Heritage Center Preservation Awards
The Slate Belt Heritage Center is pleased to announce the recipients of their 2019 Preservation Awards in the following categories:
The Architectural Award is presented to an individual(s) who has performed an exemplary act in saving or conserving a historic building, place or artifact where restoration is authentic to preservation. This years’ award will be presented to Sherry & Gary Haycock. They have restored the former Conrad Miller house, which was built at the end of the 19th century. This house was in total disrepair, left to decay with trees growing up to hide its former splendor. The original clapboard was repaired and has remained intact. The original window and doors have been kept and returned to their former state. The wrap around porch was totally restored along with tongue-in-groove flooring. All the floors in the house have been refinished to reflect the original parquet wood. The kitchen has minimal updates, keeping the original sink, some cabinets and a fire place. Woodwork, throughout the house, was kept in original condition. Walls were re-plastered and a picture rail remains. All stained glass windows were restored and original radiators were kept with slate or iron scroll work toppers. The grounds surrounding the home have been cleared to promote the picturesque setting.
The Initiative Award is presented to an individual(s) who has shown exemplary actions in promoting and preserving Slate Belt heritage through in-kind actions. This award will be presented to Mrs. Diane Richards, Mrs. Judy Bowley, Mrs. Ann Miller, and Mrs. Peggy Reimer. Known as “The Readers” for the Homefront Project, they have worked tirelessly over three years to read, summarize, rate and archive over 3200 Homefront letters. They spent countless hours at the Center receiving only the satisfaction of knowing that they were preserving a piece of Slate Belt history. The Homefront Letters book could not have been written without their efforts. Mr. Lawrence Rosato will also receive a certificate for his unending dedication to keep the Heritage Center maintained weekly.
The Special Focus Award is presented to an individual(s) who has shown exemplary actions in saving or conserving traditions or a body of knowledge. That individual who contributes to education information via documentation. This award will be presented to Mrs. Jacqueline Bartosh and Mr.Ty Bartosh owners of Greenwalk Trout Hatchery. Upon inheriting the hatchery from Mrs. Bartosh’s father, they have continually worked to keep the water shed clean and pure. The environmental impact of their dedication is an asset to the Slate Belt. The introduction of Nestle Corporation into the hatchery’s spring water has made their contribution more environmentally sound. They also run educational programs for elementary students, at the hatchery, and continue to grow the Greenwalk name. Their efforts have sustained the old fashioned way for a long period of time.
These awards are to acknowledge individuals who have performed acts that promote and preserve the culture and heritage of the Slate Belt. For their efforts in these acts, the Slate Belt Heritage Center will be honoring them at a public ceremony on Thursday, June 20th at 7:00 PM at the Center located at 30 North 1st Street, Bangor, PA. For additional information please contact Karen Brewer @ 484-894-5661.
It's Spring, Protect Against Lyme Disease
With longer days and warmer spring weather on the way all Pennsylvanians should be aware of Lyme disease and ticks as they spend more time outdoors.
"Lyme disease can be a very serious illness, and left untreated, can cause life-threatening complications," PA. Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said. "Ticks that carry Lyme disease can be found in any part of our state, whether rural, suburban and even urban areas. It is essential that people who will be outdoors, whether hiking, visiting a park or walking their dog take steps to protect themselves by dressing properly. After being outside, it is essential to check yourself for ticks and to shower right away."
Pennsylvania cases of Lyme disease are among the highest in the country, and ticks carrying Lyme disease have been found in each of Pennsylvania's 67 counties.
In 2017, there were 11,900 cases of Lyme disease in the state. Ticks that carry Lyme disease can be found in nearly any location.
Governor Wolf has continued his commitment to addressing Lyme disease by proposing $2.5 million dollars in the 2019-2020 budget toward Lyme disease education and prevention.
However, not all persons with Lyme disease develop a rash. Other symptoms are non-specific and include fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches and joint pain.
If untreated, the disease can cause joint swelling, cardiac or neurological complications, and is more difficult to treat.
GCS Fan Gets Surprise Visit
Two-year-old Rhett Smith of Wind Gap waits weekly for Waste Management’s big green truck to roll down his Aunt Luanne’s street. Every Friday, Rhett runs to the door waving like crazy to surprise his favorite garbage men with big smiles and occasional treats.
This week, the garbage men came rolling down the street to surprise Rhett with something special. Representatives from Waste Management of Pen Argyl stopped to visit with the young fan who beamed from ear to ear as each one shook his hand.
“He loves you guys! And we appreciate all that the drivers do to show Rhett they notice his enthusiasm,” commented Rhett’s father, Ryan Smith.
Waste Management driver, Gary Martin stepped out from behind the wheel to surprise Rhett with his very own branded toy truck and other memorabilia.
“His enthusiasm makes our day! We love seeing friendly faces like Rhett’s,” said Gary.
This osprey is "right at home" in the same nest that's been in place atop a light pole in the southwestern corner of the field for the past few years. Sbtt Photos Larry Cory
Slate Belt Regional Police Chief David Mettin was honored for his selection as the final leg torch carrier for the Special Olympics World Games held recently in Abu Dhabi in March 2019. (From left) Pen Argyl Police Chief Michael Nasatka Sr., Wind Gap Police Chief Mitch Mogilski Sr., Sen. Mario Scavello, Chief Mettin, State Rep. Marcia Hahn, Pen Argyl Borough Council President Joseph LeDonne, Plainfield Township Supervisor Jane Mellert, Plainfield Township Supervisor Steve Hurni and Wind Gap Councilman Dave Hess, at the Plainfield Township Police Department. Photos courtesy of Adrienne Fors
What Do Home Inspectors Look For?
You’re currently waiting for the home inspector to go through your home.
While the entire house buying/selling process can be exciting, there’s an equal amount of stress that goes along with it.
Just like you prepared your home for open houses and showings, it’s important to have your home ready for the inspection, too.
Here are some tips to help make the home inspection process smoother with a little less worry once you know what an inspector will be looking for.
Now let’s move to the outside of the home, starting with the roof and working down to the foundation.
Moving soon? Don’t forget the homeowners insurance
Home isn’t just a place… it’s a feeling, too. At ERIE, we get how important “home” is, and we’re here to help you feel confident in your coverage. Find a local agent near you and request a homeowners insurance quote.
Sabatino Insurance Agency Inc, 610-863-6033
17 S Robinson Ave, Pen Argyl, PA 18072-1765
Community Partners Give $100K to Slate Belt Rising
Plainfield Township, PA (April 3, 2019)- Representatives from the Grand Central Sanitary Landfill and Merchant’s Bank presented $50,000 each as part of their six-year commitment of funds to Slate Belt Rising at a check presentation that took place on Wednesday afternoon at Grand Central Landfill’s main office.
Slate Belt Rising the state’s first multi-municipal Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP) through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The program is focused on investing in and revitalizing the boroughs of Bangor, Pen Argyl, Portland and Wind Gap.
Slate Belt Rising Director Stephen Reider and members of the Slate Belt Rising Steering Committee were present to accept the contributions. “I would like to thank Waste Management and Merchant’s Bank for their generosity and continued support of the Slate Belt Rising program I look forward to continuing to work with them and all of our partners to make our program a success,” said Reider.
Other Slate Belt Rising sponsors and partners include ESSA Bank & Trust, Lafayette Ambassador Bank, and Northampton County
Waste Management and Merchants Bank recently presented a check for $50,000 to Slate Belt Rising. (L-R) Brian Fenstermaker from Mario Scavello's office, Stephanie Steele (Slate Belt Rising) Steve Reider (Slate Belt Rising) Rocco Del Vecchio, CEO Merchants Bank, Adrienne Fors, Waste Management and. Larry Rice (Slate Belt Rising) Photo: Lisa Newberry, Photographer with The Belt and Beyond & Shining Light Photography
The "Music In Our Schools" concert was held Tuesday night at the Craig Paine Theater in Bangor High School before an SRO crowd. PHOTO GALLERY Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Stay in the loop of Medication Costs
The state Department of Aging maintains a database to help consumers compare the cost of frequently used medications.
