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25 acres added to Ag Security area in Heidelberg Township

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Karin and Michael Bowman, Irvin Road, asked Heidelberg Township supervisors, at their May 18 meeting to have 25.56 acres of their land added to the Agricultural Security area

In other matters, Mark Smith of Northern Valley Ambulance Corps, said manpower is improving.

The service is working 11.2 hours per day and calls were answered within 1 to 17 minutes.

Supervisor Jonathan Jakum said the township is following up on code violations.

Dog club advances German Shepherd breed

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The German Shepherd Dog Club of America was formed in 1913 and incorporated Feb. 7, 1916, by Anne Tracy, Margaret C. Throop, Edith May Schley, Vemon Castle, John Volkman, Paul Huhn, and B.R. Ruggles.

The organization, which promotes the breeding of the German Shepherd dog and urges adoption of a standard by which the dog is to be judged.

The club also advances the interests of the breed by offering prizes, supporting shows, encouraging the development of working qualities.

‘Teddy Roosevelt’ spends an evening with Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

“Preserve the past as we go into the future.”

(Neil Oswald, Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society president)

Peyton Dixon, in the guise of Teddy Roosevelt, walked around the social hall of the Lynnport Fire Company talking to people before he discussed his life.

Roosevelt explained he had visited Northwestern Lehigh Middle School that afternoon.

Native Americans gather for powwow at Ontelaunee Park

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Puma played a song on the flute as people came to Ontelaunee Park for the annual powwow on May 20.

The drummers, Eagle Thunder and Midnight Elk, were setting up their drums soon after the morning rain stopped.

Barry Lee, the announcer, said it was his 18th year for announcing intertribal dances. They come from many nations. Differences in regalia indicate their home nation.

Lee talked about the Pan Indian boarding schools begun in the mid 1879 that tried to assimilate the tribes into white culture.

New board member added

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Three people, Chad Christman, Shawn Wanamaker and Gary Van Norman, applied for the position of Washington Township supervisor after the resignation of Gerald Phillips.

Norman, who was chosen and was seated at the May 2 meeting, will fill out Phillips term for the remaining seven months.

“Thank you for the opportunity,” he told the audience and his fellow board members.

Norman had to resign from the planning commission and applications for that position are being accepted.

Sierra Leone principal attends school board meeting

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Sulaiman Sengeh, principal of Centennial Secondary School in Mattru Jong, Sierra Leone, recently spent two days at Northwestern Lehigh School District as part of an exchange program.

Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Holman and science teacher Peter McKnight visited the Centennial School a year ago.

Sengeh attended an April meeting of the school board.

He told the board the visit was assisted by Engineers Without Borders and the Rotary Club that went to Africa to help put the school back on its feet after a civil war.

Weaving goes well with wine at Weathered Vineyards

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Dana and Richard Woolley of Weathered Vineyard, Weisenberg Township, joined a dozen vineyards in the Lehigh Valley area in 2013.

Richard serves as the vintner, but his previous job as a meteorologist took them to New York, Nevada and California where they investigated the wine industry, as it was Richard’s hobby for many years.

Debbi Zvanut teaches weaving baskets a year ago as part of Wine and Weaving Night at the vineyard.

There are also other crafts and a great deal of interest has been shown in the events.

Some nights there are more than 20 attendees.

Voters to pick four for school board seats

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Voters in the Northwestern Lehigh School District are being asked to choose four people from the six candidates seeking seats on the school board in the May 16 primary.

All candidates have cross-filed.

Todd Hernandez and Phil Toll, are seeking to return to the positions they now hold.

Alan L. Rex of Lynn-port says the environment in Washington, D.C., is not forgiving to public education.

“That means we have to be diligent on a local level,” Rex explained. “Policies from the state and Washington, D.C., have to be studied for how they affect local issues.

Curriculum being updated

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Several students attended the Northwestern Lehigh School District board meeting on April 19 to give presentations.

They participated in the Pledge of Allegiance before the meeting and President Bill Dellicker said it was nice to hear the young voices reciting the pledge.

Curriculum documents for music and physical education were presented.

Shawn Fies, Carol Fella and Lora Krum gave the musical presentation and Tim Churetta and Bonnie Millward discussed physical education.

Fire company QRS truck passes inspection

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Jay Scheffler, chief of the Goodwill Fire Company, Germansville, announced at the April 20 meeting of the Heidelberg Township supervisors that one truck has passed state inspection for Quick Response Service equipment.

A second truck will soon be ready for inspection.

He said Bake Oven Knob Road has nonexistent dust suppression. They have answered three calls recently.

One of those times it was foggy which made it terrible. He said the police were also tired of it.