Northwestern Press

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PennDOT to phase in new licenses, ID cards

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by The Press in Local News

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has updated the design and enhanced the security features of its driver’s license and identification card products.

Driver and photo centers will transition to the new products by the end of October.

The new cards are not REAL ID-compliant. They will be available at the customer’s option in 2019.

Features include larger primary portrait and smaller ghost portrait, 2D bar code, with data from the front of the card unique to the card holder, laser perforation and lamination.

Canines to have new home at Breinigsville sanctuary

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Animal advocate Liz Jones and the volunteers with The Sanctuary at Haafsville are realizing their dream of building a safe haven for lost, abused and homeless dogs.

The Sanctuary at Haafsville, 901 Nestle Way, Breinigsville, recently had a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Mutt Hut, which will provide quality housing for dogs.

“Katie Terach and her family have made this possible,” Jones said. “They donated the land to build on.”

Incentives discussed for aiding volunteers

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Four Northwestern fire companies recently met to discuss the state’s Act 172 of 2016 regarding incentives for municipal volunteers of fire companies and nonprofit emergency medical services agencies.

The act allows municipalities to enact a tax credit against an active volunteer’s tax liability as a financial incentive to encourage individuals to volunteer or for former volunteers to consider rejoining as active volunteers.

Heidelberg Township supervisors reviewed the issue during their June 15 meeting.

BREAKING NEWS: Thomas More Society cites First Amendment violation in lawsuit against the Parkland School District

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

According to information received from a Chicago public relations firm on July 11, the Thomas More Society has filed a lawsuit against the Parkland School District regarding the administration’s decision on a proposed pro-life club.

Tom Ciesielka of TC Public Relations emailed The Press the following statement:

“Today, attorneys have filed a lawsuit against Parkland High School and Parkland School District on behalf of students Elizabeth Castro and Grace Schairer.

Former Albany Elementary Township is sold

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by TOM KERR in Local News

Kempton New Church Home to convert school to senior apartments

The former Albany Township Elementary School, Kempton, faced an uncertain future when it was sold at public auction in 2015, but a new life for the property is on the horizon.

The original school building was constructed in 1958, and students and teachers from local one-room schoolhouses were moved to the new school.

Substantially modified in the late 1980s and again in 2000, the building was mothballed by the Kutztown Area School District in 2013 due to changing student demographics.

No quorum, no votes

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Due to a lack of a quorum at the Northwestern Recreation Commission’s June meeting, various items are expected to be voted on retroactively in July.

Mountainview Bible Church requested use of the pavilion from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 30.

And, a 19-plus softball team requested use of Field 7 on July 9, 16, 23, 30, and Aug. 6 and 27.

Donations for the Chinese auction and other uses are coming in for the annual Night in the Country celebration, reported Kathy Hermany.

Deron Youse named president of funeral directors association

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Deron K. Youse was installed as the 136th president of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association at their 2017 convention in Pocono Manor.

Organized in 1881, PFDA is one of the largest state funeral director associations in the nation.

Youse, a lifelong resident of Kutztown, graduated from Kutztown Area High School in 1984.

He received an Associate degree in Funeral Service Education from Northampton Community College, Bethlehem.

Before entering funeral service, Youse served as a paramedic and police officer, and has had a lifetime of service to others.

Weisenberg Volunteer Fire Co. has open house

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Freebies, food, games and a fire that filled the sky with black smoke were all part of the recent open house presented by the Weisenberg Volunteer Fire Company.

Fire company helmets for kids, Frisbees and booklets on home fire hazards and another one with fire safety stickers filled a table along with a note saying they were free.

Bill Buss poured free soda for visitors, and outside, Otto’s Lunch Box of Fogelsville, cooked hot dogs, also free.