Parkland Press

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Egg hunters fill New Life Church sanctuary

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

Two miles away, the snow was gone but at New Life Lutheran Church, New Tripoli, it was still four-inches deep when the Easter Egg Hunt was scheduled on March 24.

The hunt was rescheduled for March 31 and the weather was near perfect.

By 2:30 p.m., kids were registering for the 3 p.m. event. From the registration table they went to a prize egg table.

Buckets of eggs for each age group guaranteed each child would receive a prize. In addition they were given a coupon for a Kid’s Meal at Texas Roadhouse.

Road crews kept busy

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Five roadmasters, a township manager and two supervisors met March 12 to discuss public works problems and solutions during the quarterly council of governments six-township meeting.

Chief among the problems this winter was the many serious storms.

Lowhill Township Roadmaster Joe Kalusky said he is repairing equipment and doing tree trimming.

Roadmaster Kevin Huber of Heidelberg Township said the wind, rain and snow were keeping his crew busy.

Historical society given presentation on Leaser Lake

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Gloria Zimmerman, president of the Weisenberg Lowhill Township Historical Society, introduced Carl Zvanut as the speaker for the quarterly historical society meeting.

Zvanut recently spoke at a Rotary Club of Allentown West meeting, which Zimmerman attended.

She asked him to a historical society picnic and Zvanut was scheduled twice to talk at the lake but both times the event was rained out.

Zvanut brought a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate his talk at this meeting.

A retired chemical engineer, he worked for DuPont and Air Products.

Farm families honored at dinner

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Farm Family Appreciation program is held almost every year at the Union Fire Company field house in Hamburg, Berks County.

Though the program began 20 years ago, this was only the 18th dinner/dance as two were missed for various reasons, said Pastor Mary Gade of the program committee.

Doors were scheduled to open at 6:30 p.m. but this night someone came to the door and called out that people should fill up the spaces at the tables because there were so many attending.

Soup, salad and spuds meal to benefit Hope missions

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Maria Piltz and Dawn Mengel were the coleaders of the soup, salad and spuds fundraiser to benefit various missions at Hope Community Church, Claussville.

The missions run on a three-year basis with this summer’s a local mission to benefit the elderly in the area around the church.

The next one will be an international mission, followed by a national one. The national mission helps the elderly or people in need at other places around the country.

Eighth graders hunt for history at open house

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh Middle School eighth graders received lists of items to find in the old bank building museum during the Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society’s annual Christmas open house in New Tripoli.

When they found something on their list, the students were to listen to the docent’s explanation and then ask a question.

At that point, the docent would stamp their paper. One visit to a display was required but many of the students collected more.

The papers were then given to Jim Warfel who helped them put an official bank stamp on it.

Seipstown Grangers continue their good works

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Seipstown Grange has been helping people in the community in addition to being an educational organization for farmers for 102 years.

Seipstown Grange 1657 was formed in April 29, 1915. Early meetings were held in the little red schoolhouse in Seipstown, then Literary Hall, now the Weisenberg Township Municipal Building, and the K.G.E. Hall in Claussville.

A building committee was formed in 1947 and the lower level of the Grange Hall on Claussville Road was dedicated in 1951. The second floor was completed in 1961.

9-Lives Boulevard leads to Forgotten Felines and Fidos fundraiser

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Forgotten Felines and Fidos had an open house and wine tasting on Sept. 23.

The plan was to find homes for some of the 100 cats living at the facility, along Mountain Road, Germansville.

The sign at the entrance of the shelter points to 9-Lives Boulevard, a private road.

Flutations, a four-person flute choir based in Allentown, provided gentle music for the tasting.

Adams’ ghostly tales are told at historical society meeting

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

“Ghost stories without history are not ghost stories,” said Charles Adams III, as he began a talk to the Palmerton Area Historical Society at the Little White Church, Third Street, Palmerton.

Adams has written more than 30 books about ghosts beginning with “Ghost Stories of the Lehigh Valley.”

“It’s not a belief in ghosts; its understanding what they are,” Adams said. “To me, it’s just energy from a past time.

“Einstein said energy cannot be destroyed. If they tore this church down, my energy would still be here.”

Crusade 4 Hope helps families in need

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Crusade 4 Hope is a local charity based in New Tripoli with Joe Madar as the guiding force.

The primary beneficiary of the Sept. 23 Motorcycle and Classic Car Run fundraising was Owen Rex, 16 months, who has cancer, and the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Motorcycle run registration was held, as it is every year, at the Bagel Bunch, Routes 309 and 100, New Tripoli.

The end point, with raffles, Chinese auction, music and food took place at the Slatington Skeet Club Grove pavilion.