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Students participate in Math 24 Challenge

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in School

Before the end of this past school year, the Math 24 Challenge for students in grades six to eight took place at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit No. 21, Schnecksville.

Students from Carbon and Lehigh counties showed their skills through friendly competition.

“Math 24 is based on numbers, accuracy, mental math and speed,” Jordan Gruber, media facilitator with CLIU 21 said.

The Math 24 Game encourages critical thinking.

Students are given a series of numbers and are tasked with finding a solution wherein the numbers equal 24.

Media focus on MDA with death of Jerry Lewis

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

The unexpected death of actor and comedian Jerry Lewis, 91, on Sunday put media focus on the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Lewis, who served as national chairman and hosted the MDA’s annual telethon fundraiser every Labor Day weekend from 1966 to 2010, helped raise more than $2.6 billion for the organization.

The MDA ended the telethon in 2015, transitioning from a 21-and-a-half hour show in 2010, Lewis’ last year, to a six-hour show in 2011, three hours the next year and two hours in both 2013 and 2014.

Loved ones remembered with butterfly release

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

“A butterfly to remind me, Even though we are apart, Your spirit is always with me, Forever in my heart …” stated a poem on the pamphlets distributed to all in attendance at the Stephens Funeral Home memorial butterfly release.

The heat that day in June did not, however, wilt the spirits of the family and friends who came to pay tribute to loved ones.

Stephens Funeral Home, Upper Macungie, frequently opens its doors and hearts to the community, having events such as Hearts of Hope and Veterans Day services.

There’s no ‘Doubt,’ POTS’ play certain to be a hit

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Stepping away from the norm, Players of the Stage has been hard at work rehearsing for its June 22-24 production of “Doubt” at Relevant Church, Allentown.

A small troupe of four actors sets this play apart from previous Players of the Stage production.

The all-adult cast takes on challenging issues in a performance that gets to the heart of human uncertainty.

“What do you do when you’re not sure?” asks Father Flynn during the sermon in the opening scene of “Doubt.”

Retired state police sergeant discusses sovereign citizens

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Retired Pennsylvania State Police Sgt. Robert Bemis recently presented a discussion concerning sovereign citizens at Kutztown University.

Co-sponsored by the Association for Campus events and the Criminal Justice Department, the presentation was aimed at providing information to the criminal justice students but it was also open to the public.

Bemis, a retired Marine, discussed the origins of the sovereign citizens’ movement, ways to recognize their beliefs and suggestions on how to decrease any violence on their part.

Board discusses bridges

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

After months of planning and review, the Mini Cell Tower Ordinance, was passed by the Lowhill supervisors at their May 4 meeting.

The ordinance provides township regulations regarding possible future cell tower installations by communications developers.

Similar ordinances have recently been passed in neighboring townships.

In bridge updates, Chairman Rick Hughes reported a meeting was held with Lehigh County Commissioner Marty Nothstein and Director of General Services Rick Molchany to discuss the progress of the Bittners Corner Bridge replacement.

Board discusses bridge issues

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

An update was given at the April 13 Lowhill supervisors’ meeting on the impending Bear Bridge repair.

Supervisor Rob Werley, Road Foreman Joe Kalusky and township Engineer Ryan Christman all met with state Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, to discuss funding and expediting the permits needed.

Christman advised the board that at this point, the best choice for replacement would be a precast arch.

The township’s original game plan had been repair of the bridge, but at this point, in order to meet regulations, the project is looking more like a replacement.

Lowhill discusses bridge

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Lowhill Township supervisors recently discussed a letter received from Lehigh County regarding the replacement of Bittners Corner Bridge.

The letter, from the office of Rick Molchany, director of general services, affirmed the county is going to replace the bridge. In addition, a temporary bridge is possible, so no one would need to enter Route 100.

The county owns the bridge, Lowhill owns the road, and Route 100 is owned by PennDOT.

Kutztown University hosts Lunar New Year celebration

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Kutztown University’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association recently hosted its annual Lunar New Year Celebration.

The Lunar New Year, also called Spring Festival, has more than 4000 years of history.

The celebration is the grandest and most important annual event for many Asian people.

Steeped in tradition, the holiday is celebrated with decorations, dragon and lion dances, family reunions, house cleaning, and lucky money given to children.

The Lunar New Year date changes every year based on the Lunar Calendar.

Heidelberg discusses proposed state police fees

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Heidelberg supervisors debated state police fees proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf in his state budget during their February meeting.

According to Chairman Steve Bachman, the previous budget had a $52 state police fee per resident of any township that did not have its own police force providing at least a certain amount of coverage.

There was an increase to $104 and then $152 per resident in subsequent years.