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Taste of Hamburg-er not dampened by rain

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

As people got off the shuttle bus the first drops of rain came down, but it did not last, although drizzle was felt several other times throughout the day.

The 14th annual Taste of Hamburg-er Festival, in downtown Hamburg, took place Sept. 2 with streets closed to provide a site for vendors and activity groups to set up.

The Haines family — Justin, Ashley, Robert and Todd — were eating burgers and fries from Spuds of Kutztown.

Robert Haines said they always dress up for the festival and enjoy the day. Many people wore hamburger hats such the one worn by Todd Haines.

Witness performs at Lighthouse Baptist Church

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Jack Bartholomew of Lighthouse Baptist Church, Breinigsville, welcomed members and guests to a special gospel concert on Aug. 27.

“I know you’ll enjoy this. No matter how we treat them they keep coming back,” Bartholomew said. “There will be cookies and coffee during intermission.”

“A love offering will be accepted to help the ‘Witness’ group along. They show their love for you through their music.”

Neal Hartranft, keyboardist, kept the audience entranced before the program.

Washington Twp zoners hear appeal regarding Bult excavation business

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Randy Bult of Slatedale appealed a decision against giving him a zoning permit for an excavation business.

Washington Township ruled the land was residential and Bult could not operate a business there.

On Aug. 15, the hearing began with Attorney Dennis Benner asking township Zoning Officer Todd Weidman questions about the zoning ordinance.

He asked whether a use that was unlawful remained unlawful after a property was purchased.

Attorney Keller Kline III asked if the property in question had been zoned medium density residential.

Weidman replied it was.

NOVA seeks board member

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

NOVA Director of Administration Kristie Wilk attended the Aug. 16 Heidelberg Township supervisors meeting.

She reported NOVA is seeking volunteers to apply for two openings on its board of directors.

Wilk said the board meets once a month and if an individual serves on a special committee, that group also meets once a month.

NOVA offers the opportunity for car safety seat checks. Call ahead to schedule an appointment. NOVA personnel will examine the car seat to make sure it is installed properly.

Rauscher resigns, Warfel takes seat on school board

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The resignation of Northwestern Lehigh School Board member Charlene Rauscher was accepted at the Aug. 16 board meeting.

Immediately after Dr. James Warfel was voted into the position, he was sworn in and took his seat on the board to complete Rauscher’s remaining four months.

Warfel said 33 years ago he was employed at the school and that it defined his career.

“I hope I can give back. I learned from the school board and what distinguished a good school,” he said.

High spirits at Night in the Country not dampened by rain

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The weather was beautiful and everyone was having fun at the Night in the Country, but half way through the fireworks, the rain came.

Despite the downpour, there were several fireworks set off, giving an almost 20-minute show.

Hannah Hans was helping at the Krysta Hankee Memorial Chinese auction. She was awarded a scholarship to Lehigh Carbon Community College to study in the veterinarian tech program.

Smoke rose from behind the Slatedale-Emerald Area Lions Club.

Heidelberg Union Church’s organist, choir director retire after 15 years

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The prelude for the Aug. 13 joint church service at Heidelberg Union Church was an arrangement combining four hymns by David Earp, retiring organist. Also being honored was choir director Louise Earp.

Among the announcements was one by Sonia Fink for a bakeless bake sale to benefit a baby in the Midwest born weighing 3 pounds and having various problems.

Emmalyn Fink helped with the announcement by appearing as a baker.

American Legion visits 13 cemeteries to honor fallen military

Thursday, August 10, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Flags were gently waving over the graves of the fallen soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen. It was a bright, sunny Sunday, a nice day to be out and honoring the fallen.

Dennis Ziegler, president of the Memorial Day committee of American Legion Allen O. Delke, Post 16, Slatington, asked the people from Jacob’s Church, Jacksonville, to “Help us to continue in honoring the values they have bestowed upon our great nation: loyalty, respect, brotherhood, duty, service, honor and trust, in honor of all our veterans.

Student artwork on display in district boardroom

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh’s School Board recently honored six students from the middle school for their artwork on display in the board meeting room.

Teacher Jennifer Bernhard introduced the artists and said they were chosen for their ethic of excellence.

“They are all on different steps to the journey of excellence,” she said. “Some are just beginning to learn the meaning of failure. Yes, I said failure.

“To some it means time to give up but to others it means try again.

“Instead of good enough it means what can make it better.

Everything is a go for ‘Night’

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The 19th annual Night in the Country community celebration will take place Aug. 19 with a rain date of Aug. 20 at the Northwestern Recreation Commission Community Park, Northwest Road and Route 309, New Tripoli.

“Everything is a go,” “Night” Committee Chair Kathy Hermany said at the recreation commission’s July meeting.

There will be a huge food court, more than an acre of cars to view, firefighter competitions and games and activities.

Cherr the cow will choose the winning number for the cow flop bingo.