The Upper Macungie’s Planning Commission’s legal counsel and zoning staff are working out details of a proposed agritainment ordinance that will define what kind of agricultural tourism-related activities and events may take place in the township.
Upper Macungie Township Planning Commission’S legal counsel and zoning staff are working out the details of a new proposed agritainment ordinance that will define what kind of agricultural tourism-related activities and events may take place in the township.
When the Upper Macungie Township Planning Commission met Dec. 18 for a workshop, Grim’s Orchard owner Joshua Grim was expected to appear before the commission to try and save his business.
As the Grim’s Orchard Fall Festival was in full swing Oct. 5, Grim received two letters of violation from Upper Macungie Township.
Although festival activities have been held there on weekends during the fall months for years, Grim was unexpectedly given 30 days to cease operations on the property, located at 9941 Shantz Road.
As a result, the festival came to an abrupt halt Nov. 4.
When a ceiling collapsed in May during renovation work in the Old Main building at The Lutheran Home at Topton, debris landed on an elaborate putz that has been on display there for many decades.
Topton Home Maintenance Manager Paul Moriarity knew just who to call to rescue the impressive room full of miniatures which had to be removed so the ceiling could be replaced. Topton home residents Lou Molnar, 76, and Richard Hartley, 73, came to the rescue.
Both had lived in Green Acres Park, Breinigsville, before moving to The Lutheran Home at Topton cottages.
During December, our lives are typically filled with special events, gift-giving, family gatherings and food we only eat once a year.
All of these aspects of the season bring most of us joy, but there is something else we experience during the holidays that contributes to our jolly demeanor at this time of year — the music.
While we certainly listen to music the rest of the year as well, there’s no denying we are drenched in it during the holidays.
Eric Claypoole and Patrick Donmoyer have stars in their eyes —barn stars, that is — and they have been painting them on the Schantz barn on Brookside Road in Lower Macungie Township.
The team of Claypoole, a barn star artist, and Donmoyer, Pennsylvania German historian, author and site manager for the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University, began the project Sept. 3 and completed the final touches the following weekend.
The barn is located on township-owned property, adjacent to the Lower Macungie Community Center.
We have all become accustomed to the airport terminal cattle chutes, swarming with uniformed Transportation Security Administration employees, that now precedes American air travel.
Like many people, I dread standing in the long line of passengers, shuffling along with my carry-on bag, handing over my boarding pass and driver's license for inspection, emptying my pockets, removing my laptop computer from its case, producing my zip-top bag of toothpaste, shampoo and lotion and taking off my shoes.
I want a pink tree. All of the lovely flowering trees in full bloom in the Lehigh Valley in recent weeks have reminded me for several years, I have been meaning to select a new tree for my front yard.
A stroll in my Lower Macungie Township housing development offers a pastel palette of colors, as ornamental fruit trees and forsythia display a springtime eyeful.
Somehow, every year, I get busy with other activities and the trip to a local nursery never happens.
As I write this, it is snowing. Again.
For me, that means time spent shoveling the driveway, or stepping in puddles of melted snow deposited on my kitchen floor after my husband has shoveled the driveway.
It means delayed workdays, occasional white-knuckle driving and work-at-home days.
Like many people in the Lehigh Valley, I long for the arrival of spring.
Other than that, the frequent snowfalls this winter have left me with little to complain about.
Some other area residents have felt the need to complain plenty, though.
I have been worried about the survival of the Affordable Care Act and blaming Republican politicians for their seeming determination to trash it now that they have a majority representation in the U.S. Congress.
But maybe I have been too hasty in placing the blame for a federal government that seems to be running around in circles.
In his State of the Union Address last week, President Barack Obama had positive words to say about the ACA.