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Burning ordinance attracts full house

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Washington Township Solicitor John Ashley gave an overview of the burning ordinance to a full house at the supervisors’ meeting on Dec. 5. The major question people asked was if there could be equal enforcement.

Resident Chad Christman said there had to be specific definitions for the various types of fires.

He said people took a relaxed attitude to burning and lately they have been tattling on each other.

Even people who have been burning for years are getting complaints.

Jerusalem “Red” Church celebrates Reformation Sunday

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Rev. Bob Billig said Jerusalem “Red” Church, Kempton, was celebrating the 500th year since the Reformation began.

This year marks the anniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses on the door of the All Saint’s Church in Wittenburg, Germany.

This act caused a more urgent plea for changes in the Roman Catholic Church and spearheaded the Reformation, or the Birth of the Protestant Church.

The celebration at Jerusalem “Red” Church was held a week early, on Oct. 22, so it could be on the day when there was a Lutheran service at the Union church.

Article By: Elsa Kerschner ekerschner@tnonline.com

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Twenty-two people contributed to the goodies being sold at the Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society headquarters on Dec. 9. Eighteen of those people baked cookies and four made soup.

There were six tables filled with cookies of many varieties. MaryCathrine Mederofik baked 60 to 70 dozen with at least 36 dozen of cream cheese thumb-print cookies.

Chicken noodle, chicken corn noodle, vegetable beef, vegetable and barley, and hamburger vegetable were the featured homemade soups.

School board members take oath

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Magisterial District Judge Rod Beck attended the Dec. 6 meeting of the Northwestern Lehigh School Board to swear in newly elected members Alan Rex, Marci Piescienski and Dr. James Warfel, plus returning members Todd Hernandez and Phillip Toll.

Superintendent Mary Anne Wright thanked every one who ran for the office.

“I appreciate your willingness and look forward to six months of working with you,” she told the new board members.

Their shared work is for only six months as Wright will be leaving the end of June.

Frisbee suggests audit for rec commission

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Leslie Frisbie, Northwestern Lehigh business administrator, and Rob Thompson, EHD Insurance Company, attended the Nov. 29 meeting of the Northwestern Recreation Commission.

Frisbie recommended the commission have an audit done and said if combined with the school the price will be reasonable.

Christie Steigerwalt of the business department is treasurer for the commission.

Bonding for Steigerwalt is not covered for the commission, which was the question that brought up the subject of an insurance review.

Eighth graders hunt for history at open house

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh Middle School eighth graders received lists of items to find in the old bank building museum during the Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society’s annual Christmas open house in New Tripoli.

When they found something on their list, the students were to listen to the docent’s explanation and then ask a question.

At that point, the docent would stamp their paper. One visit to a display was required but many of the students collected more.

The papers were then given to Jim Warfel who helped them put an official bank stamp on it.

Penny power wins at Heidelberg Church

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Heidelberg Church’s Fellowship Hall was the scene of clinking pennies and a bounty of prizes as people attended the recent penny party.

Each person placed pennies, equivalent to the price of small prices being passed from person to person, were placed into a cup. In a second cup they placed a ticket with their number.

When the tray with the prizes and cups had made the rounds, caller Ashten Oswald, who has served as caller three times before, chose the winner.

As the prizes were relatively small most everyone went home with multiple prizes.

Woodworking featured at annual Bailey fall fair

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Bailey Wood Products Fall Woodworkers Fair in Kempton featured everything from the beautiful to the practical on display with crafters demonstrating their art.

John Balogh and Deb Hamburger, working under the name Paper and Wood of Bethlehem, had pieces as large as a 2-foot fish, which Hamburger said was made from a single piece of wood she found that was as small as a hummingbird.

Student artwork on display in board meeting room

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Kathleen Kehs, high school art instructor, introduced the students whose art is exhibited in the administrative meeting room at Northwestern Lehigh District School.

Superintendent Mary Anne Wright said she loves to see the room decorated with student art.

Kehs said when she asked the students to participate the only thing they were interested in was whether they would have to talk.

“I have lots of hard workers this year,” Kehs told the school board at its November meeting.

Grace Church congregants gather at park

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The congregation of Grace Community Church, New Tripoli, recently gathered at Ontelaunee Park for worship and its fall festival.

“God’s been doing a good work here,” Pastor Kenneth Spence said. “We’ve started a lot of things: a youth group, a music ministry, women’s and children’s ministries. This is part of our expansion into the community.”

Steve Skekel, leader of the music ministry, also addressed the congregation.

“God has given us a great morning to worship him,” Skekel said. “We are thankful for what you are doing in this church.”