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Monday, May 20, 2019

Two hike to benefit cancer research

Thursday, May 16, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Kara and Bern Leibensperger of Kempton are on a crusade to benefit research in the cause of never-smoker lung cancer.

They became interested in it after meeting Margie Clapper, a researcher at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Janet Plasha, Bern Leibensperger’s sister-in-law, developed another form of lung cancer, involving the anaplastic lymphoma kinase gene (ALK) from which she has since died. Her husband is Bruce and they had two children.

The Leibensperger women had been walking the Appalachian Trail a piece at a time and covered 600 miles.

Basket bonanza

Friday, April 19, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Egg hunters gather at Hope Community Church

Easter egg hunters at Hope Community Church, Weisenberg Township, received a chocolate bunny and a colorful drinking cup as they registered for the church’s egg hunt on April 13.

Inside the sanctuary, Pastor Ken Kalisz told the Easter story and included the fact eggs are associated with Easter because they are a symbol of rebirth, just as Jesus was reborn after his crucifixion.

The anxious, soon-to-be egg hunters then watched a 5-minute video, which included Jesus on the cross.

Children played the Biblical characters. A hay bale replaced the stone of the tomb of Jesus.

The Jacobs Brothers celebrate Christmas and patriotism with song

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

The Rev. Hal Hopkins recently welcomed visitors to Lighthouse Baptist Church, Breinigsville, for a gospel concert by The Jacob Brothers.

“We are glad you are here,” Hopkins said at the Dec. 8, 2018, event. “We will be led in worship by the Jacobs Brothers.

“Send our warmest wishes and welcome them. I pray this will be a joyful evening for you.

The music began with a clap-along song and the words “This love is way way, yes, two ways, down inside of me.”

“Gospel music means good news,” Mike Jacobs said.

Christmas comes early to Gap Nature Center

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The piles of evergreen branches on the porch of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center’s Osprey House, Slatington, say Christmas is coming.

And the Nature Center helps Christmas come along during its annual open house.

Director Dan Kunkle said the branches came from John and Barbara Egerton and from the Nature Center.

There were pine cones and ribbon for trimming.

And, inside, there were crafts for children to make, and snacks for everyone — though the adults were also having fun with the crafts.

Cookies, crafts and Santa ... what could be better?

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The craft tables at the annual Weisenberg Lowhill Historical Society Christmas Cookie and Soup Sale at Werleys Corner were filled with more crafts than in other years.

This was thanks to Debi Zvanut who went hunting for new items to interest the youth who came to the sale.

Chief among the crafts were trees and reindeer made of cork to be decorated with the variety of items Zvanut brought along with her.

Historic bank opens it vault for holiday open house

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

When the Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society has its annual holiday open house, as it did Dec. 1, visitors are amazed at the collection of memories.

Some individuals have been inside the old New Tripoli Bank building, now home to the historical society, before and wonder what new items they will find.

Others are newcomers, surprised at the depth of the collections.

Willard Snyder, who worked at the bank, said it is amazing how many former bank customers he meets there. He was treasurer of the New Tripoli Fire Company for 30 years and an officer at the bank.

Church bells chime for new pastor at Friedens Lutheran

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Rev. Mary Gade, associate of Bishop Samuel Zeiser of the Northeastern Synod, served as the installation official for the new pastor at Friedens Lutheran Church, Stony Run.

Pastor Althea Albright, a Berks County native, came to the church in February after looking into several different denominations. She decided Lutheran was more aligned to her beliefs.

Albright said she felt called to the ministry since she was in middle school. She attended Susquehanna University and the Philadelphia Lutheran Seminary.

American Legion Post 16 honors those lost in war

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Opinion

Allen O. Delke Post 16 American Legion of Slatington recently had a memorial service at Union Cemetery, Slatington.

The service began with a parade from the Legion Post to the cemetery. Boy, Cub and Girl Scouts were marching with the Legion members.

Slatington High School band, under the direction of David Carroll, played several numbers.

Charles Rowlands was honored as the oldest Post member at age 97 with 76 years of membership.

Henry Distler of St. John’s UCC gave the invocation.

Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society fall festival

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

There were brief rain showers during the Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society Fall Festival on Sept. 8 but not enough to stop the fun.

The parking lot was crowded and, at one point, word went around food was running out but that seemed to just be a rumor as fest-goers kept going through the line.

Lester Backenstoes, who brings farm equipment to the festival, brought along a homemade tractor this year.

Mt. Zion Summerfest benefits Northwestern Lehigh student Wyatt Newhard

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Proceeds from the Summerfest at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Krumsville, will benefit Wyatt Newhard, a Northwestern Lehigh student.

He has been fighting neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system, since he was 3 years old.

A row of game stands went up one side of the festival field along with a flea market, but the first thing people saw was the bouncy house which gives kids some joyful exercise.

One family had stopped by a dog rescue before coming to Summerfest. The dog they chose was a Yorkie, which they said will probably be named, Avery.