The aftermath of the jury verdict in the Trayvon Martin case has not been well received by the public.
On one end of the spectrum are those who feel George Zimmerman should be held legally responsible for the death of Martin.
The other end of the spectrum includes those who feel Zimmerman's actions were legally justified in defending himself.
Recently, in Lancaster County, a 5-year-old girl was kidnapped from her front yard. She was heroically rescued by two teenage boys who discovered her in the backseat of a car driven by suspect Harold Leroy Herr. The boys pursued the vehicle on bicycles until Herr released the girl and sped away.
I confess I cannot clean my house without John Denver.
His two-cassette tape set (remember cassettes?), featuring his hit songs, accompanies me upstairs and down, week after week.
I sing along as I dust and scrub, wondering if Denver had a premonition about his premature death. Several of the songs seem to indicate he did.
A favorite tune of mine, "On the Wings of a Dream," has lyrics that remind me of a recent conversation my husband and I had with friends.
In the song, Denver asks, "Why is it thus we are here and so soon we are gone?"
It was once considered an admirable skill to have the endurance to walk long distances. The most famous long distance walker from the Bethlehem area was Solomon Jennings. He was described as "a man of powerful frame and great muscular strength." People said he could carry four 162-pound bags of wheat, all at the same time.
In 1736, he paid William Allen the sum of 131 pounds for 200 acres, located on both sides of the Lehigh River, in the Rittersville area. He had possibly squatted illegally on the land since the 1720s.
What qualities should Allentown's next police chief possess?
That interesting question recently was put to city residents by Mayor Ed Pawlowski, who will choose a new top cop in the fall.
My husband and I attended the mayor's information-gathering meeting and were disappointed with the relatively sparse turnout.
The attitude of folks who didn't plan to attend seemed to be, as one neighbor put it: "It makes no difference who's in charge. Nothing will change."
Before there were cars, air conditioning or the Internet, Bethlehem residents took their recreation on the islands of the Lehigh River. The cool breezes from the river provided for a pleasant summer afternoon.
Sand Island (Bethlehem)
Among the environmental losses that rarely make the news, our world's firefly populations are dropping like — leaves?
Fireflies aren't actually "flies," but luminous beetles. About 2,000 species of them exist globally, in the "shining" family "Lampyridae."
In the mid-Atlantic, this summer, wet weather brightened prospects for the region's firefly species, which prefer damp soils. Worldwide, however, scientists report a steady plummet of firefly numbers as their woodland habitats fall.