November 9, 2016
City hosts 95th Halloween Parade
Bethlehem’s 95th annual Halloween parade Oct. 30 attracted thousands of spectators and participants on a summer-like day. The six-division parade began assembling at 16th Avenue and proceeded east on Broad to Main Street’s reviewing stand. The parade committee awarded 25 cash prizes to the various participants in the procession, which concluded at the Christmas City Fairgrounds beneath the Hill-to-Hill Bridge. Photo: Melissa Scotto and Rose Dopsovic, pack leaders of Girl Scout Brownie Troop 8709 of Bethlehem, carry their parade banner during the Halloween parade. The Brownies had posters which said, “Girl Scouts can do it, I can do it.” The special theme paid off, as the Bethlehem Brownies won the first-place prize, $300, for scouting unit participants.
By Tim Gilman
Atkins convicted in hit-and-run case
Following a four-day trial in a crowded Northampton County courtroom, Royce Atkins, 23, was convicted Nov. 3 in a hit-and-run accident that ended the life of 9-year-old Darious Condash, a fourth grade student at Sheckler ES in Catasaqua. Condash was killed by a car driven by Atkins on Schoenersville Road when he stopped to pick up a piece of candy while in the company of an older cousin and friend.
By Bernie O’Hare
Hit-and-run verdict shows system still works
Following a four-day trial, a Northampton County jury found Royce Atkins, 23, guilty yesterday in a fatal hit-and-run that killed nine-year old Darius Condash. The accident itself occurred almost exactly one year ago when Condash, accompanied by an older friend and cousin, crossed busy Schoenersville Road – a five-lane highway – at night. But this case was about much more than the actual verdict. The question to me was whether money buys justice. In this case, the answer is no.
By Bernie O’Hare
Fountain Hill students go to the polls
Students and staff at Fountain Hill ES went to the polls Nov. 4 to cast their ballots for the next president of the United States. The school gymnasium was festooned in red, white and blue, with fifth grade students acting as poll workers for their schoolmates. Students were given paper ballots on which to make their choice in the privacy of voting booths. That ballot was then scanned into an ESO by Shoup optical scanner like those used throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Voting was followed by a brief lesson on the voting machine by first grade teacher Nicole Erney, whose family owns ESO by Shoup. Photo: First grade teacher Nicole Erney asks Fountain Hill ES students if they’ve voted. Erney’s family has been involved in the election process for over 100 years. Students used the Optical Scan machine produced at ESO by Shoup, which is owned by Erney’s family and used throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia during elections.
By Dana Grubb
Hellertown’s annual Saucon Valley Spirit Parade Oct. 23 included a number of floats and area high school and middle school bands. The route took participants along Walnut, Main, Water and Rentzheimer streets, and Constitution Avenue. Photo: The Kilpatrick family’s Wizard of Oz entry in the parade consists of Natalie as the Good Witch Glinda, mother-in-law Paige Albert as the Wicked Witch and Joel as the Tin Man. The Kilpatrick children are Ellesyn as the Lion, Everlyn as Dorothy and Edge as the Scarecrow.
By Mark Reccek and Tim Gilman
Local author, artist explore possible ‘Santa’s Day Jobs’
December, of course, is an extremely busy month for Santa Claus, but what does he do for the rest of the year? Hellertown author Larry Deibert has tried to answer that question in his first children’s book, “Santa’s Day Jobs,” which has just been released on Amazon.com.
The book is quite a departure for Deibert, whose previous books have been on topics as wide-ranging as vampires, time travel and Vietnam. The idea came to him a few months ago, he said, when he was delivering mail (his day job) at Lehigh Valley Hospital, and a little girl pointed at him and cried, “Santa!”
By Julie Swan
Bethlehem Catholic rebounds against Central Catholic
If second chances are the theme Bethlehem Catholic’s football team is going for, the Hawks have certainly put that analogy to the test as of late. Becahi (8-3) turned a deflating 48-14 defeat to Central Catholic (9-2) in the regular season finale into a catapult for last week’s vilifying 39-33 victory over the Vikings in the District 11 4A semifinals at J. Birney Crum Stadium.
By Peter Car
‘Seeing red’ in colors of fall
Each year as fall sets in, the northeast states become alive with the beautiful and radiant colors of the autumn season. You have to feel sorry for people living in many parts of the United States who do not experience the changing colors that we have in the Lehigh Valley region. The area’s varied tree species and large timber stands can certainly compete with a giant box of Crayolas. Timing of the peak changes in leaf colors varies with locale. Individuals who really love the changing foliage can spend weeks enjoying the colors. Start in Maine during September and slowly work your way south. If you plan your trip well you will be able to continually visit the most colorful areas. The Weather Channel gives daily reports showing color coded maps indicating the best areas to visit as the leaf colors peak.
By Bud Cole
Bethlehem: Council merges Parks, Works, departments
Bethlehem: Food co-op seeks new property
Bethlehem: LWN host Nopv. 17 town hall on local government ethics
Lehigh County: 2017 budget includes $1.7M tax cut
Lehigh County: Commissioners review budget amendments
Northampton County: Updating Gracedale’s financial health
Northampton County: County, VA offer new discount ID cards
Saucon Valley: Board grants supt. new 3-year contract
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