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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.

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.”