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Thursday, August 16, 2018


Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Elvis stars in annual community event

National Night Out, celebrated nationally on the first Tuesday in August, is an opportunity for the community to get everyone together with first responders in a positive setting. Instead of a motor vehicle accident or a traffic stop, it’s hot dogs and pizza. Freemansburg, one of the Lehigh Valley’s smallest communities, has been hosting this event for the past five years. Where else can you tell a borough council member or the mayor that you want your hot dog well done?

YWCA Bethlehem’s annual meeting Aug. 16

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by The Press in Local News

YWCA Bethlehem’s 91st anniversary celebration at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 16 at Saucon Valley Country Club will highlight the agency’s accomplishments and feature a keynote presentation by Chrissy Hixson of Capital BlueCross. Hixson will share her philosophy of philanthropy and offer personal insights about enriching one’s life through community involvement.

Concordia Lutheran Church continues to grow

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Concordia Lutheran Church in Lower Macungie Township exists today because of the foresight of its founders at Concordia of Bethlehem nearly 35 years ago.

“That congregation realized the South Side Bethlehem neighborhood was changing and they were aging,” Concordia Pastor Waldemar Vinovskis said. “It was a real forward-looking group.”


Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Rain fails to dampen Aug. 7 National Night Out/Community event

Having the second annual National Night Out community gathering at Salisbury Middle School, along Devonshire Road in the community’s western portion, provided a dry backup as outside activities were awash in a downpour shortly after the 6 p.m. start of the community gathering Aug. 7.

In addition to National Night Out, an annual community building campaign which promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie, the event was also a community event planned by Salisbury’s Recreation Advisory Committee member Kim Ringhoffer.

New voting machines next year?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Pennsylvania’s Department of State has mandated all 67 counties must have new voting machines in place – with paper trails - in time for the next presidential election. But it only has $14.1 million in grants available for voting systems expected to cost $147 million. The counties will have to pick up the slack. Also, only one system with a paper trail has been certified, and county officials like another system.

Blueberries at Burnside

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by DOROTHY GLEW in Local News

Festival marks 31st anniversary

If you like animals, music, gardening, competitions, martial arts, colonial history, or any and all things blueberry, you’d be bound to love Historic Bethlehem’s 31st annual Blueberry Festival at Burnside Plantation.

The jammed parking lot attested to the fact that the festival has many, many fans of all ages. For the young, pony rides were available and in a barn kids could read to therapy dogs.