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sheep2Lots of shearing, spinning and weaving went on Saturday during the annual Sheep Shearing Day at the Peter Wentz Farmstead in Worcester Township. Weaver Bill Leinbach of Myerstown was working by hand on an 18th century loom.  He says he got it during his college days.

“I bought a used loom from some Quaker people, and I was buying and selling stuff at the time when I was going to college, and I wanted to see how this thing worked before I got rid of it, and that’s what got me started, and I guess the bug bit me.  Later on I found out that the Leinbachs were weavers in Germany, and I suppose it was in my genes.”

He says he’s been weaving for 35 years, and he plans to slow down a little bit, but he will never quit.

sheep1“My joints would lock up.  Ha, ha, ha.  Weavers live for a long time, you know.  The last weaver that I knew was over 80 years old when he died.  It’s good for the heart.  All that throwing the shuttle back and forth keeps you young.”

Leinbach says it’s good exercise.  Farm Manager Jim Nichols, who did some of the shearing, says it’s a lot like getting a haircut.

sheep3“The only difference is most people, when you sit them down, you don’t pick them up and drop them on your feet first.  We pick the sheep up and we set her down on our feet, and that helps her to hold still, and then either using the hand shears or the electric shears we cut all the wool off, trying to get it about half an inch away from the body as we’re doing that.”

He says he likes helping kids experience something they would not see without Sheep Shearing Day.

“It gives them a look a little deeper into the world.  So much of what we have now comes ready-made and pre-packaged and we are often distant from the process or where things come from, so I take comfort in providing the experience to kids that they can carry with them and have a better understanding of how things are made and where they come from.”

Nichols says he only shears the sheep they have at the Peter Wentz Farmstead, and he has no desire to do it professionally for other farmers.  He says it’s a back-breaking job, and he has plenty of other work to do.
WNPV AM 1440 Saturday morning was a beautiful time for WNPV's Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaway at Cardinal Camera in Quakertown! We gave away over $4,000 in prizes including three Grand Prizes of family 4-packs of tickets to Knoebel's Amusement Park in Elysburg. Saturday's Grand Prize winners were: Philip Schanz of Lansdale, Elaine Waters of Horsham, and Gloria Woodland of Lansdale. Maybe you'll win the Grand Prize at our next one!
WNPV AM 1440 Did you miss this week's "Regarding Your Money" show with George Toth? If so, you MUST tune in to "Chestnut Investment Attitudes" on Saturday at 9:10 AM! George has a very special guest, Michael Morsch, and they discuss the music of the 1970s! A very different show than usual ... so be sure to check it out at 1440 AM!
WNPV AM 1440 Make your plans today to attend WNPV's next Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaway on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 11 AM, at Cardinal Camera, on northbound Route 309 at the Route 313/663 intersection, in Quakertown! We are giving away almost $4,000 in prizes including Grand Prizes of family 4-packs of tickets to Knoebel's Amusement Park! We're getting down to the end of our run so take advantage of this opportunity to win your share! Plus, you'll get to meet Barry Papiernik, host of "The BuxMont Business Journal" heard Mondays on WNPV-1440 AM.
WNPV AM 1440 Did you win tickets to see ZZ Top at Musikfest in Bethlehem at one of WNPV's Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaways? If so, you must call me ASAP. ZZ Top has cancelled their concert and Musikfest is making other tickets available as replacements but I must make the arrangements immediately before the other concerts are sold out. Call me (Linda) at 215-855-8211 and give me the seat numbers of your tickets. We will talk about the available options when you call.
WNPV AM 1440 Tomorrow is the third Saturday of July and that means that you should tune to 1440 AM at 11 AM for Mike Bruckner and "Premium Coverage!" This week he has a special guest ... Lawrence Merkel who was a Lt. Colonel with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
WNPV AM 1440 Be sure to tune in to 1440 AM tomorrow (Saturday) at 8 AM for "Real Simple Retirement," a new program featuring Mark Kemp and Todd Little of Kemp-Harvest Financial in Harleysville.

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