Northwestern Press

Monday, May 27, 2019

Rep. Schlossberg, policy committee discuss voting rights at roundtable

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by The Press in Local News

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-132nd, hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion recently at Dubbs Memorial Community Center.

The roundtable focused on a new legislative package from the House Democrats titled, “Your Vote Counts.”

The package includes provisions that would allow for early voting, additional time for absentee ballots to be submitted, time off to vote, and mail-in ballots.

Schlossberg has a bill in the package that would allow voters to submit an updated signature for the voting book.

Gehringer family donates to Weisenberg firefighters

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Weisenberg Township volunteer firefighters recently gathered at the Gehringer Farm, Bachelor Road, in the township to accept a donation from “America’s Farmers Grow Communities.

Farmer Kenneth Gehringer was chosen the winner of the contest, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of the Bayer Fund.

Gehringer then directed the $2,500 be given to the fire department through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Bayer Fund.

Penguins on parade in middle school production of ‘Madagascar Jr.’

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

For the animals in Central Park Zoo, Madagascar represents everything they don’t have.

So, when Marty the zebra decides to run away in search of freedom, his friends have no choice but to strike out in search of their friend.

With this premise in mind, the middle school stage becomes home to a motley group of animals including Marty, a giraffe, a lion, a hippo and a bunch of penguins, but only for the last weekend in April.

John Meltsch plays Marty, who sets the action in motion.


Thursday, April 18, 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.

New Tripoli Bank mentoring team of college students

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Local News

New Tripoli Bank is mentoring a team of Kutztown University students participating in the 2019 Conference of State Banking Supervisors Community Bank Case Study Competition.

Sasha-Lee Hayward, Melissa Jenkings, Wesley May and Zachary McGowan will be working with bank CEO and President Dave Hunsicker and Executive Vice President John Hayes to evaluate how New Tripoli Bank has been impacted by the 2018 Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act.

Clean Sweep gives Northwestern Lehigh residents a place to dispose of electronics

Friday, April 19, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Rural Preservation Association of Northwestern Lehigh County is in its 22nd year, said Teena Bailey who chairs the annual Clean Sweep community cleanup.

The four township event was begun by Heidelberg Township Supervisor Dave Fink who participated in the statewide Pennsylvania Cleanways, she said.

The RPA performed roadside cleanups and, in the second year, took over the Clean Sweep program, which is held at the Lowhill Township Municipal Building along Route 100.

Rep. Day offers SEPTA key senior card application help

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Local News

State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th is reminding residents age 65 and older his office can help with applications for a free SEPTA Key Senior ID card. His district office is located in Star Plaza, 6299 Route 309, Suite 302, New Tripoli.

“I don’t want people to have to drive to SEPTA’s office in Philadelphia, so I encourage residents to stop by and take advantage of this convenient service,” Day said. “My staff will help seniors complete the application and then the card will be mailed to their residence.”

Basket bonanza

Friday, April 19, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Egg hunters gather at Hope Community Church

Easter egg hunters at Hope Community Church, Weisenberg Township, received a chocolate bunny and a colorful drinking cup as they registered for the church’s egg hunt on April 13.

Inside the sanctuary, Pastor Ken Kalisz told the Easter story and included the fact eggs are associated with Easter because they are a symbol of rebirth, just as Jesus was reborn after his crucifixion.

The anxious, soon-to-be egg hunters then watched a 5-minute video, which included Jesus on the cross.

Children played the Biblical characters. A hay bale replaced the stone of the tomb of Jesus.

County controller seeks third term

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Glenn Eckhart has announced he is seeking a third term as Lehigh County controller.

When he was elected in 2011, five people in his office had more than 12 years of service to the controller’s office.

Currently, and after a completion of his next term if re-elected, Eckhart will be longest standing member in the department due to retirements.

“There is no way to teach experience, so I feel compelled to continue my role as a public servant to the citizens of Lehigh County and its future,” Eckhart said.