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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Dan Kunkle settles in as director emeritus of nature center

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Dan Kunkle, director of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, has retired from his mostly volunteer job.

He appreciates the many volunteers who helped make his time at the center so successful. He has received state and national awards and the center has received many more.

For 28 years he was a biology and environmental science teacher at Freedom High School until he took early retirement in 2004.

Pennsylvania long rifles a hot topic at historical society banquet

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Members and friends of the Weisenberg Lowhill Township Historical Society met Nov. 12 for some excellent food and a presentation by speaker Dave Laidacker who discussed Pennsylvania rifles at the historical society’s annual banquet.

Society Treasurer Althea Hahn was selling tickets for a quilt, whose winner will be chosen at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the society’s Christmas Cookie, Soup and Candy Sale cookie sale, which runs 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lynnville Church, 5129 Schochary Road, Lynnville.

Seipstown Grange 1657 donates $18,000 to local groups

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Seipstown Grange is part of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry with a strong history in grassroots activism, family values and community service.

Officers are Treasurer Mark Miller; event organizer, previously known as the “lecturer,” Ann Wertman; and Master Brian Wetzel.

For the Class of 2020 of Northwestern Lehigh High School, the grange awards two $1,000 scholarships to students who are furthering their education in the fields of agriculture or environmental sciences.

Halloween hauntings at Miracle League field

Friday, November 8, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Sell Road in Heidelberg Township was one way for traffic Oct. 23 to make room for the extra vehicles while the Miracle League had its annual Halloween extravaganza.

During sports season, 240 people with disabilities come to the League field, said Kristy McKeever, executive director, organizer and friend, participating in baseball, cheerleading and activities.

Year round there is bowling, board game nights, movie nights, arts and crafts and more. The first event of the night was picking up bags for collecting candy from McKeever and a friend.

5K, kids race at Heidelberg Church

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The parking lot at Heidelberg Church was filled with people talking and moving on to talk to others. Some were still registering because it was race day at the church and enthusiasm filled the air.

Two food trucks, Burger Wagon offering breakfast and staying for the return of the racers, and Stagger Lee, with a variety of grilled offerings, were on hand. On a table was free fruit and water for the returning runners.

A Polish Ice stand provided cool refreshment. A market truck, which bore the logo, “Eat Real Food,” provided produce to be taken home.

Dogs and cats get their shots at Felines and Fidos

Thursday, September 19, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

From the parking lot, the yelping of a dog as dogs and cats could be heard as they arrived at Forgotten Felines and Fidos for vaccination on Sept. 15.

The animal shelter is located along Mountain Road, Heidelberg Township.

Coconut, one of the canines, continued to cry all through the procedure and struggled even after he was wrapped in a towel.

Tara Kunkle administered the shots with Vet Tech Claire Schultes from Lehigh Carbon Community College, who was watching and learning, and occasionally helping.

Backenstoes celebrate 65th with tractors, family and friends

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The house on the hill was beautifully decorated with natural flowers. A row of tractors indicated this was the home of Lester and Nancy Backenstoes, who were celebrating 65 years of married life on Aug. 24.

Nancy met her future husband at Bindnagles Lutheran Church, Palmyra, Lebanon County, when both were being confirmed. At the time he lived in Grantville. She lived at Hershey Farms.

The Backenstoes were married the year Nancy completed high school. Lester had just turned 21. His birthday is the day before their anniversary.

Township adds attractions in Ontelaunee Park

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The people in the park were walking alone or in couples, some with dogs or with babies in strollers.

They wanted to take advantage of the early morning coolness.

Homer Snyder built and then operated Ontelaunee Park in Lynn Township, for 37 years until 1966.

After serving as a music venue, the park was abandoned and became home to weeds and a swamp.

The township bought the land and the first project was to clear the area and create a master plan to resuscitate the park.

Purple Heart recipient honored at national tribute

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Pfc. Michael J. Mescavage, the Pennsylvania Commander, Ret., of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, of Hamburg, is among those being honored as part of a national tribute to recipients on National Purple Heart Day.

The Purple Heart is presented to those injured or killed in combat. Aug. 6 was West Point Day for the tribute.

Mescavage’s wife, Annie, accompanied him on the trip.

Lighthouse Baptist honors first responders

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

June 9 was a special day at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Breinigsville.

For the past five years, first responders have been honored on the second Sunday of June. Cheryl Summerfelt and Bob Walker, organize the day.

Summerfelt contacted 18 organizations and invited their members to visit the church that day.

On the table in front of the altar were statuettes of a policeman helping a child and a fireman.

Pastor Hal Hopkins welcomed everyone.

“We are so glad you are here,” Hopkins said to the first responders.