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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Northwestern Lehigh Alumni Association held its sixth bingo and Chinese auction at the Lynnport Fire Station.
Some of the funds raised go toward the Educational Foundation’s mini grants.
Attendees were invited to come in costume and to bring food for the Christ’s Church at Lowhill Food Pantry and socks for the Socks for Sylvia project at the pantry in memory of Sylvia Koenig.
She was secretary at the pantry and administrative secretary at the Northwestern Lehigh School District.
Bill Dovico, Northwestern Lehigh Middle School, principal, said four years ago he met the sixth graders.
He was told they were taking 180 students to Lake Nockamixon to go find things.
The trip was part of a 17-year-old program in orienteering.
A presentation on orienteering was made recently to the school board.
Teacher David Evans gave the students maps to a place where they had never been before. They had prepared a book about whether or not a place was safe for the kids to wander through.