The cost of prescriptions for cash-paying customers can vary widely between pharmacies, as each pharmacy sets its own prices for cash payers. Patients with prescription insurance coverage will also find price shopping useful if their coinsurance is based on a percent of the total cash price.
The online tool updates prices weekly, lists prices by ZIP code or distance from location, includes pharmacy store details, and lists pharmacies with low-cost generics and those that match lower prices.
You can learn more about the tool by clicking here or calling 1-800-835-4080.
Explosive Device Defused in Pen Argyl
At approximately 11:40 am, SBRPD officers were called to a residence in the 900 block of George St., in Plainfield Township for a report of a possible explosive device found in the home. Officers arrived on scene and located a suspicious device and contacted the Bethlehem City Bomb Squad to respond. ATF was also notified to respond. Plainfield Fire Department, Look Out Fire Department, Suburban EMS and Northampton County EMA responded to assist officers on scene. The 900 block of George St. was closed to traffic until approximately 4:00pm.
Inside the residence, the bomb squad did not locate any other devices. The original device appeared to be a home made explosive device which was later detonated by the bomb squad. The resident of the home had previously passed away so no charges are filed.
Child Safety on the Internet
The internet comes with benefits, as well as risks, especially for children. Parents are encouraged to help kids follow safe and responsible computer practices.
The best way to keep kids safe online is to start conversations about being online early and continue to monitor their internet use and discuss how to use it responsibly. It is important children know that some people online have bad intentions, including bullies, predators, hackers, scammers and people sharing inappropriate content.
Ensuring children use cell phones responsibly and safely means establishing what responsible use looks like, including if calls or texting are allowed during dinner or while doing homework, ensuring they treat others the same way they want to be treated, and deciding on the privacy settings, web filters and child safety controls you want on your child’s phone.
Teens and tweens communicate online using social media, chat rooms, and virtual worlds, and it is important they know how to safely navigate these spaces. They should understand that after they post something, it cannot be taken back. Even if they delete it, they should limit what they share.
You can learn more about keeping you kids safe on the internet by clicking here.
Restore Pennsylvania aids Flood Victims
Governor Tom Wolf returned to Tremont, Schuylkill County, to see the ongoing recovery after devastating flash flooding last summer. After the tour, the governor highlighted Restore Pennsylvania, his aggressive plan to improve flood protection and Pennsylvania’s aging infrastructure.
Governor Wolf’s bold infrastructure initiative, Restore Pennsylvania, would be funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax. Restore Pennsylvania will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant, high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure.
Encompassing new and expanded programs to address five priority infrastructure areas including High Speed Internet Access, Storm Preparedness and Disaster Recovery, Downstream Manufacturing, Business Development, and Energy Infrastructure, Demolition, Revitalization, and Renewal, and Transportation Capital Projects,
Storm Preparedness and Disaster Recovery
Critical Flood Control Infrastructure
Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding for flood prevention that will protect against severe weather and save homes and businesses in flood prone areas across the state. Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities prepare for flooding and severe weather, upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance.
Helping Families Rebuild
Restore Pennsylvania will establish a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that are not compensated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other programs.
Macrame Plant Hangers with Terrarium
Macrame Plant Hangers with Terrarium Hosted by Grace on Broadway will be held Thursday, May 2, from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at Bangor Trust Brewing 15 Broadway, Bangor.
Learn to Macrame with making a plant hanger with Karen from Sugar Mountain Macrame, then fill it up with a terrarium you make with Heather from Grace on Broadway. So you'll get two teachers and two classes in one fun filled night!!!
Cost is $35pp They will provide all materials and one beverage ticket. You provide the creativity and the fun!! The kitchen will be open so you can come early and grab dinner or munch while you create.
Grants Awarded To Area Municipalities
Harrisburg – The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) this week announced approvals of Local Share Account (LSA) grant funds for a number of Northampton County projects. State Senator Mario Scavello (R-Northampton/Monroe) joined State Representatives Marcia Hahn, Joe Emrick and Zach Mako in announcing $981,616 of approved grants in their combined legislative districts.
LSA grants support economic development, job training, community improvement and public interest projects through gaming funds under Act 71 of 2004. These specific grants come from Monroe County, which funds projects in Monroe and its contiguous counties.
Senator Scavello thanked his colleagues for their efforts in joining with him to secure these vital grants for Northampton County communities.
“These grants are an integral part of economic growth for this area,” Scavello said. “We must continue to invest in infrastructure, economic development and public safety to ensure a high quality of life in our communities and across the Commonwealth.”
Grant recipients include: Bangor Borough – Bangor Storm Sewer Project & Police Equipment;
Bangor Borough, Northampton County – Food Bank Expansion; East Bangor Borough – Shared Police Services; Moore Township – Police Vehicle & Computer System Upgrades; Plainfield Township – Salt Storage Shed Replacement; Roseto Borough – Borough Facility Renovations;
Upper Mount Bethel Township – Minsi Lake Park Infrastructure; Upper Nazareth Township – Multi-Municipal Paving Equipment; Washington Township – Head Wall Trash Rack & Debris Guard Replacement
Additional grant approvals are expected at the next CFA meeting in May.
The Bangor High School Drama Club's presentation of "Mamma Mia" concluded Sunday in the M. Craig Paine Theater at Bangor High School drawing rave reviews from everyone who saw the show. PHOTO GALLERY Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Tom Menhennitt, with wife Carly, signs a copy of his new book, "Taking The War Out of The Warrior," during a book signing Sunday at Bangor Trust Brewing. Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Five Points Renovation Moving Forward
The effort to renovate Five Points Elementary School in the Bangor Area School District is moving forward as the result of a more than $1 million grant, according to state Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Nazareth). The Commonwealth Financing Authority’s (CFAs) Alternative and Clean Energy Program is the source of the funding.
"Since Five Points was built in 1967, only one upgrade – 27 years ago in 1992 – has taken place, and now the building needs renovation,” Emrick said. “The school district’s goal is to meet the definition of what the National Institute of Building Sciences deems a High Performance Building.”
The grant will allow the following building improvements to take place:
The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages.
Questions about this or any legislative issue should be directed to Emrick’s district office at (610) 588-8011 or (610) 746-5090.
Washington Students Visit Emrick in Harrisburg
Tech to the rescue for patients & doctors
New technologies give doctors transparency into a patient’s prescription coverage while making the patient more engaged in taking care of their health.
“Doctors can use the new tools to provide drug and coverage information on the spot,” said Express Scripts’ Dr. Lynne Nowak. “This guarantees you’re getting the right medication at the best price. It also lets your doctor know if your medication requires prior authorization before you go to the pharmacy to fill your prescription.”
If your doctor is not yet using these tools, you may still be able to access your personalized information right from your phone through your health plan or pharmacy benefits manager app available for your smartphone. These offer information about the drug being prescribed, the out-of-pocket costs, the pharmacy offering the best price in your area and if there are alternatives or generics available for you.
Pocono Arts Council April/May Classes
The Pocono Arts Council Announces 2 new spring classes to be held at Northampton Community College-Monroe Campus. Register online at www.poconoarts.org or call 570-476-4460.
In April: Specifically, Charcoals and Conte Crayon Keystone Building (Room #237) NCC Monroe Campus · Rt. 715, Tannersville, PA 4 Weeks · Saturdays 1:00-4:00pm · April 6, 13, 20, 27
Come and learn to draw using charcoal and conté crayon the way the masters did. They will explore composition, color in line, contrast, and much more. PoconoArts has a limited number of supplies available; students are encouraged to bring their own supplies: drawing paper (no smaller than 12×16), charcoal, conté crayon, eraser. Instructor: Iraina Caramelli graduated from the Parsons School of Design in NYC. Tuition based on 4 weeks: Member $100 / Non-Member $110 Senior Member $90 / Non-Member $100
In May: Acrylic Techniques for Lyrical Abstraction
Keystone Building (Room #237) NCC Monroe Campus · Rt. 715, Tannersville, PA 4 Weeks · Saturdays 1:00-4:00pm · May 4, 11, 18, 25
Lyrical Abstraction requires the development of both painting technique and psychological approach to creating an artwork. This program will teach some of the fundamentals required for a successful foray into the world of lyrical abstract painting which was originally championed by Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miro, Arshile Gorky, and several other notable artists. It will focus on acrylic painting techniques and provide instruction for Acrylic Painting Skills: Drawing with Paint, Staining/Wet on Wet, Glazing and Scumbling, Dry Brush; and Psychological Skills: Automatic Image Creation, Quieting Mental Distraction.
