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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.

Native Americans gather for powwow at Ontelaunee Park

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Puma played a song on the flute as people came to Ontelaunee Park for the annual powwow on May 20.

The drummers, Eagle Thunder and Midnight Elk, were setting up their drums soon after the morning rain stopped.

Barry Lee, the announcer, said it was his 18th year for announcing intertribal dances. They come from many nations. Differences in regalia indicate their home nation.

Lee talked about the Pan Indian boarding schools begun in the mid 1879 that tried to assimilate the tribes into white culture.

Fishing with a Trooper is a huge success for kids at Leaser Lake

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in School

“Hook up with fish rather than handcuffs.” Pa. State Master Trooper Marc Allen, community service officer

Master Trooper Marc Allen, of the Community Service Unit of State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, recently organized a fishing trip at the accessible recreation area of Leaser Lake, Lynn Township, to treat children from throughout the Lehigh Valley to a day of fishing.

There were 20 kids and 22 troopers, so they were paired one and one.

The troopers, both active and retired, were chosen because they were already fishermen and knew how to work with the kids.

Snowflakes, bumblebees and inchworms highlight photography contest

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

The photography contest held at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center for the fourth year was the largest ever.

One hundred fifty-two photographs were submitted and 90 were chosen for exhibit.

The jurors were Phil Campbell, Paul Laincz, Josh Finsel and Anita Collins.

Categories were Insects and Amphibians, Macro of Nature, Your Backyard within Walking Distance, and Youth.

Both the first and second places in the People’s Choice award were in the youth category.

May 7 marks 102nd anniversary of the Lusitania sinking

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Rick Smith from Stroudsburg recently visited the Palmerton Area Historical Society to discuss the sinking of the Royal Mail Ship Lusitania during World War I.

He said everyone born before the late 1960s probably heard of the Lusitania.

The ship’s sinking, became, as with the Maine in the Spanish-American War, a call to battle and was as devastating as 9/11 in the aftermath due to the propaganda.

The RMS Lusitania at the time was the largest and fastest ship built, beginning in 1904 and launched in 1906.

Dance chases winter away

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Pockets of dirty snow still dotted the countryside claiming it was winter even though calendars said spring had arrived.

Austreibungs Fest, the dance sponsored by the Pastorius Home Associaton to chase away winter, took place March 26 at the Goodwill Fire Company, Germansville.

The dance must have been successful because the last remnants of the snow were soon gone.

Music was by the popular Walt Groller Band and the German-style meal was provided by A&L Catering.

Young anglers ‘Fish with a Trooper’

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

“Hook up with fish rather than handcuffs.” Pa. State Master Trooper Marc Allen, community service officer

Master Trooper Marc Allen, of the Community Service Unit of State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, recently organized a fishing trip at the accessible recreation area of Leaser Lake, Lynn Township, to treat children from throughout the Lehigh Valley to a day of fishing.

There were 20 kids and 22 troopers, so they were paired one and one.

The troopers, both active and retired, were chosen because they were already fishermen and knew how to work with the kids.