Northwestern Press

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fair set for June 15-17

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by The Press in Local News


The Kempton Fair, which started in 1957, is alive and well in Kempton, Berks County.

Sponsored by the Kempton Community Center, 83 Community Center Drive, the fair is set for June 15-17.

The refurbished event will bring new energy and direction, but with more of the feel of yesteryear.

There will be three evenings of tractor and truck power pulls, and drags; and popular musical talents Crazy Hearts, Scott Marshall and Marshall’s Highway, and the Hannah Violet Trio will perform.

Parkland’s first graduating class celebrates at 67th reunion

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Several members of the first Parkland High School senior class met May 10 at the Hops at the Paddock, South Whitehall, for their 67th reunion.

This was the first class to graduate from the recently renamed South Whitehall High School as students from North Whitehall wanted a more neutral name.

A contest was held and the winning name, Parkland, was submitted by Mary Lou Urffer.

The high school in 1950 was at what is now the Troxell building, North Cedar Crest Boulevard, South Whitehall.

Morning blaze damages trailers at East Allen freight terminal

Friday, June 2, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Firefighters and emergency vehicles from across the Lehigh Valley responded June 1 to a fire at the Consolidated Freight terminal in East Allen Township.

Although initial reports speculated fireworks were on the truck that was ablaze, it was later confirmed the truck contained butane lighters.

The fire burned for nearly three hours before it was extinguished.

The freight terminal, located off Chrisphalt Road, is a transfer station where cargo from one truck is loaded onto another.

County board OKs contracts for 911 plan, center

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners approved two contracts, during their May 10 meeting, with Essential Management Solutions LLC to provide 911 regionalization consolidation management services.

Director of general services Rick Molchany explained the contracts to the board.

According to Molchany, the first contract will provide construction management for a consolidated 911 communications center and regionalized equipment plan.

Molchany said Lehigh County is different from Bethlehem City and Northampton.

Ernie the giraffe dies at Lehigh Valley Zoo

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by ASHLEIGH ALBERT in Local News

According to recent news reports, Ernie the giraffe, a new resident of the Lehigh Valley Zoo, Schnecksville, died on May 28.

Ernie, 6, was reunited with his dad, Murphy, who also came to the Lehigh Valleyfrom a zoo in Kansas City.

The young giraffe, who arrived May 26, is said to have become aggressive and suffered a neck injury.

Murphy, 15, who was the first of the two giraffes to come to the Zoo, arrived May 23.

NWL seniors wear their prom finery

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

The dance floor at Blue Mountain was a swirl of color and styles as the Class of 2017 celebrated one of the most memorable events of their lives, but selecting the perfect attire for the event required hours of shopping and planning.

“The prom is the ultimate dress up party,” Class Adviser Steph Dunbar said. “It lets the kids get the chance to dress up and be grown-ups.

“When they dress up they have a whole different attitude.”

It’s no wonder what to wear was the hot topic in the days and months leading up to the big event.