New Bethany Ministries will hold the 27 annual Souper Day at noon on Oct. 16 at the Event Center at Blue, 4431 Easton Ave. Blue has donated the venue, food and service in order that one hundred per cent of the proceeds will directly benefit NBM.
The keynote speaker for the event is Timothy S. Fallon, chief executive officer of PBS 39.
For information, visit www.NewBethanyMinistries.org. To purchase tickets, visit the website; text SOUPER27 to 91999; or visit the website. For sponsorships, call 610-691-5602, ext. 201.
Gov. Tom Wolf has announced that Pennsylvania will receive a $55.9 million State Opioid Response (SOR) grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grant was sought aggressively by Wolf’s administration and awarded to the Pa. Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), which will administer the grant.
Trick or Treat Nights
October 26, 6 to 8 p.m.: Bethlehem, Bethlehem Township, Fountain Hill, Freemansburg, Hanover Township (Northampton County), Upper Saucon.
October 28, 3 to 5 p.m.: Hellertown, Lower Saucon.
Oct. 21, 2 p.m.: Saucon Valley Spirit parade.
Oct. 28, 2 p.m.; rain date: 2 p.m. Nov. 4: City of Bethlehem parade.
Fall Halloween festival
Oct. 6, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Downtown Bethlehem Annual Harvest Festival, north side historic district.
Local P.A. major in India
Taylor Duplaga, of Bethlehem, a student at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, recently traveled to India on an International Holy Cross Students Engaged in Reflective Volunteer Service trip. Together with four other students and two staff members, she served at the Holy Cross School and Holy Cross College, Agartala. She visited the Bodhjungnager and Moharpara Missions. The trip was partially sponsored by the Apostolic Justice and Peace Fund through the Holy Cross Mission Center.
Pennsylvania Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm, Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell and York County officials last week highlighted the positive impact of the state income tax refund intercept program, which has delivered more than $5.4 million to Pennsylvania’s courts since its inception last year.
The program helps to ensure justice in part by deducting court-ordered restitution from the personal income tax refunds of people who have been convicted of a crime, allowing the money to be transferred to crime victims.
A full calendar appears on the Bethlehem Press website, but due to space constraints, for ongoing events, email, visit or call the following:
Bethlehem Farmers Market: Thursdays weekly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Farrington Square, New and Morton, Lehigh University. Visit www.facebook.com/BethlehemFarmersMarketPA/ (through Oct. 25).
It’s a shame when a usable building is demolished. It’s more of a shame when half of it is historic. But that’s what ArtsQuest wants to do in demolishing five of the six buildings that comprise the Banana Factory, two of them historic, in order to build a new, considerably taller building that would include the remaining historic building and take part of the parking lot. Why not leave the present fun, charming. and useful building and use more of the parking lot for an expansion, since there is now a new parking garage only one block away?
Harry T. Eckert, 87, of Bethlehem, died Sept. 24, 2018, at Traditions of Hanover. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Harry L. and Helena (Kepfer) Eckert. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth (Tusak) Eckert for 38 years.
A combat veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a radar technician and operator with the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954; and earned the rank of sergeant.
He was a tester in the quality control lab for 33 years for the Bethlehem Steel.
He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Bethlehem Lodge 283.
The 2018 CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Oct. 14 with sign in at 1 p.m. and one (wheelchair accessible), three and six mile pet-friendly walks starting at 1:30 p.m., all beginning under the Hill-to-Hill bridge at the foot of Main Street. Rest stops are provided.
Twenty-five percent of the funds raised by the walks are returned to the community. The remaining 75 per cent is used by Church World Service local, national and international disaster relief and to help end hunger in our community and around the world.
Animals are available for adoption at the Center for Animal Health & Welfare no-kill shelter, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton. The shelter is working to end pet overpopulation by running a clinic so animals can be spayed or neutered before they go home. For more information, call 610-252-7722 or visit www.healthyanimalcenter.org.