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Lehigh Gap Nature Center launches kids’ book club

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Lehigh Gap Nature Center is launching the Budding Naturalist Book Club — a new interactive nature club for children ages 4-6, on Sept. 28.

The club will meet at 10 a.m. every other Thursday to provide a nature-themed story time and educational activity. Binoculars, butterfly nets, art supplies, and other materials will be provided for the outdoor adventures and crafts that accompany each program.

Heidelberg draft budget presented

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Janice Meyers, administrator, presented a draft of the 2018 budget to the Heidelberg Supervisors at their Sept. 21 meeting.

Real estate taxes will cover $260,178 of income. The transfer tax and earned income are $470,000.

There are neither federal nor state grants included at this time. Fireman’s Relief is $24,000 and the state pension contribution will be $23,000.

Total income will be $1,028,903 with $50,000 added from fund equity to make the total amount available $1,078,903.

Equipment sold to highest bidder

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Ed Ziegler asked Washington supervisors where the sale of township equipment was advertised as he had not seen it.

He was told the sale was advertised in the TIMES NEWS daily paper, Lehighton.

Bids were opened and two were accepted with the third rejected and due to be re-advertised.

A 1995 chipper went for $1,500 and a spreader sidewinder sold for $400.

A 1988 Ford dump truck was bid at $488 but the bid was rejected.

In other matters three military personnel and a student were exonerated from paying per capita taxes.

Class of 1952 gathers for 65th annual reunion

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Before 1955, many students living within what is now the Northwestern Lehigh School District traveled to Slatington, some by rail on the Berksy, to attend high school.

Head of the Slatington High School Reunion Committee Julia Hill worked at Northwestern Lehigh for 30 years.

She organized the class’ 52nd reunion at the Starlight Diner, Fogelsville.

Two couples came long distances to attend. One came from Gettysburg, the other from State College. Three of the couples at the celebration married classmates.

Historical society fest offers food, fun and education

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The sound of slap, slap, slap could be heard by visitors at the Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society fall festival Sept. 9 at Werleys Corner.

The sound came from boys playing beanbags without any rules and the bags were bouncing off the targets and each other — but they were having fun.

Carl Mengel was back with Carlos, his goat that pulls a wagon.

His first goat that came to the festival has arthritis and can no longer pull the wagon. The second goat is too old, so Carlos, 5, has taken the reins.

The name Carlos is derived from Carl and Louise, his wife.

Warrior Kid meets Warrior Horse

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The goal of Warrior Horses for Warrior Kids is to match 500 warrior kids to noble warrior horses to fight alongside them in their battle with pediatric cancer

The program, begun in California, is spreading to the east and on Sept. 3 the first warrior on the East Coast met his Warrior Horse at Rocking Horse Stables, Pleasant Corner.

Warrior Horse Urban Legend, known as Bandit, met his warrior , Sam Mackaravitz, of Emmaus at the stable.

Bandit was dressed for the occasion in the red, white and blue of Captain America, Sam’s favorite superhero.

Recreation commission receives donation

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Don Link, president of the Northwestern Recreation Commission, said at the Aug. 30 meeting that $1,500 had been received from Insulation Corporation of America to help pay for the walking path at the recreation fields.

The school may help with some of the work on the crosswalks on Northwest Road at the entrance to the Northwestern Recreation Commission Community Park.

The issue is expected to be discussed at the next school board meeting.

Taste of Hamburg-er not dampened by rain

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

As people got off the shuttle bus the first drops of rain came down, but it did not last, although drizzle was felt several other times throughout the day.

The 14th annual Taste of Hamburg-er Festival, in downtown Hamburg, took place Sept. 2 with streets closed to provide a site for vendors and activity groups to set up.

The Haines family — Justin, Ashley, Robert and Todd — were eating burgers and fries from Spuds of Kutztown.

Robert Haines said they always dress up for the festival and enjoy the day. Many people wore hamburger hats such the one worn by Todd Haines.

Witness performs at Lighthouse Baptist Church

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Jack Bartholomew of Lighthouse Baptist Church, Breinigsville, welcomed members and guests to a special gospel concert on Aug. 27.

“I know you’ll enjoy this. No matter how we treat them they keep coming back,” Bartholomew said. “There will be cookies and coffee during intermission.”

“A love offering will be accepted to help the ‘Witness’ group along. They show their love for you through their music.”

Neal Hartranft, keyboardist, kept the audience entranced before the program.

Washington Twp zoners hear appeal regarding Bult excavation business

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Randy Bult of Slatedale appealed a decision against giving him a zoning permit for an excavation business.

Washington Township ruled the land was residential and Bult could not operate a business there.

On Aug. 15, the hearing began with Attorney Dennis Benner asking township Zoning Officer Todd Weidman questions about the zoning ordinance.

He asked whether a use that was unlawful remained unlawful after a property was purchased.

Attorney Keller Kline III asked if the property in question had been zoned medium density residential.

Weidman replied it was.