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This summer, let’s have some fun – and in our area we have a lot of opportunities to do just that. From amusement parks and rollercoasters, to river fun and Philly fun – we’ve got a long list of “fun” to choose from. In this issue we will show you just a few of the great options nearby.

In addition to focusing on summer fun, we also want to celebrate Independence Day – the Fourth of July. And there aren’t many places more

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appropriate to do that than Philadelphia, the birthplace of our nation. Whether for Independence Day or as a simple summer excursion, Philadelphia has something to please just about everyone. We highlight big Fourth of July events and much more in “Visiting Philadelphia this Summer.”

You will need to head west for a short while to get to our next “Short Getaway:…” suggestion. Knoebels Amusement Resort is an amazing hotspot for affordable family fun, but it is much more than the 60+ rides and attractions. There are also three

really cool museums devoted to mining history in our region, Knoebels itself, and vintage carousel horses (and other animals).

But that’s not all. In case you don’t know, when you visit Knoebels you get free parking, you can bring your own food, and there is no admission cost. Did I catch your interest? You only pay for the rides you ride and the food you buy from them. Be sure and read “Short Getaway: Knoebels Amusement Resort.”

Also in this issue we bring you some of the latest rollercoaster news in our region. We will specifically be telling you about a thrilling new rollercoaster at Dorney Park. We give you the specs and backstory in “BIG Rollercoaster News.”

Now if you’re new to whitewater rafting but want to try it, there are definite things you should know that pertain to your safety and enjoyment while out on the river. We give you the details in “Whitewater Rafting in the Poconos,” where the sport is very popular along the Lehigh River.

Finally, with summer thunderstorms in full swing, we thought it would be smart to bring you some safety tips in case you get caught unexpectedly in the outdoors when the lightning strikes, or driving on a rain-soaked roadway in a torrential downpour, when you’re visibility is barely there. We bring you tips from the National Weather Service around all of that in “Summer Thunderstorm Safety Tips.” It’s very valuable information.

So that is our issue! Please join us next time when we move our attention to cars. See you then!

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Rollercoaster season is here. That means it is summertime, and although riding rollercoasters isn’t for everyone, for some it is the biggest deal. If rollercoasters mean the world to you, we have some pretty big rollercoaster news right here in our area. Read on to find out what we’re talking about.

The Iron Menace Down at Dorney Park in Allentown, there is a new rollercoaster called Iron Menace. Designed



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to reflect the Steel Industry history of our region, Iron Menace was fired up for preview rides in April and officially opened in May.

The Iron Menace is not like any other rollercoaster currently in our area. You can “forge your own fate” on Iron Menace, which happens to be the northeast’s first dive coaster.

This new ride takes riders 160 feet up in the air before suspending them and then letting them plummet at a beyond-vertical, 95-degree drop. Along the way there are four mind-twisting inversions while Iron Menace riders travel the tracks at speeds of up to 64 miles per hour. If you have never had the thrill of riding a drop coaster, now you can – right in the Lehigh Valley. Your first ride might leave you burning for more.

This rollercoaster will be Dorney’s first new one in 19 years. It will also be the single most expensive attraction built in Dorney history and its only attraction with a fictitious backstory.

Backstory: The Mystery Behind the Menace

In the early 1900s, Scottish businessman Hiram S. McTavish opened McTavish Steel Mill, a direct

competitor to Bethlehem Steel Company. Greed dictated McTavish’s every move, and he was well known to prioritize profits over people.

With an eye on maximizing output, McTavish created a massive hauler he dubbed “Iron Menace,” a device the steel industry had never seen. The rail transporter moved workers and ore at record volumes and dizzying speeds.

Suddenly the greedy steel baron mysteriously disappeared – no one knows how or where. Shortly after, McTavish Steel Mill closed. All that remains today are the mill’s decrepit shell, rusty relics and wild tales of the owner’s whereabouts.

Four Inversions

Only the most twisted thrill rides ever offer numerous inversions, and Iron Menace boasts four. After the initial, beastly drop, the train pulls up sharply and flips 180 degrees in an Immelmann inversion. Next, a zero g-roll dishes out a 360-degree inversion in wild weightlessness. A tilted loop (the world’s first on a dive coaster) and a mind-bending, 360-degree corkscrew spin will leave you wondering which way is up – and counting the seconds until you can ride again.

Ride Stats

For you “coaster heads,” here are the ride stats:

• Designed by: Bolliger & Mabillard

• Coaster type: Dive

• Height of drop: 152 feet

• Angle of first drop: 95 degrees (for reference,

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90 degrees is vertical)

• Top speed: 64 miles per hour

• Inversions: 4 (Immelman 180-degree turn, zero g-roll 360-degree inversion in weightlessness, world’s first tilted loop on a dive coaster, 360-degree corkscrew spin)

• Length: 2,169 feet

• Duration: 90 seconds

• Trains: 2

• Riders per train: 21

Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or a coaster enthusiast, you will not want to miss grabbing your seat for this exhilarating and awe-inspiring ride sometime this summer.

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Our suggested “Short Getaway:…” in this issue is Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, PA. If you don’t know Knoebels you might ask why you would want to go there. You would want to go because Knoebels is America’s largest, freeadmission amusement park set in the middle of the forest an hour-and-a-half to two hours west of our readership area.

