Many of the officials in Heidelberg Township will continue the new year in their 2017 positions.
Steve Bachman is chairman of the board of supervisors with David Fink as vice chairman.
Janice Meyers again will serve as administrator/secretary-treasurer for the coming year.
The treasurer’s bond is set at $500,000.
Steckel and Stopp law firm, Slatington, continues as township solicitor.
Keystone Consulting Engineers, Wescosville, will serve as the engineer.
The nailing of a list of 95 theses by Martin Luther to the Wittenberg church door led to discussions that began the Protestant Reformation.
The Rev. David Kistler attended Jerusalem “Red” Union Church’s celebration of the 500th anniversary of that event.
Kistler handed out a paper listing the major events in Luther’s life from his birth in 1483, marriage in 1525, and his death in 1546.
Washington Township Solicitor John Ashley gave an overview of the burning ordinance to a full house at the supervisors’ meeting on Dec. 5. The major question people asked was if there could be equal enforcement.
Resident Chad Christman said there had to be specific definitions for the various types of fires.
He said people took a relaxed attitude to burning and lately they have been tattling on each other.
Even people who have been burning for years are getting complaints.
The Rev. Bob Billig said Jerusalem “Red” Church, Kempton, was celebrating the 500th year since the Reformation began.
This year marks the anniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses on the door of the All Saint’s Church in Wittenburg, Germany.
This act caused a more urgent plea for changes in the Roman Catholic Church and spearheaded the Reformation, or the Birth of the Protestant Church.
The celebration at Jerusalem “Red” Church was held a week early, on Oct. 22, so it could be on the day when there was a Lutheran service at the Union church.
Twenty-two people contributed to the goodies being sold at the Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society headquarters on Dec. 9. Eighteen of those people baked cookies and four made soup.
There were six tables filled with cookies of many varieties. MaryCathrine Mederofik baked 60 to 70 dozen with at least 36 dozen of cream cheese thumb-print cookies.
Chicken noodle, chicken corn noodle, vegetable beef, vegetable and barley, and hamburger vegetable were the featured homemade soups.
Magisterial District Judge Rod Beck attended the Dec. 6 meeting of the Northwestern Lehigh School Board to swear in newly elected members Alan Rex, Marci Piescienski and Dr. James Warfel, plus returning members Todd Hernandez and Phillip Toll.
Superintendent Mary Anne Wright thanked every one who ran for the office.
“I appreciate your willingness and look forward to six months of working with you,” she told the new board members.
Their shared work is for only six months as Wright will be leaving the end of June.
Leslie Frisbie, Northwestern Lehigh business administrator, and Rob Thompson, EHD Insurance Company, attended the Nov. 29 meeting of the Northwestern Recreation Commission.
Frisbie recommended the commission have an audit done and said if combined with the school the price will be reasonable.
Christie Steigerwalt of the business department is treasurer for the commission.
Bonding for Steigerwalt is not covered for the commission, which was the question that brought up the subject of an insurance review.
Northwestern Lehigh Middle School eighth graders received lists of items to find in the old bank building museum during the Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society’s annual Christmas open house in New Tripoli.
When they found something on their list, the students were to listen to the docent’s explanation and then ask a question.
At that point, the docent would stamp their paper. One visit to a display was required but many of the students collected more.
The papers were then given to Jim Warfel who helped them put an official bank stamp on it.
Heidelberg Church’s Fellowship Hall was the scene of clinking pennies and a bounty of prizes as people attended the recent penny party.
Each person placed pennies, equivalent to the price of small prices being passed from person to person, were placed into a cup. In a second cup they placed a ticket with their number.
When the tray with the prizes and cups had made the rounds, caller Ashten Oswald, who has served as caller three times before, chose the winner.
As the prizes were relatively small most everyone went home with multiple prizes.
Bailey Wood Products Fall Woodworkers Fair in Kempton featured everything from the beautiful to the practical on display with crafters demonstrating their art.
John Balogh and Deb Hamburger, working under the name Paper and Wood of Bethlehem, had pieces as large as a 2-foot fish, which Hamburger said was made from a single piece of wood she found that was as small as a hummingbird.