Dennis Hartman considers his butcher shop the best-kept secret in New Tripoli.
The shop, a third generation business, is located off Route 309, along Autumn Road.
Anyone looking to make a purchase at Hartman’s should look for a pig, often decked out in holiday attire, at the turn from Route 309.
Hartman’s is celebrating its 75th year providing the best in meats and meat products with award-winning beef jerky.
Dennis Hartman’s grandfather, William E. Hartman, started the business in the Lynnville area with a few good friends who raised animals for meat.
Phyllis Albright was signing kids for a trip to Camp Kilimanjaro, this year's Vacation Bible School at Lighthouse Baptist Church, Weisenberg Township, during the church's recent community picnic.
Albright said the picnic is expanding by inviting more organizations to participate.
Mission Leader Bob Walker, a member of the picnic committee, said with more organizations, the picnic becomes more community oriented.
All picnic costs, including food, are borne by the church.
Brian McGuiness is the lead guitar player with Heaven's Thunder, from Douglasville.
President of the Rotary Club of Allentown West Herb Klotz said any profit from the recent annual pig roast at Ontelaunee Park will go toward the Snack Pack project.
Begun in Northwestern Lehigh School District, the project has expanded to the Parkland School District to provide food for students who need assistance over the weekend.
Rotary wanted 150 attendees at the July event and, from a casual count, that number was reached.
The pig was roasted by Carl White of High on the Hog, Breinigsville.
With visits to nine area cemeteries May 24 and three more to be visited Memorial Day morning, the Legionaires, Sons of the American Legion and Legion Riders honored this nation's fallen heroes who gave their all to save freedom for the rest of us.
This was the 95th year American Legion Post 16, Slatington, has been making its Memorial Day weekend trek.
Master of Ceremonies for the Memorial Day program was Dennis Ziegler.
Maria Russo and John Harvey, a teacher from Wilson Area High School, Easton, are planning a trip.
They are the delegation leaders for a group of high schoolers who will be in Australia July 9-28.
Their journey, under the auspices of the People to People Ambassadors program, will begin in Sydney and end at the Great Barrier Reef.
The People to People program was begun by President Dwight Eisenhower as a peaceful way to improve relations with Russia.
Christine Emmert of the Friends of Hopewell Furnace entertained with a one-woman play during the May 9 meeting of the Albany Township Historical Society, in Trexler, Berks County.
She was introduced by historical society President Lucy Muth, who said Emmert was making a return visit.
Emmert visited years earlier with a presentation titled "Out of the Fiery Furnace."
At that time, she told the story of the way the stoves made at Hopewell improved women's lives.
Everyone was happy as smiles and laughter spread through the Hamburg Fieldhouse for the recent Farm Family Appreciation Celebration.
Local churches and an enlarged list of sponsors provide the dinner and dance annually to thank area farmers for their efforts in keeping the populace well-fed.
The smiles, laughs and a lot of talk by the 850 dinner guests was one of the major ways of thanking the FFAC committee consisting of Johanna Adams, Karen Boyd, Pastor Mary Gade, Mena Hautau, Joann Hunsicker, Nancy Knandler, Warren Loch, Dwane Miller and Henry Seidel.
Representatives from six townships, Lynn, Heidelberg, Lowhill, Weisenberg, Washington and North Whitehall, met for their quarterly meeting Dec. 8 in the Washington Township Municipal Building.
Washington Township Roadmaster Tom Dengler said his road crew is still finishing leaf collection. The weather has been delaying the work. They are working on brush cutting.
"Someone is stealing stop signs," Dengler said. The township has run out of replacements and has to buy more.
Lynn Township Roadmaster Bruce Raber said his crew is trimming trees and working on the dirt roads.
Roadmasters representing six municipalities, including North Whitehall, Lowhill, Lynn, Washington, Weisenberg and Heidelberg, gathered on Sept. 8 at the North Whitehall Township Building for their quarterly meeting.
Carl Kressley of Lowhill Township opened the meeting saying his road crew is finished with oil and chipping.
He said the dirt roads actually held up pretty good considering the weather.
Kressley said work on Route 100 is nearly finished. J.D. Eckman was the contractor.
An offer had been made and accepted for the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, to purchase 1.6 acres of land in East Penn Township, contiguous to the 756 acres presently part of the Center.
On June 22, as part of Volunteer Recognition Day, a bus took the volunteers to see improvements done on the site.
The Nature Center's board initially discussed whether or not to buy the land for $17,000, the price requested by landowner Doug Gause.
The center received a grant for the purchase price.