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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jericho von Lotta, a long-haired German Shepherd, is working with Pets for LLS.
This organization, featured on Facebook, shows pictures of pets who make donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Jericho, 6, heads Pets for LLS and believes they will succeed One Lick at a Time.
The campaign began after Pamela Formica lost her son David to leukemia.
She made him a promise to fight the disease until a cure is found.
The slogan for the Windy Hill Garden, where planting began May 14, is “Planting Seeds of Hope.” Posts are in but the fence is not yet completed at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Krumsville.
The church owns several acres Victor Berger regularly plants to farm crops.
He did not mind when the church said it wanted to use a part of the land this year, said Janice Clemmer, last year’s council president.
She had the idea about planting a garden at that time but was too involved to start work on it.
Jennifer LoMastro is director of therapeutic riding at the Manito Life Center.
The equestrian center originally began as a boarding and lesson barn along Cedar Crest Boulevard, South Whitehall.
Manito’s newest expansion is to provide the Life Center for those who are mentally and physically handicapped.
Others involved in the program are Alicia Pramik, administrative assistant, and Lisa Schadt, farm owner.
“Oh, it’s great,” said the mother of rider Anthony Larusso.
The annual Winter Vanquish Festival at the Germansville Fire Station social hall featured an afternoon of eating, drinking, dancing and singing.
Walt Groller brought his special brand of music for singing and dancing at the April 17 festival. The event is sponsored by the Pastorius Home Association which was formed to enhance cultural connections with Germany.
Dinner was highlighted with Karl Ehmer wursts and bottomless beverages were featured treats at the dinner.
Numerous door prizes were awarded.
During the recent Farm Fest at Ontelaunee Park frequent use of the words “natural” and “organic,” were used with advertisements galore for the Trexlertown Farmers Market to open May 14 at Valley Preferred Cycling Center, formerly the Velodrome.
Another farm market, the Blue Mountain, will be opening to local growers with farm fresh goods at the D&L Trailhead, Slatington.
In the lower level of the historic “Mail Pouch” barn at the park, two cars from the old Ontelaunee train were on display.