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Blessed are the

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

Furred, feathered, scaled

St. Anne’s Parish in Bethlehem honored of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of the environment and animals, with its annual pet blessing Oct. 4. A large crowd of families, students and their pets gathered in the St. Anne’s School parking lot or a cool, sunny and breezy afternoon. In attendance were approximately 50 pets, including dogs, cats, a ferret, a turtle and some fish. St. Anne’s Pastor, Rev. Anthony P. Mongiello was on hand to personally bless each animal individually. Judging by all the smiles, the popular occasion was a big success.


Monday, October 7, 2019 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

Sunny weather blesses fest

Bethlehem hosted its 32nd annual Celtic Classic Sept. 27-29. The festival is a three-day celebration of Celtic traditions, including music, piping, dance, athletics, beer, food and merchandise. The yearly festival averages nearly 300,000 attendees, nd this year’s excellent weather guaranteeing a high turnout.

According to, 40 percent of the patrons are from the Lehigh Valley, with 60 percent coming from throughout the United States and abroad.

Nintendo, Prismatica and good weather

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

This year mark’s the 36th year of Musikfest. It’s one of the largest music festivals in the nation with over 500 shows on 17 stages over 10 days. The music, food and fun are supported by 2,000 volunteers and a million plus visitors. Unlike last year’s rains and flooding, this year’s weather has been welcoming sight to the 60+ food vendors as well as the many other vendors selling art and merchandise.

National Night Out – Hellertown

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

Increasing safety awareness

Hellertown and Lower Saucon held their annual National Night Out Aug. 6 at Dimmick Park in Hellertown. It was an opportunity for the community and first responders to come together in an effort to build relationships and increase awareness of crime and safety.

The family friendly event included free food, music, demonstrations, activities and games for kids. Members of Hellertown and Lower Saucon Police departments along with Dewey, Lower Saucon Fire & Rescue and Steel City Fire Departments were on hand with the various vehicles they use.

New fire truck purchase pondered

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

Hellertown Fire Chief Mike Maguire was on hand to summarize a lengthy report presented to council outlining their search for a new fire truck July 15.

The purchase would be a quint fire truck to replace an existing fire truck made by KME Fire Apparatus. A quint is a multipurpose fire truck that covers five areas of needs to the borough. They are pump, water tank, fire hose, aerial device and ground ladders. The plan is to send Hellertown’s requirements to around eight companies for bids with KME not on the list.

Vaping policy added to handbook

Monday, July 15, 2019 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

The 2019-20 student handbook for the Saucon Valley MS has been approved. There was one change involving the policy on smoking, tobacco and vaping. Assistant Principal Amy Braxmeier was on hand to update the board. Per the 2018-19 handbook it states “smoking and tobacco use and possession are prohibited in school buildings, on district property, and any other jurisdiction 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.

New borough members sword in

Monday, July 8, 2019 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

Mayor David Heintzelman swore in new part time police officer Andrew Konig June 17. Konig’s family and friends stood with him along with Chief of Police Robert Shupp and Corporal John Donato.

Heintzelman said he was pleased that so many of family attended and thanked all of them for being there. Another swearing in ceremony was performed by Mayor Heintzelman for Junior Council member Noah Kates. Kates was joined by his Mom at the front during the oath. Kates will be serving his role during the summer months.

Concerned over program funding

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

A large contingent of parents and students gathered June 17 to voice concerns to the school board over the perceived lack of monetary support for the theater program. The majority of the meeting consisted of parents and students speaking to board members, who largely listened without comment.

Prior to public comment, Solicitor Mark Fitzgerald asked everyone to keep their comments limited to three minutes because of the number of people in the room.