lehigh County between $3.5 to $4 million to comply with a new voter verifiable paper voting system mandate required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to prevent Election Day hacking. The new system requires a paper trail for each ballot cast.

“We saw it coming,” said Timothy Benyo, Lehigh County’s chief clerk of registration and elections, of the changes. “We would have been moving toward it eventually.”

Trail to be done by ‘Night’

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

During the April 25 meeting of the Northwestern Recreation Commission, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, represented by Activities Director Jason Zimmerman, a parent and a student asked if the fee could be waived for its event which was usually held in the school but cannot due to construction.

The waiver was approved by the recreation commission and the event will be held at the community park.

The fellowship would like the outdoor venue to increase participation with the change in venue.

Civil War comes to Kempton

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

Weekend activities raise funds for WK&S engine

From books to speakers and train rides with President Abraham Lincoln and his secretary, there were many different events happening at the Kempton Community Center during the weekend of April 13 through 15.

The event was a fundraiser to help pay for restoring a steam engine at the WK&S Railroad.

Capt. Rick Eisenhart, 153rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, a resident of Northampton County, was teaching a group of soldiers how to form a company.

“We are proud to serve our Union savior, President Lincoln,” Private Dave Strawn said.

Social is a hit with basket bidders in Fogelsville

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Weisenberg Lowhill Township Historical Society had its 14th annual basket social on April 23 at Zettlemoyer Auction Company, Fogelsville.

With 288 donors contributing to the auction and a sellout crowd of 300, it was an excellent evening for all involved.

The society expects to earn close to, if not more than $10,000 from the basket social.

Partisanship foils county commissioners’ agenda

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners had some political moments Wednesday as agenda items were floated, then after sharp questioning by fellow commissioners, sank beneath increasingly turbulent political waters.

A tax rebate proposed by board President Marty Nothstein never made it to a vote because it wasn’t seconded in the Finance Committee, where it came under bipartisan criticism.

Cedar Crest College student to receive St. Luke’s award

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by The Press in Local News

A Cedar Crest College nursing student will receive a prestigious award at a special event in Bethlehem.

Brian Thatcher will receive the Nursing Excellence Award in Teamwork from St. Luke’s University Health Network during a ceremony May 9 at the Artsquest Center at SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

Thatcher, of Coplay, is a patient care assistant at St. Luke’s Anderson Campus.

He was nominated for the award by a registered nurse on his floor and was later notified that he had been selected as the winner by Darla Frack, St. Luke’s vice president of patient care services.