Elected officials, community leaders, health care providers and mental health advocates gathered at Muhlenberg College Jan. 3 for a roundtable conversation.
The diverse group was called together by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and state Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-132nd, to discuss mental health and related topics.
This event was first in a series of discussions announced as a part of Wolf’s new “Reach Out Pa.: Your Mental Health Matters” initiative.
Jacqueline Russ-Harford, owner of the New Tripoli Hotel, recently welcomed chili lovers for the hotel’s annual Chili Cookoff.
Proceeds from the Nov. 16, 2019, fundraiser, went to Starting Over Animal Rescue, Schnecksville, and Forgotten Felines and Fidos, Heidelberg Township.
Both nonprofits care for unwanted animals.
The event also raised money from a Chinese auction, where donated baskets were bid on by attendees.
Coming in third place was Peter Gorman, chef at the New Tripoli Hotel.
He won a $25 New Tripoli Hotel gift card.
As a few snowflakes fell on ice-glazed branches, friends walked the path leading to the warmth of Gene and Marianne Allen’s house for one main reason – sweaters.
The small group had come to honor their dear friend, Marge Wirth, by celebrating her love of sweaters and choosing a few they would wear in remembrance of her.
Arranged in rows and covering the entire dining room table, in every color and weave, were the sweaters, waiting to be admired.
Among the ooohs and aaaahs, Marianne Allen urged her friends to try on their favorites.
Approximately 100 people attended the Albany Township Environmental Advisory Council’s presentation by Jeffrey Schucker relating his experiences with wood duck banding and environmental improvement.
President of Bailey Wood Products, Schucker told those gathered inside the Kempton Fire Company social hall that he started on his mission in 1990 and has been happily involved every year since then. Wood ducks range from Canada to the Caribbean.