Northwestern Press

Friday, January 19, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Ex-kennel owner’s neglect charges head to trial

Friday, January 19, 2018 by CHRIS REBER in Local News

A former kennel owner was in court Jan. 18 facing charges relating to 38 animals SPCA animal control officers removed from his Heidelberg Township property last May.

Derbe Eckhart, 50, of Central Road, Germansville, was set to appear for a preliminary hearing yesterday but showed up more than a half-hour after it was scheduled to begin.

District Judge Tom Creighton held the hearing in absentia, and carried over all charges against Eckhart for trial.

Creighton said...

Gov. Tom Wolf visits LCCC

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by DANIEL HAMM in Local News

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recently visited Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, to discuss trucking and manufacturing positions with local company team leaders and students.

Wolf was introduced by LCCC President Dr. Ann Bieber, who helped lead discussion topics.

Upon his arrival at the college, Wolf, Bieber and LCCC Board of Trustees Chairwoman Roberta Marcus toured the commercial truck driver training facilities and the college’s new manufacturing mobile unit....

Lowhill meets for new year

Thursday, January 18, 2018 by DANIEL HAMM in Local News

With all positions organized for 2018 the Lowhill Township supervisors’ board was ready to address its agenda for the first regular meeting of the new year.

Supervisors’ Chairman Richard Hughes first made a motion, which was later passed, to approve the December 2017, the reorganization meeting and the auditors meeting minutes.

The next order of business was to review the Sorenson construction sketch plan for 2883 Windy Road.

After discussing the plan, supervisors agreed...

Yoga group begins Feb. 6

Thursday, January 18, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs


The Crime Victims Council will offer a new trauma processing yoga group for female adolescent survivors of violence.

In addition to counseling, physical activity, such as yoga, can help a survivor heal.

The program will focus on breathing, movement and mindfulness to help heal the mind and body.

All classes will be offered at Kula Heart Yoga and Wellness, 3400 Bath Pike, Suite 201, Bethlehem.

The group will meet 6 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Feb....


Thursday, January 18, 2018 by MARY BITTNER HENRY in Columns

Mer kann alle Daag eppes Neies laerne. We can learn something new every day.

Seid schpaarsam, awwer net geizich, seid freigewwich, awwer net verschwenderisch. Be saving but not stingy, be liberal not wasteful.


Weisenberg Volunteer Fire Company, 2500 Golden Key Road, Kutztown, is selling hoagies until Jan. 23.

Italian, ham and cheese, turkey, roast beef, and tuna are available.

To order, call Judy at 610-285-4504. Pickup is 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at...

LOWHILL TOWNSHIP: Blessing Shop at food pantry needs new children’s socks

Thursday, January 18, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Christ’s Church at Lowhill Food Pantry, 4695 Lowhill Church Road, New Tripoli, is looking for volunteers Feb. 3.

The food pantry serves residents of Northwestern Lehigh School District and is staffed entirely by a volunteer workforce.

Volunteers are needed to help with stocking shelves, serving clients and other activities.

Youth volunteers, ages 13 to 18, may help on stocking days the last Saturday of the month.

To see additional dates needing volunteers, view...

Fraud seminar on Jan. 22

Thursday, January 18, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs


Upper Macungie police will be hosting two free identity theft and fraud awareness and prevention seminars 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Jan. 22 in the public meeting room of the township’s municipal building, 8830 Schantz Road, Breinigsville.

Ronald Kistler, a public accountant, will present a seminar explaining the how and why of current identity theft regarding income tax purposes.

He will also show where the information comes from, why it is so valuable, what’s...

Supervisors honor Eagle Scout

Thursday, January 18, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Weisenberg Township supervisors have honored Eagle Scout Sean Sprossel for the work he did at the township building.

Sprossel, who renovated the handicapped ramp to the rear of the building, sanded and painted the ramp and the Bilco door and installed new railing on the ramp along with some other items.

In other matters at the Jan. 8 meeting, Rochelle Kaplan and Dr. Fritz Walker, representing Fair Districts PA, gave a short presentation to supervisors on gerrymandering.


County commissioners overturn Muller’s veto of electronic budget

Thursday, January 18, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners have overridden a veto, by former County Executive Thomas Muller, of a requirement the county provide an electronic copy of the annual budget.

Before the vote at the Jan. 10 meeting, commissioners listened to Muller explain why he had vetoed the measure.

In a letter dated Dec. 21, 2017, Muller recounted some “facts worth reviewing,” including the delivery of paper copies of the budget to commissioners on the same afternoon following its official...