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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.

Christ’s Kids Club welcomes youth to attend meetings

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

Christ’s Kids Club of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, meets 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Emerald house of worship.

During the Nov. 28 meeting, the project was to make Christmas cards to be sent to members of our nation’s military.

Twelve boxes will be shipped to the service members at a cost of $153.

Pastor Bill Ritzenthaler said it is never difficult getting people to contribute when the need is as great as this is.

Ritzenthaler, who attended the club meeting, asked the kids a question.

“Who do we learn about here?” he asked.

School board honors Wyatt

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh School Board President Bill Dellicker asked for a moment of silence for Wyatt Newhard during the opening of the Nov. 21 school board meeting.

The Northwestern student had been fighting cancer from age 3 and recently lost that fight after 11 courageous years.

In other matters, Dr. Barbara Kistler, representative to Lehigh Carbon Community College, said her first thing to do as representative was to thank the board for giving her the position at LCCC. She had worked there and enjoyed the school.

Church bells chime for new pastor at Friedens Lutheran

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Rev. Mary Gade, associate of Bishop Samuel Zeiser of the Northeastern Synod, served as the installation official for the new pastor at Friedens Lutheran Church, Stony Run.

Pastor Althea Albright, a Berks County native, came to the church in February after looking into several different denominations. She decided Lutheran was more aligned to her beliefs.

Albright said she felt called to the ministry since she was in middle school. She attended Susquehanna University and the Philadelphia Lutheran Seminary.