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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.

Music and mill make for a pleasant day in the park

Thursday, September 12, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

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.

Regalia's brilliant colors brighten a gloomy day

Thursday, August 8, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

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.

Allentown West Rotary pig roast fundraiser aids Engineers Without Borders work in Africa

Thursday, August 8, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

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.

Northern Lehigh Heritage Day honors military past, present

Thursday, August 8, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Theodore Steinbrecher, director of the Northern Lehigh Community Band, said the first song in the prelude was played "in honor of those who were and those who are serving the country."

The name of the song at the recent Heritage Day celebration at Slatington Baptist Church was "Gallant Heroes."

This song was followed by the "Liberty Bell March" and "Stars and Stripes Forever."

Many of the hymnal racks sprouted flags as members of Allen O. Delke, American Legion Post 16, Slatington, presented flags to guests as they entered the church.

American Legion honors veterans who gave their all

Thursday, July 4, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

"Day is done, gone the sun, from the lake, from the hills, from the sky; all is well, safely rest, God is nigh."

The music that goes with these familiar words from "Taps" ended the memorial ceremony at each cemetery on the tour honoring deceased veterans by the American Legion Allen O. Delke Post 16, Slatington.

Accompanying the Legion members were the Sons of the American Legion and the Legion Riders.

They visited nine cemeteries on May 26, joined by church members where the cemeteries are located.

Rotary Club of Allentown West presents grants

Thursday, July 4, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

President Lise Twilford welcomed guests and Rotarians to the June 5 meeting of the Allentown West Rotary Club. On its agenda were three donations to community organizations.

"It is a special day, an opportunity to use our resources to give back to the community," she said. "We believe in service above self. The money comes from the hard work by this group to put back in the community so you can do what you do as a nonprofit."

Parkland Class 2013 graduates 'look to the future with open arms'

Thursday, June 20, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Suddenly the long-awaited moment arrived and the sound of "Pomp and Circumstance" was played by the Parkland High School Band under the direction of Jason Lerew.

Members of the Class of 2013 began walking into Stabler Arena June 12 for graduation.

In the audience was former school district Superintendent Carmen Riola who was there to see his twin grandsons graduate.

Assistant Principal Theresa Stack gave the welcome and said the ceremony was being streamed around the world.

Allentown West Rotary awards scholarships

Thursday, May 30, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The recipients of the scholarships presented to students of four local schools by the Allentown West Rotary May 22 had one thing in common they said college was expensive and they were grateful for the financial help.

Rotary President Lise Twilford said it was nice to see so many brilliant children and their parents.

She welcomed everyone to the Community Service Center at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, which hosted the event.

Native Americans powwow at Ontelaunee Park

Thursday, May 30, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

This was the third year excited students came to Ontelaunee Park, Lynn Township, to learn about Indian culture on the day before the annual powwow.

Teachers, Lisa Van Ormer, Lori Merrill, Matt Weimann and Joe Bigley, from Willow Lane School, Macungie, accompanied the kids.

Cultural displays were set up in the old pavilion and every 10 minutes students changed stations.

"Who likes candy?" asked Becky "Little Horse" Harrison.

She was talking about the making of maple sugar into a sweetener used by the Indians. A shell on the table held some sugar.