The Lehigh Valley Press invites you to share some of the warmth of the yuletide season with Keystone Military Families and their Stocking for Soldiers program.
Keystone Military Families’ mission is to provide caring support for deployed military members in all branches of service to our country; no matter where they are stationed in the world. “Our troops give us the freedom to be safe in our homes,” Keystone Military Families said.
The country’s largest free music festival is celebrating its 35th year.
In the big tent at Festplatz Friday evening, ArtsQuest CEO Kassie Hilgert energized the early crowd with palpable excitement during the opening ceremony. “I think it’s time to get this started!” she shouted. By “this” she meant a brief ceremony honoring so many years of success and those who have made it possible, namely former Mayor Paul Marcincin and 13 volunteers who have participated in every single Musikfest.
Under the hot July sun, families and friends gathered this past July 14 at Daniel Rice Field in Bethlehem during the eighth annual VegFest Street and Food Festival. The festival theme was vegetarian and vegan food accompanied by non-profit organizations and retail vendors.
If you’re Northampton County, the answer is nothing.
Thanks to a generous and anonymous donation, the county is acquiring a drug-sniffing Belgian Malinois to add to its corrections staff. The donation will cover both the purchase and training. It will be the first K-9 dog ever used in the county. No word on whether it’s joining the union.
“We’re very excited about the prospect of a trained K-9 working with our Department of Corrections,” said county Executive Lamont McClure. “We see this as an opportunity to lower the costs of drug testing and reduce our man hours.”
State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, met at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest July 20 with Dr. Amanda Flicker, chief of the Division of Obstetrics and OB-GYN residency program director to discuss his recently enacted state law creating a maternal mortality review committee and how the new committee can help save lives of expectant mother and babies.
Hardball Cider manager Madeline Scarinzi hit a home run for her employer with a successful signage proposal at the July 11 meeting of the Historical and Architectural Review Board in the Rotunda. Representing Geoffrey Deen, owner of the establishment at 553 Main St., Scarinzi received a certificate of appropriateness for a double-sided hanging sign featuring the business’s colorful logo of a stitched apple and crossed baseball bats. A pinstripe is to be added and the words “Gastropub and Craft Bar” are to be changed to a serif font for the 24-by-16-inch sign.
Lehigh County Commissioners gave preliminary approval for the 2019-20 Capital Plan July 25. In gross numbers, the plan calls for a five-year grand total expenditure of $129,107,334.
The first reading of the plan passed 8–0. Commissioner Brad Osborne was absent.
Some big-ticket expenses being funded in 2019 include replacement of the voting system - $3.5 million; the Coplay to Northampton Bridge - $5 million; courthouse upgrades - $1.06 million.
Too many people with intellectual disabilities and autism are waiting too long for treatment.
That was the consensus of a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing held July 24 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg in Bethlehem. The event, co-chaired by Pa. Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd and Rep. Michael Sturla, D-96th, featured testimony from county and state administrators, employees and doctors. It was one of a series being held across the commonwealth.