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.
Parking was in short supply at Ontelaunee Park on April 28.
There was a soccer game on the playing field and a yard sale with many people looking for bargains.
Lynn Township Supervisor Justin Smith had suggested having a yard sale. Kathy Hermany and Supervisor Steve Feinour did the organizing, each giving the other credit.
One large item was reportedly sold already at 8:30 a.m. though the sale was scheduled to start at 11 a.m. This reporter was not told what the item was or the name of the buyer, just that the sale occurred.
The service at New Life Lutheran Church began with a presentation by the bell choir.
Bill Dellicker was worship leader on April 29 as the church awaits a new pastor. The bishop is coming to help with the call, and Pastor Peggy Wuertele, a member of the Lutheran Synod, was a member of the congregation on that day.
A mission team from the church is going to Texas May 20-26 to help clean up after the summer’s hurricane.
The service also took place on the seventh anniversary of the date church member Bob Moyer went to Comarca, Panama, to serve as a missionary.
The one event where most people attending win a prize and usually multiple prizes is at the Heidelberg Union Church penny party.
Players start with a lot of change, much in pennies, and a pile of numbers.
Each prize is marked with the cost, which may be as little as 4 cents.
The prizes and two cups, one for numbers and one for coins, are passed around the table.
When that is done, Betty Krause, who has been calling the winners for years, calls out, “Who won?”
Brian Fisher and Sylvia Dise then deliver the prizes to the winners.
Washington Township supervisors, at their May 1 meeting, announced the list of roads to be worked on this season.
They are County Bridge Road, Furnace Road, Ventura Drive, Maple Tree Lane, Windy Ridge Road, Javalyn Court, Eagle Circle, Old Mill Road and Bruce Lane. They will be advertised.
Sherry Graver, emergency management coordinator, said she has been attending the county hazard mitigation meetings for Lehigh and Northampton municipalities.