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Rotary presents scholarships to area students

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Rotary Club of Allentown West member Bob Nagle introduced his granddaughter, Christine Nagle, to other club members at their recent meeting.

Christine is travelingto Oklahoma as part of Teach for America, a national teacher corps of college graduates.

In 2007 as a Northwestern Lehigh student, Christine was asked to help form an Interact Club at the school.

Interact is a Rotary-sponsored club at the youth level.

Christine became the club's first president and was a 2009 scholarship recipient.

Mother's Day hikers look at nature differently

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Sue Tantsits of Edge of the Woods native plant nursery, Orefield led a group in the field and on the Liberty Trail at Leaser Lake for Mother's Day.

She said the hike was designed to have people look at their environment differently.

Tantsits told the hikers plants grow through leaves dropped in fall and grow in spring as the dead leaves create an organic layer.

"The reason for getting us out is to see how things grow without people's manipulation," Tantsits said. "You can see how things happen when people interfere.

Ironton Telephone's Bill George honored with Chamber's Spirit Award

Thursday, May 22, 2014 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Ironton Telephone President and CEO Bill George was recently honored by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce with the group's Spirit Award.

Members of the Chamber met at the Northern Valley Emergency Medical Services Building, Ormrod, to honor George, a long-time member, for his service to the community.

Past President and Master of Ceremonies Jason Breidinger thanked everyone for attending the 20th annual Spirit Award ceremony on May 10.

He said George's two decades of service was a long time.

Senate, House bills would eliminate property taxes

Thursday, May 8, 2014 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Republican Marc Grammes, candidate for the House seat in the 183rd District, said he was running because he can make a difference.

According to Grammes, when he was knocking on doors and talking to area residents he discovered their biggest concern was property taxes.

As a result, he scheduled two meetings at the Vigilant Fire Company, Slatington, with David Bald-inger, spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Associations.

4-H regional hippology contest tests kids' horse sense

Thursday, May 1, 2014 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Kelly Weisner was coordinator of the recent regional hippology contests at Jacob's Church, Lynn Township.

Weisner said 90 participants from nine counties participated in the event involving horses, not hippos, as some may think.

Weisner said many but not all 4-H Horse Club members have their own horses.

Being a member of the club is as close as they can come to having a horse, Weisner said.

Benefits extend beyond horse knowledge.

Youth gain skills in being in a contest, taking a test, timed decision-making and teamwork.

Therapy Dog portrait unveiled at luncheon

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Weisenberg Township resident Carolee Smith brought Dutch, her Therapy Dog, to a hospice luncheon where the painting of the dog was to be unveiled.

Dutch was the first dog welcomed to the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, 17th and Chew streets, Allentown.

The painting was created by Marion Sheinberg, a Macungie artist who specializes in pet portraits.

She read a story in The Press about the dog when he was the subject of a talk before the Weisenberg Lutheran Church Women's Group.

"It brought me to tears. I never met the dog," she said.

Thank-you dinner was a real circus for farm families

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Rev. Bruce Mac-Laughlin, pastor of Ziegels Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, welcomed the 850 farmers and their supporters to the Farm Family Appreciation Celebration dinner at the Hamburg Fieldhouse.

Each year farm families receive a free dinner as a thank-you for their hard work feeding the people of America and the world. Supporters buy their tickets.

"It is heartwarming to see so many of you here," MacLaughlin said. "It is my first time, so I did some research."

Genealogical searches unlock family histories

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

A small group attended the first meeting of a genealogical class at the Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society headquarters in Werleys Corner at the former Zimmerman Hotel.

Meetings are not limited to members of the historical society or to those who are seriously looking into genealogy.

Sites for locating genealogical information were discussed including cemeteries, libraries and websites.

Debi Zettlemoyer uses a Family Tree Maker and familysearch.org and Allentown Library has a connection to Ancestor. com.

Area man publishes book on WW II experiences

Thursday, March 27, 2014 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

'A Soldier's Odyssey: To Remember Our Past as it Was' tells the story of Company F 289th Regiment

Frank W. Maresca, who served with Company F 289th Regiment in World War II, was looking through a Disabled American Veterans magazine and inside was a list of reunions. At the top was the one for his company.

Maresca's life soon changed as he was about to become an author.

His book, "A Soldier's Odyssey: To Remember Our Past as it Was," tells the story of his regiment.

The company's reunion was at Niagara Falls, a site his wife, Grace, wanted to visit, so there was no question about going.