J.F. Pirro, Author at Lehigh Valley Marketplace's Posts

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Crystal Spring Tree Farm

Planting and harvesting Christmas trees takes years of patience. As a grower, you need a crystal ball to predict the type of tree that will be popular when the crop matures 7 to 10 years later. Aptly, Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton is as well-named as it is mature. Here, where 15 varieties of trees are grown, it’s Christmas every day where Chris Botek and crew spend... »

Sine’s 5 & 10

Sine’s 5 & 10

Bill Harr Jr. met his wife, Gail, at Sines 5 & 10 in Quakertown. They were employees and often shared lunch at the counter, which still features a huge Hires root beer tap in working order, and where a long line of regulars’ coffee mugs hang from hooks. “A lot of marriages have come out of here,” says Bill’s sister, Linda Fox. Bill Jr., who knows the exact spot for eve... »

Catching Up With Matt McBride

Catching Up With Matt McBride

Lost, perhaps, in the historic off-season personnel moves of the Philadelphia Phillies is that the organization also preserved the dream of one of the game’s most local, loyal patrons. In what’s now Matt McBride’s 14th year in professional baseball, his travels have hardly been local, but for a second straight season, the Bethlehem native will work at returning to Major Le... »

In the Major League

In the Major League

The tongue-twister—Coopersburg and Cooperstown—the latter the New York home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, is a “pleasant misconception.” Or so says Scott Pino, owner of Coopersburg Sports, the modern incarnation of the nation’s oldest manufacturer of turned wood products, say baseball bats, on record. Originally known as Coopersburg Handle Works, the bu... »

Bella’s Story

Bella’s Story

Athletic pedigree hasn’t been a problem in the Arnold’s household in Coopersburg. Susan and Mike Arnold’s three daughters, Kristin, Katelyn, and Maddie—human progeny—were each first-team All-State and All-Colonial League field hockey stars at Southern Lehigh High. Between 2006-17 they collected five league, and seven District XI championships. Kristin, a three-sport athlet... »

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