The Great Room at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, was filled with butterflies and bees, pollinators on photographs taken by Bonnie Pancoast and exhibited as a way of showing the importance of these small creatures in our lives.
They are displayed on the flowers they pollinate to create a colorful exhibit.
Pancoast is a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist who went through 55 hours of training in Bucks County.
The program is much like the Master Gardeners with hours of work expected to be donated following the class.
Her photography began as a hobby.
The beginning of the June 20 Northwestern Lehigh School Board meeting was a matter of saying “goodbye” to Superintendent Dr. Mary Anne Wright.
This was her last school board meeting and, the end of June will be her last on the job.
Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Holman has been chosen to fill the superintendent position.
Resident Donna Smith addressed Wright during the public comment portion of the meeting.
“We appreciate the positive direction you took the school and that you were approachable,” Smith said.
Northwestern Lehigh School District will soon have its own police force to enforce the safety of students.
The school board approved hiring Chief Brian Tobin, who said he has some ideas for safety. Other officers will be hired to assist the new chief.
Joshua Ziatyk was hired as assistant superintendent effective July 23. His salary will be prorated at $125,000. He was a teacher and assistant principal at Brandywine Heights School District.
Emergency Management Coordinator Josh Bingham told Heidelberg supervisors at their June meeting that Lynn-port is considering buying a new truck and wants help with the purchase from Heidelberg.
The next joint emergency service meeting is scheduled for Sept. 11.
The response time for Northern Valley Ambulance calls was 10.7 minutes. NOVA is still not fully staffed but expects to be soon.
Goodwill Fire Company Chief Jay Scheffler told supervisors his crew is taking training classes in ropes and forestry. The township has agreed to pay $50,000 toward a brush truck.
Music filled the air along with the smell of good things cooking at the Kempton Community Center.
The three-day Kempton Fair was well underway June 16.
Randy Harders, Frontier District membership chair for the Boy Scouts, was talking to Scout age boys trying to get new recruits. There was something special about his recruiting method. On a table was a rocket and every boy who joined Scouts would receive one to safely blast off from a central locale.
Last September, trout eggs were placed in an aquarium at Northwestern Lehigh Middle School.
By the middle of May, they were ready to face life in the wild as fingerlings.
Nestle Waters Deer Park and the Wildlands Conservancy come each year to help the students with a lesson on what lives naturally in Ontelaunee Creek before the fish are released in the water.
Magnifying glasses and microscopes are on tables and pans are filled with the macroinvertebrate animals found by the adults as they wait for the students.
The fire ordinance in Washington Township was largely rejected at the April meeting when the meeting room filled with residents and fire company volunteers who were against the proposal.
During the board’s June 6 meeting, supervisors announced there were some changes made to the ordinance which will be re-advertised.
Changes include better definition of campfires in all districts, distances between properties where there will be campfires, and burning leaves in the fall when it is impossible to get them alongside the road for pickup.
Something was new at the 5K run and walk sponsored by the Northwestern Lehigh Educational Foundation at Ontelaunee Park.
Valerie Creitz, communications director, said a 10K run was added and people were excited about it.
“Excited a lot,” Creitz added.
She said there was a record turnout with the preregistration and the table set up for last minute registrations was kept busy. Registration ended with more than 150 racers.
Jason Boushell organized the run.
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.