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Thursday, October 27, 2016

October 26, 2016


In search of Bethlehem’s ghosts

On the he night of Oct. 13, with a full moon overhead, 13 daring souls went out into the crisp autumn evening in search of the supernatural. They were together as part of a Moravian Bookstore Historic Bethlehem Ghost Tour – one of many held weekly in downtown Bethlehem every October. They were doing their hunting in a group with an experienced guide because there is, after all, safety in numbers.

By Carole Gorney



Election 2016: The voter fraud myth

Without offering specifics, GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump has repeatedly insisted that the Nov. 8 election “is going to be rigged.”  On the campaign trail, he has said the only way he can lose Pennsylvania is if there is “cheating,” so “[w]e have to call up law enforcement. And we have to have the sheriffs and the police chiefs and everybody watching.” But as Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt, himself a Republican, recently said, “The real threat to the integrity of elections ... isn’t voter fraud, though it does rarely occur. The real threat to the integrity of elections is irresponsible accusations …” Photo: Northampton County’s voting machines stand alone, i.e. not connected to the Internet and without any hardware to permit remote access.

By Bernie O’Hare



Take care of you own house first

At its Oct. 18 meeting, Bethlehem City Council approved an ordinance advanced by the city administration that bans homeowners from parking on their front lawns, except under certain circumstances. The measure is designed to address the aesthetics of parking one’s vehicle on one’s private front lawn.

It appears to be more of a solution in search of a problem.

Since this initiative was announced about a month ago, I have been traveling around the city to try to estimate what percentage of homes have parked cars on their lawns in Bethlehem. I have not found one instance of this taking place, although others who knew what I was doing have mentioned five locations in the city where they’ve noticed this situation. One actually even involves a city employee who was observed parking his city vehicle on his lawn. Photo: Acorn style lights along the city’s Greenway have been missing for over a year due to vandalism. Insert: At the East Sixth Street connection to the Greenway one of two remaining acorn style lights is on its way to becoming another casualty of vandalism.

By Dana Grubb



Dachshund dash

An enthusiastic crowd gathered around the fenced-in area at the Levitt Pavilion Oct. 9 to watch the sixth annual Dachshund Races at SteelStacks during Oktoberfest and to cheer the 40 dogs scheduled to race, as they crossed the finish line. Whether you had a best friend entered or were just there to watch the race, everyone had a good time and the weather couldn’t have been nicer. Photo: This dachshund is determined to get to the finish line no matter what.

By Ruth Grady



Scary treats at Sands Outlets

A steady stream of families with mostly costumed children attended the trick-or-treat Halloween party in the Outlets at Sands Oct. 22. The annual free event featured trick-or-treat Halloween sweets and coupons given out by participating store representatives. Games and costume prizes were part of the Halloween party organized by the Outlets at Sands management. Children left the mall with bags of candy and smiles on their painted faces. Trick-or-treat night in the City of Bethlehem is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. Bethlehem Township, Freemansburg, Fountain Hill, Hanover Township and Upper Saucon Township are also the same night. Bethlehem’s Halloween parade is Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. Photo: Katherine Ortiz, a store employee and Bethlehem resident, hands out candy to trick-or-treaters Noelle Jones and Kristina Folhemus in front of the Outlets at Sands store Hartstrings. The children were with Christina Folhemus from Flemington for their first visit to the Halloween party, with a stop at her mother-in -law’s home in Bethlehem.

By Tim Gilman



Press cartoonist’s work on display

“Signs of Distress” and “Role Models,” two of Ed Courrier’s previously unpublished political cartoons, are on display at RE:find’s Gallery on the Walk (located on the ArtsWalk just off Seventh Street). This exhibition of recent artwork by several area artists complements the “Hues of Red and Blue” juried show held at the Priscilla Payne Hurd Gallery in the Allentown Art Museum. Ed Courrier’s editorial cartoons are published regularly in the Bethlehem Press and other Lehigh Valley Press weeklies. The Gallery on the Walk exhibit continues through Nov. 20. Hours: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: 610-841-4866; refindallentown@gmail.com.



Cane VB team EPC champs

Memories of losing in last year’s East Penn Conference championship were certainly on the minds of Liberty players coming into last Saturday’s championship match against Parkland. The Trojans swept Liberty a year ago for the EPC crown and the Hurricanes returned the favor over the weekend, taking care of business in three straight games (25-11, 25-21, 25-20) to over power Parkland.

By Peter Car



Spotting the spotted laternfly

The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) has the potential to destroy high-value crops, including grapes, tree fruits and hardwood lumber. Early detection is vital for the protection of Pennsylvania agriculture and businesses. In an effort to keep the spotted lanternfly from spreading, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has quarantined municipalities in the Lehigh Valley and Southeastern Pennsylvania.

From the Penn State Lehigh County Extension Office



Bethlehem Area SD: BAVTS proposes major projects

Bethlehem Area SD: District’s anti-hazing policy updated

Bethlehem Area SD: Freedom plans 50th anniversary

Bethlehem: Ordinance prohibits lawn parking

Bethlehem: Taste & Tunes – Good food, good music, good cause

Hanover Township: Supervisors ponder medical marijuana sites

Valley: Bethlehem Press collecting for ‘Stockings for Soldiers’



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