Knoebels offers incredibly affordable family fun, and a great time for anyone who is into amusement parks. Not only is there free admission, there’s free parking, free entertainment and the food is very affordable, except you don’t have to buy your food there – you can bring it with you and enjoy it in one of their free picnic areas.

The “Amusement Resort”

The “amusement resort” has more than 60 rides and attractions. The Phoenix rollercoaster is a highlight (more on that below). There is also the huge Crystal Pool where you can swim and the Hawaiian Bandshell where you see live entertainment. At the end of the day, you can even stay in the Knoebels Campground, where you can pitch a tent, park your camper or RV, or stay in one of their rustic log cabins.

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The Phoenix rollercoaster was originally operated as Rocket at Playland Park in San Antonio, Texas. It opened in 1948, but it closed in 1980.

Knoebels purchased, disassembled and moved it to Elysburg in 34 tractor trailers. The Phoenix opened in 1985 and was named the #1 wooden rollercoaster by Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Award voters in 2018.

The Museums

In addition to all the rides, Knoebels has three very interesting museums:

Knoebels Carousel Museum / Knoebels opened the Carousel Museum in 1992. This unique addition to the park features more than 50 carousel figures, scenery panels, chariot sides and other memorabilia from carousels dating back to 1870. Whether you want to spend an afternoon learning carousel history, or need an entertaining break from the rides, this free exhibit has something for everyone.

Knoebels History Museum / All the questions about the history of Knoebels are answered here. The museum is both free and filled with park memorabilia, making it extremely interesting for any amusement park fanatic or anyone who has come to Knoebels over the years.

Knoebels Coal Mining Museum / Equipment, old pictures and video help bring the experiences of coal mining to life. This little museum is thoughtfully set up, giving a taste of the coal-mining culture of the area as well as its accomplishments. The museum is a nice opportunity to sit down to see an excellent coal-mining video that includes how local miners were

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very instrumental in starting unions. This is a definite must-see for any history buff.

The Grand Carousel

The Knoebels Grand Carousel was built in 1913 at North Beach, Long Island. Located in the center of the park, the large, four-abreast carousel was built by George Kremer, who bought the horses from wood-carver

Charles Carmel. Carmel was born in Russia in 1865, immigrated to the United States in 1883, and carved carousel figures in his Brooklyn shop until his death in 1931. Henry Knoebel, the park's founder, purchased the carousel in 1941 from Riverside Park in Piscataway Township, New Jersey.

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Summer Thunderstorm Safety Tips

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Summer thunderstorms bring the dangers of lightning and heavy rain. Here are safety tips to keep in mind if a storm develops unexpectedly this summer and you get caught outdoors in lightning, or in heavy rain while driving.

Lightning Safety Tips

Lightning strikes mainly during the summer. It happens in the United States approximately 25 million times each year. The threat becomes greater as thunderstorms approach and is greatest when the storm is directly overhead. These tips will help keep you safe when lightning is nearby.

Outdoor safety plan: Know where to find shelter. If you hear thunder, lightning is nearby. Seek shelter promptly in a safe location, preferably indoors.

Indoor safety measures: Once indoors, don’t use electrical appliances, corded phones, or plumbing fixtures. Stay away from windows and doors. This reduces your risk of being exposed to electrical surges caused by the lightning.

Wait: Wait at least 30 minutes after the last lightning strike or thunderclap before going back

outdoors. Lightning can strike even when a storm seems to have passed.

If outdoors with no shelter during a thunderstorm:

• Avoid open fields, hilltops, or ridge crests.

• Stay away from tall, isolated trees and other prominent objects.

• In a group, have everyone spread out to prevent the lightning current from transferring person-to-person.

• Camping in an open setting is strongly discouraged. If you must, set up camp in a valley,

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ravine, or other low-lying area.

• Avoid bodies of water, wet objects, or metal items – they conduct electricity and can pose significant risk.

Facing the threat of lightning, prioritize your safety.

Wet Road Safety Tips

When heavy rain strikes and you are driving, safety is paramount. Here are weather service guidelines to navigate wet roads safely and avoid hazards.

Beware of swollen waterways: Avoid parking or walking near culverts or drainage ditches, as the swiftly moving water during heavy rain can potentially carry you away.

Maintain safe driving distances: In heavy rain, double your normal driving distance.

Slow down and stay cautious: Ease off the accelerator and avoid abrupt braking to prevent skidding.

Choose your lane wisely: Stick to the middle lanes

to minimize the risk of hydroplaning. Outer lanes are more likely to accumulate water.

Visibility matters: Enhance your visibility by activating your headlights and if needed, emergency flashers. Be particularly alert for vehicles in blind spots.

Watch out for slippery roads: The initial half-hour of rain is when roads are slickest due to a mixture of rain, grime, and oil. Exercise heightened caution during this period.

Keep a safe distance from large vehicles: Large trucks and buses can reduce your visibility with tire spray. Avoid tailgating and pass them swiftly and safely.

Mind your windshield wipers: Heavy rain can overload wiper blades. If you can’t see the edges of the road or other vehicles from a safe distance, pull over and wait for the rain to ease up. It is best to stop at rest areas or other protected areas.

If stopping at the side of the road is your only option, position your vehicle as far off the road as possible, ideally beyond guardrails. Keep headlights on and activate your emergency flashers.

By following these safety measures, you can significantly reduce risks and ensure your wellbeing when heavy rain pours down.