Program objective: By the conclusion of the program, the student should understand how to use one or more of the suggested methods of starting a lyrical abstract painting and how to use a variety of acrylic painting techniques to finish the creation. The student will complete several paintings to take home. Pre-requisites: This program is not a beginner course in acrylic painting. Students should have a good understanding of the color wheel and be familiar with the mixing of color and the use of the paintbrush. Prior experimentation with abstraction is not required. Instructor: Doug Gilbert, professional artist and acrylic painter with 50 years of experience. Tuition based on 4 weeks: Member $100 / Non-Member $110
Senior Member $90 / Non-Member $100.
NOTE: Pocono Arts classes fill on a first come first serve basis. Placement in a course is secured when payment in full is received.
New PA Plates Honor Vets
PennDOT is adding several new license plates to its collection honoring veterans and their service to our country.
The Honoring Our Women Veterans registration plate costs $35, of which $15 goes to the Veterans Trust Fund to be used for programs and resources that assist women veterans.
The Soldiers Medal, Presidential Service Badge and Legion of Merit registration plates each recognize veterans’ specific contributions during their service. These plates are available for a fee of $20. Veterans must be able to show that they are recipients of the respective awards.
Veterans from other countries can apply for a Veterans of an Allied Foreign Country registration plate, also available for a fee of $20.
The above plates may only be used on passenger vehicles and trucks with a registered gross weight of not more than 14,000 pounds.
Motorcycle owners can now get the Purple Heart Medal Motorcycle registration plate, which displays the words “Combat Wounded Veteran” across the bottom of the registration plate. To get the plate, applicants must be able to prove they received a Purple Heart Medal and pay the $11 fee.
Another new plate is the Historic Military Vehicle registration plate, which is available for antique or classic vehicles manufactured for use in any country’s military forces. The vehicles must be maintained to represent their original military design and markings. This plate is available for both historic military vehicles and historic military motorcycles for $75.
Baarda Gives Floral Arrangements Tips
Carol Akam, President conducted the February and March meetings of the Bangor Womens Club GFWC. The February inspirational reading was given by Judy Newcomb and March by Yvonne Humphreys.
Denise Baarda, Baarda Farms owner, prepared a floral arrangement at the February meeting and instructed the club how to make it.
Tatum Wilson, Assistant District Attorney Northampton County assigned to the Domestic Violence Task Group informed the club about her work in investigating and prosecuting child abuse cases. She described how referrals occur, and how they proceed from report to actual trial. Child abuse cases are difficult because most cases are kin related offenders and obtaining evidence to prove the allegation. In addition to child abuse, the task force also deals with human trafficking cases. Tatum advocates for laws to make the trial process easier for victims and tougher penalties for offenders.
The Bangor Womens Club GFWC is a community service organization that supports the PUMP food pantry, Salvation Army, Turning Point Domestic Violance Shelter, Bangor Public Library, Scholarships for local students, and promoting the Artistic talents of local students and club members.
The club raises funds by member donations to bake sales, pie and candy sales, and card parties. Christmas and Easter Holiday meals and gifts are provided to needy local families referred to the club by the Bangor Slater Network. are Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month September thru May. Each meeting features homemade finger foods for lunch and an interesting program.
The club was founded in Bangor 105 years ago and remains a valuable community resource. Interested in learning more about this group? We'd love for you to join us at our April meeting on Tuesday April 16, 2019 at noon at Prince of Peace Church, Johnsonsville, PA. This is our bring a friend meeting. Contact Heidi at 610-599-8815 to reserve your seat and obtain full information. Looking forward to seeing you.
Bangor Car and Bike Show
The Bangor Car & Bike show will be held June 22 from 10-3. Sign up your car or bike early and save $$ on registration. Registration link below. NEW FOR THIS YEAR! Are you a car or bike themed vendor? Want to sell your wares? Applications for motorsports, car and bike themed vendors are now being accepted. They have limited vendor space this year folks so we'll review your application and let you know if you're chosen. Thanks! Below are helpful links.
CAR AND BIKE REGISTRATION FORMS: https://goo.gl/n6wifF VENDOR APPLICATIONS: https://www.hbbapa.org/car-show.html
Northampton County Memorial Day Festival
Northampton County Memorial Day Festival will be held Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 10 AM – 6 PM at Louise W Moore Park Country Club Rd, Easton, Pennsylvania 18045
Celebrate the County with live music, demonstrations, food vendors, crafters, vendors, and non-profit organizations. An Award Ceremony will honor an outstanding employee of the County and each of the County's municipalities, as well as an Outstanding Volunteer, Outstanding Youth, Outstanding Veteran, and Outstanding Emergency Personnel. Employee awards will be decided upon by the municipalities. To nominate a deserving individual for one of the other categories, please send an email with a 250 word essay on why the individual deserves to win the award and how they impact the County. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will be selected by an awards committee.
What Do Home Inspectors Look For?
You’re currently waiting for the home inspector to go through your home.
While the entire house buying/selling process can be exciting, there’s an equal amount of stress that goes along with it.
Just like you prepared your home for open houses and showings, it’s important to have your home ready for the inspection, too.
Here are some tips to help make the home inspection process smoother with a little less worry once you know what an inspector will be looking for.
We’ll start with the home’s interior. An inspector will spend most of their time looking through all areas of the home, including attics, basements and crawl spaces.
Sabatino Insurance Agency Inc, 610-863-6033
17 S Robinson Ave, Pen Argyl, PA 18072-1765
Students Chosen for Regional Chorus
Ten Bangor Area High School students were chosen for the 2019 PMEA Region V Chorus Concert. Congratulations to Aimee Bealer, Hannah Bledsoe, Deja Breitfeller, Mason Cruz, Heather Heath, Joshua Martinez, Cathianne McKenna, Andrea Morokutti, Brookel Sabella and Kristen Stopfer for qualifying for this festival! The festival took place March 21-23 at Muhlenberg High School in Laureldale, PA. The best of the District 10 vocalists from northeast PA will join the best of District 7 vocalists from south central PA for the Region V Chorus.
Front row: Deja Breitfeller, Cathianne McKenna, Brookel Sabella, Hannah Bledsoe
Back row: Heather Heath, Joshua Martinez, Mason Cruz, Kristen Stopfer, Aimee Bealer, Andrea Morokutti
All Eastern Honors Mixed Chorus Selections
Eggs Increase Risk of Heart Disease
The latest U.S. research on eggs won't go over easy for those who can't eat breakfast without them.
Adults who ate about 1 ½ eggs daily had a slightly higher risk of heart disease than those who ate no eggs. The study showed the more eggs, the greater the risk. The chances of dying early were also elevated.
The researchers say the culprit is cholesterol, found in egg yolks and other foods, including shellfish, dairy products and red meat. The study focused on eggs because they're among the most commonly eaten cholesterol-rich foods. They can still be part of a healthy diet, but in smaller quantities than many Americans have gotten used to, the researchers say.
U.S. dietary guidelines that eased limits on cholesterol have helped eggs make a comeback.
The study has limitations and contradicts recent research, but is likely to rekindle the long-standing debate about eggs.
The new results were published online Friday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Researchers at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and elsewhere pooled results from six previous studies, analyzing data on almost 30,000 U.S. adults who self-reported daily food intake. Participants were followed for roughly 17 years, on average.
The researchers calculated that those who ate 300 milligrams of cholesterol daily — about 1 ½ eggs — were 17 percent more likely to develop heart disease than whose who didn't eat eggs.
The researchers based their conclusions on what participants said they ate at the start of each study. They took into account high blood pressure, smoking, obesity and other traits that could contribute to heart problems. Risks were found with eggs and cholesterol in general; a separate analysis was not done for every cholesterol-rich food.
