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Sunday, June 7, 2020

NWL Class of 2020 graduation is one for the history books

Friday, June 5, 2020 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Parents, school and community drew together for the graduation of the Northwestern Lehigh Class of 2020 and to acknowledge their achievements in a unique and celebratory way.

The largely outdoor event began at the high school where seniors could grab their diplomas before going to Ontelaunee Park, where a gold and black balloon arch festooned the entrance and placards recognizing each graduate lined the walkway.

Two weeks before, it was a three-person team that took the first...

Tribute at Ontelaunee Park salutes NWL Class of 2020

Friday, June 5, 2020 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in Local News

The event started with a whisper — an idea from mom, Joleen Miller, who created a Facebook page, “Adopt-a-Northwestern-Senior,” with her daughter and stepdaughter in mind.

The adoption featured a goodie box sent from someone within the Northwestern Lehigh community to the graduating senior.

Treats and letters of good wishes arrived at students’ doors in the weeks before graduation.

“It brought the community together in ways I could not imagine,” Miller said.


Tournament set

Friday, June 5, 2020 by The Press in News Briefs

Sheftel Fund

The Justin Sheftel Memorial Fund will host its 16th annual softball tournament 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Lehigh County Athletic Fields, corner of Broadway and Parkway Road, South Whitehall. Rain date is Sept. 13.

This free event open to the public is in honor of Justin Sheftel, who was killed in 2005 in Ocean City, Md, shortly after graduating from Parkland High School.

For more information, schedule and activities, charities, scholarship winners,...

Canceled for this year

Friday, June 5, 2020 by The Press in News Briefs

Kempton Fair

After reviewing all possible options at a joint meeting of the board of directors of the Kempton Community Center and its Kempton Fair Committee, the group has decided to cancel the Kempton Fair for 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and turn its focus to 2021’s fair.

KCC has several other events planned for this year, however, including Summerfest on July 11, the postponed Kempton Spring Sale on Aug. 15, Kempton Power Pulls on Sept. 11 and Trunk-or-Treat in...


Friday, June 5, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

There is a Star among this darkness,

And his name is God;

Be sure you take him with you,

Where ever you may trod.

The world is full of heartache,

With sickness, and with death;

But, I believe it’s in his plan

To keep us under stress.

He’s cast a plague upon us,

Now the world is quite a mess.

In one way or the other,

All of us have sinned;

Our Lord has come to cleanse this earth,

To make it pure again...

Albany Township Future Fund awards $2,500 for livestock gates

Friday, June 5, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Kempton Community Center’s Youth-Livestock Education Program received a boost from the Albany Township Future Fund, a special fund of the Berks County Community Foundation.

The $2,500 gift will purchase 25 livestock panels, gate-like fencing, which will allow the center to create new opportunities for Albany Township youth to develop and exhibit their livestock and dairy skills and achievements through clinics and competition.

For 53 years, the community center has fostered and...

Knitters are needed

Friday, June 5, 2020 by The Press in News Briefs


The Jewish Federation of Lehigh Valley, 702 N. 22nd St., Allentown, is calling all those who knit or crochet to make small 2-inch hearts to be given to older adults as part of its Heart 2 Heart project.

For pattern instructions, go to

Hearts will be accepted through July 5.

Place them in a sealed plastic bag and drop them off in the mailbox at the Jewish Family Service or mail to...

Northwestern Lehigh Senior Awards

Sunday, June 7, 2020 by The Press in School

Anna Akelaitis: Steven P. Kohler Award; NW Lehigh H.S. Scholarship; Weisenberg Elementary Award; Ronald F. Wambold, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Anna-Lisa Anderson: LCTI Outstanding Career and Technical Education Senior Award

Thomas Bell: President’s Award for Educational Excellence; Concert Band Award

Harrison Bernhard: Krysta Hankee Leadership Award; Northwestern Elementary Award; President’s Award for Educational Excellence, Ronald F. Wambold, Jr. Memorial Scholarship;...