Bethlehem Women of Excellence held its annual Christmas party Dec. 21 at Broughal MS. Women of Excellence is a nonprofit organization of Christian women that focuses on women’s empowerment through volunteer work.
The Christmas party provides food and fellowship to hundreds of South Bethlehem families every year, and is staffed by volunteers from the organization, as well as Bethlehem Police Department officers and their families.
District Attorney Jim Martin is pleased to announce that 6,349 pounds of medications were collected during 2019 at the permanent medication collection sites located in Lehigh County. A total of 29,752 pounds have been collected since the program’s inception. The use of the boxes by Lehigh County residents has grown dramatically since 2014, the first year that statistics were kept. At the end of that year, a total of 1,855 pounds were collected, less than a third of this past year’s amount.
Peter and Charlie Dent spoke about their family’s manufacturing legacy at the National Museum of Industrial History at 602 E. Second St. Dec. 14. They described how their great-grandfather, Henry H. Dent, and his business partners founded the Dent Hardware Company in 1894.
The Fullerton-based business produced hardware for refrigerators and cold storage units in their brass and iron foundries, as well as other specialty items. Between 1898 and 1937, the company added cast iron toys to its product line.
With nearly a quarter of Pennsylvania’s licensed drivers 65 years of age or older, the Wolf Administration highlighted the unique challenges faced by older drivers during Older Driver Safety Awareness Week recently.
“Mobility is essential to quality of life at any age,” Kurt Myers, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary for Driver and Vehicle Services, said. “Many older drivers have a lifetime of valuable driving experience to draw from and PennDOT continually seeks to balance the safety of our roadways with the need for independence and autonomy.”
They came from England and the Virgin Islands, Arizona and Oregon, to celebrate the holidays in Bethlehem! When all was said and done, nearly 95,000 visitors travelled to Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem and the Christmas City this year.
Attendance at the 2019 edition of Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem presented by Univest Financial was 94,980, a new record for the event. During Christkindlmartkt’s five-weekend run, attendees came from more than 25 states, as well as England, Canada and beyond. Attendance was up three percent from 2018, when 92,297 people visited the holiday marketplace.
The Environmental Advisory Board welcomed four volunteers as council appointees at the Dec. 7 meeting: Lynn Freyman Rothman, Elizabeth Behrend, Elisabeth Chichonski, Benjamin Guthrie, and Benjamin S. Felzer.
Ann McHale was appointed to the Bethlehem Revitalization and Improvement Authority.
Council will hold its reorganization meeting Monday, Jan. 6 at which times council officers will be elected.
Recent Christkindlmarkt ttendance
2017: 89,923 (6 weeks)
2018: 92,297 (6 weeks)
2019: 94,980 (new event record)
A tradition created over 60th years ago continued Saturday, Dec. 14 as the Christmas Peace Pilgrimage made its way from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Over 90 pilgrims came out to spread the message of world peace as they walked nearly 10 miles from start to finish. Each year the walk starts at Nazareth Moravian Church and finishes at Christ United Church of Christ taking approximately six hours to complete.
Public confidence in Northampton County’s $2.9 million ExpressVote XL voting system was badly shaken during its rollout in the Nov. 5 election. At the polls, some voters complained they had difficulty making choices in the retention races. This is because as many as 30 percent of the machines were improperly configured in the factory. Worse, 100 percent of the machines reported false results in all races in which cross-filing was permitted. Finally, these significant errors were missed in pre-election testing.