Letter To The Editor........
I am a home-owner who lives within a mile of the Waste Management Grand Central Sanitary Landfill, Plainfield Township. I do not wish to diminish the claims of anyone else because I do not know their reality, so I cannot and will not speak for or about them.
The landfill provides approximately $65,000 each month to the borough of Pen Argyl, which helps to subsidize free trash pick up to all residents of the borough, allows the borough to keep a reserve fund that other municipalities are not able to build and helps keep taxes from being even higher.
Instead of working together for the good of the community, some residents of the Slate Belt, feel it necessary to constantly bash the landfill and individuals who work for WMGCSL. Some are quick to call the DEP hotline, which is not a problem in and of itself. But some residents do not call to report odors to WM.
DEP suggests also informing WM to as many details of the odor as possible. If odor was the true and only issue, wouldn’t the call to DEP be followed with a call to the WM reporting number? How is WM supposed to control odor if they are not aware of the scope, type, or other details of the reported odor? Reporting the issue to WM may help locate and mitigate a problem. WM has been, and continues to be, a good neighbor.
They have poured a lot of money into the community. Yes, they are required to. Yes, it is in their best interest as a business. But the reality is that benefits to the borough and the greater community exist. Those are indisputable facts, not opinion. Yes, at times the landfill smells. That is also a fact.
How bad would the odor be if the landfill were not required to follow the many rules and regulations for which it is now held accountable? Or if the landfill did not go above and beyond those rules and regulations? Or if WM did not invest in odor control research, technology and infrastructure? There are two sides to every coin. The reality of one does not negate the other.
It is my opinion, and the opinion of many others, that the odor of the landfill is worth the free trash pick-up and the money given to the community and the borough of Pen Argyl. The landfill, in some form, will be around for quite a while; however, the perks which come with it will not last forever.
Pen Argyl, PA
Second Annual Bangor Library Farm Jubilee
The second annual Farm Jubilee that benefits the Bangor Public Library will be held Saturday April 27, 2019 from 11am to 3pm at the Upper Mt. Bethel Community Park, Potomac Street, Mt. Bethel.
Farm fun for all ages! Little Creek Bar-B-Cue, Petting Zoo, Unicorn Rides, Corn Pit, Wool Spinning, Silver Grill, Dinky's Food Trucks, and more.
$5.00 admission. Two years of age and under free.
Strawn Places Seventh in State Swimming
Karen Brewer (L) and Melissa Hough of the Slate Belt Heritage Center hold a quilt that will be on display later this spring at the center.
Swim at the YMCA Soon
YMCA will begin construction on a pool and gym this year.
The Slate Belt Branch of the Greater Valley YMCA plans to begin construction on a new, heated indoor pool and gymnasium in 2019. The Slate Belt Branch’s Expansion Advisory Committee is working on finalizing the funding, but has already chosen Nu Cor Construction to build and oversee the project. Draft blueprints are displayed in the Branch Welcome Center for all to see.
"We know that there is a community need for a gymnasium and pool, and we are making certain the resources are available to move forward with this project. We are taking steps to make sure that the Y additions that have been promised to the community become a reality. We take this project very seriously and are committed to completing the branch." said Greater Valley YMCA President/CEO David Fagerstrom.
A pool and gymnasium has been a discussion among members, and in the community, for many years. In 2015, a pool and gymnasium had been part of the original scope of the project, but the project hit unforeseen barriers, which caused the gym and pool to be placed in phase two. The committee volunteers hope to break ground in the summer or fall 2019, with anticipated construction completion in 2020. “Thank you for your patience, understanding, and commitment to the Slate Belt Branch of the Greater Valley YMCA as we move this project forward," said .Jennifer DeLong, Branch Executive Director.
"We understand the benefits to the community that a new pool and gymnasium will bring. Our organization continues to be blessed with a caring membership, wonderful volunteers, dedicated donors, and a loyal community that supports the work that we do every day.”
The new, heated indoor pool will benefit the community by offering a safe location for community members to swim all year round; the Y will provide swimming lessons to children, therapeutic water aerobics programs to those dealing with chronic pain, and healthy living aquatics programs for people of all ages. Through the addition of the gymnasium and pool, healthy living programs will be offered to the community to help combat obesity and offer solutions to chronic pain.
As the project moves forward, the YMCA will host a groundbreaking ceremony, as well as a grand reopening and ribbon cutting event to highlight the new pool and gymnasium as member benefits at this Y. The groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting ceremonies will be open to Y-members and the public. To learn more about the Slate Belt Expansion Project, stop into the Branch to see the blueprints, or give us a call at 610-438-6065.
Heritage Center accepts Digital Report of Slate Lands
The Slate Belt Heritage Center recently accepted a massive digital documentation of the Pennsylvania’s Slate Lands form the University presented by Frank Matero, Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation School of Design/University of Pennsylvania with 30 years of experience in teaching architectural conservation.
The Pennsylvania Slate Belt is an area of 22 square miles. The first quarries opened in the 1830’s, but significant growth followed in the first decade of the 20th century when the Lehigh Valley accounted for ½ of the slate produced in the United States and eventually the world. Today only a handful remain active. These quarries altered the landscape with deep quarries, spoil heaps, buildings and machinery. Many of these sites are “brownfields” which makes them important for remediation. Preservation and re-use is the impetus for this project.
The Project was divided into three phases:
The event is free and open to the public. The Heritage Center is located at 30 North 1st Street, Bangor, Pa. For additional information contact: Karen Brewer @ 484-894-5661.
Lunch With The Author
The Blue Mountain Community Library invites you to “LUNCH WITH AN AUTHOR” on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Grace United Methodist Church, 404 E. Mountain Ave., Pen Argyl, PA.
The Church is handicapped accessible with ample parking. (Enter from the lower parking lot.)
Local author, Maryann McFadden will discuss her novel “The Cemetery Keeper’s Wife,” her longest and most challenging work to date. It tells the story of two brave and complicated women, one real and one fictional, and an unlikely bond that transcends more than a century as they search against all odds for love, redemption and a place to belong. McFadden moved at age 10 from Brooklyn, NY to Hackettstown, NJ and lived near Union Cemetery. She became intrigued by a monument in the Cemetery.
The name and picture on the monument was of Tillie Smith, a 19 year old woman who “Died in Defense of Her Honor.” This haunted Maryann and she felt as if she was meant to write this novel, to give Tillie a voice. McFadden will have a question and answer session about her book and a Book signing. Copies will be available to purchase.
Luncheon, catered by Cafe ’on Broadway, will be at 12:00 pm (Doors open at 11:30 am) and will consist of soup, sandwich, chips, desserts and beverages. Tickets are $10 each and MUST be purchased in advance of the event. There will be no tickets available at the door.
Tickets are limited and may be purchased at the Library, located at 216 S. Robinson Ave., Pen Argyl, PA through April 18, 2019. Hours are M-SA, 10:00 am to Noon, and M-Th, 6:00-8:00 pm. Call Lisa at 610-863-3029 for information or visit www.bmcl.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bmclpenargyl.
Minsi Reconstruction Starts Soon
With the long-awaited construction efforts about to begin at Minsi Lake, The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) reminds visitors to be prepared for changes in property access.
This week contractor KC Construction Company is scheduled to begin a dam reconstruction project, which will include the use of heavy equipment. Prior to and during construction, equipment will remain in the west parking lot, creating an active construction zone which will be open only to authorized personnel.
Visitors who use the PFBC property around Minsi Lake are asked to avoid the west parking lot and the additional active construction zone around the dam. Signage will be posted on the property notifying the public of restricted access points. The remainder of the property remains open for public recreation, such as hiking. The PFBC thanks the public for its cooperation.
The $4.8 million-dollar project at Minsi Lake will include the construction of a new reinforced concrete spillway. In addition, the crest of the dam will be raised approximately two feet to upgrade the dam’s spillway capacity. Construction is expected to be completed by November, 2019 with a goal of refilling of the lake by spring of 2020.
Minsi Lake could be refilled and ready for recreational activities by April next year.
