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Korea Vietnam Memorial to celebrate anniversary

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by The Press in Local News

The Korea/Vietnam Memorial Inc. will celebrate the 13th anniversary of the dedication of the U.S. Armed Forces Plaza 2 p.m. April 29 in the Community Services Center of Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville.

This year’s program will focus on the Centennial of World War I.

Lehigh Valley residents from the U.S. Army’s 314th Infantry, 79th Division in World War I, who gave the ultimate sacrifice, will be honored.

Their names will be engraved on a granite section in the plaza.

Allentown stormwater crew rescues ducklings

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Members of the City of Allentown’s storm- water department rescued a mother duck and 11 ducklings from a city storm sewer on April 12.

According to Mike Moore, Allentown communications manager, neighbors heard the ducks crying from below a sewer grate at the intersection of South Third and Martin streets just before 11 a.m.

The crew, including Supervisor Ed Neidermeier, Andy Wiesner, Mike Elias and Josh Arner, responded and removed the sewer grate and performed the rescue. The ducks were given to the Lehigh County Conservation District, which took the ducks to Trout Creek.

County students participate in 4-H conference

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Nearly 600 young people descended on State College earlier this year for the Pennsylvania 4-H State Leadership Conference or the Junior Leadership Conference.

Five youth from Lehigh County participated including Emily Mittl of Kempton, Liana Panik of Emmaus, Sophia Vargas of Germansville, Ian Royer of Schnecksville, and Kaytlin Dietrich of Kempton.

The weekend was an opportunity for 4-H’ers to come together for leadership training, networking, and learning experiences.

Freedom From Religion group sends letter to election board


FFRF requests cross be covered, or removed from church

Weisenberg Township voters will be casting their ballots at Hope Community Church on May 15 despite a nearly two-year-old letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation and an initial change in polling location to the Weisenberg Township Volunteer Fire Company.

The foundation is the same group that has demanded the cross in the Lehigh County seal be removed.

The Northwestern Press spoke with Chief Clerk of the Lehigh County Election Board Timothy A. Benyo, and Pastor Ken Kalisz of Hope Church on April 17.

Commissioners reject LCA charter extension

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Authority’s effort to have its charter extended 50 years collapsed April 11 when Lehigh County commissioners voted 6–3 to reject a proposed amendment to LCA’s articles of incorporation.

The decision seemed to catch LCA CEO Liesel M. Gross by surprise.

Gross had spoken to commissioners in support of the resolution.

“I want to know the path forward,” Gross said to commissioners following the vote to deny the amendment extending the water and sewer authority’s charter.

Celebrating the Seder with the Hirsch family

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

The Jewish holiday of Passover is celebrated during the full moon of the first month of spring.

Although it is difficult to tell it is spring this year, the Hirsch family did have its traditional meal.

The special dinner, called a Seder, on the first two nights of Passover are observed to celebrate the Exodus and the release of the Jewish people from Egyptian bondage.

This year, on the second night, this reporter and husband, Sy, went to New York City, where we had dinner with my brother and his family.

There were 26 at the Seder, both friends and family.

Various topics discussed at Lowhill

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by DANIEL HAMM in Local News

At the start of the Lowhill Township April 12 supervisors’ meeting, Chairman Richard Hughes introduced Lowhill resident Diana Marshall. She attended to discuss independent redistricting.

Marshall brought along Terry Schettini, who represents Fair Districts PA, a nonpartisan, citizen-led, statewide coalition, which is working to create a process for redistricting that is transparent, impartial and fair.

Schettini’s presentation involved topics about what gerrymandering including why it’s a problem, how to help fix it and how to prevent it from happening.

For the Record

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh School District Business Administrator Leslie Frisbie has provided the following corrections to the school board story in the April 12 edition of the Northwestern Press.

According to Frisbee, the article was written based on the budget presentation for the 2018-19 budget, however, the article references “this year” which may be confusing to the reader.

In addition, Frisbie is the business administrator. Her title was incorrect in the article.