Sheldon and Mary Ann Endy went to Norfolk and Williamsburg, Va., for a vacation in 2016. They were only 15 miles north of Fort Eustis and decided to extend their trip.
They visited the U.S. Army Transportation Museum to learn about the association between the Army and circuses. The relationship began in Europe around 1900. Various European armies studied the circus methods used to load and unload their trains rapidly and feed a group of people quickly, which was done with mobile kitchens and small ranges that could be taken apart and set up quickly.
Tom Hourt and his family reawakened memories of clear toy candy as they demonstrated its creation at a recent Palmerton Area Historical Society meeting.
His wife, Jodie, and son, Mitchell, are integral parts of the candy-making business, which begins each year with the call of, “It’s candy weather.” The air must be cold and dry.
A senior expo was held at Bethany Wesleyan Church, Cherryville, Sept. 15. State Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, sponsored the expo to show what local companies and agencies have available to help them. Eighty vendors participated.
Mako said he was glad to see people come out. He stood at the door and shook hands with all attendees, asking if they had any special concerns he might be able to help them with.
The most frequently mentioned concern was the property tax situation.
Marc Grammes held a campaign kick-off rally at Vigilant Fire Company, Slatington, Jan. 9 for his bid to win the seat in the 183rd Legislative District .
State Rep. Julie Harhart, who has represented the district for 11 terms in office, has announced she is not seeking re-election.
In Lehigh County, the district covers parts of Whitehall, Washington and South Whitehall townships and Slatington Borough.
In Northampton County, it includes North Catasauqua, Walnutport and Northampton boroughs, Lehigh and Allen townships and parts of Moore Township.
Robert Miller, president of the Whitehall Historical Preservation Society, says wistfully that some members of the society would like to restore the Helfrich Springs Grist Mill.
The mill has been stripped of nearly all its equipment and would require a major effort to restore it. However, the goal of turning it into a museum for Whitehall has been achieved.
A restoration expert said he could get the mill working, but it would cost too much money, Miller said.
The Whitehall Historical Preservation Society is working to restore the Grim Homestead on Mickley Road.
Upon entering, the first thing seen is a huge walk-in-size fireplace with the doors closed.
Society President Robert Miller said the group has all the fireplace cookware.
A beehive oven outside had to be torn off the house. The society plans to replace it. A window and door removed from the room being used as an office will also be restored.
The Peter Grim Home was built in 1834. Out back is a brick smokehouse and a summer kitchen-wash house combination.
A large black bear has been going to the Blue Mountain Drive-in, Lehigh Township.
However, instead of going inside the restaurant for his dinner, he stays outside and eats from the Dumpster, scattering his food as he makes his way to a red barn. From there, he continues his hike to a tree where he enjoys napping.
Samantha Heimer, Lisa Csencsits and Robert Csencsits, Blue Mountain owners, say the bear, named Bill, has been coming off and on for six years. They finally decided it was time to discourage him from returning.
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.
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.