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Visiting Philadelphia this Summer

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Philadelphia is one of our most historic and iconic cities. It’s a summer excursion opportunity that should please just about everyone. We’re going to look at just a few of the things you can do and see in Philly this summer, but first, let’s look at the city’s plans for the Fourth of July. Because when you think about it, why not celebrate Independence Day in America's Birthplace?

July 4th Events in Philadelphia

Salute to America Independence Day Parade

Independence Day with The Philadelphia Orchestra Enjoy one of Philadelphia’s 4th of July traditions of listening to classical music with Independence Hall as the backdrop. The famous 65-piece Philadelphia POPS Orchestra and award-winning performers will put on a spectacular show filled with patriotic classics. The concert starts at 2 pm at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Admission is free, and attendees are allowed to bring a picnic basket.

Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert & Fireworks

Independence Day festivities culminate with the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert & Fireworks, one of the largest free annual concerts in the USA. Thousands will flock to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to hear the festival's headliners. The evening will end at 9:30 pm with a spectacular 30-minute fireworks display above the Philadelphia Museum of Art. You will be able to spot the dazzling fireworks from numerous locations across the city, including the Cherry Street Pier garden,

The Salute to America Parade is held in Philadelphia’s Historic District and is a perfect way to start celebrating the 4th of July. Watch historical reenactment groups, dozens of colorful floats, marching bands, and military units from all over the United States as they kick off independence festivities for thousands of spectators. The parade starts at 11 am, moving from Independence Hall along America's Most Historic Square Mile.

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the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Race Street Pier, Pier 68, and Washington Avenue Pier.

Other Philly Attractions

Other things to see and do in Philadelphia this summer include a long list of great attractions. Here are just a few.

If you’re a foodie, you will probably want to visit the Reading Terminal Market , a bustling food market in Philadelphia known for its wide variety of fresh produce, local delicacies, and vibrant atmosphere. Hit the Market as a solo stop, or eat your way through it on a Philly Food Walking Tour. Either way you do not want to miss this delicious, local experience.

A popular museum in the heart of Philadelphia, The Museum of Illusions, is known for its mindbending exhibits and optical illusions that leave

visitors in awe. Confuse your brain and senses while having loads of fun with plenty of photo-ops.

If America’s founding history is your interest, you will of course want to visit Independence Hall and see the Liberty Bell, the iconic symbol of American independence, representing liberty and freedom since 1752. You can further explore impactful sites of the American Revolution around Philadelphia on a history tour with a historian.

Or you might just want to see a Phillies game. Whatever you do, have a great time visiting Philadelphia this summer.

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Was iss iwwer die Biewel? Saag’s eich schpeeder, wann ihr’s net wisst.

Was die Zeit net fliegt! Es Babbelmaul Schtick hot widder en Gebortsdaag ghatt. Es erscht Babbelmaul Schtick waar gedruckt in daerre Zeiding 4 Yuni 1953.

Die Schul iss aus an de menschde Bletz un die Kinner sin hallich un froh. Mer hoffe all die Kinner gehne noch der Biewel-schul fer paar Woche nau. Fer Yaahre zerick, wie ich en Schpringer waar, hen sie nix so ghatt. Es iss wunderbaar, was die Kinner hen alleweil, wo mir net ghatt hen, wie mir Yunge waare. Es dutt ihm Leed as deel net besser yuus mache vun alle Dinge heitesdaags. Do in der Schtadt misse die, wo net zu gut geduh hen darrich’s Yaahr, nooch der Summer-schul geh fer sex Woch. Es fallt uff uns fer die Schul-halde der Summer. Wie viel vun eich wisse noch vun der

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seller Kall wo in Esse-blatz waar un hot Shillgrodder-supp ge-adderet. Es hot schrecklich lang genumme bis der Waiter kumme iss mit. Der Kall hot der Waiter gfrogt ver was es so lang genumme fer die Supp bringe. Der Waiter saagt ihm er sett net so dumm froge, eb er net wisse deet wie langsam, as Shillgrodde waere.

Die Antwatt zu der Frog vun der Biewel iss: Der Deckel!

June 20, 1957

What is over the Bible? I will tell you later, if you don’t know.

How time flies! My ‘Chatterbox’ column had a birthday again. The first column was printed in this newspaper [The Nazareth Item] on June 4, 1953.

School is out at most places and the children are happy and glad. We hope all children go to [Vacation] Bible School now. In years past, when I was a youngster, they did not have anything like that. It is wonderful what the children have just now, which we did not have, when we were young. It makes one sad that some do not make better use of all the things [available] now-a-days. Here in this city [Easton], must those, who have not done too well throughout the year, go to summer school for six weeks. The responsibility falls on us to teach that summer school. How many of you still know of that time, where people went to summer school to prepare themselves to take the examination by the county superintendent [to certify them] to teach school? If they could pass that, they would be allowed to teach and did not

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need to go to college. Perhaps it is good that the old times are past.

Seeing an old turtle crawling across the road the other day reminded me of that guy who was in a restaurant and ordered turtle soup. It took a terribly long time for the waiter to bring it. The guy asked the waiter why it took so long to bring the soup. The waiter said to him he should not ask something so dumb – didn’t he know how slow turtles were!

The answer to the question about the Bible [in the beginning of this article]: The [front] cover [or panel].

