The Minsi Trails Council launched its annual Boy Scout Popcorn Fundraiser with a little assistance from Bumblebee and his arch enemy Megatron at the Aug. 1 kickoff event at Moravian College. More than 250 adults and 150 Scouts, representing 180 Scouting units, turned out for the event.
“Megatron,” the actual Deceptacon Mack truck from the movie “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” courtesy of Mack Trucks, was kept in line by the series’ hero “Bumblebee,” a yellow Chevy Camaro sponsored by Scott Chevrolet.
Douglas Wiltraut received a Ruth G. Rosenau Silver Medallion in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors for “A Cool Sip” (dry brush watercolor, 35 in. x 54 in.).
Wiltraut’s long-time friend, Bob Schaffer, posed for the watercolor near the “Poughkeepsie Bridge,” a 19th-century railroad trestle south of Slatington along the Lehigh River. This is the third time Schaffer modeled for an award-winning work by Wiltraut. The award presentation for “A Cool Sip” was Aug. 4 in Old Forge, N.Y.
The occasional cloudbursts couldn’t dampen spirits at the Cub Scout Day Camp at Louise Moore Park in Easton July 14, the last day of a week-long adventure. Fortunately, it was sunny for most of the week while the nearly 100 Cub Scouts from area packs moved among various activity stations to have fun and learn.
Staffed by 60 scout leaders and volunteers, these included stations for scouting skills, science, sports, water sports, archery and BB gun marksmanship.
The Historical and Architectural Review Board granted a certificate of appropriateness to Jean Therman for a proposed pergola at 132 E. Market St. during the Aug. 2 hearing at city hall. The eight-foot high privacy screen/arbor for the back yard of the home she shares with husband Terry had recently been rejected by the zoning office as being too tall. This exceeded a six-foot height limit for fencing, they had been told. “This is not a fence,” said chairman Fred Bonsall, advising Therman to refer to it as an “ancillary structure” in her appeal to the zoning department.
The $10 price for a lifetime “America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass” is set to increase dramatically for those 62 years or older.
The “Interagency Senior Pass,” formerly the “Golden Age Passport,” is available for purchase for $10 through Aug. 27. The price of the Senior Pass has been $10 since 1994.
Legislation passed in December 2016 will bring up the price tag to $80 beginning Aug. 28.
The proposal to erect a seven-story residential over retail building on a vacant lot at 13 W. Morton St. was tabled by the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission at the July 17 hearing in the Banana Factory. Andrew Twiggar and Ryan Dunn, partners in DunnTwigger Real Estate Co. represented Lehigh Properties, LLC, the owners of the property, that is flanked by a one and one half story garage and a two and one half story commercial building.
The Mayor’s South Side Task Force mid-summer meeting was upbeat with favorable news on the Bethlehem Police department and the city in general. Chairman Roger Hudak cited a recent study, funded by DeSales University, that a majority of Bethlehem residents were confident with the city police force and generally felt safe in their neighborhoods.
Improved communication between law enforcement and the public was one of areas that respondents requested in the report. Quality of life issues, such as speeding in school zones, litter, vandalism and poor lighting, were of concern, as well.
George and Karen White were granted a certificate of appropriateness from the Historical and Architectural Review Board for solar panels for their home at 407 Center St. Assisted by Charisa Hoang and Josh Lee from SolarCity at the July 5 hearing, the Whites were unanimously approved by HARB to install the solar panels on an asphalt shingle section of their dormer roof that is not visible from the street. The nine horizontal panels each measure five foot by three foot and are expected to provide around 25 percent of the property’s total electricity usage.
Thomas Mann, Penn State Lehigh Valley Artist in Residence for July 2017, is at the heart of several art events throughout the Lehigh Valley this summer. The former Allentown resident and a successful jewelry designer and sculptor moved to New Orleans after attending a jazz fest there in 1977.
Sponsored by the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, the Second Annual Bethlehem Italian Festival was held June 17 on Main Street and in the Sun Inn Courtyard. The event featured a “Wine Trail,” with 14 wines curated by South Italy Imports were available for tasting. An “Italian Food Trail” featured culinary delights sampling at nearby participating restaurants like The Brick, Tapas On Main, Twisted Olive, and The Colony Meadery at the Book Shop.