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‘Night’ profits decrease

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

During the Sept. 19 Heidelberg Township board meeting, Supervisor David Fink said supervisors received a letter from the Goodwill Fire Company, Germansville, for help with the construction project at the firehouse.

He told the company they appreciated receiving the letter.

Goodwill Fire Chief Jay Scheffler said there were 91 calls for the year – down from the previous year as the school has dealt with its alarm system. The company helped with a Northwestern Elementary 5K race.

Visitors flock to a bygone era

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Pioneer Apple Festival celebrated at Ontelaunee Park

The Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society presented its annual Pioneer Apple Festival on Oct. 5 under blue skies.

“We do this every year,” said Bill Blayle of the Fellowship Community, Whitehall. The group makes and sells apple butter and talks to festival visitors.

He said last year they turned six bushels of apples into apple butter and sold out, so this year they were prepared with 10 bushels.

Blayle said Woody Green deserved special mention because he worked all morning.

5K, kids race at Heidelberg Church

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The parking lot at Heidelberg Church was filled with people talking and moving on to talk to others. Some were still registering because it was race day at the church and enthusiasm filled the air.

Two food trucks, Burger Wagon offering breakfast and staying for the return of the racers, and Stagger Lee, with a variety of grilled offerings, were on hand. On a table was free fruit and water for the returning runners.

A Polish Ice stand provided cool refreshment. A market truck, which bore the logo, “Eat Real Food,” provided produce to be taken home.

Teachers, principals present review of full-day kindergarten

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Kindergarten teachers Krista Keys, Laura Luca, Marion Miller, Katie Praetzel, Amanda Reifinger and Wendy White; Principals Maria Pulli and Jill Berlet; and Director of Curriculum LeAnn Stitzel presented a review of the first year of full-day kindergarten to school directors at their Sept. 18 board meeting.

Superintendent Jennifer Holman told the board the change to full day was successful, and then turned the discussion over to Stitzel, who said research was done during the 2016-17 school years and was approved by the board in June 2017.

Requests for park use higher than usual

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

There were a higher than usual number of requests for use of the fields and pavilion at the Northwestern Recreation Commission Community Park during the Sept. 25 meeting of the commission board.

The USSSA asked in August to reserve the dates May 23-25, June 6-7 and July 11-12 for use of the softball fields.

As there were so many dates, the commission wanted to check with the Northwestern Youth Athletic Association to see if it has anything scheduled.

There was nothing and so the dates were approved.

Dogs and cats get their shots at Felines and Fidos

Thursday, September 19, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

From the parking lot, the yelping of a dog as dogs and cats could be heard as they arrived at Forgotten Felines and Fidos for vaccination on Sept. 15.

The animal shelter is located along Mountain Road, Heidelberg Township.

Coconut, one of the canines, continued to cry all through the procedure and struggled even after he was wrapped in a towel.

Tara Kunkle administered the shots with Vet Tech Claire Schultes from Lehigh Carbon Community College, who was watching and learning, and occasionally helping.

Oakes praises retiring custodian

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh School District Operations Manager Arthur Oakes announced the retirement of a 25-year school custodian at during the Aug. 21 board meeting

Oakes said Ethel Hollenbach was helpful in setting up and tearing down equipment for special events.

She also realized the meaning of school and community.

Hollenbach will be given a plaque but was unable to attend the meeting.

“She was an amazing custodian,” Oakes said.

Washington board donates to rec association

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Washington Township supervisors adopted a resolution during their Sept. 3 meeting to contribute $50,000 in each of the next five years to the Northern Lehigh Recreation Association.

Walnutport and Slatington have also signed a resolution to this effect. The three municipalities are working toward a community center. The township has also applied for grants.

The Heidelberg Union Church 5K and kids 1 mile race will begin 9 a.m. Sept. 21. This will require a two-hour closing of several township roads including: Werley Street and portions of Best Station and Irvin Street.

Heidelberg firetruck closer to completion

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Goodwill Fire Company Chief Chief Jay Scheffler attended the Aug. 15 meeting of Heidelberg supervisors and reported the chassis for the new truck is ready.

The truck comes piece by piece and will be constructed.

Supervisor Steve Bachman said the emergency management coordinator position remains open.

NOVA responded to 96 percent of calls. For the year, response was 97 percent. Ambulance crew members were on site six days a week. Response time was 11.2 minutes per call.

Early reports come in for ‘Night’

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Kathy Hermany, committee chairwoman for the annual Night in the Country festival gave early reports during the Aug. 28 meeting of the Northwestern Recreation Commission.

She said vendors have 10 days to pay, but most has come in. Many food vendors had long lines. The commission receives 20 percent of the profits.

Security cost $150 more than last year. Nonprofits pay $25 and businesses pay $50. There was discussion about raising these prices. Paid admissions were up by more than 2,000 people over last year.