Bethlehem Township, like many municipalities, is served by more than one fire department. Two volunteer fire companies – Nancy Run and Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Company (BTVFC) – serve the township. Last year, township commissioners authorized Lafayette College's Meyner Center to identify areas where operations can be improved at both volunteer organizations. On Oct. 15, the Meyner Center's David Woglom presented a litany of recommendations to commissioners, but they could be summed up in one word – cooperate.
An article in our Oct. 24 issue mistakely labeled the South Side Ministries upcoming Thanksgiving event as a community dinner. The event will be an open community church service at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity at 3 p.m. Nov. 18. It will serve as a ceremony to thank all its longtime volunteers, present final grants to local organizations and mark the official dissolution of the ministry.
This year, Lehigh County residents will vote for the United States Representative from the 15th Congressional District.
As a result of redistricting after the 2010 Census, the portion of Upper Macungie that previously was in the 6th District is now part of the 15th.
But the district has also shifted west, dropping Easton and part of Bethlehem and picking up parts of the I-78 corridor toward Dauphin County.
Those changes should make the district, which has been in Republican hands under Pat Toomey and Charlie Dent for over a decade, even less Democratic.
Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15, was recently honored with The Friend of the Farm Bureau Award for consistently voting in favor of the farming community.
"The award recognizes those members of congress who support policies that help farmers obtain profitability with less regulatory interference and increase demand for U.S. products through new uses and enhanced trade opportunities," Arland Schantz, governmental relations director for the Lehigh County Farm Bureau, explained.