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Monday, July 23, 2018
PRESS PHOTO BY LOU WHEELANDBob Schantz, Unner Haaptmann, escorts Yahdee, guest of honor into the social room at Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield. Following is the Rev. Dr. David Smith, pastor at Jordan UCC, and Steve Rosko. Both are Raatsmann — members of the board of directors. Additional photos appear on page A2. Copyright - Lou Wheeland PRESS PHOTO BY LOU WHEELANDBob Schantz, Unner Haaptmann, escorts Yahdee, guest of honor into the social room at Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield. Following is the Rev. Dr. David Smith, pastor at Jordan UCC, and Steve Rosko. Both are Raatsmann — members of the board of directors. Additional photos appear on page A2. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
During the groundhog lodge skit, after being told by Erma to go get a Christmas tree, Floyd, an avowed tightwad, brought home someone else’s thrown out tree. The tree, however, included a rodent hiding in the branches. Copyright - Lou Wheeland During the groundhog lodge skit, after being told by Erma to go get a Christmas tree, Floyd, an avowed tightwad, brought home someone else’s thrown out tree. The tree, however, included a rodent hiding in the branches. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
In the skit, Betsy portrayed by Bob Schantz, and Harry played by Steve Rosko, decorate the Christmas tree. Copyright - Lou Wheeland In the skit, Betsy portrayed by Bob Schantz, and Harry played by Steve Rosko, decorate the Christmas tree. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Bobby Bleiler as Cora finds delight in her gift. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Bobby Bleiler as Cora finds delight in her gift. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Bob Schantz as Betsy cherishes her dolls, Ferrous and FeFe, mascots for the IronPigs baseball team. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Bob Schantz as Betsy cherishes her dolls, Ferrous and FeFe, mascots for the IronPigs baseball team. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Bob Schantz as Betsy hands out Christmas presents, and gives out the gift from Floyd, which was meant for Erma to Hilda.PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELAND Copyright - Lou Wheeland Bob Schantz as Betsy hands out Christmas presents, and gives out the gift from Floyd, which was meant for Erma to Hilda.PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELAND Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Bob Everett as Floyd is getting a headache over the gift mix-up between Cora and Erma during the skit at Groundhog Lodge 16’s annual dinner. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Bob Everett as Floyd is getting a headache over the gift mix-up between Cora and Erma during the skit at Groundhog Lodge 16’s annual dinner. Copyright - Lou Wheeland

Grundsau Lodge celebrates the groundhog

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND Special to The Press in Local News

Grundsau (Groundhog) No. 16 held its annual versammling, dinner and meeting, March 2 at Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield.

As the weather had not been cooperating in early March, the turnout was somewhat lower than planned, but still robust enough to fill the meeting space with singing and conversation in Pennsylvania Dutch or more correctly, Deutsch (German).

Starting with an appearance by Yahdee the Groundhog and ending with a Christmas skit written by Bob Schantz, Unner Haaptmann (vice president.)

The meal was pork and sauerkraut or green beans, roasted corn, apple butter over smearcase (cottage cheese) with carrot and celery sticks being the healthy offering.

Haaptmann (president) Dave Adam was the master of ceremonies.

All in all, it was a fun evening for those of Pennsylvania Germans extraction in the Lehigh Valley.