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Snowflakes, bumblebees and inchworms highlight photography contest

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The photography contest held at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center for the fourth year was the largest ever.

One hundred fifty-two photographs were submitted and 90 were chosen for exhibit.

The jurors were Phil Campbell, Paul Laincz, Josh Finsel and Anita Collins.

Categories were Insects and Amphibians, Macro of Nature, Your Backyard within Walking Distance, and Youth.

Both the first and second places in the People’s Choice award were in the youth category.

May 7 marks 102nd anniversary of the Lusitania sinking

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Rick Smith from Stroudsburg recently visited the Palmerton Area Historical Society to discuss the sinking of the Royal Mail Ship Lusitania during World War I.

He said everyone born before the late 1960s probably heard of the Lusitania.

The ship’s sinking, became, as with the Maine in the Spanish-American War, a call to battle and was as devastating as 9/11 in the aftermath due to the propaganda.

The RMS Lusitania at the time was the largest and fastest ship built, beginning in 1904 and launched in 1906.

Dance chases winter away

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Pockets of dirty snow still dotted the countryside claiming it was winter even though calendars said spring had arrived.

Austreibungs Fest, the dance sponsored by the Pastorius Home Associaton to chase away winter, took place March 26 at the Goodwill Fire Company, Germansville.

The dance must have been successful because the last remnants of the snow were soon gone.

Music was by the popular Walt Groller Band and the German-style meal was provided by A&L Catering.

Young anglers ‘Fish with a Trooper’

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

“Hook up with fish rather than handcuffs.” Pa. State Master Trooper Marc Allen, community service officer

Master Trooper Marc Allen, of the Community Service Unit of State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, recently organized a fishing trip at the accessible recreation area of Leaser Lake, Lynn Township, to treat children from throughout the Lehigh Valley to a day of fishing.

There were 20 kids and 22 troopers, so they were paired one and one.

The troopers, both active and retired, were chosen because they were already fishermen and knew how to work with the kids.

4-H’ers gather at LCCC to test their horse sense

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in School

The Student Union at Lehigh County Community College was busy April 1 as 150 people gathered for communication classes and for testing in hippology, the study of horses.

Seventy of those gathered were 4-H’ers from Lehigh, Berks, Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties. The other half, 75 adult volunteers, were from the seven counties taking part.

Lehigh County 4-H Hippology Chair Jo Lee Muller said the event would not work without the volunteers. Twenty-three LCCC students were among the volunteers.

Buffalo Bill tells Wild West tales at historical society meeting

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

Guy Bieber was scheduled to provide the program for the Feb. 28 meeting of the Weisenberg Lowhill Historical Society but the man who showed up in his place was “Buffalo Bill.”

Deb Zettlemoyer, co-president of the historical society, welcomed everyone to the 2017 quarterly meeting.

Gloria Zimmerman gave a brief biography of Bieber, who had been employed by Lower Macungie Township and served in the Army National Guard. She met him at a Rotary Club meeting.

Bieber is a member of Jerusalem (Red) Church in Kempton, the NRA and the Wild Turkey Federation.

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.