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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.

Grammes announces bid for seat in 183rd District

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

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.

Township representatives discuss road salt, broken plows

Thursday, March 20, 2014 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

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.

Morgenland Church has first Wreaths Across America event

Thursday, January 2, 2014 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

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.

Nature Center Christmas craft day treasures

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Focus Feature

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.

J.B. Reilly named Business Person of the Year

Thursday, December 5, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

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.

Historical society celebrates Schpotyaahr Fescht

Thursday, October 17, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

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.

Reps agree: Rain ruins roads

Thursday, September 26, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

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.