[It has been a while since I featured an article that Florence Baver wrote for the old Nazareth Item Newspaper. (In my earlier articles I used her work exclusively.) I liked her articles because she had lived in my area – she taught school in the old two-room school house in Belfast and was my brother’s teacher for some years. And she also mentioned people in her articles that I grew up around. But more importantly, her Dutch and outlook on life was so similar to my parents, so I enjoyed her articles and hope that any long-time readers to this column also enjoyed her writings.]

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Whitewater Rafting in the Poconos

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Whitewater rafting is very popular along the Lehigh River in the Pocono Mountains. The section of the Lehigh that runs through the Poconos includes class I to class III rapids. So if you and your family or friends are looking for a relaxing “float day” there will be many options along the Lehigh. On the other hand, if you’re looking for more adventure, find out which dates are scheduled for a dam release and go rafting then.

Rafting Safety and Life Vests

Whitewater rafting is generally considered safe for non-swimmers, but let’s be real: the sport has inherent risks. Any whitewater rafting trip can get very bumpy with a great deal of “tossing around,” so make sure you are properly seated. The best point for balance is to sit on the outer rim of the raft.

One of the greatest dangers of whitewater rafting is being thrown off the raft and into the water during the trip. Not only can this cause serious injury, but it can also create a very real risk of being pulled under the water and drowning, so it is essential to always wear a life jacket and stay on board.

What to Wear and Bring

Swimsuit Recommendations for Comfort and Practicality: Since you’re bound to get wet while navigating the rapids, wearing a swimsuit as your base layer is a smart choice. This ensures that you remain comfortable and agile throughout the journey. Board shorts would be appropriate for guys, as well as a rash guard to keep from getting burned. Women may want to wear swim/river shorts and a rash guard. Jeans are not a good choice.

High-Quality Sandals for Safety and Comfort: Proper footwear is essential for rafting adventures. Invest in high-quality sandals that offer good grip and protection for your feet. Flip flops are a bad choice. You can easily lose them on the river and they don’t provide enough support for walking on the rocky shores. Remember rafting involves more than being on the river – you will also be walking along the river bank and getting on and off the raft.

Water Bottle for Hydration: Staying hydrated is vital, particularly when you’re engaged in physical activities like rafting. A refillable water bottle allows you to drink water whenever you need it.

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Bring a water bottle equipped with a carabiner, which will allow you to connect it to the outer rim of the raft or your pack.

Sunscreen for Sun Protection: Spending time on the water exposes you to the sun’s rays. Applying sunscreen will help prevent sunburn and protect your skin from harmful UV radiation. Use sunscreen rated at least SPF 50 and sufficiently waterproof to endure a whitewater rafting trip.

Hats for Sun Protection and Warmth: A widebrimmed hat not only shields your face from the sun but also provides warmth during cooler moments of the day. The hat should have a chin strap so you don’t lose it if the raft flips.

Polarized Sunglasses for Better Visibility: Polarized sunglasses reduce glare from the water’s surface, enhancing visibility and allowing you to fully appreciate the surrounding landscape. Remember to use a retaining strap.

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Christmas in July Open House

The Carbon Model Railroad Society is happy to announce that it will once again hold its “Christmas in July” Open House at 529 Ore Street in Bowmanstown, Pa. 18030 on Saturdays and Sundays, July 13th & 14th, 20th & 21st and 27th& 28th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. The building is also open on Thursdays, July 18th and 25th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Santa Claus has volunteered to interrupt his work at his summer work shop to visit us on the weekends. The clubs HO and N scale displays will also be in operation on the second floor along with the sale of new and preowned trains and accessories. The Clubs Traveling Caboose with its Ho Scale operating display can be visited in our back yard. Admission is free; donations are welcome. The building is airconditioned. Visit us at For more info call Garry @ 610-554-4110

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Ontelaunee Region Antique Car Club

We welcome anyone who has an interest in old cars to join us on any of our car tours. Our business meetings are not held again until September. You do not need to own an antique car to join our club or to go on tours.

On July 21, 2024, our club will travel as a group to Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum in Lambertville, NJ. Member price of $15.00 includes admission to the museum and lunch. Reservation deadline is July 1.

The Dog Days Tour is August 18, 2024 and we will be driving to the National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem. Member price of $15.00 includes admission and lunch.

Our biggest event, Das Awkscht Fescht, (The August Festival) will be held at the Macungie Memorial Park August 2, 3, 4, 2024. The family event includes car show, swap meet, cars for sale, arts & crafts, live bands, children’s games, petting zoo and more. Learn more at Would you like to see all the cars for free and receive free breakfast and lunch, volunteer to help with registering cars or parking show cars. Help is needed for four hours; one, two, or three days. No need to be a member to volunteer.

Our annual dues are $10 for a Single or $15 for a Couple. Membership requires belonging to AACA but call us first to see if you are eligible for a free National membership in AACA.

For more information contact our membership chairperson, Phyllis, at 610-965-9236 or email

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Konkrete Kids Foundation

Announces 2024 Distinguished Alumni

The Northampton Area Konkrete Kids Educational Foundation is proud to announce the 2024 Distinguished Alumni Award Wall of Honor recipients. Each of the eight Northampton High School graduates has achieved success in his or her chosen career or profession while also having a positive impact on others through community service and/or volunteerism.

