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Backenstoes celebrate 65th with tractors, family and friends

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The house on the hill was beautifully decorated with natural flowers. A row of tractors indicated this was the home of Lester and Nancy Backenstoes, who were celebrating 65 years of married life on Aug. 24.

Nancy met her future husband at Bindnagles Lutheran Church, Palmyra, Lebanon County, when both were being confirmed. At the time he lived in Grantville. She lived at Hershey Farms.

The Backenstoes were married the year Nancy completed high school. Lester had just turned 21. His birthday is the day before their anniversary.

The little idea that grew into a beautiful quilt

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Kutztown Library patrons stitch together pieces of cloth and join the community

Camille Romig is the lead artist with the Community Threads program at the Kutztown Library.

“I have this little idea,” she told some friends at the library one day. “We can make a community art quilt. It will incorporate material from families who use the library, as a place for dialogue and creativity.”

The project was approved and 20 people became involved, including one little boy, Eduardo, who came one winter afternoon to watch. Eduardo was asked if he wanted to join the group.

“He did,” Romig said, adding he did a really careful job.

Oh, what a ‘Night’

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Annual event celebrates country life

Fire police from various companies helped with the parking at Night in the Country. The firefighters offered plastic hats to the kids and talked to the adults during the Aug. 17 festivities.

Silver, from the City of Bethlehem Police Department, came with her partner, Deputy Fire Marshal Douglas J. Nothstein.

They spent time visiting with supporters from the Weisenberg Township Volunteer Fire Company.

She is the only arson dog in the area and has been called to help out as far away as Harrisburg.

Board deals with various issues

Friday, August 16, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Washington Township supervisors, at their Aug. 6 meeting discussed waivers requested by Randi Bult, and Bryan and Brenda Park. They both have to add contour lines to their plans.

Bult was granted a waiver for location of soil pipes. They both have to meet engineer’s comments and add contour lines to their plans.

Bult’s property is at 3755 and 3837 Main St., Emerald.

The Parks’ request is for a boundary line adjustment at 2938 Cemetery St., Emerald.

Conditional approval was given by the board.

Shinefest brightens the day at Jacob’s Church

Friday, August 16, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The field behind Jacob’s Church, Jacksonville, Lynn Township, was brightly colored with bouncy houses for kids, and occasionally adults, to play on during the annual Shinefest presented Aug. 10.

There was a tropical bounce house with palm leaves and a waterfall. The water led to screams of delight but a few said it was too cold.

On another, kids jumped up a step and then tried to see how high they could jump and stick themselves to a “wall.”

Special suits made with hook and loop material held them to the black wall.

Township adds attractions in Ontelaunee Park

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The people in the park were walking alone or in couples, some with dogs or with babies in strollers.

They wanted to take advantage of the early morning coolness.

Homer Snyder built and then operated Ontelaunee Park in Lynn Township, for 37 years until 1966.

After serving as a music venue, the park was abandoned and became home to weeds and a swamp.

The township bought the land and the first project was to clear the area and create a master plan to resuscitate the park.

‘Night’ almost ready to shine

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Night in the Country, the annual Northwestern Recreation Commission festival, will take place 4- 10 p.m. Aug. 17 with a rain date on Aug. 18, followed by fireworks at the rec fields.

‘Night’ Committee Chairwoman Kathy Hermany said one vendor wanted to sell a type of firework that was fired off at the event last year but she had banned it because of possible danger. She added that the same vendor could sell balloons.

Student members of the Science Olympiad will help park vehicles for the car show

Purple Heart recipient honored at national tribute

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Pfc. Michael J. Mescavage, the Pennsylvania Commander, Ret., of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, of Hamburg, is among those being honored as part of a national tribute to recipients on National Purple Heart Day.

The Purple Heart is presented to those injured or killed in combat. Aug. 6 was West Point Day for the tribute.

Mescavage’s wife, Annie, accompanied him on the trip.

Dog T.A.G.S. info available at Christ’s Church yard sale

Monday, August 5, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

During the Christ’s Church at Lowhill 250th anniversary celebration and yard sale on July 27, Jarrod Clouse, with the help of his friend, Gus, explained the Train, Assist, Guide, Serve program, which began in 2012, that provides service dogs to veterans with disabilities.

Though the Dog T.A.G.S. training costs $25,000, the veteran never has to pay for the dog or its training.

A counselor/trainer helps the veteran and his or her dog work together and make sure the dog is trained for the necessary service.

A time to ROAR at Christ’s Church at Lowhill

Monday, August 5, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Corin Watt greeted guests as they arrived for the recent Vacation Bible School at Christ’s Church at Lowhill.

As the theme for VBS was ROAR, the church was filled with animals both upstairs and downstairs.

The wooden animals were made by Watt’s brother-in-law, Roy Pickering, of New York.

Stuffed animals were brought to the church by the children, pictures were cut out from a large sheet of paper, and trees were purchased from Oriental Trading.