This is the true story of a mural painted in 1976 on the house at 8309 Walbert Lane, Alburtis.
Debbie Trexler and Patricia Ruth have been friends since the eighth grade. When the friends were growing up they loved riding their horses and doing other things good friends do together.
A good many of Trexler's relatives lived in the vicinity of Mertztown Road and Walbert Lane when she was growing up. Being a close-knit family, Trexler even kept her horse at her aunt Lorraine Reichert's house on Walbert Lane as she lived nearby.
Despite sticky and wet weather, the mood was jubilant Aug. 8, when the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (DandL) and National Canal Museum (NCM) officially combined assets to better tell the story of King Coal.
From anthracite-coal mines in Luzerne County, these black diamonds meandered down Josiah White's canal and along rail lines through Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Bucks counties. It ultimately transformed the Lehigh Valley from an agricultural economy into the world's center for iron production, often hailed as a "birthplace of the Industrial Revolution."
There was an alternative to Musikfest in the Rose Garden on Wednesday evening, August 7. At least 67 people gathered to hear the Vince Pettinelli Orchestra, in spite of the threat of rain. Things got off to a great start with a vigorous and somewhat up-tempo "In the Mood". Other big band classics were "Come Fly With Me", "When I Fall in Love", "My Way", and "Fly Me to the Moon". The 18-piece orchestra (with male and female vocalists) exhibited a special drive on the faster numbers, including a number of newer selections, with quite a few appeciated solos.
Students at Broughal MS using the planetarium may soon have a place to sit. During Bethlehem Area School District's finance committee meeting Aug. 5, members reviewed previous arguments and expected costs and decided on whether to add fixed seating for the planetarium on the agenda for a vote at the next board meeting.
Since the school's opening in 2009, anyone using the planetarium has had to either sit in temporary seating such as folding chairs or sit on the floor, which has led to complaints of stiff necks from looking at the stage from an awkward angle.
Chetwin Terrace resident Wayne Kresge is becoming a regular at Bethlehem Township Commissioner meetings. He was there again Aug. 5, for the fourth time since June, to complain about stormwaters coming from William Penn Highway across the bike path and flooding onto his property.
Though Township Engineer Brian Dillman has visited his property, he still needs to determine who owns all the land in the area that needs to be addressed.
"I should have an answer next week," Dillman promised.
It was a soggy end to the 30th annual Musikfest Aug. 11 with the Blues Brotherhood at Americaplatz (Levitt Pavilion), SteelStacks, Bethlehem.
"It wouldn't be Musikfest without rain for the Blues Brotherhood," said Jake Blues (Paul Miller, owner of Loopers restaurant, Bethlehem), one-half of the lead duo that includes Elwood Blues (Tom "Bones" Malone) and is backed by a rock band and brass section.
In 1946, 14-year-old Earl J. Rohn considered himself fortunate to have secured a landscaping job on the Archibald S. Johnston estate. Everyone knew the powerful and wealthy Johnston, the first mayor of Bethlehem. For 38 years, he was the right-hand man for Charles M. Schwab and Eugene Grace at the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. They counted on him to take care of the difficult projects and Johnston always got it done in his usual efficient and calm manner.