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Lynn Twp. supervisors name replacements for Deppe

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Lynn Township supervisors accepted Kevin Deppe's Nov. 13 resignation at a special codification meeting Dec. 5.

He was township manager, zoning officer and held responsibility for other positions.

Deppe's salary was split in the budget between the engineer, Roy Stewart, and Solicitor Marc Fisher.

Keystone Consulting Engineers was named zoning officer until the reorganization.

Supervisor Brian Dietrich said the township is not busy just now and there would be time to discuss the position for the coming year.

NWL District to refinance bond issue

Thursday, December 6, 2012 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

As President Darryl Schafer opened the Nov. 14 meeting of the Northwestern Lehigh School Board he asked for a moment of silence for a family whose son is undergoing intensive medical care and for families hurt by Hurricane Sandy.

Scott Shearer of PFM, LLC, a financial management company, told board members the benefits in refinancing a 2008 bond issue.

He said it would bring a net savings of $340,000. The lowest interest rate came only a few days previous, so he said it is a good time to refinance.

Twisted Reed offers gallery for holiday shopping

Thursday, December 6, 2012 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Kim Borgman, who does basket weaving, and Shirlene Silfies, who specializes in handpainted Santa Clauses, decided to give the community a place to view many different crafts suitable for the holiday season.

The method they chose is the Twisted Reed Holiday Gallery, Lynnport.

The shop, on the corner of Routes 143 and 863, showcases work from 15 local crafters.

Silfies said the shop is located in the old summer kitchen of the house on the corner. The house was built in the mid 1800s.

Before Borgmans bought it, the house belonged to an antiques dealer.

Student artwork on display in boardroom

Thursday, December 6, 2012 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Kathy Kehs, Northwestern Lehigh art instructor, introduced her high school students who had their artwork hung or placed on the window sills of the school board meeting room.

The students were acknowledged at the Nov. 14 meeting.

Katie Cappuccino and Rosey Pergosky used an art technique that provided a foreground, middle and background. Katie said she never thought she had artistic talent but decided to try it and was pleased.

She used a bridge as her middle focus. Rosey used pastels for the first time. Her picture was of a cabin with hot air balloons passing by.

103-year-old celebrates with biker group

Thursday, November 29, 2012 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

How does a 103-year-old celebrate her birthday?

With a biker group, of course.

Last year, The American Legion Motorcyle Club of Post 184 took part in the 100-mile Huckleberry Run, held in honor of Melanie Heckman of East Greenville, who died May 15, 2004, in a motorcycle accident.

The group left Legion Post 184, East Greenville, and stopped at CJ Hummels Restaurant, Len-hartsville, before traveling to Lehighton.

The run is held each year as a memorial to raise money for Heckman's daughter, Christy Serfass, so she can attend college.

Lynn lowers millage rate

Thursday, November 15, 2012 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Lynn Township Supervisor Brian Dietrich began the discussion on the 2013 draft budget at the Lynn Township Nov. 8 supervisors' meeting.

Dietrich said he would like to have the rate set at .5 mill instead of the present .8 mill.

Supervisor Justin Smith reminded him with the new assessments the full amount will be used instead of half. Consequently, .4 mill would provide the same amount of money as the .8 mill.

Solicitor Marc Fisher said the .8 mill brought in $80,000.

Ebenezer Church welcomes veterans for service

Thursday, November 15, 2012 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

"Three pews weren't enough. You never know," the Rev. Kevin Fruchtl of Ebenezer United Church of Christ, New Tripoli, said.

Those three pews were reserved for members of American Legion Allen O. Delke Post 16, Slatington, as they came to honor deceased members with a service of remembering for those who died the past year.

"We don't usually honor the preschool and veterans on the same day, Fruchtl continued. "This year, it was a quirk of the calendar."

He said the two events blend.

Board discusses controlled burns and bans

Thursday, November 1, 2012 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Lynn Township Supervisor Justin Smith continued a September discussion about how the fire companies should respond to a burn ban.

"Our procedures for a controlled burn are to go out and to call one of you [the supervisors]," Gary Kuntz, assistant chief of the Community Fire Company, New Tripoli, said on Oct. 10. "It's not up to the fire department to enforce it. If it appears dangerous, we'll put it out."

Township Manager Kevin Deppe said when they are called out and a controlled burn is not according to the burn ban, the company should put it out.

Creating a dream in Germansville

Thursday, October 25, 2012 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

'This Old House' films at Grothouse Lumber

"We make custom wood countertops," Denise Grothouse said explaining why "This Old House," a PBS television show, came to Germansville to film Oct. 11.

Grothouse said this was the company's fourth appearance on the program.

The film crew visited Grothouse Lumber Company in 2007. The other times, Grothouse went to the site of the house being renovated.

Cambridge House, Cambridge, Mass., is the new project for Grothouse and "This Old House."

Although the outside is a fine old Victorian house, the interior will be modernized.

Open Gate tour gives city folk a chance to visit farms

Thursday, October 25, 2012 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Pumpkins aplenty offered at Lyon Creek

Lyon Creek, Blacksmith Road, New Tripoli, took part in the Open Gate Farm Tour, sponsored Oct. 21 by the Lehigh County Penn State Extension.

The farms on the tour represent a variety of types of agricultural associated businesses including: vineyards, Haines Mill, a pumpkin patch, orchards, livestock and vegetable farms.

Lyon Creek has a pumpkin patch for the first time.

"It's the first year for pick-your-own pumpkin," Kate Pollock said.