Oh, what a ‘Night’
Fire police from various companies helped with the parking at Night in the Country. The firefighters offered plastic hats to the kids and talked to the adults during the Aug. 17 festivities.
Silver, from the City of Bethlehem Police Department, came with her partner, Deputy Fire Marshal Douglas J. Nothstein.
They spent time visiting with supporters from the Weisenberg Township Volunteer Fire Company.
She is the only arson dog in the area and has been called to help out as far away as Harrisburg.
Chris Hankee said the Krysta Hankee Memorial Fund was offering ice cream and holding a raffle. All proceeds will benefit Porter Lilley who continues his battle against pre-B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
The Hankee family was asking for support for the Lilley family during a difficult time as Porter battles the disease following a 2018 relapse.
Amy Koenig was offering tickets for a bike raffle. She, along with friends Lisa Kemmerer, Rita Christman and Nadine Koenig, are working toward suicide prevention.
The program “You Matter” began two years ago. After a small start last year, this year they are into it in a big way.
A benefit will be held 10 a.m. Sept. 28, rain or shine, at Ambition Gym, Stellar Plaza, Route 309 and 100, New Tripoli.
For information, call 610-767-2545 or email youalwaysmatter2us.gmail.com.
The event will feature a benefit ride for motorcycles and cars, basket raffle, live music and a powerlifting competition.
Proceeds benefit the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention of the Greater Lehigh Valley. Koenig says this keeps money in the local area.
She said one in five of suicides are veterans.
The Sanctuary at Haafsville had a basket raffle and a chance to pick a duck.
“Donate a buck and try your luck,” was written on the sign.
Representatives from the Northwestern Lehigh Veterans Memorial Committee were reminding Night visitors they wanted the names of veterans from the Revolutionary War to the present for a memorial to be built in Ontelaunee Park. At present, they have a little more than 1,000 names, said committee member Harold Handwerk.
To submit names, email email@example.com.
Cub Scouts of Pack 588, which meets at Ebenezer United Church of Christ, was looking for new members. They meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
Race derby cars, hike a trail, use a compass, launch rockets, climb mountains, camp outdoors, build a fire and much more are on their agenda.
Northwestern Lehigh Education Foundation members were taking photographs and giving them to people for free but admitted they appreciated donations.
The Northern Valley Emergency Management Corps was teaching CPR under the motto “Caring is what we do best.” It covers an area of 59 by 95 miles.
Gary Micto of Allentown was showing his 1986 442 Oldsmobile. He said he has another one at home, a 1971 442 but does not like driving them at night because they have too much power. He shows a lot but mostly locally.
In 1994 the ’86 was repainted in its original colors because the factory paint was peeling.
“It looks pretty good for 25 years,” he said proudly.
Forgotten Felines and Fidos is Compassion in Action. Members were selling shirts and had a cake sale. The group’s spay and neuter program saves the lives of cats and dogs.
On Sept. 21, from noon to 5 p.m., there will be a 25th anniversary celebration with wine, beer and spirits tastings, live music with The Acoustic Project, food trucks, shelter tours and games for kids.
The rescue is at 6022 Mountain Road, Germansville. For information, go to forgottenfelines.org.
Lester Backenstoes had his engines and tractors on display. The large engine was shooting flames. He said it, and many other diesel engines, will not start until they are heated to 300 degrees, much like a steam engine must.
The engine he had been working with is a 1920 15 horsepower that was used in New Jersey to irrigate farmland. He has been coming to Night since it began in 1996.
Douglas Nothstein, detective/deputy fire marshal from Bethlehem, works with Silver, a Labrador retriever that is trained to detect 50 accelerants. After a fire is out the partners come in and try to determine if something was used to start the fire.
Nothstein said they are the only pair in the Lehigh Valley and have been partners since April 1, 2018. They trained together the entire month of April.
Silver lives with him and comes to work with him even if there is no call for her specialty that day.