Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Buckeye Tavern set to open May 22

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

After much anticipation, the Buckeye Tavern, 3741 Brookside Road, Macungie, has been raised from the ashes and will open its doors to customers May 22.

The original Buckeye Tavern, built in 1735, was destroyed in a fire May 12, 2015.

Buckeye Tavern owners Hope and Terry Bender are ready to reopen.

“It won’t be the same as before; it will be the new Buckeye,” Terry Bender said in an interview with The Press Dec. 7, 2016.

Buckeye Tavern receives certificate of ‘Haunt’ thenticity

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Members of the Lehigh Anomalous Phenomenon Investigation Society once again visited the Buckeye Tavern in April to check in on the “spiritual residents.”

The landmark opened as an inn and hotel in 1735 and operated through the late 1800s as the East Macungie Hotel and later as The Load of Mischief.

LAPIS visited the Buckeye Tavern in 2009 armed with equipment including electronic voice phenomenon recorders which use radio frequency. Spirits use this to form words and answer questions.

Lucky’s adventure ends well

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Everyone loves a little adventure now and then, especially when you are a 3-1/2-year-old black and tan tabby named Lucky from Lower Macungie.

Oh, and did I mention he is blind?

On March 1, Lucky began his adventure around 1:15 a.m., somehow living the life of an escape artist and leaving the comforts of his home in the Ancient Oaks West development.

A flier was placed on social media sites and sent to various news outlets asking for help in locating the escapee March 2.

Area school districts voice concerns about tax proposal

Monday, February 20, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Representatives from Salisbury, Panther Valley, Parkland, Bethlehem and Nazareth Area school districts, along with circuit riders for the Pennsylvania Campaign for Fair Education Funding met Feb. 1 at the Salisbury Township Administration Building to talk about the impact of Senate Bill 76 on school districts.

The goal of Senate Bill 76, according to state Sen. David G. Argall, R-29th, is to eliminate all school property taxes across the commonwealth and replace those taxes with a combination of funding from personal income tax and sales and use tax.

Fire marshal offers safety tips for winter storms

Monday, February 13, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Winter storms can happen almost anywhere. They can cause problems. Know what to do before, during and after a storm. This will help keep you and your family safe from a winter fire.

•Test all smoke alarms. Do this at least once a month. This way you will know they are working. Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Test the alarms.

•Plan two ways out of the home in case of an emergency. Clear driveway and front walk of ice and snow. This will provide easy access to your home.

Citizens groups call on Toomey to oppose DeVos appointment

Monday, January 30, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Approximately 200 people from various citizens groups gathered at Senator Pat Toomey’s Allentown office, 1150 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. Jan. 24 to oppose the appointment of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.

Members of “Tuesdays with Toomey” gather at Toomey’s office each week to voice concerns and “urge the senator to represent them and keep his campaign promises to protect and serve all constituents.”

Other groups attending the rally were citizens from Indivisible, MoveOn.org and Kutztown Area Democratic Club.

ANOTHER VIEW--What about our military personnel?

Monday, January 9, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Opinion

At the end of each year, I am glued to the television as we reflect on the celebrities and well-known personalities who have died during the year.

I didn’t know any of them personally, but certainly benefited in some way from their talents in film, television, books or music.

What we didn’t hear about were the United States military personnel killed in 2016.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton, 42, of Woodbridge, Va., died Nov. 14, 2016, serving during Operation Inherent Resolve in northern Syria.

A new beginning for Buckeye Tavern

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Buckeye Tavern owners Hope and Terry Bender and longtime friend Jeff Trainer, owner of the Sands Convention Center, have begun to build a new establishment at 3741 Brookside Road, Macungie.

The original Buckeye Tavern, built in 1735, was destroyed in a fire May 12, 2015.

According to a news release from the Pennsylvania State Police Troop M Fire Marshal Unit Nov. 30, 2015, the fire was determined to have originated at the rear exterior of the building in the vicinity of several commercial coolers/freezers.