Northwestern Press

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Local harpist enchants community and beyond

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

Madeline Rose Link, Maddie, to friends and family, is a humble 19-year-old woman who has accomplished many things before reaching her 20s.

She is a skilled harpist who has performed at various events including weddings, and she even performed a solo at Musikfest.

The only child of Steve and Kathy Link, Maddie is also legally blind.

“The genetic disease I have means I can’t see in bright light,” Link said. “Outside, I can’t see at all.

Kempton Fire Co. having benefit

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by The Press in Local News

The Kempton Fire Company is accepting monetary donations for Deputy Chief Ethan Kunkel.

Kunkel was diagnosed with leukemia and is undergoing treatment.

To contribute, contact Fire Chief Matt Brett at 610-972-5180 or Courtney Loeb at 484-269-3490.

Checks may be made payable to Kempton Fire Company Firefighter Support.

On June 9, the Kempton Fire Company firefighters will be hosting a benefit dinner, comedy show and live auction at the Kempton Fire Company banquet hall.

Requests received for pavilion use at park

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Recreation Commission received requests for use of the Northwestern Community Park fields and pavilion at its May 31 meeting.

President Don Link said he was glad to see the facility getting more community use.

Slatedale-Emerald Lions Club will use the pavilion for a meeting noon-4 p.m. June 13 and the Ontelaunee Lions want the pavilion from 5-9 p.m. June 21.

On July 8, there will be a family picnic between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the pavilion with electric, water and open restrooms requested.

25 acres added to Ag Security area in Heidelberg Township

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Karin and Michael Bowman, Irvin Road, asked Heidelberg Township supervisors, at their May 18 meeting to have 25.56 acres of their land added to the Agricultural Security area

In other matters, Mark Smith of Northern Valley Ambulance Corps, said manpower is improving.

The service is working 11.2 hours per day and calls were answered within 1 to 17 minutes.

Supervisor Jonathan Jakum said the township is following up on code violations.

Dog club advances German Shepherd breed

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The German Shepherd Dog Club of America was formed in 1913 and incorporated Feb. 7, 1916, by Anne Tracy, Margaret C. Throop, Edith May Schley, Vemon Castle, John Volkman, Paul Huhn, and B.R. Ruggles.

The organization, which promotes the breeding of the German Shepherd dog and urges adoption of a standard by which the dog is to be judged.

The club also advances the interests of the breed by offering prizes, supporting shows, encouraging the development of working qualities.

Class of 2017 graduates to serve in the U.S. Army

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Members of Northwestern Lehigh’s Class of 2017 walked out of Stabler Arena June 3 ready to begin their lives in new ways.

At least three of them had already committed to starting their future in the United States Army.

Niko Fager, who earned a full scholarship to Valley Forge Military College for two years, is one of them.

“It’s called an Early Commissioning Program,” Fager said. “[We’ll] get everything done in two years.

“They’re going to push us hard [so] we need to work twice as hard.”

Northwestern graduates begin ‘new phase’ of living their lives

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Family and friends watched joyfully Saturday as 170-plus seniors from the Class of 2017 officially moved from their secure lives at Northwestern Lehigh High School into the unknown future of work, college or the military during the school’s 60th annual graduation ceremony at Stabler Area, Bethlehem.

Northwestern Lehigh High School Principal Aileen M. Yadush opened the ceremony by addressing the soon-to-be graduates.

Valley volunteers garner honors at annual breakfast

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Six local residents were honored recently by The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley during the group’s 2017 Breakfast for Champions’ Award ceremony at Coca-Cola Park, Allentown.

Honored at the ceremony were Mia Bobenko of Orefield, who volunteers at The Gress Mountain Ranch; Janet and Donald Hagenaur of Whitehall, who volunteer with the Union and West End Cemetery Association, Allentown; Kris and Ian Buss of Breinigsville, who volunteer with the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley; and Kathryn O’Keefe of Allentown, who volunteers with the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA.


Thursday, June 8, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

World War II in the Pacific:

Don Rumble departed his Schnecksville home in March and journeyed thousands of miles westward to view World War II historical sites on islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Having served in the U.S. Marine Corps, Rumble has a particular interest in sites where Marines played a prominent role.

His visit to Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima was described in Part I of this story.

On the island of Saipan, Rumble learned about the massive banzai attack directed against the Marines by the Japanese and their slave laborers from Korea and Okinawa.