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Eight Oaks Distillery replaces spirit distillation with sanitizer production

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

The distillery is temporarily closed but that doesn’t mean work has stopped at Eight Oaks, Route 309, New Tripoli.

Almost from the beginning of the coronavirus health crisis, Eight Oaks Distillery made the commitment to halt production of spirits to focus on the production of hand sanitizer.

“One of the things we saw often in the news was people buying hand sanitizer at high prices and we thought it was just not appropriate at all,” explained Chad Butters founder and CEO of the company. “It was very obvious we were in the middle of a national emergency.”

Historical society invites community to celebrate

Friday, December 6, 2019 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

The invitation has been issued.

The vault at the Old New Tripoli Bank Building on Madison Street, New Tripoli, will be open for curious eyes.

Cookies will be arranged, waiting to be gobbled up. And for a few hours, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7, visitors can take a step back in time, a time where the beauty of oak and iron were sturdy signs of a bygone era.

Leaser Lake charms visitors with nature’s beauty and bounty

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

There’s something magical about spending a weekday morning at Leaser Lake in Lynn Township after the weekend crowds subside.

Just ask Joe Klach.

Over the years, Klach, who proudly labels himself “a scientific angler,” has spent countless hours fishing at the lake.

“I’ve taken my passion and my science degree to catch fish,” he explained.

For him, fishing at Leaser Lake is an organic experience.

As a careful observer of certain conditions including wind, sun and even the phases of the moon, he has been able to maximize his love for fishing at the lake.

Hawk Mountain Arts Tour to showcase local artists

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

This June 1, Hawk Mountain will become more than a wildlife sanctuary and an international conservation training site.

As the nucleus of the Hawk Mountain Arts Tour and Sale, it becomes a magnet for art and nature lovers as well.

The event takes place every year on the first Saturday in June.

Art lovers may appreciate and purchase original works at one of the fifteen stops along the 25-mile self-guided tour through Albany Township that includes artists’ homes or studios and other sites displaying their work.

Follow the yellow brick road to KU

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Talisman Players to perform ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Rather than lament the frigid temperatures and bleak landscapes so typical of January, area residents can travel the yellow brick road and escape to the Land of Oz.

Join some of the most beloved characters brought to life by a local acting troupe in their version of the “The Wizard of Oz,” produced and directed by Kempton resident Tom Nardone.

His daughter, Christine Nardone Storch, is serving as musical director.

Local artists to be spotlighted at Werleys Corner Hotel show

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Long known for fall festivals and genealogy workshops, the Weisenberg Lowhill Township Historical Society is hosting a three-day art event Nov. 3, 4 and 5.

Featuring work by seven of its members, the event is aptly named “Work of Our Hands.”

Werleys Corner Hotel, Weisenberg Tiownship, will serve as a unique space where visitors can view paintings and pottery, fused glass and Frakturs, woven baskets and woodworking and cards and calligraphy surrounded by the society’s permanent collection of historical items and memorabilia.

Audience in the clouds as teen idol Bobby Rydell makes their hearts sing

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

When Joanna Schmeidel read in the Parkland Library newsletter Bobby Rydell was going to be in the Lehigh Valley, she called her sisters Carol Saint Sing and Jeanne Sabol and made plans to attend.

They weren’t disappointed.

“We’re Rydell fans from way back and we like being together,” Sabol said. “The music just got to me. I enjoyed it tremendously.”

The three sisters counted themselves lucky to be among the 100 registered guests at Independent Park, Breinigsville, on a beautiful Friday in September.

Fundraiser Saturday for hit-and-run victim

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

When a car hit Scott Becker leaving him with life-threatening injuries, the owners of the Lynnville Hotel knew they had to react.

On Sept. 23, Melissa and Kevin Monaghan will have a Chinese auction and more, as a show of support in an effort to raise $5,000 for Becker who remains hospitalized.

“Five thousand dollars shows him the love we have for him and [what] the people he doesn’t even know will do for him,” said Melissa Monaghan, who is spearheading the fundraiser. “He can use it.

“We’ve only known him for about six months but I love Scott.

Kempton Fair delivers old-time fun with heart

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

The warm June day dissolved into the perfect evening for the start of this year’s Kempton Fair.

After last year’s cancellation, it was game on for the three-day event, June 15, 16 and 17, despite intermittent showers on the last day.

While local residents munched on everything from walk away tacos to waffles and ice cream, they were treated to an antique tractor parade which signaled the start of the fair last Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, kids soothed their goats, sheep and pigs before presenting them for judging in the animal barn.

Valley residents banish winter blues with trip to Cuba

Thursday, March 30, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Just ahead of Winter Storm Stella, which dumped more than a foot of snow that blanketed the area, 10 Lehigh Valley residents escaped to sunny Cuba for an unforgettable week.

Urszula Abolik of Emmaus, one of the two hosts leading the group, promised an untraditional trip.

“We organize these trips because we are both in total love with Cuban culture, music, dance [and art],” Abolik said. “You will discover with us some places tourists do not know about.”

Abolik was as good as her word.