Mrs. Patricia (Shoemaker) Amey - Class of 1962

Mr. Kim Davis - Class of 1970

Mr. Ronald Jerdon - Class of 1980

Mrs. Sallyann (Pany) Madden - Class of 1979

Ms. Laura Meyers - Class of 2007

Mr. Brian Ruff - Class of 1977

Mr. Peter Schneider (deceased) - Class of 1938

The Award recipients will be honored at the Distinguished Alumni Award CELEBRATION Dinner and Recognition Program on Sunday, September 22, at Woodstone Country Club and Lodge. Family, friends, co-workers, fellow

volunteers, community members, and NASD employees will join the Konkrete Kids Educational Foundation that evening when each of these eight alumni will be publicly honored. Each honoree will be presented with a plaque that will then be installed on the Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor located in the main lobby of Northampton Area High School. Each plaque is engraved with the personal and professional post high school graduation achievements of the honoree, a current photo, as well as the honoree’s Amptennian graduation photo. The Distinguished Alumni inductees honored on the Wall of Honor serve as an inspiration to all students and as a reminder to the entire community of Northampton Area School District’s proud education tradition and commitment to service to others.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, taxexempt community volunteer organization. As a major Foundation fundraiser, all proceeds from the September 22 CELEBRATION Dinner and

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Lehigh Township Historical Society News

LTHS Open House season is in full swing. Our next Open House will be held on Sunday July 21st from 1 to 4 pm at the Lehigh Township Historical Centre. We are also open most Tuesday mornings if you want to stop in before the July open house. The St. Paul’s One-Room Schoolhouse in Indianland will Not be open again until September. Our first Gravestone Preservation Workshop session was held on Saturday, June 8th at 10 am at the Berlinsville Cemetery along Poplar Drive off Rt. 248. If you are interested in attending one of the workshops, our next one will be on Saturday June 29th starting at 10 am. We will continue to work at the Berlinsville Cemetery as there are many stones in need of cleaning. We will be scheduling more sessions for July through September. Currently our workshops are focusing only on cleaning the gravestones, so if you want to learn the proper procedures for doing that, give us a call and sign up. Follow us on Facebook, check our website or give us a call to get on our list. Cost for the workshop is $15 to cover costs of cleaning supplies. More details are being added to our website. The sessions are being led by LTHS Director Lori Ronald who has been trained in cleaning headstones and has been doing it for 10

years. If you are looking for something to do with your spare time and are interested in local history, please consider volunteering at LTHS. We have lots of tasks you might be able to help with. Ask about what you can do so please stop by for more information. You can contact us through our website at www.lehightownshiphistoricalsociety. org, Facebook Messenger or call the Centre at 610440-0151 and leave a message.

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Slatington Library News

The Wonderful World of Wildlife summer reading program will return to the library on Wednesday, June 19th from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. Children from preschool age to 5th grade are invited to come learn about animals.

The Library will hold a reading incentive program for all children and students this summer. Read 10 books, write down the titles and you receive a raffle ticket. The more raffle tickets, the better your chance to win one of ten prizes at the end of the summer.

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Jacob” by William Landay. They will meet in person or by Zoom at the library on Monday, July 1st at 1:00pm. If you are interested in joining the book club, please contact the library. Local writer Ann Suspic will be at library on August 5th at 1:00pm to discuss her book “The Book Mark”, the book club’s August read.

The Genealogy Club is taking the summer off. Watch for their first meeting in September.

The library provides many services to the community. For a fee, we provide copies and faxes. A free library card gets you access to books, e-books, magazines, e-magazines and audio books from 12 libraries as well as links to 12 online databases. There are also public access computers from which you can print for a fee.

Library hours are Mon. & Wed. 9am to 7pm, Tues. 9am to 3pm, Fri. 9am to 5pm, Sat. 8am to 2:00pm. The library is closed Thursday and Sunday. Any questions concerning this information please contact Louise Bechtel at the Library at (610) 767-6461. Thank you.

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Slatington Library Night of Recognition

Tim Silliman from the Rotary Club of Slatington presents a check to Lynne Fedorcha and Renee Evans, board members of the Slatington Library.

The Slatington Public Library held its Night of Recognition on Tuesday, June 11th. The library recognized Rodney and Karen Mummey and their family for their contributions and 7 local businesses and organizations for their donations. The Rotary Club of Slatington presented the library with it’s 2024 grant of $1,500 which will be used to fund the program “1,000 books before Kindergarten.”

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Send a picture in and 1 lucky pet will be featured on the cover of our July 18 Pet issue. Pictures must be transmitted to us electronically before July 10. Send pictures to and include the following: Your name and your phone number (so we can contact you if you are the winner) and your pet’s name. The winning picture will be published in our July 18 issue and the winner will be notified at that time. Enter to win!

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Jim Thorpe Rotary Celebrates 100 Years as a Club

Members of the Jim Thorpe Rotary Club, a club with a rich history of service, will gather at a special dinner on Thursday, June 20th at 5:30 PM at Café Arielle at the Stabin Museum in Jim Thorpe to mark a significant milestonethe 100th anniversary of their club. In addition to current and past club members, Rotary District executives, local elected officials, and special guests will also be on hand to help commemorate this momentous occasion. A cash bar cocktail hour will begin at 5:30 PM; remarks and dinner

will begin at 6:30 PM.

