Northwestern Press

Friday, February 23, 2018

New Tripoli firefighters respond to record number of calls in 2017

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by JUSTIN SWEITZER in Local News

The New Tripoli Fire Company reported a record-breaking amount of fire calls in 2017, detailing the yearly report to Lynn Township supervisors at the board’s Feb. 8 meeting.

Deputy Chief Gary Kuntz Jr., who gave the report, said the company responded to 183 calls last year.

“We had 183 alarms last year, which was our most ever,” Kuntz said.

He also gave the board yearly statistics compiled from emergency reports that show how efficient the department operated on fire...

Elementary News

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by LINDA DEIBERT in School

There will be early dismissal Feb. 16. Elementary students will be dismissed at noon.

Afternoon kindergarten students are to attend school in the morning. There will be no morning kindergarten that day.

Schools and offices will be closed Feb. 19 for Presidents Day.

Northwestern Elementary

Congratulations to the students of NWE who raised almost $16,000 as of Feb. 9 during their Boosterthon Fun Run.

They want to raise $20,000 so they can watch Principal...

A-Treat accepting hero nominations

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by The Press in Local News

A-Treat Soda, Orefield, has announced its first “A-Treat Heroes,” campaign honoring selfless individuals who are making an impact and giving back to the local community.

“Our community is comprised of many different kinds of heroes, from active volunteers at shelters, soup kitchens and nonprofit organizations, to community firefighters, police officers and doctors,” Luke Jaindl, A-Treat general manager, said. “It’s time these individuals were recognized for their compassionate actions...

Another View

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

Scammers are becoming more and more sophisticated with their ways to steal money or personal information.

An article, “Grandparent Scam Suspect Arrested, Others Sought,” on the WFMZ TV-69 website reported on a Bethlehem man awaiting extradition to Virginia after allegedly participating in a multistate scam.

The article states Johnnie Vincente allegedly was in possession of an envelope containing $10,000 from a senior citizen in Minnesota when he was stopped attempting to pickup...

MS, HS Happenings

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by LINDA DEIBERT in School

There will be early dismissal Feb. 16. Middle school students will be dismissed 10:50 a.m.; high school students leave at 11 a.m. There will be no school on Feb. 19 for Presidents Day.

Middle School

The middle school is celebrating 25 years on Feb. 16.

Members of the community are invited to visit the middle school at 8 a.m.

Members of student council will provide tours of the building to highlight current programming and building updates.

A celebration...

Yahdee predicts five more weeks of winter

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Continuing the long Pennsylvania German tradition of predicting the end of winter, Grundsau (Groundhog) Lodge No.16, took mascot Yahdee and his “grandson” Lee to the banks of Jordan Creek, South Whitehall Township.

If, as legend has it, Yahdee would see his shadow, there would be six more weeks of winter. If no shadow appears, we would be in for an early spring.

As the temperature were in the low 20s on Groundhog Day, most on hand at the early hour of 7 a.m. were hoping for a...

Celebrating the Groundhog

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Members of the Lehigh Valley’s oldest groundhog lodge, Grundsau Lodsch Nummer Ains (Groundhog Lodge Number 1), had their annual Versammling (meeting) at the Kutztown Grange Hall on Groundhog Day.

The Lodsch, 82 years old, ais the first of the 18 lodges to be formed in the region.

Once the evening Versammling begins, only Pennsylvania Dutch is spoken, leaving English only speakers at a loss.

When one looks around the hall at those who are conversing in Pennsylvania Dutch...

Temple Beth El Sisterhood makes fruit baskets for Tu’Bshevat

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

The Sisterhood of Temple Beth El, South Whitehall, gathered on Jan. 21 to make fruit baskets that would be donated to senior Jewish residents of the community.

The baskets would be given during the Jewish holiday of Tu’Bshevat which occurs on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, beginning this year on Jan. 30 at sunset and ending at nightfall on Jan. 31.

Chairs of the event were Tama Tamarkin and Miriam Zager.

The holiday is the New Year of the Trees or the Jewish...