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Moment of silence for late firefighter

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, a moment of silence was requested at the Heidelberg supervisors’ December 2018, meeting in memory of Richard Witt, a longtime member of the Goodwill Fire Company, Germansville, and liaison with the township, who died on Dec. 6, 2018.

“It’s a pleasure, was a pleasure working with him,” Supervisor David Fink said.

In other matters, NOVA Ambulance Corps responded to 23 calls in November 2018 with one handled by another responder.

Lock Ridge Furnace presentation given at banquet

Thursday, December 27, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Lock Ridge Historical Society is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the No. 7 Furnace at Lock Ridge in Alburtis.

Historical society President Kevin Shoemaker brought his message about the birth of the iron industry in Alburtis, the canals, railroads, buildings and construction, equipment, and production procedures to the Weisenberg Lowhill Historical Society’s annual banquet Nov. 13 at Ziegels Union Church Breinigsville.

Shoemaker, who brought along a PowerPoint presentation, also discussed the daily life of the workers and their families.

Christmas comes early to Gap Nature Center

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The piles of evergreen branches on the porch of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center’s Osprey House, Slatington, say Christmas is coming.

And the Nature Center helps Christmas come along during its annual open house.

Director Dan Kunkle said the branches came from John and Barbara Egerton and from the Nature Center.

There were pine cones and ribbon for trimming.

And, inside, there were crafts for children to make, and snacks for everyone — though the adults were also having fun with the crafts.

Cookies, crafts and Santa ... what could be better?

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The craft tables at the annual Weisenberg Lowhill Historical Society Christmas Cookie and Soup Sale at Werleys Corner were filled with more crafts than in other years.

This was thanks to Debi Zvanut who went hunting for new items to interest the youth who came to the sale.

Chief among the crafts were trees and reindeer made of cork to be decorated with the variety of items Zvanut brought along with her.

Historic bank opens it vault for holiday open house

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

When the Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society has its annual holiday open house, as it did Dec. 1, visitors are amazed at the collection of memories.

Some individuals have been inside the old New Tripoli Bank building, now home to the historical society, before and wonder what new items they will find.

Others are newcomers, surprised at the depth of the collections.

Willard Snyder, who worked at the bank, said it is amazing how many former bank customers he meets there. He was treasurer of the New Tripoli Fire Company for 30 years and an officer at the bank.

Tax rate remains steady

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Washington Township supervisors announced at their Dec. 4 meeting the tax rate will remain at 0.3 mills.

That means on $10,000 of assessment, the tax will be $30.

Office and work crew will receive 3.5 percent pay increases.

A new Stop the Bleed program will be part of firefighter training.

In the $1,596,866 budget that was approved, each fire company will receive $22,000, up $2,000 from past years.

There were more than 100 per capita tax exonerations for former residents who have moved from the township or who have died.

Northwestern Lehigh School Board chooses officers

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

It was a double meeting for the Northwestern Lehigh School Board on Dec. 5. First came a short reorganization meeting.

President Pro Tempore was Joseph Fatzinger. During his short reign, he asked for nominations for president.

Bill Dellicker won the nomination and election. Todd Hernandez was elected to the position of vice president.

As the regular meeting began, Dellicker asked everyone to give a thought to former President George H.W. Bush during the moment of silence that follows the Pledge of Allegiance.

Heidelberg board OKs 2019 budget

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

There were no changes from the proposed $1,277,436 budget to that approved at the Nov. 29 meeting of Heidelberg Township supervisors.

Tax levies were set at: general, 1 mill; and for the fire tax, 0.4 mills.

The meeting opened with an executive session for real estate matters.

Fire Chief Jay Scheffler, Goodwill, Germansville, reported there will be a cheesesteak dinner on Dec. 8.

On Dec. 15, there will be a Breakfast with Santa and craft show from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tree planted at recreation fields honors Don Link

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The night was dark and windy but rec commission members were determined to visit the Northwestern Recreation Commission Community Park.

President Emeritus Don Link was there to attend the commission’s November meeting.

Link was a member for 15 years and was president for much of that time.

Despite the weather, the group went to their vehicles and went to the rec fields along Northwest Road where a tree had been planted near the Bittner-Hunsicker Potato Storage Building, in Link’s honor.