The 117-acre lake in Upper Mount Bethel Township, part of a 311-acre park leased by Northampton County since 1975 was drained in 2017 to repair deficiencies in the dam built in 1970 by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
Some preliminary work will begin as soon as snow melts and construction will begin in April. The eastern parking lot will be open during construction for hiking and other outdoor activities but the western parking lot will be closed to unauthorized personnel.
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Faith Christian School's Sixth Annual Gala
Celebrate, recognize, and encourage achievement by joining with neighbors, friends, parents, distinguished alumni and sponsors of this year’s sixth annual Faith Gala “Masquerade Ball” to be held at the historic Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort in Shawnee on Delaware, PA, Saturday, April 27 from 5 to 9 p.m.
The theme of this year’s gala is Masquerade Ball, “Unmasking greatness, one student at a time.” Formal wear is suggested; black tie and masks are optional.
The Gala begins with hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner and dessert auction. Both silent and live auctions will be held to support the academic and scholarship programs at Faith Christian School in Roseto, Pa.
For more information on the program, menu selections, to preview auction items, see the list of corporate sponsors, purchase tickets, or donate auction items, please contact Sheila Boyer at 610-588-8815, email email@example.com or go to www.faithgala.org or visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fcslions.
Tickets are $40 per person. Deadline for reservations is April 12.
Local Home Water/Septic Workshops
Do you know that wells and springs supply water to many residents in the Lehigh Valley? In addition, many residents also rely on on-lot septic systems to treat and dispose of their wastewater.
A Home Water & Septic System Workshop sponsored by Penn State Extension will provide information on protecting, testing and treating private water supplies. Penn State Extension will discuss also septic system inspection and maintenance. Learn how to protect your health, your property, shared groundwater and surface water resources.
The Home Water and Septic System Workshops will take place on Monday, March 18, 2019 from 1:30-3:30 pm and repeated from 6-8 pm at the Gracedale Nursing Home in Nazareth.
The workshops are free. However, pre-registration is required. Free pre-registration required
There will also be free drinking water testing for the first 60 registrants. Your water will be tested for pH, nitrates, total dissolved solids & coliform bacteria. You will receive instructions for how to bring in your water samples when you register.
GCS Celebrates Dr. Seuss' Birthday
The Grand Central Landfill celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday this past weekend with the help of several children from the area. The event included the story The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and conservation themed crafts. The children participated in a tree identification activity and crafted pictures of how they would help save the earth.
Northampton County’s Conservation District Manager, Sharon Pletchan visited with the children and discussed the Spotted Lantern Fly. Guests took home a variety of tree and leaf identification booklets sponsored by Representative Marcia Hahn and the PA Game Commission.
The event is part of Grand Central’s “Celebrate Earth Day Everyday” program, which will continue through April at the facility’s Earth Day celebration slated for April 27th from Noon until 3 p.m.
Interested guests can learn more about Grand Central’s Earth Day on the site’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/grandcentralenvironmentaleducationcenter/
Julian Meloy and Allie Fors participated in the story of the Lorax by Dr. Suess during a program held at the Environmental Center of Grand Central Sanitation last Saturday. Photo courtesy of Adrienne Fors GCS.
What Hazards Do We Face in our area?
Nurture Nature Center is holding a public event Thursday March 21st at 7 pm at the Washington Township Municipal Building, 1021 Washington Blvd. Rt. 191, Bangor, PA that will be a community kick-off meeting for the CREATE Resilience project. There will be representatives from the Northampton County Emergency Management Office and Lehigh Valley Planning Commission giving insightful presentations about the Hazard Mitigation Plan and NNC staff will be explaining the CREATE Resilience project and what is planned for the coming years.
Be part of the start of an ongoing community education and dialogue process that will make us stronger and more resilient.,
Sunday night's 7-inch snowfall left this picturesque scene at dawn this Monday morning. This snowfall increased our seasonal total to 32.85 inches. This was the third snowfall in March for a total just shy of 11 inches. Last year we had 22 inches of snow in March. During the 2015-16 winter we had no snow in March and 28 inches for the year with 25 inches falling on January 23, 2016.
Pen Argyl students take part in a Chinese Festival held at the Senior High School Thursday. PHOTO GALLERY Sbtt Photo Emily Dario
Cub Scouts Pack 102 "Caring Bears" Project
"Part of the Scout Oath is “to help other people at all times.” Each year Pack 102 completes a service project for the community. This year the Scouts of Pack 102, located in downtown Bangor, initiated the “Caring Bears” project. The Caring Bears is a drive to collect new stuffed animals for the Bangor Police department. Depending on the response by the community, we may be able to extend to other local emergency service organizations.
Nationwide, there is a growing trend for Fire, Police and EMS personnel to have little stuffed buddies ride along with them. When they respond to a crisis where children are involved the emergency workers can use the stuffed animals to help soothe the children and form a very important bond with them.
Pack 102 worked together to decorate the donation boxes and will be hanging signs around the Slate Belt area that each Scout colored. The Pack held a coloring contest and Preston Rogers (from the Bear Den) won. We will be using his coloring sheet as our main promotional image to spread the word. Pack 102 is proud of all of the children that helped with this effort.
Starting Friday, March 01, 2019, the Scouts of Pack 102 will be placing collections boxes at The Broadway Pub, the Bangor Trust Brewing Company, Recovery Revolution and A Clean Slate. We encourage our community to stop by one of these locations and donate a stuffed animal to this great cause. We will be collecting through April 2019.
Pack 102 would like to thank the brave women and men of our local emergency response community as well as the businesses who are supporting our efforts."
Cub Pack 102 works on an art project that is part of the "Caring Bears" program to benefit the Bangor Police Department. They are collecting NEW stuffed animals at four downtown Bangor Locations: Broadway Pub, Bangor Trust Brewing, Recovery Revolution, Inc,and A Clean Slate. When Police respond to a crisis where children are involved the emergency workers can use the stuffed animals to help soothe the children and form a very important bond with them. PHOTO GALLERY
Roseto Resident Participates in Service Trip
Laura Christman of Roseto, a graduate of Bangor Area High School and a student at King's College, Wilkes-Barre,PA, recently volunteered for a WinterSERVE (Students Engaged in Reflective Volunteer Experiences) trip to Phoenix, Arizona. In Phoenix, volunteers performed various duties at the Andre House, a facility that reaches out to those in need by providing services, including food, clothing, blankets, showers, and a men’s transitional house.
André House is a ministry to the homeless and poor populations of the Phoenix area. Located in the heart of the Capital Mall District, they make their services available to hundreds of people in need every day. André House was founded by two Holy Cross Priests in 1984, combining elements of the Catholic Worker movement with the charisma of the Congregation of Holy Cross.
André House relies on volunteers to sustain their ministry. Without them, they would not be able to meet the various needs that exist in downtown Phoenix. As an organization, they are small in numbers wth just seven Core Community Members.
A senior biology and pre-med major with a Spanish minor, Christman is a resident assistant for a King’s residence hall and is a member of the Sigma Zeta honor society. She also works as a scribe in the emergency department of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
(L-R) Front row – Students – Havyn Steele, Abigail LaCour, Morgan Shriver, Gulnur Avci, and Nicola Kaye. Back row – Librarian, Margaret Bruch, Students – Grace Dougherty, Isabel Smith, Logan Anema, Jessica Baggett, Rachel Kromer, and Science Teacher - Robert Hachtman
BAHS Students Earn Top Science Awards
The Bangor Area School District is extremely proud to announce that all ten of the District’s high school participants recently earned top awards at the local Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Regional Symposium held at Northampton Community College on Saturday, February 21, 2019. The students presented primary research projects detailing scientific investigations pursued over the course of the fall semester in the Elements of Scientific Research Course taught by Mr. Robert Hatchman. Three high school students – Rachel Kramer, Nicola Kaye, and Grace Dougherty, earned perfect scores.
As a result of our students’ local success, they are invited to participate in the State Competition of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS), which will be held from May 19 through 21, 2019, at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park. Approximately 3,000 of the best and brightest science students from Pennsylvania’s twelve separate PJAS regions will descend upon State College to present their research.
