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Sierra Leone principal attends school board meeting

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Sulaiman Sengeh, principal of Centennial Secondary School in Mattru Jong, Sierra Leone, recently spent two days at Northwestern Lehigh School District as part of an exchange program.

Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Holman and science teacher Peter McKnight visited the Centennial School a year ago.

Sengeh attended an April meeting of the school board.

He told the board the visit was assisted by Engineers Without Borders and the Rotary Club that went to Africa to help put the school back on its feet after a civil war.

And the nominee is ... Meghan McGorry

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Meghan McGorry has earned a much sought after Freddy Award nomination for outstanding performance for an actress in a small ensemble role. McGorry is being acknowledged for her portrayal of Brooke Wyndham in Northwestern Lehigh’s production of “Legally Blonde.”

McGorry said she learned the news with her fellow cast members.

“We all met in the library and watched the announcement on WFMZ 69,” she said. “I didn’t really process it at first. I felt kind of shocked.

“It was completely overwhelming. Then my friends turned around yelling and screaming.

PennDOT highlights work zone safety with workers memorial

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by The Press in Local News

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation joined with safety partners May 11 at the PennDOT Cedar Crest Boulevard Stockpile in South Whitehall Township, to highlight work zone safety as part of road construction season.

To raise work zone safety awareness, the PennDOT Workers Memorial will be traveling throughout PennDOT District 5, which includes Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties, over the next several weeks.

According to Penn-DOT statewide data, there were 2,075 crashes and 16 fatalities within work zones in 2016.

HAPPENINGS

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by The Press in Local News

THURSDAY MAY 25

·Schnecksville Senior Citizens at Schnecksville Fire Co. social hall, meeting at noon lunch, bingo, cards. New members welcome. Call 610-769-7570.

·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 610-395-1006.

·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.

Pro-life group puts Parkland School District on notice regarding student club

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

According to information provided by the Thomas More Society, Chicago, Ill., Parkland High School Superintendent Richard Sniscak was sent a demand letter May 17 from attorneys at that organization.

The letter charges the high school’s denial of a request by some students to form a pro-life student group is unconstitutional and must be reversed.

According to the email from the public relations firm representing the Thomas More Society, last fall, two students tried to start a Students for Life group at Parkland.

Looking for a pet: Adopt don’t shop

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Four-legged models take to the runway

Junior Girl Scout Troop 6603’s “Adopt Don’t Shop” Fashion Show in the grove at Neffs Union United Church of Christ May 21 featured rescued cats and dogs in search of “fur-ever” homes from the Sanctuary at Haafsville, Upper Macungie Township.

The Troop includes nine girls, all in fifth grade, who meet regularly at the church, which was happy to offer use of the grove for the show.

The Troop hosted the event for the Bronze Award Project, which requires a minimum of 20 hours of work and execution on a sustainable service project.

Local family helping others with their premature babies

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Lily’s Hope Foundation of Coopersburg, which officially became a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization in 2013 is supporting NICU families by way of Packages of Hope.

“We work with each individual family and customize our Packages of Hope to answer their specific needs since they haven’t been able to prepare for their child’s early birth,” Jen Driscoll emailed The Press.

“We offer three different types of Packages of Hope, all containing items the family needs: Hospital Care Package, Transition Home Care Package and a Sibling Care Package.”

Small in size, big on appeal Miniatures at C. Leslie Smith

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by ASHLEIGH ALBERT in Local News

At C. Leslie Smith, Shops of Cedar Point, Allentown, this month’s artist on display creates with neither a brush nor a pencil, but with miniatures, creating doll houses and other decorative displays.

Nadenia Butko, 87, of Macungie, first found her love for creating miniatures in 1990 after needing a hobby following the death of her husband.

The couple had moved to the Lehigh Valley from New Jersey the year before.

“I was in an unfamiliar place with few local friends, and creating miniatures became a new hobby for me, even an obsession,” Butko said.