Freebies, food, games and a fire that filled the sky with black smoke were all part of the recent open house presented by the Weisenberg Volunteer Fire Company.
Fire company helmets for kids, Frisbees and booklets on home fire hazards and another one with fire safety stickers filled a table along with a note saying they were free.
Bill Buss poured free soda for visitors, and outside, Otto’s Lunch Box of Fogelsville, cooked hot dogs, also free.
The Northwestern Lehigh School Board has approved full-day kindergarten starting with the 2018-19 school year.
Board President Bill Dellicker said, during the June 21 meeting, the issue has been discussed for more than a year.
District Superintendent Mary Anne Wright said everything there is to say about the plan has been said.
School Director Darryl Schafer said Wright had spoken passionately about having full-day kindergarten.
Wright said she was delighted with the approval vote.
Lynnport Fire Company celebrated America’s independence as it has done for the past two decades and two years, with a jumping Jamboree, complete with music, food and fabulous fireworks.
The band, Still Kickin’, provided live music. Members of the band come from all over the Lehigh Valley.
As band members were tuning up for their performance, a cloud came overhead and one member said when the cloud was there, different settings were required as they tuned up.
On the hillside, the wind was knocking around chairs but the temperature was comfortable.
Jacquie Moser, event coordinator at New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Tripoli, said the basket social was benefiting two people.
The first was a 1-year-old with kidney cancer. The other was a young woman, struck by a pickup truck, who has since had 66 surgeries.
Some 476 baskets lined the long hallway and the fellowship hall in the church. In addition to the regular baskets and gift certificates, there were 11 large items in the church lobby.
Owen Rex’s mother, Samantha, said cancer may have started the fight but they will fight back.
Members of the Northwestern Lehigh Education Foundation donated a check to the school for $156, 328.40 at the May 17 school board meeting. The money will be used with $27,000 being used for the teacher mini grants, $107,000 for Earned Income Tax Credit approved programs and $5,000 for miscellaneous programs.
The total of money raised has reached the milestone of $1 million.
There are many people who helped with fundraising. The school gets to choose what it needs rather than being told what the money is for.
Heidelberg Township supervisors learned, at their June 15 meeting, that NOVA Ambulance Corps responded to 14 calls in the municipality during May.
The fastest was a two-minute response time. The longest was 15 minutes.
The corps put in 336 hours with 10.8-hour days.
In other matters Supervisor Steve Bachman reported the batting cages for the Northwestern Recreation Community Park fields will cost $27,800.
Roadmaster Kevin Huber will meet with roadmasters from the other townships and discuss the extent of the work they would be able to do to bring the cost down.
The day was bright and sunny after several days of rain. Some 150 people were registered to participate in the 5K run-walk sponsored by the Northwestern Lehigh Education Foundation with the profits to benefit the school district.
The education foundation has surpassed the $1 million goal for their 10th year.
The foundation recently donated $156,000 to the district.
Jayson Boushell, foundation board member, was in charge of the 5K.
Sponsors were Joe Madar of Comfortek, and Deer Park Water.
Washington Township supervisors voted, at their June 6 meeting, to release $20,000 to the Star Hose Company, Emerald. Each of the three companies in the township receive a large contribution annually.
A contingent from the fire companies asked for help since recruitment has become more difficult.
They would like a tax break to make it of more benefit for people to join the volunteer companies.
Robert Schramel of the Slatedale Citizen’s Fire Company spoke and was joined in by other firefighters.
Student representatives Elizabeth Fornauf and Paige Stitzel began their final report to the Northwestern Lehigh School Board with sports.
In track and field, the girls finished 9-2 overall and placed sixth in the Colonial League meet.
The boys had an 8-3 overall record and placed seventh in the Colonial League meet. Trevor Cunningham broke both the 100- and 300-meter Northwestern hurdle records for the season, the two representatives told the board.
The Recreation Commission received requests for use of the Northwestern Community Park fields and pavilion at its May 31 meeting.
President Don Link said he was glad to see the facility getting more community use.
Slatedale-Emerald Lions Club will use the pavilion for a meeting noon-4 p.m. June 13 and the Ontelaunee Lions want the pavilion from 5-9 p.m. June 21.
On July 8, there will be a family picnic between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the pavilion with electric, water and open restrooms requested.