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Nature Center director and wife visit southern South America

Thursday, February 16, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Cheryl Kunkle took the photographs and her husband, Dan, director of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, studied the geography and ecology when the couple decided it was time to do some of the things they had planned but which never passed the talking stage.

A National Geographic Adventure brochure listed, among other places, Patagonia.

Located at the tip of South America, this region, shared by Argentina and Chile, was the most physically demanding to visit so they decided it should be the first on their to-do list.

TruVo seeks mellow reaction to growing medical marijuana

Thursday, February 16, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Jeff Snyder, CEO of TruVo Health Care, Allentown, told those gathered at the Lynnport Fire Company his co-speaker Bruce Nicholson, M.D. is familiar with the medical use of marijuana.

Snyder was the former CEO of Pocono Health Network, East Stroudsburg.

Nicholson, a pain management specialist, is a member of Lehigh Valley Physicians Group.

The two, plus Tom Haffly, a cultivation expert, told the gathering about the company’s plans to grow medical marijuana at the former Blue Mountain Nursery, Lynn Township.

Some 40 people attended the Feb. 2 town hall.

TruVo seeks mellow reaction to growing medical marijuana

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

Team members discuss proposal at Lynn Twp gathering

Jeff Snyder, CEO of TruVo Health Care, Allentown, told those gathered at the Lynnport Fire Company his co-speaker Bruce Nicholson, M.D. is familiar with the medical use of marijuana.

Snyder was the former CEO of Pocono Health Network, East Stroudsburg.

Nicholson, a pain management specialist, is a member of Lehigh Valley Physicians Group.

The two, plus Tom Haffly, a cultivation expert, told the gathering about the company’s plans to grow medical marijuana at the former Blue Mountain Nursery, Lynn Township.

Some 40 people attended the Feb. 2 town hall.

Christ’s Church at Lowhill presents Christmas Eve Lights of Wonder

Thursday, December 29, 2016 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Lights of Wonder presentation at Christ’s Church at Lowhill, a United Church of Christ denomination, features a sanctuary filled with trees, evergreen rope and wreaths all decorated with 15,000 lights coordinated with music.

The Christmas Eve program at 6:30 p.m. preceded the candlelight service, which had attendees overflowing into the balconies.

Jason Ruhe opened the program with a sing-along he does at 5:15 p.m. each day.

Showtimes for Dec. 29 and 30 are at 5:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and at 7:45 p.m.

Racers scamper up the trail at Nature Center

Thursday, December 1, 2016 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Eighty people were preregistered for the recent More or Less 10K race and 2 mile Scamper at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

They each received a water bottle to prevent the need for water stops with the paper cups ultimately being disposed of along the trail outside Slatington.

Race director Michael Martinez commented on having the largest number of people to ever participate in the race.

“We are concentrating on growing the event,” Martinez said.

“We moved the date to November to help.”

Black bears make comeback in Pennsylvania

Thursday, December 1, 2016 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The subject of the speaker at the recent Migration Fest at Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, was black bears.

Nature Center Board of Directors member Ed Newcomb introduced Mark Ternent of the Pennsylvania Game Commission as leading the way in black bear conservation.

A bear biologist, Ternent, does management and research across the state.

Ternent considers black bears the most fascinating animals in the state. Some get as old as 30 and there have been six weighing more than 800 pounds harvested in one year – all from the Poconos area.

Horse show is highlight of Open Gate at Manito

Thursday, October 27, 2016 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Manito Equestrian and Life Center, South Whitehall, presented its final horse show of the season Oct. 16 during the Lehigh County Open Gate Farm Tour.

The horse show benefits Manito Life Center, which offers therapeutic riding for special riders.

There were tours and information was provided about the farm.

Volunteer opportunities abound. There are 100 volunteers involved because each horse in the therapeutic program requires three people: a leader and a person on both of its sides.

Latter Day Saints temple opens its doors to the community

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believes in having a temple within 200 miles of each branch chapel.

The newest one is on Vine Street in Philadelphia and makes 152 in the country.

The church had an open house for members and nonmembers before the temple was dedicated.

After the Sept. 18 dedication, the temple will be open only for members with a recommendation from the local branch president.

Construction work was done by Deseret Land Co. Profits will be put to humanitarian use.

Garden produces bounty for food pantries

Thursday, September 8, 2016 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

As this spring arrived, members of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Krumsville, planted a garden with the idea to donate the produce to area food pantries.

Now, the congregants are enjoying an immense harvest and have already started second and third plantings.

They were told the garden, a section of a field owned by the church but farmed by a local farmer, would not need fertilizer and that has proven to be true.

Five to eight people are in the garden Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Delivery of the produce to food pantries depends on the day clients go to collect food.

Community dedicates park’s Tripoli train station

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Jim Warfel, Ontelaunee Park Train Committee chairman, welcomed everyone to the dedication on behalf of those who worked on the train.

The train committee is part of the Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society.

After Warfel’s welcome during Tuesday evening’s ceremony, everyone sang “God Bless America.”

Two train cars are restored and two are being fixed.

One awaits its turn on the tracks at the new train station at Ontelaunee Park in Lynn Township. Restoring the engine is the major job and many people have taken a turn working on it.