Parkland Press

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Seipstown Grangers continue their good works

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Seipstown Grange has been helping people in the community in addition to being an educational organization for farmers for 102 years.

Seipstown Grange 1657 was formed in April 29, 1915. Early meetings were held in the little red schoolhouse in Seipstown, then Literary Hall, now the Weisenberg Township Municipal Building, and the K.G.E. Hall in Claussville.

A building committee was formed in 1947 and the lower level of the Grange Hall on Claussville Road was dedicated in 1951. The second floor was completed in 1961.

9-Lives Boulevard leads to Forgotten Felines and Fidos fundraiser

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Forgotten Felines and Fidos had an open house and wine tasting on Sept. 23.

The plan was to find homes for some of the 100 cats living at the facility, along Mountain Road, Germansville.

The sign at the entrance of the shelter points to 9-Lives Boulevard, a private road.

Flutations, a four-person flute choir based in Allentown, provided gentle music for the tasting.

Adams’ ghostly tales are told at historical society meeting

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

“Ghost stories without history are not ghost stories,” said Charles Adams III, as he began a talk to the Palmerton Area Historical Society at the Little White Church, Third Street, Palmerton.

Adams has written more than 30 books about ghosts beginning with “Ghost Stories of the Lehigh Valley.”

“It’s not a belief in ghosts; its understanding what they are,” Adams said. “To me, it’s just energy from a past time.

“Einstein said energy cannot be destroyed. If they tore this church down, my energy would still be here.”

Crusade 4 Hope helps families in need

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Crusade 4 Hope is a local charity based in New Tripoli with Joe Madar as the guiding force.

The primary beneficiary of the Sept. 23 Motorcycle and Classic Car Run fundraising was Owen Rex, 16 months, who has cancer, and the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Motorcycle run registration was held, as it is every year, at the Bagel Bunch, Routes 309 and 100, New Tripoli.

The end point, with raffles, Chinese auction, music and food took place at the Slatington Skeet Club Grove pavilion.

Lehigh Gap Nature Center launches kids’ book club

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Lehigh Gap Nature Center is launching the Budding Naturalist Book Club — a new interactive nature club for children ages 4-6, on Sept. 28.

The club will meet at 10 a.m. every other Thursday to provide a nature-themed story time and educational activity. Binoculars, butterfly nets, art supplies, and other materials will be provided for the outdoor adventures and crafts that accompany each program.

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.