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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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 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.
Lehigh Gap Nature Center is launching the Budding Naturalist Book Club — a new interactive nature club for children ages 4-6, on Sept. 28.
The club will meet at 10 a.m. every other Thursday to provide a nature-themed story time and educational activity. Binoculars, butterfly nets, art supplies, and other materials will be provided for the outdoor adventures and crafts that accompany each program.
Before 1955, many students living within what is now the Northwestern Lehigh School District traveled to Slatington, some by rail on the Berksy, to attend high school.
Head of the Slatington High School Reunion Committee Julia Hill worked at Northwestern Lehigh for 30 years.
She organized the class’ 65th reunion at the Starlight Diner, Fogelsville.
Two couples came long distances to attend. One came from Gettysburg, the other from State College. Three of the couples at the celebration married classmates.
The sound of slap, slap, slap could be heard by visitors at the Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society fall festival Sept. 9 at Werleys Corner.
The sound came from boys playing beanbags without any rules and the bags were bouncing off the targets and each other — but they were having fun.
Carl Mengel was back with Carlos, his goat that pulls a wagon.
His first goat that came to the festival has arthritis and can no longer pull the wagon. The second goat is too old, so Carlos, 5, has taken the reins.
The name Carlos is derived from Carl and Louise, his wife.