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Monday, September 24, 2018

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.

Nature Center celebrates 15 years improving the mountain

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Fifteen years ago, the Wildlife Information Center decided it needed a new home and a new name.

After checking several pieces of land, Grant White and others of the Center’s board of directors decided it made sense to buy the mountain in Lehigh Gap, outside Slatington.

They had ideas how the land could be made alive again after the devastation from chemicals released by the New Jersey Zinc Company.

‘Voices of Mobile’ perform at Lighthouse Baptist

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Voices of Mobile, a 15-member gospel concert group, traveled from the campus of the University of Mobile, Ala., on its way to Carnegie Hall.

Along the way, the group stopped at churches — including Lighthouse Baptist Church, Breinigsville, on June 14 — to present gospel concerts

The school, which members of Voices of Mobile attend, offers Master’s degrees in music, piano and voice. The musical group heads out to churches, mostly in the southeastern United States, every weekend during the school year and sings during morning worship and again in the evening.

Veterans benefit from Mt. Zion Lutheran Church donations

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

In our worldwide task of caring for the hungry and despairing, in the harvest we all share, God’s will be done. (From the hymn “For the Fruit of all Creation”)

Jeff Wetzel of Mount Zion Lutheran Church, Krumsville, thought of a new way to honor mothers on Mother’s Day and fathers on Father’s Day.

Why not collect food during that period to give to Veterans Making a Difference at the Paul R. Gordon Veterans Social Center, Reading, he thought to himself.

Historical society presentation celebrates Pa. Dutch culture

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Neil Oswald, president of the Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society, welcomed members, friends and families to the group’s 19th annual banquet.

The program, given by Dr. William Donner, was on the “Evolution of Pennsylvania Dutch Culture.”

Donner is coordinator of the Pennsylvania German Studies at Kutztown University.

Oswald told a short story about a man who visited the Grand Canyon and took a wrong step and fell.

He caught a bush and yelled for help. A voice came down saying, “Son, if you want me to help you just let go. I’ll take care of you.”

Annual Austreibungs Fest chases away winter

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Flags created a colorful backdrop for the Joe Kroboth Duo as they provided the music for dancing and general enjoyment at the Austreibungs Fest, or the festival to chase away winter.

The flags were from Germany, Bavaria and Austria, Don Eckhart explained.

Paul Semmel was walking around talking to people as they entered the Goodwill Fire Company social hall in Germansville.

Tons of talent on display at Living Stone Fellowship

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

A talent show at Living Stone Fellowship drew entrants from a large area in both singing and dancing categories.

Pastor Jean Masiko gave the welcome to the first ever talent show at the church in New Tripoli.

“This is a place of welcome for everyone,” she said. “We are honored to have these young people show their talents.

Bryan Gonzalez, the son of Associate Pastor Jaime Gonzalez, was the announcer.

Civil War comes to Kempton

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Weekend activities raise funds for WK&S engine

From books to speakers and train rides with President Abraham Lincoln and his secretary, there were many different events happening at the Kempton Community Center during the weekend of April 13 through 15.

The event was a fundraiser to help pay for restoring a steam engine at the WK&S Railroad.

Capt. Rick Eisenhart, 153rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, a resident of Northampton County, was teaching a group of soldiers how to form a company.

“We are proud to serve our Union savior, President Lincoln,” Private Dave Strawn said.

Germansville family waits years for egg roll

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Loribeth Knauss learned about the National Egg Roll held each year at the White House in Washington, D.C., when it was mentioned on a television talk show.

Knauss of Germansville, found the application information by Googling egg roll.

Those accepted to attend are chosen by lot. The fourth time around was the magic one for the Knauss family when Knauss learned she, husband Troy, and children Kaylynn, 5, and Clara, 4, were lottery winners.

The 30,000 winners were sent tickets.