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Township reps meet for quarterly session

Thursday, September 18, 2014 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

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.

Gap Nature Center purchases land for arboretum

Thursday, July 10, 2014 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

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.

Township reps report on road work, recycling

Thursday, June 19, 2014 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Representatives from Lynn, Heidelberg, Weisenberg, Lowhill, North Whitehall and Washington townships met June 9 for their quarterly meeting at Lynn Township.

The discussion began with Heidelberg Township Roadmaster Kevin Huber.

He said township crews were working on drainage before doing base repair. Grass is growing rapidly and the boom mower the township purchased has had delivery put off once again, he said.

Huber traded an old Ford pickup and is getting a GMC in 1-1/2 to 2 months.

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.