Active duty and retired Pa. State Police officers united ranks May 2 in front of their red brick barracks in Hanover Township to honor their dead. Family members and guests came in support.
The men and women were there for the Pennsylvania State Police Memorial Day ceremony hosted by Troop M, Bethlehem Headquarters, commanded by Captain Richard H. D’Ambrosio.
With the Sands casino sale still pending, Task Force Chairman Roger Hudak said May 19, “If your organization needs money from the casino folks, it’ll have to go through Donna Taggart.” Taggart Associates currently represents the Sands Casino.
Janine Santoro from the Bethlehem Area Public Library South Side Branch announced several free programs for May, including a showcase of the comic ballet, “Coppélia,” presented by the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley May 21. Performers include the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and puppeteers from the Mock Turtle Marionette Theater.
The Vietnam War officially ended in 1975, and today represents a tumultuous period of American history. The politics and social upheaval resulted in an era we now reflect on with anger, shame, regret or simple bafflement.
But unlike the conflicted feelings of the time, in which soldiers were drafted and sent overseas to fight a war often against their will, only to return to wholesale spite for their actions while there, today Americans largely honor their service.
Seventy volunteers and 1,042 runners and walkers showed up April 3 at Saylor Park’s Ironton Rail Trail in Coplay for “Ready, Set, Gold,” the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley’s 10th annual Walk/Run fundraiser.
The foundation, based in Bethlehem, was raising money for its core mission, the support of children diagnosed with cancer.
Northampton County’s 16th annual “Outstanding Senior Awards” program took place April 25 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bethlehem, at which 12 older residents were honored for contributing their time and talents to the community.
Yolanda Braun, of Forks Township, has been a caregiver to her mother and husband for many years; helps cancer and organ transplant patients; was a Cub Scout Den Mother; was a volunteer at Muhlenberg Hospital; an Advocate for the Crime Victims Council; and Ambassador for Gift of Life organ donations.
Northampton County Sheriff Rich Johnston advised county council recently that he’s adding a new deputy to his staff. This one is costing only $1,700 a year. That’s because this new hire is a dog.
His name, appropriately enough, is Boomer, because he can detect explosives. According to the sheriff, suspicious packages are sometimes left at the courthouse’s loading dock. People also sometimes leave briefcases in a hallway or the parking lot. Rather than risking a deputy’s life to check these items, that task will fall to the K-9.
In an effort to provide Philadelphia bus passengers with plenty of schedule choices, Trans-Bridge Lines would like to announce that an agreement has been reached with Martz Trailways and Fullington Trailways.
This agreement between the three bus companies is a system of cross-honoring tickets. This means that a passenger going southbound or northbound using Philadelphia Service, will be able to ride with any of the three bus companies based on a time that is most convenient for them, as long as they possess a ticket from Trans-Bridge, Martz or Fullington.
At the Human Resources Committee meeting May 13, Chief Human Resources Officer Russell Giordano presented information on the Workforce Board Lehigh Valley Internship Program, a proposal from TransPar Group to provide a full-time consultant at a cost of approximately $15,000 per month to advise on matters related to student transportation, and a proposal to convert the executive director position at the Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District (currently held by Julie Bailey) from part-time to full-time, half of which would be funded by the district.
At a meeting attended by about 50 supporters of dueling voting systems, Northampton County Council voted 8-1 May 16 to approve the purchase of a new, $2.9 million voting system with a voter-verified paper trail. It’s called the Express Vote XL, a 32” touch screen similar to the system currently in use. The sole dissenting vote came from council member Bob Werner.