Northwestern Press

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Editor’s View

Thursday, August 9, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

As the rain continued to fall Friday night and our local waterways rose ever higher, emergency personnel sounded the alarm, alerting residents a flash flood warning was in effect.

Cue the thunder, lightning and blinding downpours.

All phones in my house began to blare with the emergency notification, a signal not easily ignored. Police and fire departments posted messages on social media to tell residents of road closings due to creeks and streams spilling over their banks....

Slatington, Walnutport Main Street Bridge closure set for Aug. 15

Thursday, August 9, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Engineering District 5 has announced work is delayed until Aug. 15 to make repairs to the Main Street Bridge over the Lehigh River in Slatington Borough, Lehigh County, and Walnutport Borough, Northampton County.

The bridge is one of four in the Lehigh Valley being repaired under a $2.5 million contract.

On Aug. 15, Main Street will be closed and detoured between Route 873/Walnut Street in Slatington and Railroad Street in Walnutport....

Chosen Words

Thursday, August 9, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

There are millions of people in the world,

In every corner of the earth,

Each person has his own values,

Each person has his own worth.

Amazingly, we are different,

There are no two alike;

Except twins, of course,

They look alike, and sound alike,

But, may not think alike

Each person has his own mind;

To plan his own destiny.

Each one sets his own goals in life,

Including you and me.

Some people become...

Board discusses trails

Thursday, August 9, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Speeding traffic along Apple Road was discussed at the Weisenberg Township supervisors June meeting.

Adding a stop sign at the intersection with Red Haven Road was contemplated by the board. However, according to township engineer Stan Wojciechowski, multiple stop signs at intersections should not be used to control speed according to the PennDOT manual.

Striping of the roads to control the width would be a better option, according to Wojciechowski.

Bike trails were...


Wednesday, August 1, 2018 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.

·Al-Anon Family Support group for adult children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families from 8-9 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Tilghman St. and Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, 7-9 p.m.; Alcoholics Anonymous.

·Alcoholics Anonymous 7 p.m. at New Life Lutheran Church, 6804 Weiss Road, New Tripoli. Enter at far end of church. Call 610-298-2710.


Kenneth Smith is no stranger to jumping from an airplane


One would imagine most people would prefer to spend their 95th birthday in a calm, quiet and relaxing manner — maybe a nice dinner with family and friends, sharing fond stories about the good old days. Nothing too exciting or stressful.

Kenneth Smith is not most people. This South Whitehall resident, retired construction worker and former 11th Airborne Division artillery serviceman marked his big day by leaping out of a plane at Sky’s the Limit in East Stroudsburg on July 18.


Lighthouse Baptist honors first responders

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Rev. Hal Hopkins began the program at Lighthouse Baptist Church on June 10, First Responder Sunday, by saying, “ We are so grateful for the services you provide. Know you are appreciated by the church community.

“Everyone here is kind for you. If not, they are not part of Lighthouse Baptist.”

In the front row were representatives from Lehigh County Emergency Management Service, Pa. State Police, Troop M, Fogelsville, Macungie Fire Department, Macungie Ambulance, Lehigh...