The Jim Thorpe Rotary, a group of nearly 30 dedicated members, has made a significant impact on the local community. Over a five-year period, we have contributed a substantial amount of $160,000 and dedicated 2,000 volunteer hours to Jim Thorpe or Carbon County organizations, directly benefiting 3,500 people and indirectly touching the lives of many more.

Some of our more well-known programs include a Summer Recreation Program for area youth, Ghost Walks in downtown Jim Thorpe, a Holiday Giving Project, and College Scholarships for local high school graduates.

The Jim Thorpe Rotary Club was founded in May 1924 and is an affiliate of Rotary International, a worldwide organization consisting of 30,000 clubs and 1.2 million members in over 160 countries. Our club also supports international service efforts, including polio eradication, feeding the hungry, enhancing literacy, and supplying clean water in the underdeveloped world.

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Summer Safety Tips

What’s your plan for this summer? Enjoying the water? Going camping? Firing up the grill? Whatever you prefer, we have safety steps to follow. And don’t forget your furry friends. There are steps you can take to help keep them safe too.

Water Safety

Every day, an average of 11 people die in the U.S. from unintentional drowning — and one in five of those are children 14 or younger according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Red Cross wants everyone to know critical safety knowledge and skills that could save your life in and around the water. We encourage families to build confidence in the water by learning to be safe, making good choices, learning to swim and how to handle emergencies. Preventing unsupervised access to water, providing constant, active adult supervision and knowing how to swim are critical layers of protection to help prevent drowning. Classes to learn how to swim are available for

both children and adults. Check the map for Learnto-Swim providers in your community. Everyone should learn first aid and CPR too, so they know what to do in an emergency.

Download the Red Cross Swim app, sponsored by The ZAC Foundation, for safety tips, kidfriendly videos and activities, and take the free Water Safety for Parents and Caregivers online course in English or in Spanish.

It’s best to swim in a lifeguarded area. Always designate a “water watcher” whose sole responsibility is to keep a close eye and constant attention on everyone in and around the water until the next water watcher takes over.

Drowning behavior is typically fast and silent. Unless rescued, a drowning person will last only 20 to 60 seconds before submerging. Reach or throw, don’t go! In the event of an emergency, reach or throw an object to the person in trouble. Don’t go in or you could become a victim yourself. Test your knowledge!

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Beach Safety

Learn how to reduce the risks so your family can enjoy swimming in open water, such as the ocean and large lakes: Watch the weather and get out of the water at the first sign of lightning or the rumble of thunder.

Stay indoors and away from water for 30 minutes after the last lightning flashes or thunder roars. Swim only at a beach with a lifeguard, within the designated swimming area. Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards and ask them about local condition

As when swimming or relaxing in a pool or hot tub, always designate a “water watcher” whose sole responsibility is to keep a close eye and constant attention on everyone in and around the water until the next water watcher takes over

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Children, inexperienced swimmers, and all boaters should wear properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.

Protect your neck – don’t dive in headfirst. Walk carefully into open waters. Watch out for and avoid aquatic life.

If you are caught in a rip current, stay calm and don’t fight it. Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. Then, turn and swim to

shore. If you can’t swim to shore, float or tread water until you are free of the rip current and then head toward shore. Draw attention to yourself by waving and calling for help.

Camping Safety

If a camping trip is in your plans, know the level of ability of the people in your group and the environment around you. Plan accordingly.

Pack a first aid kit to handle insect stings, sprains, cuts and bruises and other injuries that could happen to someone in your group. Take a Red Cross First Aid and CPR course and download the First Aid app so that you will know what to do in case help is delayed. You’ll learn how to treat severe wounds, broken bones, bites and stings and more.

Sprains and falls are some of the most common misfortunes travelers may face. Falls are the biggest threat, many due to poor decision-making, lack of skill or not being properly prepared. Dehydration is also a danger. Plan ahead for these dangers.

Share your travel plans and locations with a family member, neighbor or friend.

Bring nutritious food items and water, lightweight clothing to layer and supplies for any pets.

Picnic Safety

Summer is a great time to get outside for a picnic. Follow these tips to prevent illness and keep everyone safe:

Wash your hands, utensils and workstation before preparing the food.

Separate uncooked meats, poultry, and seafood from ready-to-eat foods like salads, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and desserts. Use separate plates and utensils to prevent cross-contamination. Bring hand sanitizer if your picnic site doesn’t have hand-washing facilities.

If you are going to cook on the grill, bring a food thermometer to be sure grilled foods are cooked

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For more information about safe grilling, review the additional tips below!

Grilling Safety

Though more than three-quarters of U.S. adults have used a grill — yet, grilling sparks more than 10,000 home fires on average each year. To avoid this, the Red Cross offers these grilling safety tips:

Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.

Never grill indoors — not in the house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.

Make sure everyone, including pets, stays away from the grill.

Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire.

Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to help keep the chef safe.

Don’t leave perishable food out in the sun.

Mosquitoes and Ticks

Don’t let mosquitoes and ticks ruin your carefree summer fun. As we spend more time outdoors for activities like camping, hiking, swimming, picnicking and barbecuing, there is a greater chance of getting bitten by mosquitoes and ticks.