Each of these students will also be competing at the Lehigh Valley Science and Engineering Research Fair held at Lehigh University on March 16 along with seniors Kevin Manz and Doug Toth. Gulnur Avci, Havyn Steele and Rachel Kromer will also present at the state competition for the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in March.
Pennsylvania Considering Recreational Weed
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined Lt. Governor John Fetterman as he announced that he will be launching a statewide listening tour to hear from Pennsylvanians about the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana.
“I’m here today to support Lt. Governor John Fetterman in his effort to hear directly from the people of Pennsylvania on this issue,” Gov. Wolf said. “More and more states are successfully implementing marijuana legalization, especially those surrounding Pennsylvania, and we should learn from their efforts, and better understand the potential fiscal impacts of this reality before taking any collective action.”
Tour dates will be released in the next few weeks and Fetterman has committed to visiting every county in the commonwealth.
“Starting in mid-February, I will be traveling to all 67 counties to listen to everyone’s thoughts whether they agree with this initiative or have recommendations,” Fetterman said. “We want to make sure all Pennsylvanians have a say.”
Both Gov. Wolf and Lt. Gov. Fetterman believe it is time for Pennsylvania to take a serious and honest look at legalizing recreational marijuana. Medical marijuana has been legal in Pennsylvania since 2016 and Gov. Wolf stressed that any proposal for legalizing recreational marijuana would need to be implemented after the medical marijuana program is fully implemented.
“John’s efforts will help ensure we are looking at this issue from all perspectives and from every corner of Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “We both want to make sure the voices of all Pennsylvanians are heard.”
New Book Launch Party......
Taking The War Out
of the Warrior
Bangor’s Tom Menhennitt has written and published his first book “Taking The War Out of the Warrior,” which he will introduce at a launch party scheduled for 2:00pm March 31 at the Bangor Trust Brewery in downtown Bangor.
The book is “based on a chapter of my life when I was going through a separation with my wife, and then eventually a divorce,” he said. “I was filled with hate and anger and wanted to die. Through many experiences, it was exposed that I had some hidden truths to be unlocked . Through miracles and eye-opening experiences, my heart became softer and (I) learned to live a positive and happier life.”
He also has become an inspirational speaker which led to an unexpected interview with Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global
Menhennitt says that the public is invited to the launch party which will include a live artistic representation, music and lots of fun.
Photos: Mark Fiorentino
PAHS Mini Thon Raises $25K
Mini-THON is a student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. Their mission is to provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness and ensure funding for critical research - all in pursuit of a cure. PAHS mini-THON raised $25,706.12 this year with the top fundraisers Bree Lutz and Macie Weber.
A house fire at 1211-13 Blue Valley Drive (Rt. 512) next door to Reagle's Auto Sales was damaged by fire Saturday afternoon blocking Route 512 for several hours. Washington Township, Plainfield Township and Lookout Fire Co. from Pen Argyl responded to the blaze. PHOTO GALLERY Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Pen Argyl College Commitment Day.....
(L-R) Pen Argyl High School's Stu Kernosh, Soccer - Mansfield and Lauren Reduzzi, Field Hockey - Drew recently signed Collegiate Letters of Intent. PHOTO GALLERY (24 pics) Sbtt Photos Emily Dario.
Former Bangor High School tennis player Lauren Steinert has been chosen as a co-captain of the Moravian College 2019 Tennis Team.
Bangor's Eric Lyon signs a Letter of Intent to attend Oregon University and join the school's Track and Field program. Lyon specialized in the Javelin throw at Bangor. Photo: Bangor Atheltics @ twitter.
Smith Chosen For Region V Band
Bangor Slater Band member Steffani Smith has been selected to perform in the PMEA Region V band. The festival will be held March 7-9, 2019, at Conrad Weiser High School in Robesonia, PA.
Region V encompasses 15 Pennsylvania counties from south central PA to northeast PA. Steffani performed in District 10 earlier this year. The best of the District 10 musicians from northeast PA will join the best of District 7 musicians from south central PA for the Region V band.
The band will be under the baton of Dr. Kyle Glaser who serves as the Associate Director of Bands at Texas State University. He holds a Doctor of Music degree in Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Prior to his appointment at Texas State, Glaser served as the Director of Bands at the East Stroudsburg Area South High School.
He has also served as the interim director of the East Stroudsburg University/Community Concert Band, and was the co-director of the COTA Cats in Delaware Water Gap, a regional high school honors jazz ensemble that was founded by jazz legend Phil Woods.
This is one of many memorable moments of a game between the Harlem Wizards and the Slate Belt Dream Team played Friday night at Pen Argyl High School to benefit the school's D.A.R.E program. PHOTO GALLERY (35 pics) Sbtt Photo Emily Dario
New Pennsylvania Farm Bill
State officials revealed what they called a “historic proposal” to pump $24 million into programs to protect and expand agriculture.
. The plan would embrace the growing of hemp, including its use as an approved animal feed. Preserved farm restrictions would be relaxed to allow properties to be subdivided.
To protect the future health of farming in the state, tax credits for farmers would be expanded and wider farm equipment would be able to be driven on public roads.
For dairy farmers, a new $5 million program would be established to help struggling farmers transition to organic produce and develop and market niche dairy products.
Another $2.5 million will go for grants to farmers to help them afford conservation practices being pushed by the state and federal government as part of the Chesapeake Bay restoration. And $500,000 will be used for loans to farmers for the measures.
The Pennsylvania Farm Bill allocates $24 million in additional funding to chart a real path for a dynamic and prosperous farming economy in Pennsylvania. It’s about providing more opportunities to our farmers by creating more jobs, more income, and more hope.
• Spending of $2.6 million to make Pennsylvania the leading organic state.
• Exemption of the realty transfer tax when preserved farmland is transferred to a beginning farmer.
• Creation of a Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program for $5 million to help dairy farmers transition to organics and marketing grants to sell their products.
• Creation of a Center for Animal Agriculture Excellence for $1 million by expanding meat processing facilities, help with food safety compliance and converting hemp to animal feed.
• Using $500,000 to create new and expand markets for small or new meat producers.
• The width of farm equipment allowed to be driven on roads will be expanded from 16 feet to 18 feet.
• Creation of a Pennsylvania Rapid Response Disaster Readiness Account for $5 million to allow a quick response to agricultural disasters such as the spotted lanternfly outbreak and Avian Influenza.
• Spending $500,000 to encourage high-priority crops such as hemp, hops and hardwoods.
Warmth in Winter a Challenge For Birds
Winter is a challenging time for backyard birds such as cardinals, woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, titmice and wrens.
But roosting in tree cavities, bird boxes and an assortment of makeshift shelters can help these birds stay warmer at night and give them an energetic edge. .
During the day, birds must eat enough to build up the fat reserves needed to keep them alive through long and cold winter nights. Roosting in protected places gives the wrens (and other birds) a better chance of weathering the elements and conserving the hard-won energy reserves they gained during the day. Studies of birds roosting in nests have shown that such domiciles confer critical energy savings. The same goes for roosting in tree cavities and bird boxes.
In the coldest times, some species will huddle together to stay warm.
While our backyard birds might be just fine on their own, we can help birds by offering places for them to roost in winter. The easiest way to do this is to have a variety of bird boxes available during winter.
The chickadee is one species that does not make the seasonal flight to warmer climates. Instead, they prepare as much as they can during the fall to survive outside in the cold throughout the winter.
Chickadees can actually grow and shrink their brains! When it’s time to store food in the fall, the birds need a strong mechanism for remembering their hiding spots. Neurons are added to the hippocampus region of their brain, increasing volume by about 30%. As the winter comes to a close, temperatures rise, and food becomes more readily available, their brains shrink down because the birds no longer need the super-strong memory.
Chickens Key to Halting Flu Pandemic
British scientists are developing gene-edited chickens designed to be totally resistant to flu in a new approach to trying to stop the next deadly human pandemic.
The first of the transgenic chicks will be hatched later this year at the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, said Wendy Barclay, a professor of virology at Imperial College London who is co-leading the project.
