Northwestern Press

Monday, September 23, 2019

Driving along Route 100?

Friday, August 16, 2019 by ANN WERTMAN in Local News

Give a honk to the pink flamingos and their friends

The sound of honking has been heard just north of the Lowhill Township Building in recent days.

The honking is not coming from the vehicle horns of irate drivers along Route 100 but rather from a small flock of flamingos (yes, flamingos do honk) and other colorful sea birds standing at roadside.

Weather wonks on television and radio have reported summer temperatures in this region have been warmer than some regions well to the south, perhaps confusing these pink feathered friends to migrate to the waves by the roadside property of Philip Rossetto and Greg Snider.


Thursday, August 15, 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.

Board deals with various issues

Friday, August 16, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Washington Township supervisors, at their Aug. 6 meeting discussed waivers requested by Randi Bult, and Bryan and Brenda Park. They both have to add contour lines to their plans.

Bult was granted a waiver for location of soil pipes. They both have to meet engineer’s comments and add contour lines to their plans.

Bult’s property is at 3755 and 3837 Main St., Emerald.

The Parks’ request is for a boundary line adjustment at 2938 Cemetery St., Emerald.

Conditional approval was given by the board.

On the hunt for the spotted lanternfly

Friday, August 16, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Penn State Extension Specialist Heather Leach, MS, is traveling the Lehigh Valley and Berks County educating residents about the spread of the invasive spotted lanternfly.

Leach, an entomologist at Penn State, is currently working with other extension program specialists in an effort to bring the spotted lanternfly explosion under control.

State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, sponsored Leach’s presentation Aug. 8 at Good Will Fire Co. No. 1, Trexlertown.

Leach’s program stressed the need to identify where the spotted lanternfly is and what to do if found.

Shinefest brightens the day at Jacob’s Church

Friday, August 16, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The field behind Jacob’s Church, Jacksonville, Lynn Township, was brightly colored with bouncy houses for kids, and occasionally adults, to play on during the annual Shinefest presented Aug. 10.

There was a tropical bounce house with palm leaves and a waterfall. The water led to screams of delight but a few said it was too cold.

On another, kids jumped up a step and then tried to see how high they could jump and stick themselves to a “wall.”

Special suits made with hook and loop material held them to the black wall.

Court upholds Lehigh County’s right to display seal with Latin cross

Friday, August 16, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Lehigh County’s official seal, which features a Latin cross and other symbols relating to the county’s history may continue to be displayed in public.

According to information provided by Becket Law, which represented the county in the lawsuit brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Third Circuit of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled 3-0 on Aug. 8 that the county can maintain the Latin cross in the seal.

Martin praises Crisis Intervention Team training

Friday, August 16, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin recently praised the value of Crisis Intervention Team training provided to Lehigh County Law Enforcement and the Hub Model used by Upper Macungie police.

CIT training is an international model for training first responders, specifically police, about what mental illness is as well as what constitutes intellectual disabilities and other disabilities which affect mental health.

The training is being provided to members of law enforcement in Lehigh County.