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.
Lynn Township Manager Kevin Deppe checked into the laws concerning presenting plans to the school district, a subject mentioned at the Sept. 5 codification meeting.
On Oct. 3 he told supervisors what he learned.
He said there is supposed to be a monthly report to the district.
The report is supposed to contain a construction schedule but the township has no way of knowing that because land can be subdivided and not built upon for years.
Citizens Fire Company, Slatedale, has received a new fire truck.
Chief Blaine Horn attended a recent Washington Township supervisors workshop to ask the board to maintain insurance on the old truck until it was sold. The request was denied by supervisors.
A motion was made and passed to place guide rail along Bottom Road to keep vehicles from crashing into a trailer in Fox Mobile Home Park.
Resident Alan Sotak requested lines be painted on Bottom Road and Oakview Drive.
This work will be added to the painting job.
"All aboard for Werleys Corner," Bill Townsend said at the end of the song, "The Orange Blossom Special," played by The Majestics at the Weisenberg Lowhill Historical Society's annual festival.
A storm cut short the festivities on Sept. 8 but the grounds were crowded on Sunday.
Townsend asked for a round of applause for the volunteers who "had some bad weather last night.
"Let's hear it for the historical society."
"Orange Blossom Special" was played in response to a request for some fiddle music by Phil Meek.
The Slatedale-Emerald Lions Club wants to become better known in the community. It is looking for service projects in the Washington-Heidelberg communities, Club President Jen Lynch said. The club was also generous, lending its food trailer to the Mountainville Lions Club for a fundraiser at the Allentown Fairgrounds.
Two season tickets for the IronPigs are being offered as a raffle. The drawing will be March 24, 2013.
For more information, call Lynch at 484-866-1545.