The birds’ DNA has been altered using a new gene editing technology known as CRISPR. In this case the “edits” are to remove parts of a protein on which the flu virus normally depends, making the chickens totally flu-resistant.
The idea is to generate poultry that cannot get flu and would form a “buffer between wild birds and humans”, Barclay said.
The death toll in the last flu pandemic in 2009/10 - caused by the H1N1 strain and considered to be relatively mild - was around half a million people worldwide. The historic 1918 Spanish flu killed around 50 million people.
The greatest fear now is that a deadly strain could jump from wild birds via poultry into humans, and then mutate into a pandemic airborne form that can pass easily between people.
Barclay’s team found that a gene present in chickens called ANP32 encodes a protein that all flu viruses depend on to infect a host. Laboratory tests of cells engineered to lack the gene showed they cannot be infected with flu.
Barclay said one of the biggest hurdles to this approach would be poultry producers’ concerns about public acceptance. “People eat food from farmed animals that have been altered by decades of traditional breeding,” she said. “But they might be nervous about eating gene edited food.”
“Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again," Pancake Breakfast
On Saturday March 9, 2019 from 8AM to 11AM the Bangor High School Drama Department will be hosting the sixth annual pancake breakfast with the cast of ”Mamma Mia” at the Bangor Area Middle School. Mamma Mia tells the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father so he can walk her down the aisle on her wedding day.
Set on a Greek island paradise it features the music of 70’s pop group sensation ABBA This sensational production contains ABBA's greatest hits, including title song, “Mamma Mia’, "Super Trouper," "Lay All Your Love On Me," "Dancing Queen," "Waterloo" and more! The pancake breakfast features restaurant quality food and top-notch service. Tune up your voice and put on your dancing shoes. Join us for great food, karaoke, dancing, musical performances, a raffle, and other activities for people of all ages.
The breakfast will raise funds for the high school musical production of “Mamma Mia”. Performance dates are: March 29, 30, 31 2019. There is a special preview night for Gold Card patrons, March 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM. Tickets for the musical will be available for purchase at the pancake breakfast or you can call 610-599-7011 x1001 for further information regarding tickets for the musical.
Tickets for the “Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again” pancake breakfast can be purchased at the door, $6.00 per person, children 2 and under are free. Please call Sue Bina, 610-588-3041, with any questions.
Hailey Mintz, an elementary student in the Bangor School District, recently won the 46-lb championship in an area wrestling tournament beating all boys.
Driving Data and Car Insurance
EnRoute, a new program from Erie Insurance, makes it easy for business customers to share their driving data and thereby potentially lower business auto premiums and reduce driving risk.
EnRoute uses driving and vehicle data from vehicle-installed telematics devices and smartphone apps to help business owners recognize how choices, such as routes, driver actions and the types of vehicles driven, affect driving performance and safety. The program works with more than 40 telematics service providers and nearly a dozen telematics-enabled vehicle manufacturers.
“Crashes cost employers billions of dollars annually in medical care, lost productivity, legal expenses and property damage,” says ERIE’s Leo Heintz, vice president, Commercial Products. “By harnessing the power of telematics services, EnRoute delivers driving intelligence to help our customers protect their drivers, employees and businesses.”
On-the-job crashes and your bottom line
For many businesses, the most dangerous part of the workday is the time employees spend in their vehicles. In fact, the average car accident costs an employer $16,500, according to research conducted by OSHA. If an on-the-job crash results in an injury, the average cost to the driver’s employer is $74,000.1
Yet, fleets with active telematics programs experience up to 11 percent fewer losses from collisions, according to studies conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.2
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17 S Robinson Ave, Pen Argyl, PA 18072-1765
Alysia Overdorf, daughter of David and Alison Roper Overdorf, graduated, with honors, from the Fox Business School of Temple University on February 1, 2019. Alycia graduated pen Argyl area high school in 2010 and Elizabethtown College with her BA in math and music in 2014.She is currently employed as an actuary by Aon Private Risk Management in their Boston, MA office.
Roseto's Engle bids for
County Council Seat
Dan Engle has announced his candidacy for the open seat for Northampton County Council - District 4 which consists of the Slate Belt area, Bushkill Township, Upper Nazareth, Bath, Chapman, Moore Township, Lehigh Township and Walnutport.
Engle is a fourth-generation Union member of Boilermakers Local 28 since 2002, who has been involved in many community organizations over the past eight years including coaching for children's sports activities, and has been a Roseto Borough Council Member for the past two years. Engle says the motto he lives by is to "work, serve and lead productively and responsibly".
Engle says there is a lot of untapped potential in Northampton County, specifically within District 4, for growth and revitalization.
“As I learned during my apprenticeship, when there's work that needs to be done, it's time to jump in and help to get it done, Engle said”
Engle has made a promise to the residents of Northampton County that he will continue to serve with transparency, integrity and respect. As he has done on Roseto Borough Council, he says he will continue to listen to the issues that are most important to his constituents. He says that he is willing to work hard to bring about fair and effective policy in Northampton County.
The issues he wants to address are the needs and rights of individuals, like economic vitalization, environmental issues and by supporting those working paycheck to paycheck. Engle also wants to ensure that contracting is done responsibly, protecting the taxpayers while ensuring workers are protected.
Engle had been considering a run in recent months, but the final decision came in recent weeks when a number of friends and community leaders encouraged him to run.
“District 4 needs a strong voice in Northampton County," he said. "We need problem solvers and common sense advocates for the people in District 4.”
For more information, email Engle at engle4noco4th@gmailcom or visit Facebook at fb.me/engle4noco4th. The public is also able to join him at his kick-off on Thursday, February 21 from 7pm-10pm at the Scorecard located at 130 North Broadway, Wind Gap.
FUNDING FOR LAKE MINSI, BEAR SWAMP PARK
Lamont McClure and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to announce the awarding of $275,000 in grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR).
“The future of Northampton County is green,” says Lamont McClure. “It is important that we act now to preserve our open spaces and natural land. These grants will help ensure that our parks will be around for future generations to enjoy.”
One grant, for $75,000, will be used to prepare a Greenway and Stewardship Plan for Minsi Lake Park, Bear Swamp Park and Tott’s Gap Corridor. All three sites are located in Upper Mount Bethel Township.
The other grant, for $200,000, will be used for improvements to Minsi Lake Park. In March 2018, Northampton County Council released $500,000 as matching funds for grants from DCNR and other organizations. Combined with state funds of $4,000,000, the money will be used for dam structure improvements and rejuvenation of the surrounding park lands.
Minsi Lake is one of only two public lakes in Northampton County. It was built by the PA Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) in 1970 for public recreation, and consists of a 117-acre lake maintained by PFCB, and 194 acres of surrounding parkland which is leased by the County.
When completed, improvements to the site will include a fishing pier, kayak launch, hiking trails, picnic areas and restrooms. In-lake habitats for fish and turtles are also being constructed with donations raised by Friends of Minsi Lake (FOML), a 501c3 organization. After the PA Department of Environmental Protection deemed the dam structurally deficient, the lake was drained in the spring of 2017 with over 5,000 pounds of fish relocated elsewhere. The dam project is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2019 with a new spillway which can better withstand a maximum flood event. Lake Minsi’s east shore is currently open to the public for hiking, birdwatching and other recreational activities
WNV Positive Tests Up 500%
Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), has released the final counts for their surveys of West Nile Virus (WNV). With the wet weather, 2018 was one of the worst years to date for mosquitoes carrying the virus.
A sampling of Northampton County mosquito pools turned up 83 positive results compared to only 18 reported in 2016. “We take any threat to public health seriously,” says County Executive Lamont McClure. “Northampton County is committed to preventing the transmission of West Nile Virus to humans..."
Across Pennsylvania in 2018, there were 115 human cases of WNV recorded, with 8 deaths. The DEP reported a total of 107 avian (bird) cases and 108 veterinary cases of the virus. No human, avian or veterinary cases of WNV were reported in Northampton County. WNV was first detected in the U.S. in 1999 and affects birds, humans, horses and other mammals.
