Monday, May 20, 2013
Here's what you need to know about Tuesday's primary election in Hellertown, Lower Saucon Township and the Saucon Valley School District.
Tuesday, May 21 is primary election day in Pennsylvania. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Poll problems? Contact the Northampton County Office of Voter Registration at (610) 559-3055. Not sure where to vote? You can find your local polling place by entering your street address in a form on the Pennsylvania Department of State's website. Hellertown Borough Races Lower Saucon Township Race Saucon Valley School District Race Northampton County Race Useful link:
Raised beds at Christ Lutheran Church of Hellertown are being used to grow vegetables that will feed both members of the congregation and patrons of the New Jerusalem Food Bank.
An ambitious garden project that will likely benefit many Saucon Valley residents is taking shape at Christ Lutheran Church of Hellertown. Patch gardening blogger and project organizer Angela Drake reported that produce grown in the recently-constructed raised beds at the church on Main Street will benefit both members and local families in need. "We hope to donate excess produce to the local food bank, as well as share it with each other after church with a donation jar," Drake said. "Monies again (will) go to the food bank at New Jeruselem Church." Drake said six or seven people volunteered to help build the beds, which were filled with free loads of compost obtained from the Saucon Valley Compost Center and donated horse manure. Even …
On May 23-25, Pondelek's Florist & Gifts in Hellertown will provide anyone who wants to honor a departed loved one with two free roses.
A Hellertown florist has a generous offer in store for customers this Memorial Day. Pondelek’s Florist & Gifts has announced that as a participant in this year's Memorial Day "Florist & Community" program, it will provide two free roses to anyone who wants to honor a deceased loved one. One rose is for placement at a gravestone, and the other is "to take home in remembrance," Pondelek's said in a press release about the program. The roses will be available Thursday and Friday, May 23-24, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The florist and gift shop, which is located at 1310 Main St., Hellertown, is currently celebrating 71 years in business. Its website is www.pondeleksflorist.com.
Do you remember the days when milk was delivered to Hellertown homes in baby-faced glass bottles from Brookfield Dairy?
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I am fortunate to own but one Lerch Dairy quart bottle and one source of history relating to Howard K. Lerch of Hellertown, whose brief biography appeared in my great uncle's book, published in 1926 by Editor-in-Chief George P. Donehoo and titled "Pennsylvania, a History." When the book was printed, the Lerch Dairy stood on the northwest corner of Front and Water streets in Hellertown. The writer, Donehoo, described the dairy as one of Hellertown's "most enterprising and up-to-date industrial plants" where on a daily basis "two thousand quarts of milk pass through this establishment, where the latest type of machinery pasteurizes it." Lerch had been born on a Lower Saucon Township farm on Jan. 16, 1875. He attended Hellertown schools …
Relay for Life of Saucon Valley is an annual event that raises awareness and funding for the American Cancer Society. Saturday's Relay—held in Hellertown—featured remarks by survivors and a 'Victory Lap' around Dimmick Park.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
From May through November, the Saucon Valley Farmers' Market is open Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Hellertown's Water Street Park, just off the Saucon Rail Trail.
Did you know that the Saucon Valley Farmers' Market is now one of the biggest farmers' market in the Lehigh Valley? The popular market—which is open each Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (May through November) in Hellertown's Water Street Park —has grown in size to include more than 40 vendors this year, including a number of new vendors. According to a SVFM brochure, this year's vendors include: Apple Ridge Farm, Aunt Jack's Baking, BabaNonna LLC, Bechdolt Orchards, Best in Show Barkery, Blue Mountain Vineyards, Bobwhite Acres, Conner's Sawmill, Debbie's Kitchen, Delightfully Irrational Desserts, Drizzle, Dunn's Fruit Farm, Eat This Yum, Earth's Phocas, Epic Acre Farm, Flint Hill Farm, The Garden of Easton/Blue Mountain Farms, Glenn & Elly's…
Friday, May 17, 2013
Extra traffic will be accessing Exit 67 (Rt. 412) on I-78 because of the Lehigh University commencement ceremony.
The Route 412 interchange on I-78 is already congested on a typical weekday morning, but motorists who drive that way should expect "extra heavy traffic" this Monday, PennDOT has warned in a news release. Additional congestion and delays are possible because of Lehigh University's commencement exercises, which will be held Monday on the school's Bethlehem campus. The advisory emailed by PennDOT says motorists should be alert for extra traffic between the Route 33 and Route 309 exits on I-78 between 8 and 11 a.m. Much of the Route 412 corridor in Hellertown and Bethlehem is currently under construction as part of a three-year, $36 million widening project.
Kristen Fiorot, 28, of Front Street, Hellertown, has been charged with retail theft, according to court records.
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Friday, May 17
A Hellertown woman was charged with two counts of retail theft and sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bail after allegedly admitting to police that she stole and resold baby formula in order to buy heroin, according to court records cited by the Express-Times in an article published Wednesday. Kristen Fiorot, 28, of the 200 block of Front Street, allegedly admitted to police that she stole hundreds of dollars worth of baby formula from a Bethlehem Township Walmart over the past several months to help finance a drug addiction.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Hellertown Police say Randy Bond, of Bingen Road, Lower Saucon Township,
A Lower Saucon Township man has been charged with public drunkenness, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, after borough police say he was in possession of those items while intoxicated on the Saucon Rail Trail. In a news release, police said Randy Bond, 44, of the 3200 block of Bingen Road, was stopped by an officer on foot patrol on May 6 shortly after 6:30 p.m. Police said Bond was stopped on the trail in between Water and Walnut streets for alleged public drunkenness. At that time, he was found to be in possession of a small amount of heroin and paraphernalia, police added.
Notices being sent out to those who have not adequately maintained their property.
Property owners whose homes or businesses are not in compliance with borough property maintenance codes can expect to receive letters in the mail, Hellertown Zoning Officer Kris Russo told Borough Council recently. Russo said that now that spring is here, letters are going out to a number of owners whose borough properties are not being adequately maintained. In particular, Russo highlighted a home on Second Avenue, which he told council is "pretty bad." “We need to keep putting pressure" on the owner, until the issues involving property maintenance are resolved, Council President Phil Weber agreed. "Just think—you cut your grass absolutely perfect, and you look across the street and it’s just upsetting," he said, referring to neighbors of…