Anyone driving past the main branch of the Bethlehem Area Public Library Friday afternoon would have been taken aback by the crowd that had assembled at Payrow Plaza. Many of the approximately 150 people were holding signs addressing the issue of climate change. In addition to local climate activists, there were some parents and their children. There was also a sizeable group of students from Lehigh University who were representing multiple clubs on campus concerned about climate change.
In June, BASD selected Broughal MS for a Comprehensive Support & Improvement (CSI) plan based on the school’s three-year average of math and English Language Arts (ELA) scores on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests administered annually to eighth-graders. Broughal’s CSI plan, using $545,000 of Title I federal funds, encompasses three main areas: culture and mindset, instruction and assessment, and professional development.
As we approach the Nov. 5 municipal election, the Bethlehem Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt the publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.
The last week for publication of columns by local government officials running for office is the Oct. 2 edition.
We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.
Candidates for county, municipal and school district positions are encouraged to send us information by Oct. 25 for our voters’ guide, which will be published Oct. 30.
Candidates for judge and district magistrate offices are asked to provide a photo and respond to this question in 100 words or less: What is the most important characteristic of a judge/magistrate?
Municipal and county candidates are asked to provide a photo and respond to this question in 100 words or less: What do you see as the biggest issue for residents in your municipality/county?
Do you know what the wee ones get to see at the 32nd Celtic Highland Games Championships? Mostly the legs and backs of the people standing in front of them. Set in a calmer area of the Celtic Classic Festival, kids of all ages (even the grown-up kids) are welcome to experience multiple activities and demonstrations. Visitors to the Celtic Classic on Saturday and Sunday can wander across the Monocacy Creek Pedestrian Bridge to find the Heritage Hollow.
A Danielsville woman and a Pottstown man have been named Woman of the Year and Man of the Year, for the Lehigh Valley chapter, in this year’s fundraising campaign for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The two winners, Valerie Lewis, vice president of employee and community engagement at BSI Corporate Benefits, and Darren Betters, director of development at Lehigh Valley International Airport, raised $121,655 and $115,897, respectively, to support LLS’ goal to find cures for blood cancers and ensure that patients have access to lifesaving treatments.
Northampton County Council reversed itself Sept. 5 on a pay raise for the county’s probation officers. All nonunion workers received a two percent pay hike at the beginning of the year, but probation officers were in limbo because they were in the middle of decertifying their union. That union was decertified in late January. County administrators proposed a new pay scale, identical to the old pay scale, for probation officers. This included a 2 percent increase. Probation officers wanted it made retroactive to the beginning of the year, like the rest of the county’s nonunion workforce.
With the beginning of the 2019-20 school year upon us, Aug. 21’s Saucon Valley School Board meeting was largely a positive one, with board members and administrators alike expressing optimism about the year that lies ahead. Superintendent Dr. Craig Butler stated, “We had a great opening week last week… the first two days of school have been, in my opinion, terrific.” He added that teachers are “good in spirits” and that classroom “...seats are full and all students are present. I think we’re off to a great, great start.”
Small wonder that the sixth annual Apple Days Sept. 6 and 7 at Bethlehem’s Burnside Plantation was teeming with children. There were so many fun and interesting things to see and do.
In one tent, Jennifer Purcell invited children (and adults) not just to see, but to pet, if they wished, a skunk named Cabbage, a corn snake named Carolina, and a barn owl named Tyto. At another venue, Pat Belliel introduced Harley, her 5-year-old pet pig. At yet another venue there were sheep, alpacas and a pair of 22-year-old miniature donkeys.