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.
"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.
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.
"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.
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.
Paul Grothouse did the voice over for "This Old House" showing how the wood countertop was built.
"You saw me cut the miters," he said. "We are going to insert spines. If we don't cut the joints properly it won't come together.
The glue holds it together. We need good glue coverage including in the hole and then drive the tenons in."
Grothouse continued with his dialogue.
"John, Steve and Jake spread the glue well. We have five minutes to put it together before the glue tightens. It is clamped and checked for square because there is no second chance."
The Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary May 12, 2013.
At the Sept. 29-30 Migration Fest at the center, a quilt made by members Donna Gasser and Kathie Romano was on display.
The quilt will be raffled off May 5, 2013, during a celebration and open house for the center.
Romano crafted all the birds, Gasser said.
During the fest, Diane Husic provided an update on the Eastern Pennsylvania Phenology Project. The cost was covered by an Audubon-Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship.
Northwestern Lehigh School Board President Darryl Schafer said school directors were privileged to be at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute for their Oct. 10 meeting.
Tours of the school were led by Northwestern students Tara Thorson for small engines, Amanda Williams for architectural drafting design, Lynne Kovalchick for advertising design and Dale Bernhard for culinary arts.
Center County, Lehigh Township in Northampton County, New Jersey, Delaware Water Gap and the slate quarry over the hill are locations where several people who attended the first of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center's 2012 speakers series have reportedly seen mountain lions.
Gene Odato, district forester for the Tuscarora State Forest District, was introduced by Ed Newcomb, a member of the nature center's board of directors.
Even if half the sightings of mountain lions were misidentified, there would still be a lot around, he explained.
Put four gallons of cider into a large copper kettle, add cut-up apples to within two inches of the top and then cook. Some 5-1/2 hours later, apple butter will be ready to share.
This was only one of the many demonstrations and exhibits at the annual Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society Pioneer Day Oct. 6, at Ontelaunee Park.
This year, stirring the apple-cider mixture was made easier when a rocking chair, which matched the motion required for the constant stirring, was used.