Even with the magnitude of Friday's events, we can let residents of Newtown, Conn., know we are thinking about them and holding them in healing thoughts.
The children and families of their community are forever changed.
I would love to show support to the school from towns all over our area.
Have the children and/or adults in your family create artwork for the students of Sandy Hook. Even young children can contribute without knowing anything other than they are drawling a picture for other children to "cheer them up" or "make them smile."
Though they no longer live in Bethlehem, the sights and sounds of the Christmas season still send the Shelly family drifting back to the magical days of their youth.
Christmas was a special time for siblings Wayne, Edgar, Eleanor and Paul, who grew up a mile north of Liberty HS at 2017 Linden St. The family was gracious enough to share many of the fond Christmas memories made while growing up in their hometown.
Each year Wayne Shelly, now of Allentown, could hardly wait to set up the Christmas Putz.
Oh, it's the most wonderful time of the year!
Last week, I brought to your attention an ongoing attempt to gather memories of Christmas right here in the Christmas City. The response has been great. Keep the letters coming.
A piece of mail I received from James Ammend paints a spectacular picture of what Christmas was like on the Southside. Ammend was raised on Ontario Street and attended Holy Ghost School from 1948 to 1956. Here's what he had to say:
'Twas the night before Fiscal Cliff, and throughout the land,
Democrats, Republicans were taking a stand.
Their positions unwavering, intractably firm,
With donkey-like stubbornness or entrenched pachyderm.
But the public were hopeful all snug in their beds,
With visions of compromise alive in their heads.
"Come on!" said the people in frustrated dismay.
"Abandon this meaningless partisan fray."
When Obama and Boehner finally met,
Their first thoughts were not of a country in debt.
How about a sweet little puppy under the tree for the kids this year? Not so fast – better check that list and check it twice about puppies as Christmas presents.
With the holiday season fast approaching, people are getting into the gift giving spirit and the number one pick on the Christmas Wish List of many youngsters is a puppy. Advertisements abound with deals on dog accessories and signs loom over pet stores, "puppies ready for a new home this Christmas."
There are 235 city residences without a trash hauler. There is also illegal dumping. The process of warnings, citations and court action is time consuming. The administration in Bethlehem argues that having a single hauler with the cost included in the water bill will remove the incentive to avoid paying a trash hauler. If the water bill is not paid, there would be warnings, tax liens and a water shutoff. Is this preferable? Some in the audience of over 100 on Nov. 27 remarked that Allentown has a single trash hauler and still has the same problems.
December is upon us and the countdown to Christmas has begun. Doesn't this time of year always seem to just fly by? Blink and you'll miss it. Yet the memories made during the Christmas season are lasting; they never seem to leave us.
An ongoing effort to gather memoirs of Christmases spent right here in Bethlehem turned up quite a few good stories. I'm sure many of you can relate to these experiences and have a tale or two of your own to tell.