According to the American Mosquito Control Association there are 176 known species of mosquito in the U.S.—putting Americans at risk from coast to coast. And while mosquitoes may be the most obvious detractor from summer fun – ticks are silent but dangerous. Most active during warmer months (April to September), it is especially important to be vigilant of blacklegged ticks, more commonly known as deer ticks, especially if you live in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, North-central or Northwest.

June 20, 2024 || 39 Continued on page 40 Beat the summer heat at Historic Crystal Cave, a cool 54 degrees. Crystal Cave Co., Inc. 963 Crystal Cave Road Kutztown, PA 19530 610-683-6765 After your tour enjoy Panning for Gemstones, Ice Cream Parlor, Restaurant, Miniature Golf, Souvenir and Rock Shop, Trading Post, Museum and Nature Trail 484-623-4888 324 Riverview Dr. Walnutport, PA 18088-9693 enough.

Summer Safety Tips

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Mosquitoes and ticks are more than just itchy and annoying — if infected, these pests can pose a major health risk to people by possibly transmitting diseases. Follow these tips to prevent mosquito and tick bites this summer:

Use insect repellents containing DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) when you are outdoors. Be sure to follow the directions on the package.

Consider staying indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and tuck your pant legs into your socks or boots.

Use a rubber band or tape to hold pants against socks so that nothing can get under clothing.

Tuck your shirt into your pants. Wear lightcolored clothing to make it easier to see tiny insects or ticks.

When hiking in woods and fields, stay in the middle of trails. Avoid underbrush and tall grass.

If you are outdoors for a long time, check yourself several times during the day. Especially check in hairy areas of the body like the back of the neck and the scalp line.

Inspect yourself carefully for insects or ticks after


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being outdoors or have someone else do it.

If you have pets that go outdoors, spray with repellent made for their breed/type. Apply the repellent according to the label and check your pet for ticks often.

Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying sources of standing water outside of the home, such as from flowerpots, buckets and barrels.

Summer and Pets

Summer’s heat can be dangerous for your family pets. Follow these steps to take to help ensure your pet stays safe this summer.

Don’t leave your pet in a hot vehicle, even for a few minutes. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees even with the windows cracked open.

Animals can suffer heat stroke, a common problem for pets in the warmer weather. Dogs with short noses or snouts, like the boxer or bulldog, are especially prone to heat stroke, along with overweight pets, those with extremely thick fur coat or any pet with upper respiratory problems such as laryngeal paralysis or collapsing trachea.

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Some of the signs of heat stroke in your pet are heavy panting, being unable to calm down, even when lying down, brick red gum color, fast pulse rate and being unable to get up.

If you suspect your pet has heat stroke, take their temperature rectally. If the temperature is above 105 degrees, cool the animal down. The easiest way to do this is by using the water hose. Stop cooling the animal when the temperature reaches 103 degrees


The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public firework show put on by professionals, at least 500 feet away from the show. Many states outlaw most fireworks and it’s best to leave any area where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.

If you are setting fireworks off at home, follow these safety steps to help keep your community safe:

Choose a location away from buildings and trees. Never give fireworks to small children, and never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials. Always follow the instructions on the packaging.

Bring your pet to the veterinarian as soon as possible as heat stroke can lead to severe organ dysfunction and damage. Download the Red Cross Pet First Aid app for instant access on how to treat heat stroke, other emergencies and general care for cats and dogs and take the Cat and Dog First Aid Online Training course.

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Be sure your spectators, including children and pets, stay well back.

Keep a supply of water or fire extinguisher at hand. If you live in an area that’s experiencing a drought, consider canceling the show this year – a stray spark that lands on dry grass or leaves can lead to a wildfire.

Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.

Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud.”

Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.

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Local Realtor® Achieves National Recognition

Amy Hillborn, Lehigh Township Pennsylvania–Amy Hillborn, with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Cassidon Realty, has been awarded the Accredited Buyer’s Representation (ABR®) designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent


Hillborn joins more than 27,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the ABR® designation. All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in buyer representation and an elective course focusing on a buyer representation specialty, both in addition to submitting documentation verifying professional experience. REBAC, founded in 1988, is the world's largest association of real estate professionals focused specifically on representing the real estate buyer. There are more than 40,000 active members of the organization world-wide. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is the world's largest professional association, representing over 1.4 million members involved in all aspects of the real estate industry.

You may contact the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council by telephone, (800) 648-6224, by email, [], or by visiting the REBAC website, [].

Cherryville Auto Service Center

Looking for reliable and affordable car repair services in Lehigh County? Look no further!

Cherryville Service Center is your one-stop solution for all your automotive needs. Your car deserves the best! Contact us today to schedule an appointment and experience the difference with us!

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Local Massage Therapist Lends a Hand to the Community

submitted by Connie Kates-Williams, LMT

Massage therapist, Connie Kates-Williams, LMT, is lending her hands to the Lehighton and surrounding areas in celebration of the awardwinning national event, Massage is for EveryBody Week, July 15-19, 2024. This event will be sponsored by Associated Bodywork and Massage Professional (ABMP), the nations' largest massage membership association (

RUSTIC ROOTS SALON will be hosting this massage event. Volunteer, Connie Kates-Williams, is giving two (2), 1-hour massage coupons when you bring 1 grocery bag full of needed items. One coupon will be for the one who donates goods. The extra coupon must be given to someone else to enjoy, experience and learn the benefits of massage. The donations will be given to West End Food Pantry and Family Promise of Carbon County. These facilities need the following items: cleaning supplies, paper products, personal hygiene products like razors, shampoo and body wash etc., non-perishable food, cereal for seniors and kids.