In humans, 80% of the cases are show no symptoms and 20% involve non-neuroinvasive illness. Less than 1% of cases result in conditions such as encephalitis which can cause paralysis and even death. There were nationwide epidemics of the virus in 2003 and 2012.
Adult mosquito surveys are conducted from May through October, testing them for mosquito-borne diseases. Field Techs focus first on standing water, where mosquitoes lay their eggs, taking samples to test for the presence of the virus. Spraying does not take place until an action threshold, a high enough percentage of positive mosquitoes indicating a threat of humans, is reached. This August, high numbers of positives were detected in the Lehigh Valley so spraying began in hot spots.
Homeowners should drain any source of standing water on their property, including turning over buckets and pools and tossing unnecessary items and trash. Toys, pots, cans, tire swings and plugged gutters make for excellent mosquito breeding habitats. Mosquitoes can breed in as small a space as a soda bottle cap.
nominations for the 1885 club
1885 Club Accepting Nominations
The Bangor Area High School Alumni Association is looking for nominations for induction into the 2019 "1885 Club Hall of Fame." In 1998, the members of the Bangor Area High School Alumni Association began to search for a way to honor graduates who have distinguished themselves through public service, scholarship, and recognition in their chosen fields of work.
Discussions naturally led to creating a Hall of Fame for such individuals. Concerned about possible confusion with the Athletic Hall of Fame, however, the committee began to seek ways to create a different type of recognition with its own unique distinction. From this collaboration, "The 1885 Club" was born. Named in honor of the first year in which a class of students graduated from Bangor High School, this exclusive club honors distinguished alumni and holds these individuals as outstanding examples for others to follow. Through the creation of "The 1885 Club" the Alumni Association underscores and upholds the fact that graduates of Bangor Area High School have been making tremendous contributions to mankind for more than 133 years. We reserve a special category for educators and administrators who have served the Bangor Area School District over its long history.
To nominate someone for either of these awards, please go to the Bangor Area School District web site, bangorslaters.com, click on the Alumni icon (under Quick Links) and then click on the 1885 Club. There you will find a printable form. The form must be filled out completely for your nominee to be considered. Mail the completed form to the address shown or forward it to Carole J. Hontz at Bangor Area High School, 187 Five Points Richmond Road, Bangor, PA 18013-5224. Nominations can also be e mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
BAHS STUDENTS QUALIFY FOR DISTRICT CHORUS
Fifteen Bangor Area High School students were selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 10 Chorus. The concerts will be held at Exeter Township High School in Reading on February 8th and 9th. They were among over 900 students who auditioned from schools in the counties of Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, and Schuylkill. Of that, 200 were selected to create the District 10 Chorus. Top row: Abigail Heald, Aimee Bealer, Charles Fassl, Mason Cruz, Joshua Martinez, Andrea Morokutti, Lindsay Hoffer Front row: Heather Heath, Deja Breitfeller, Kristen Stopfer, Michael Spagnola, Hannah Bledsoe, Cathianne McKenna, Brookel Sabella Missing: Abigail Lucas
WASTE MANAGEMENT DONATES TO BLUE & WHITE
Blue and White Gets $8000 Donation from WM
The Blue and White Scholastic Foundation received an $8,000 donation today from Waste Management. The company made the contribution as part of Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program.
The Blue & White Scholastic Foundation is a non-profit organization that gives out annual scholarships through their scholarship program.
“Waste Management has a history of supporting education in the Slate Belt. We believe that investing in our youth, is investing in our future. The Blue and White Scholastic Foundation and Waste Management partnership has allowed dozens of students to attend catholic school, who might not have been able to due to budget restrictions. We are proud to support the Blue and White Scholastic Foundation and the students attending Immaculate Conception School,” commented Waste Management’s Community Relations Manager, Adrienne Fors.
Waste Management of Pennsylvania is dedicated to environmental protection, education and supporting the communities where we operate. Since the EITC program was launched, Waste Management has made grants worth over $15,791,307 that have improved the educational opportunities of thousands of public school students and helped thousands of other children and young adults attend private schools.
BASD Kindergarten registration
BASD Kindergarten Registration
The Bangor Area School District (BASD) is excited to welcome the Class of 2032! The kindergarten team at Five Points Elementary School is excited to welcome our new kindergarten class to begin theireducational journey for the 2019-2020 School Year. A child is eligible for kindergarten if he/she:
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DiFebo's Earn Leopold Conservation Award
DiFebo's Earn Leopold Conservation Award
A Pennsylvania Senate citation was awarded to Bangor’s Harvest Home Meats, Pennsylvania’s first winner of the prestigious Leopold Conservation Award. The award is given out in 14 states.
Presented in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes farmers, ranchers and foresters who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land. The award is presented in Pennsylvania by Heinz Endowments, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Sand County Foundation.
The owners of Harvest Home Meats, Richard DiFebo and his son, Dohl, were given the award during a ceremony this week at the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
The DiFebos, who raise grass-fed beef cattle, converted highly-erodible row crop land to grass pastures, installed contour strips, raised cover crops, used no-till seeding practices, and fenced off streams and ponds on their farm.
Richard and Dohl DiFebo earned this prestigious award by demonstrating that agricultural business operators can be successful while also being responsible environmental stewards. Harvest Home Meats has family ties to our area that go back a century, and we all celebrate their nationally recognized achievement
Jean Pinto Honored
Jean Pinto honored at Heritage Center
by Larry Cory
Jean Pinto formed the New Approach in 1970 to wage a fight against cancer in honor of Tim Caracio who was a neighbor and friend who died at a young age of the dreaded disease. Even though her daughter, Kathy, also succumbed to cancer in 2004, Jean continued the fight until her death in 2018.
In her nearly half-century fight she and the New Approach raised over one million dollars to aid in the fight against cancer.
Terry Toth who joined the popular singing group in 1979 and served as an assistant, said Jean Pinto was a “special lady” during a program held at the Slate Belt Heritage Center Sunday afternoon.
Pinto had the ideal background to pursue her goal. In addition to her engaging personality she was a church choir director and an educator for over 40 years.
People who joined the group were held to a high standard, but she had the respect of all who performed in the group. She held dinners for us because she “wanted us to be family,” Toth said.
She was also a lady of faith and ended every show with the song, “How Great is Our God,” which was sung by nearly two dozen members of the group who participated in the program. They also sang “In Remembrance of You,” Oh Happy Day” and medley of other favorites.
Toth also talked about some of Pinto’s policies that she wanted everyone to follow. There was a way for group members to stand, a way to sit, and she never allowed anyone to wear white socks with black pants.
Pinto also wanted her shows to have a fast start and a strong finish. For that reason, New Approach shows never had intermissions, because, Toth, quoting Pinto, said , “If we stop we would have to start again.”
The Little Approach started in 1980 because Pinto wanted some younger people who would learn to perform and could provide back-up for veteran performers.
She had many honors for her work including commendation from many local members of the Pennsylvania state congress. She also became a member of the Bangor Area School District’s 1885 Club, among other honors.
According to Channel 69's Twitter feed, Bangor Senior Sal Schippers, pictured above with parents Brian and According to Channel 69's Twitter feed, Bangor Senior Sal Schippers, pictured above with parents Brian andSalliAnn at the Bangor High School Wrestling Senior Night Thursday, was also honored for his fight against leukemia since his freshman year. This week he was hospitalized and was released just in time to come to senior night. (See more at towntopicssports.com ) Sbtt Photo Emily Dario
Bangor Junior Varsity Coach Alyssa Pellegrino recently won her 100th game.
Eleven students represented the Pen Argyl Area School District in the Northampton County Chorus Festival held at Moravian Academy January 3rd-5th. (Back Row Maurice Whan, Hunter Weaver, Nathan Dale, Amanda Larsen, Abigail Fritz. Front Row Joey DiAngelo, Karin Guide, Amanda Pysher, Rebecca Stinson, Kira Findon, Liam Giraldo)
Officials prepare for the Elks District Hoop Shoot. Photo - The Belt and Beyond
Julia Antonoli holds a basketball presented to her and her parents in honor her late brother, Jonathan, during a brief ceremony prior to the boys game with Wilson.