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Gap speakers remember forgotten flora in presentation

Thursday, April 25, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Anita Collins, president of the board at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, introduced Linda Fredericks and Liz Stauffer, who were to speak on the "Rare and Forgotten Flora Trail."

Their work on the gardens at the center now includes a number of additions fitting the category of rare plants, including some that thrive in shade and are planted along the tree identification trail.

Fredericks said Sean Bankos and Clare Kubik, former members of the Naturalist Club, were a great help.

Latzgo brings garden music to Palmerton Library

Thursday, April 25, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Roger Latzgo's appearance in the Knight's Gallery of Palmerton Area Library April 21 was part of the library concert series.

Latzgo told those attending his concert the day was also part of Earth Day weekend.

"Everyday should be Earth Day for nature," said Latzgo, who lives in Germansville.

His first song was a poem by Emily Dickinson set to music.

The poem and song, about bees, is titled "I Take the Liquor Never Brewed."

Latzgo accompanied himself on piano.

He then switched to love songs, some sad, others happy.

Winter Vanquish came just in time to wear sweaters

Thursday, April 18, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Don Eckhart, festival committee chair, opened the Pastorius Home Association's Winter Vanquish festival in the social hall of the Goodwill Fire Company, Germansville, on April 7.

Eckhart said he was glad to see all the smiling faces.

"Let's begin with a circle waltz," said Walt Groller, the musician who has brought his band to every one of the festivals. "Everyone has to sway from side to side.

"We've got a little song called 'No Beer Today.' The governor stopped Sunday sales and we kept playing that song. Eventually another governor allowed the sales."

PEMA cuts ribbon cutting for new Hamburg office

Thursday, April 4, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

"Hope is not a plan, and failure is not an option," Glenn M. Cannon, PEMA director

Representatives from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and other officials from Harrisburg joined local emergency management officials at the dedication of a new building for the Eastern Area Office in Hamburg.

The building will be headquarters for 20 counties from Philadelphia to Susquehanna County, and joins Central and Western district offices to provide emergency help across the state.

Township reps discuss winter, road work

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

North Whitehall Township Manager Jeff Bartlett opened the March 11 meeting of representatives from the six-northern Lehigh County townships.

Absent were representatives from Heidelberg and Washington townships.

"We had the same kind of winter you had, a lot of storms," Bartlett said, beginning the meeting at the North Whitehall Municipal Building.

North Whitehall Roadmaster Garry Remaley said his road crew used a great deal of salt.

Remaley said both boom and flail mowers have been used, and tree trimming has been done.

State Rep. Gary Day brightens student ambassadors' day

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

"I'm a [state] representative and you're going to represent our country, our state," began state Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, as he addressed the group of student ambassadors.

The students have been meeting once a month to familiarize themselves with the duties of an ambassador and learn what to expect during their 19-day visit to France, Italy and Spain.

The Mediterranean Tradition trip begins on July 10 as part of the People to People program.

Day said he is excited every day on his job in Harrisburg and wants them to be excited also.

Claussville Road intersection open, bridges are next

Thursday, December 20, 2012 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

During the six-township meeting at Lynn Township, Lowhill Township Roadmaster Carl Kressley told fellow municipal representatives that the Route 100 and Kernsville Road intersection at Claussville is open.

The new traffic lights, however, are hard to see, he reported.

Other attendees at the Dec. 10 meeting agreed but did not see any way the lights could be improved.

North Whitehall representative Jeff Bartlett said Route 100 South needs speed enforcement.

Kressley said Narris Road has holes drilled to place posts to hold panels to brace the sides of the road.

Washington's slave tells story of first president

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Don Breininger, president of the Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society, welcomed the 50 people who attended the group's annual banquet and 10th anniversary cele-bration at the Seipstown Grange.

Alida Phillips presented a plaque to Gloria Zimmerman, who donated the buildings and property, formerly her father's Zimmerman's Hotel, in Werleys Corner.

The site became the historical society's headquarters. The plaque will be placed on an outside wall next to the place where her father enjoyed sitting inside looking out the window.

"Thank you, Gloria," Phillips said.

Gap Nature Center celebrates migration

Thursday, October 25, 2012 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary May 12, 2013.

At the Sept. 29-30 Migration Fest at the center, a quilt made by members Donna Gasser and Kathie Romano was on display.

The quilt will be raffled off May 5, 2013, during a celebration and open house for the center.

Romano crafted all the birds, Gasser said.

During the fest, Diane Husic provided an update on the Eastern Pennsylvania Phenology Project. The cost was covered by an Audubon-Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship.