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Church celebrates 250 years serving the local community

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

"The Mission of Mount Zion is focused on supporting people in their faith journey with Christ at the center. This is accomplished by preaching God's crucifixion, teaching the Gospel and helping all members to witness God's grace in their daily lives. Mount Zion is a cornerstone of faith and a spiritual home for all who embrace God."

As the 250th anniversary of the founding of Mount Zion Lutheran Church, Long Lane Road, Krumsville, approached, the history committee began its research.

Mount Zion Lutheran Church dedicates new cornerstone

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

April Osterstock opened the dedication service for the cornerstone at Mount Zion Lutheran Church on March 17.

She said Jeff Wetzel wanted the pictures from a year of celebration put into a presentation to begin the service.

She showed the photos set to music.

DVDs of the same program were for sale after the service.

The early German settlers brought their prayer books and Bibles from the old country.

These were among the things they thought necessary for their salvation.

Polka run asks to stop at park

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Susan Giralico asked supervisors at the March 14 meeting if America on Wheels could use Ontelaunee Park as a stop.

All they would need would be a table where they could hand out cards. The Oct. 12 event is similar to a polka run.

She asked if individuals who make donations could deduct the money on their taxes even through the recreation committee does not have a 501c-3, which the township does.

No one was sure and they decided to advise donors to check with their tax advisers.

They were particularly concerned with donations for the July 14 Car Cruise.

Township reps discuss winter, road work

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

North Whitehall Township Manager Jeff Bartlett opened the March 11 meeting of representatives from the six-northern Lehigh County townships.

Absent were representatives from Heidelberg and Washington townships.

"We had the same kind of winter you had, a lot of storms," Bartlett said, beginning the meeting at the North Whitehall Municipal Building.

North Whitehall Roadmaster Garry Remaley said his road crew used a great deal of salt.

Remaley said both boom and flail mowers have been used, and tree trimming has been done.

State Rep. Gary Day brightens student ambassadors' day

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

"I'm a [state] representative and you're going to represent our country, our state," began state Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, as he addressed the group of student ambassadors.

The students have been meeting once a month to familiarize themselves with the duties of an ambassador and learn what to expect during their 19-day visit to France, Italy and Spain.

The Mediterranean Tradition trip begins on July 10 as part of the People to People program.

Day said he is excited every day on his job in Harrisburg and wants them to be excited also.

New 'Tears of Dragons Gone By' book wrote itself, Hamburg author Wijtyk says

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Mary Jane Wijtyk once wrote office technical manuals.

But, she made a jump to writing a novel, which she titled "Tears of Dragons Gone By."

Before writing the book, Wijtyk prayed about doing so. Then, she got the idea for a short story, which eventually became a long story.

Wijtyk, who lives near Hamburg,began the book in hotels while traveling between places where she was teaching software programs.

A secondary reason for writing the book was she wanted to inspire her niece to try writing.

High school renovation project being planned

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Greg Sanders chaired the Feb. 28 special Northwestern School Board committee meeting for operations.

Sanders said committee members toured the high school and saw what was planned for renovation.

They also visited with the architect, Mark Thompson of MKSD.

Slides were shown so the audience could understand what portion of the school was being discussed.

Three classrooms, three bathrooms and the offices are the only sections for general construction.

HVAC and electrical work are the major part of what the district wants to have done.

Rec board learns about fireworks

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

ZY Pyrotechnics, owned by Zach Yeager, attended the Feb. 27 meeting of the Northwestern Recreation Commission to give a presentation about fireworks for Night in the Country.

Although Celebration Fireworks has already received the bid for the 2013 event, the presentation was an educational experience for the members.

Several said they now understood more about fireworks than they had previously.

'Troy' to remain in NWL middle school library

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Katherine Bolsovera filed a complaint about a book in the middle school library using the proper channels, Northwestern Lehigh School Superintendent Mary Anne Wright said at the Feb. 20 board meeting.

The complaint was discussed at the January board meeting when the issue was tabled after board members needed more time to look at the issue.

"Troy" by Adele Geras is a historical romance with too much sex, bad language and violence, according to Bolsovera.

Sorensen faces critics, refuses to step down from school board

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh School Board Solicitor Domenic Sbrocchi opened a discussion by residents who wanted LeRoy Sorensen removed from the board because of a recent underage drinking incident at his home. Sbrocchi said Superintendent Mary Anne Wright asked him to give a legal opinion.

He said there are very few reasons why an elected official can be removed.