Mediterranean Tradition is a trip to be taken as part of a People to People project.
Presently, there are 21 students from schools in the Lehigh Valley, Poconos, Saucon Valley, Palmerton, Northwestern and Lehighton.
They are attending monthly informational meetings at St. John's Lutheran Church, Slatington, to learn what it means to be an ambassador rather than a tourist before they leave July 10 for Spain, the only one of the three countries they will visit with home stays.
The other two countries are Italy and France. Their journey will last 19 days.
Dan Wuchter Sr. and wife, Laurie bought their 13-acre Weisenberg Township property in 2008.
The land is now fenced and their passion is beginning to become a reality as they have nine horses enjoying life – a life, most likely saved from the slaughterhouse.
One of the horses is the surviving half of a team from Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm where Laurie, the horse, worked for 18 years.
"Here, they are lawn ornaments," said Laurie, of Wuchter Mountainview Horse Rescue and Safe Sanctuary.
All officers and township representatives returned to their positions in the Northwestern Recreation Commission for 2013.
"Thank you for this esteemed opportunity," President Don Link said. "We help the community."
Jeff Kittle, representing the USSSA Eastern Pa/NJ Fastpitch Softball and Baseball Tournaments, requested to use the facilities 6 a.m.-7 p.m. May 25-26 and July 13-14.
They will not need the fields lined, as Kittle said his organization will do it.
Karly Sacco, Weisenberg Elementary School art instructor, introduced six students whose work is now displayed in the Northwestern Lehigh School Board meeting room.
The students and teacher were honored at the Jan. 16 meeting.
Principal Marc Dobbs said Sacco is a great art teacher who motivates her students.
First grader Ashley Ott created a painting that included some math as the paper needed to be divided into six sections, with a circle in each.
William Gorman presented the audit report at the Jan. 16 Northwestern Lehigh School Board meeting. He said it was a clean opinion.
There were no compliance issues with federal grants. The management letter only listed a couple of recommendations, mostly in format changes.
There is a fund balance of $15,255,215. Of that amount $337,370 is considered nonspendable, $16,223 is for restricted use, $9,639,446 is committed and $2,958,474 is assigned.
A new ruling has items that will affect accounting principals in every government in the United States.
Pastor Kevin Fruchtl said Ebenezer United Church of Christ, New Tripoli, celebrated its 273rd anniversary Jan. 20 to get people thinking, and to celebrate the fact "We are here."
In his sermon, Fruchtl planned to talk about the things that change and the things that remain the same all in hopes of getting people thinking about the 275th anniversary.
The worship liturgy for the day was taken from the German Reformed Worship Book of 1929. Video clips from the 1930s and '40s were shown.
During a moment of silence at the opening of the Jan. 16 Northwestern Lehigh School Board meeting President Darryl Schafer asked people to keep the families of Sandy Hook in mind. He also read a statement in honor of Martin Luther King Day.
The proposed charter school resolution for the Circle of Seasons school was discussed.
The subject had attracted an overflow crowd to the meeting both from Northwestern and other interested districts.
At the Jan. 7 reorganization meeting of the Lynn Township supervisors, Justin Smith was appointed chairman and Brian Dietrich was name vice chairman.
Secretary/treasurer will be Tammy White. Janet Henritzy is assistant secretary.
White is on extended sick leave and Rob Sadler offered to help with the treasurer's job until she returns. He held the position previously.
Marc Fisher of Worth, McGee and Fisher will serve as solicitor and Keystone Engineering will be the township engineer.
Shirley Jones, a member of the Palmerton Area Historical Society, brought her cousin Marian Jones to a recent meeting to discuss her service as a World War II nurse.
Jones, 91, who was wearing a shirt on which was written, "I proudly served in World War II," said she followed Gen. George Patton during the invasion of Europe.
He would move forward and the nurses would pack up and move, too, she explained.
"You are only as rich as your memories," Jones said, adding her memories of the war are rich and a permanent part of her.
Lehigh Gap Nature Center intern Katie Rittenhouse was saying her goodbyes to the new friends she made during the center's annual hawk count on Bake Oven Knob and at the Osprey House.
The Nature Center needs an intern because members have to fit their hawk-watching hours around their jobs.
Her mother, Linda, said Katie learned so much. She is thankful other hawk watchers were good mentors for her daughter.
In addition to her mother, her father Wayne and sister Emily accompanied her to the banquet held annually at the end of the season.