Marc Grammes of Washington Township kicked off his campaign for state representative in the 183rd Legislative District during a press conference March 22 at the Slatington Trailhead.
The district covers Slatington Borough and parts of Whitehall, Washington and South Whitehall townships in Lehigh County.
In Northampton County, the 183rd includes North Catasauqua, Walnutport, Northampton, Lehigh Township, Allen Township and parts of Moore Township.
Julie Harhart, a Republican, is the incumbent in the district.
Lowhill Township representative Carl Kressley began the March 10 six-township meeting with what was a constant refrain that morning.
"We are trying to patch equipment back together," Kressley said. "Parts are hard to come by."
He also told the others gathered his township road crew is also sweeping antiskid material and starting work with the Tiger mower.
Kressley said flagger and Hazmat training has not been scheduled.
Karen Berta played 12 chimes on the organ at noon this past Dec. 14, to open the Wreaths Across America program at Morgenland Church, Leather Corner Post, Orefield.
The local event was organized by Barry Werley and Debbie Arner.
Helping were members of American Legion Allen O. Delke Post 16 of Slatington and the Lower Macungie Clovers 4-H Club.
The colors were posted by the American Legion.
The Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, was green with wreaths during Christmas craft day Dec. 7.
Greens, brought by several different people, were piled outside to make the wreaths.
In addition, to the wreaths, attendees could make pinecone bird feeders and tree ornaments.
Bill Mineo and his wife, Lorraine, have been coordinating the wreath project for several years.
The bases are made by wrapping grapevines in a circle being careful to leave a point on one side, which will be the top for hanging the wreath.
Rotary Club of Allentown West member Jerry Frank introduced the Business Person of the Year during the service group's Nov. 20 meeting.
Chosen was J.B. Reilly, who has taken a lead in redeveloping downtown Allentown.
"I've known him since he was a teenager and had to dig into deep resources to find something good," Frank said, with tongue in cheek. "He is understated and talks about the future."
Born 1961 in Scranton, John Bernard Reilly III moved to Salisbury Township with his family in 1971.
Sept. 14 was a beautiful day for a festival.
And nice weather was expected for the following day when the two-day Schpotyaahr Fescht (Fall Festival) would continue at Werleys Corner, home to the Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society.
Music was provided by Nicole Donatone, and Lisa and Duane Hawk.
Lisa said she and Duane would celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary the next Tuesday. Duane said he still has his original guitar.
The trio played a great deal of Patsy Kline music, which both they and the audience enjoyed.
Most of the township representatives at the recent six-township meeting said they have had a lot of work to do on dirt roads because of the frequent hard rains.
Heidelberg Township Roadmaster Kevin Huber said he is fighting the weather.
One 4-1/2 inch downpour required repair to drainage systems.
He is also working on the turnback of Werley's Corner Road behind the municipal building. The section of road has to be given to PennDOT before it can be turned over to the individuals who own the abutting property.
John George Knauss purchased land along Cedar Creek, Cetronia, South Whitehall in 1759 and built a grist mill a year later.
Now The Haines Mill, named for the last family to own it, is open for tours weekends from 1-4 p.m. May to September. On this day, July 21, the tour was followed by the music of the Allentown Band on the lawn behind the mill.
The mill closed in 1956, unable to keep up with larger, more modern competition.
The annual spring powwow at Ontelaunee Park, Lynn Township, combined duty, intertribal and traditional dances for a colorful afternoon.
"It is an honor to be here, Many Colors said. "We'll have a lot of fun today and tomorrow."
His name, shortened from a translation meaning "Together in one place at one time," was given to him to speak to people of every color and every nation.
He is a carpenter, but the powwows are what is important to him. This is what he will be judged on, later on.
The Allentown West Rotary Club recently sponsored a pig roast at Ontelaunee Park, Lynn Township.
The club is involved with a new project, Engineers Without Borders.
"We are rebuilding the infrastructure," said Herb Klotz, a member of both the Rotary and the Engineers, said at the June 29 event. They travel to Mattru in Sierra Leone, an African country ravaged during the civil war in the 1990s.
Much of the work has been done at the Centennial School.
This is the third year the group has traveled to Africa twice a year for two-week trips.