Connie will be available at the salon to take donations and do complimentary massage at the salon Monday through Friday, July 15-19 between 9-2. (One offer per person).

Professional massage therapists join ABMP volunteers nationwide in an educational public service designed to promote the many benefits of massage therapy and give back to their

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communities. The use of massage therapy, medicupping and assisted stretching has boomed in the last few decades. Massage has proven health benefits, such as, effectiveness in treating persistent back pain, wrist and elbow issues (carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, golfers elbow symptoms), and foot pain (plantar fascaitis symptoms) and many body ailments. It also helps strengthen the immune system and encourages a better night's sleep.

Consumer research shows first-time massage therapy clients report very positive feelings about their experience. Consumers can enjoy peace of mind knowing ABMP members meet state licensing and education requirements, as well as adhering to the ABMP code of ethics ABMP has sponsored a charitable, promotion massage event since 1995.

To find information on where we are donating items: Facebook page: Family Promise of Carbon County West End Food Pantry

Salon information: website

Facebook page: Rustic Roots Salon

From Phone Number Send your answers to: Town & Country Gazette, P.O. Box A, Walnutport, PA 18088 Call 610-767-9600 for info on how to receive your tickets. All submissions must be received by June 27, 2024

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Classic Cheeseburger

How do you make a cheeseburger from scratch?

The key to any good burger is good quality meat. Start with a blend of ground beef that has a moderate amount of fat so that it stays moist and flavorful. We combined one pound of ground beef (80/20) and one pound of ground sirloin (90/10). Then spice it up with simple but savory seasonings: salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. The meat is gently mixed together and packed into patties (not too tight) to produce more tender burgers. Pressing your thumb into the center of the patty helps prevent it from puffing up when cooked.

There are two methods for cooking these traditional cheeseburgers: on the grill or on the stovetop. Either way will make juicy, delicious burgers every time. No matter how you cook them, be sure to test for doneness with a meat thermometer (135˚ is the recommended internal temperature for burgers of medium doneness).

What happens if you over mix burgers?

Over mixing anything made with ground meat like meatloaf, meatballs, or burgers is a big no no. It's a surefire way for your meat to turn from nice and tender to firm and compact when it's cooked. Be sure to handle the meat mixture as little as possible when mixing and don't press and pack the burgers too tight when forming them. What do you season burgers with?

In addition to salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce, you could add other dried spices like garlic and onion powders, paprika, and dried thyme. You can also use an all-in-one spice blend, like Drummond Ranch Grill Seasoning, which is made

up of coarse salt, cracked black pepper, minced garlic, and dill seed. For some fresh elements, add anything from chopped garlic to diced onion to parsley leaves.

What makes a good cheeseburger?

There's one ingredient that's non-negotiable when it comes to making a good cheeseburger— and that's the cheese! Keep the rest of the toppings simple with crispy lettuce, slices of tomato, red onion, and pickles. Then put out all the condiments for your family to pick and choose—mustard, ketchup, mayo, or fry sauce for added flavor. What kind of cheese do you put on a cheeseburger? Choose your favorite melty cheese! From fancier Gruyère to spicy pepper jack to sharp cheddar, the options are endless. But if you really want to go all in on the classic feel of the burger, pull out the stuff of your childhood—good ol' yellow American cheese. It doesn't get any meltier than those square slices.

YIELDS: 4 serving(s)

PREP TIME: 5 mins

TOTAL TIME: 15 mins


1 lb. ground beef (80/20)

1 lb. ground sirloin (90/10)

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil

4 toasted hamburger buns

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Classic Cheeseburger

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Optional toppings: American cheese, shredded iceburg lettuce, sliced tomato, sliced red onion, dill pickle slices, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise


1) Combine the ground beef, ground sirloin, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Gently mix the beef mixture to thoroughly

combine with the seasoning. Divide the mixture into 4 even portions, about 8 ounces each. Pat each portion into a ball (but not too tightly), then press into one-inch thick patties.

2) On the stovetop: Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and swirl to coat the pan. Place the patties in the skillet and let cook for 3 to 4 minutes until golden and crusty. Flip and cook the other side until the internal temperature of the burger reaches 135˚ (for medium doneness), about 3 minutes more. If you like cheese on your burgers, add it during the last minute of cooking, then cover to melt.

3) Alternatively cook on the grill: Preheat your grill over medium-high heat, 400˚ to 425˚. Oil the grill grates. Place the patties on the grill over direct heat. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side, covered, or until the internal temperature reads 135˚ (for medium doneness). If you like cheese on your burgers, add it during the last minute of cooking, then cover to melt.

4) Serve immediately on toasted buns with whatever toppings you like!

Tip: If your grocery store sells 85/15 ground beef, you can use two pounds of that for this recipe.

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Real Estate for Rent

Hunting Cabin for Rent: 600 sf, near Jim Thorpe, 500 ft from 40,000 acres, State Game Lands 141/Gorge. Neg, details 570-386-4261. (6/20)

Apartment Slatington: New 2 bedroom, spacious, eat-in kitchen, living room, bathroom with linen closet, one-piece tub shower. NO PETS and no smoking, W/S/G included. $900 + utilities, security required. Call 610-390-8691.

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