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Lighthouse Baptist honors first responders

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

June 9 was a special day at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Breinigsville.

For the past five years, first responders have been honored on the second Sunday of June. Cheryl Summerfelt and Bob Walker, organize the day.

Summerfelt contacted 18 organizations and invited their members to visit the church that day.

On the table in front of the altar were statuettes of a policeman helping a child and a fireman.

Pastor Hal Hopkins welcomed everyone.

“We are so glad you are here,” Hopkins said to the first responders.

Kempton Fair features new attractions

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

What do you expect to find when you go to a country fair?

Rides, kids games, animals, crafts, food stands, tractors and classic vehicles are all common attractions.

This year, the Kempton Fair offered all of these and more.

The “more” included a wine and beer garden, helicopter rides and a wash stand for the animals.

The one thing few others have is a frog jumping contest.

Frog jumping was made popular in a story by Mark Twain about frog jumping contests in Calaveras County, Calif., where the championship jump was 21 feet 3.5 inches.

Run Tigers, run

Thursday, June 20, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Education Foundation sponsors 5K, 10K runs

The Northwestern Lehigh Education Foundation recently sponsored its annual Tiger 5K and 10K runs at Ontelaunee Park with all proceeds going to benefit the school district.

The money goes to the mini grants teachers receive for materials that are not in the school budget.

The average amount garnered from the runs is $10,000.

Each registrant received a shirt: green for 10K runners and yellow for 5K runners. The 10K runners cover the same route as the 5K but go around twice. There were 170 entrants.

Native Americans return to Ontelaunee Park

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

For three days in May, dancers and families of Native Americans take over Ontelaunee Park, in Lynn Township.

On May 17, demonstrations were given for school children about how the Native American lived.

Then, Saturday and Sunday were given over to powwows with the grand entries beginning at noon.

Barry Lee, of Conestoga, a member of the Munsee tribe was the announcer.

He gave the program for the opening as the grand entry, words of prayer, a flag song with the posting of the flags for all military units, an honoring of veterans and first responders and a song.

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.