Music filled the air along with the smell of good things cooking at the Kempton Community Center.
The three-day Kempton Fair was well underway June 16.
Randy Harders, Frontier District membership chair for the Boy Scouts, was talking to Scout age boys trying to get new recruits. There was something special about his recruiting method. On a table was a rocket and every boy who joined Scouts would receive one to safely blast off from a central locale.
Last September, trout eggs were placed in an aquarium at Northwestern Lehigh Middle School.
By the middle of May, they were ready to face life in the wild as fingerlings.
Nestle Waters Deer Park and the Wildlands Conservancy come each year to help the students with a lesson on what lives naturally in Ontelaunee Creek before the fish are released in the water.
Magnifying glasses and microscopes are on tables and pans are filled with the macroinvertebrate animals found by the adults as they wait for the students.
The fire ordinance in Washington Township was largely rejected at the April meeting when the meeting room filled with residents and fire company volunteers who were against the proposal.
During the board’s June 6 meeting, supervisors announced there were some changes made to the ordinance which will be re-advertised.
Changes include better definition of campfires in all districts, distances between properties where there will be campfires, and burning leaves in the fall when it is impossible to get them alongside the road for pickup.
Something was new at the 5K run and walk sponsored by the Northwestern Lehigh Educational Foundation at Ontelaunee Park.
Valerie Creitz, communications director, said a 10K run was added and people were excited about it.
“Excited a lot,” Creitz added.
She said there was a record turnout with the preregistration and the table set up for last minute registrations was kept busy. Registration ended with more than 150 racers.
Jason Boushell organized the run.
Neil Oswald, president of the Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society, welcomed members, friends and families to the group’s 19th annual banquet.
The program, given by Dr. William Donner, was on the “Evolution of Pennsylvania Dutch Culture.”
Donner is coordinator of the Pennsylvania German Studies at Kutztown University.
Oswald told a short story about a man who visited the Grand Canyon and took a wrong step and fell.
He caught a bush and yelled for help. A voice came down saying, “Son, if you want me to help you just let go. I’ll take care of you.”
Graduating seniors in Northwestern Lehigh’s Class of 2018 took the first step into their futures with 198 classmates completing their high school years during graduation ceremonies June 2 at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem. The class motto is “Our time is now.”
After leading the procession into the arena Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Holman, class advisors Patricia Mengel and Beth Johnson, Superintendent Dr. Mary Anne Wright, school board President Willard Dellicker, Assistant Principal Don Allen and Principal Aileen Yadush took their places on stage.
“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” the Rev. James D. Robison, pastor of Good Shepherd UCC
The day was dreary as the Rev. James D. Robison, pastor of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, welcomed people to the Memorial Day service at Slatedale Cemetery.
Maria Pulli, principal at Northwestern Elementary, headed the agenda for the Northwestern Lehigh School Board at its May 16 meeting.
She introduced Tracy Smoyer, elementary art instructor, who had brought 26 of her kindergarten to fifth grade art students to the meeting.
She said there had been 550 works of art put up in the school for the annual art show.
Students told about their work on a video. The kindergartners, Daniel Clare and Cameron Kahl, had made aquariums.
During a recent meeting, Washington Township supervisors have given approval to release a $1,000 budgeted donation to the Northern Lehigh swimming pool association. Also receiving a donation was the Slatington Public Library which gets $3,000
The amount of $20,000 was approved for Citizen’s Fire Company, Slatedale.
An intermunicipal planning agreement was approved for the Northwest Lehigh County comprehensive planning group consisting of Slatington, Lynn, Heidelberg, Washington, Weisenberg and Lowhill townships.
A meeting to discuss the planned farm festival will be held June 26 at the Heidelberg Township Municipal building.
There will be a recognition ceremony, with state officials, 11:30 a.m. June 7 at Heidel Hollow Farm, Germansville, in honor of the 550,000 acres of farmland preserved in the commonwealth.
In other matters, Northern Valley Ambulance Corps, NOVA, responded to 20 calls in April with 98 percent coverage.
The average response time was 11.9 minutes. They were present for work 8 hours per day. The crew is nearly up to its desired staffing.