Parkland Press

Monday, September 25, 2017

Class of 1952 gathers for 65th annual reunion

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Before 1955, many students living within what is now the Northwestern Lehigh School District traveled to Slatington, some by rail on the Berksy, to attend high school.

Head of the Slatington High School Reunion Committee Julia Hill worked at Northwestern Lehigh for 30 years.

She organized the class’ 65th reunion at the Starlight Diner, Fogelsville.

Two couples came long distances to attend. One came from Gettysburg, the other from State College. Three of the couples at the celebration married classmates.

Historical society fest offers food, fun and education

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The sound of slap, slap, slap could be heard by visitors at the Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society fall festival Sept. 9 at Werleys Corner.

The sound came from boys playing beanbags without any rules and the bags were bouncing off the targets and each other — but they were having fun.

Carl Mengel was back with Carlos, his goat that pulls a wagon.

His first goat that came to the festival has arthritis and can no longer pull the wagon. The second goat is too old, so Carlos, 5, has taken the reins.

The name Carlos is derived from Carl and Louise, his wife.

Warrior Kid meets Warrior Horse

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The goal of Warrior Horses for Warrior Kids is to match 500 warrior kids to noble warrior horses to fight alongside them in their battle with pediatric cancer

The program, begun in California, is spreading to the east and on Sept. 3 the first warrior on the East Coast met his Warrior Horse at Rocking Horse Stables, Pleasant Corner.

Warrior Horse Urban Legend, known as Bandit, met his warrior , Sam Mackaravitz, of Emmaus at the stable.

Bandit was dressed for the occasion in the red, white and blue of Captain America, Sam’s favorite superhero.

Taste of Hamburg-er not dampened by rain

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

As people got off the shuttle bus the first drops of rain came down, but it did not last, although drizzle was felt several other times throughout the day.

The 14th annual Taste of Hamburg-er Festival, in downtown Hamburg, took place Sept. 2 with streets closed to provide a site for vendors and activity groups to set up.

The Haines family — Justin, Ashley, Robert and Todd — were eating burgers and fries from Spuds of Kutztown.

Robert Haines said they always dress up for the festival and enjoy the day. Many people wore hamburger hats such the one worn by Todd Haines.

Leaser Lake Foundation plans improvements

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Jaimie Townsend, co-chair of the Leaser Lake Foundation, said major projects at the dam are finished.

During the foundation’s July 27 meeting, members discussed remaining smaller items.

Townsend said they do not want a Disney World, but rather little attractions at the lake.

Mike McCartney said although there are 120 birdhouses for bluebirds, kestrels, wood ducks and one for purple martins, more are on the way.

He said it takes a couple years for purple martins to locate and move into a house, but they moved in quickly and tend to return year after year.

Good Shepherd adaptive fishing clinic offered at Leaser Lake

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Susan Bates and Katie Pidstrawski enlisted a group of 17 people to attend a recent adaptive fishing clinic at Leaser Lake, Lynn Township.

The two recreational therapists at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, Allentown, were to review basic fishing skills and have demonstrations of special equipment.

The program was designed to help people overcome disabilities and injuries and to once again be able to fish.

Helping were volunteers, Good Shepherd, Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation and members of various sporting clubs.

Lynnport Fire Co. celebrates America’s independence

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Lynnport Fire Company celebrated America’s independence as it has done for the past two decades and two years, with a jumping Jamboree, complete with music, food and fabulous fireworks.

The band, Still Kickin’, provided live music. Members of the band come from all over the Lehigh Valley.

As band members were tuning up for their performance, a cloud came overhead and one member said when the cloud was there, different settings were required as they tuned up.

On the hillside, the wind was knocking around chairs but the temperature was comfortable.

Gigantic basket social benefits two special people

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Jacquie Moser, event coordinator at New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Tripoli, said the basket social was benefiting two people.

The first was a 1-year-old with kidney cancer. The other was a young woman, struck by a pickup truck, who has since had 66 surgeries.

Some 476 baskets lined the long hallway and the fellowship hall in the church. In addition to the regular baskets and gift certificates, there were 11 large items in the church lobby.

Owen Rex’s mother, Samantha, said cancer may have started the fight but they will fight back.

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.