There were brief rain showers during the Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society Fall Festival on Sept. 8 but not enough to stop the fun.
The parking lot was crowded and, at one point, word went around food was running out but that seemed to just be a rumor as fest-goers kept going through the line.
Lester Backenstoes, who brings farm equipment to the festival, brought along a homemade tractor this year.
Washington Township supervisors have signed a resolution agreeing to submit an application to the Department of Community and Economic Development for a grant to renew the Northern Region of Lehigh County Comprehensive Plan.
The group includes Slatington borough, and Heidelberg, Weisenberg, Lynn, Lowhill and Washington townships.
Each municipality agrees to jointly contribute to the $61,860 matching grant and agrees to contribute needed resources to update the plan.
In other matters, four per capita tax exonerations were approved at the board’s Sept. 4 meeting.
Proceeds from the Summerfest at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Krumsville, will benefit Wyatt Newhard, a Northwestern Lehigh student.
He has been fighting neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system, since he was 3 years old.
A row of game stands went up one side of the festival field along with a flea market, but the first thing people saw was the bouncy house which gives kids some joyful exercise.
One family had stopped by a dog rescue before coming to Summerfest. The dog they chose was a Yorkie, which they said will probably be named, Avery.
Night in the Country Chair Kathy Hermany gave her preliminary report to the Northwestern Recreation Commission on Aug. 29.
Although there was a shower at 5:30 p.m. and a second one about 6:30 p.m., neither were enough to stop the vendors and fireworks. Many foods were available and there were games and a cow for cow flop bingo.
People walked around with plastic baseball bats won as prizes. Kids rode bulls and people took a chance on where Carrot the cow would choose the winner for the bingo.
Heidelberg supervisors have learned grants are available from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to help with zoning and ordinance changes.
In other matters, Goodwill Fire Chief Jay Scheffler reported to the township board the purchase of a fire truck has nearly been finalized with the contract expected to be signed in early September.
Supervisor Jonathan Jakum and Dawn Didra attended a recent Lehigh Valley Planning Commission meeting.
Fifteen years ago, the Wildlife Information Center decided it needed a new home and a new name.
After checking several pieces of land, Grant White and others of the Center’s board of directors decided it made sense to buy the mountain in Lehigh Gap, outside Slatington.
They had ideas how the land could be made alive again after the devastation from chemicals released by the New Jersey Zinc Company.
The new superintendent, replacing Dr. Mary Anne Wright, and assistant superintendent, replacing Jennifer Holman, led the first Northwestern Lehigh School Board meeting following the resignation of Wright in June.
They are Superintendent Jennifer Holman and Assistant Superintendent Josh Ziatyk.
Board President Bill Dellicker offered them congratulations. Ziatyk will also be open records officer.
At a party honoring Wright, she asked for school supplies instead of gifts. The supplies were given to the elementary schools.
Logan Dyer, a Boy Scout from Troop 87, Nazareth, who moved to this area a year ago, brought a model of the GaGa ball pit, a walled circle, he plans to make for his Eagle Scout project to the Aug. 7 Washington Township supervisors meeting.
He was told to proceed with the project and the board would determine a location.
Dyer’s preference is at Eagle’s Nest Park. He said it would provide one more option for recreation in the township.
He also noted the GaGa pit needs a minimum 20-foot by 20-foot area.
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 County Field Communication truck and the Lehigh County Sheriff’s Office.
The July 25 meeting of the Northwestern Recreation Commission covered last minute details of the Night in the Country celebration scheduled for 4 p.m. Aug. 18.
“Night” Committee Chairwoman Kathy Hermany told recreation commission members six light towers, donated previously, will need to be rented.
Fifteen have been donated but that is not enough with 20 considered a minimum. Some of the lights need to be picked up. Some will be delivered.