Northwestern Press

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

New voting machines included in capital plan

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners have given preliminary approval for the 2019-23 Capital Plan, which calls for a five-year expenditure of $129,107,334.

The first reading of the plan passed 8-0. Commissioner Brad Osborne was absent from the July 25 meeting.

Some big-ticket expenses being funded in 2019 include replacement of the voting system at $3,500,000; the Coplay to Northampton Bridge at $5,000,000; and courthouse upgrades at $1,060,000.

The fledgling Pennsylvania Music...

South Whitehall couple die in murder-suicide

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 91-year-old man and his 81-year-old wife were found dead late in the afternoon of July 31 from a murder-suicide in their home in the 3400 block of Hickory Circle, South Whitehall Township.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim, the man was pronounced dead by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Richard Pender at 6:41 p.m. He pronounced the woman dead at 6:43 p.m.

An autopsy on the woman was scheduled for Aug. 1. The autopsy on her husband is scheduled for Aug. 2, Grim said....

Concerts planned for August

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs


The Allentown Band, under the direction of Conductor Ronald Demkee, will present concerts 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at Kutztown Park, 439 E. Main St., Kutztown, Berks County.

This will be the band’s 73rd performance at the park.

The band will also give a concert 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at West Park, 16th and Turner Sts., Allentown.

Chosen Words

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

Oppressive heat defines these days

Plants parched by lack of rain

Suffer dehydration unto death

While we humans succumb

to a malaise of sloth

What we face in our world:

Rampant corporate greed at high levels

Unemployed workers as Labor Day nears

Farmers whose crops are a loss

Drought here

Floods in other lands

Wars and rumors of wars

All of this produces for us

Not the cooler air of September


Demonstrations offered on new voting machines

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County Elections and Voter Registration Office is inviting the public to attend demonstrations of next generation voting machines.

The event will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 11, 12 and 13 at the Lehigh County Government Center, Public Hearing Room, 17 S. 7th St., Allentown, with the following schedule:

•Election Systems and Software: 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 11

•Clear Ballot: 1-4 p.m. Sept. 11

•Unisyn Voting Solutions: 9 a.m.-noon and from 1-4 p.m. Sept....

LOWHILL TOWNSHIP: Christ’s Church at Lowhill having camp out, movie night

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Christ’s Church at Lowhill, 4695 Church Road, New Tripoli, will have a movie night and camp out in the grove at 7 p.m. Aug. 10.

Campers and tents are welcome. Refreshments will be served at the pavilion.

Movie will start at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. A light breakfast will be served on Saturday morning.

Camping is optional but come for a summer night of fun and watch a movie under the stars.

If there is rain, the movie will be...

Jordan Lutheran teaches children about faith, friendship

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Jordan Lutheran Church, Snowdrift Road, Orefield, helped Christian children learn more about their faith and the role of friendship in their lives.

More than 30 children attended this year’s Vacation Bible School from July 9-13 at the church.

Children from 3 years old to fifth grade were invited to attend and volunteers were encouraged to sign up as well.

The age minimum for a volunteer was they had to be in sixth grade and it ranged all the way up to 99 years old.

Service at Musikfest

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Asbury UMC

Asbury United Methodist Church, 1533 Springhouse Road, South Whitehall, will take its message and music to the streets of Bethlehem at Musikfest 10 a.m. Aug. 5.

The church will be hosting a special outdoor service featuring its Open Door Band at the IBEW Local 375 Volksplatz tent, on the North Side of Bethlehem, off Main Street, not far from Hotel Bethlehem. All are welcome to attend.

For directions and information on parking, visit