The secular zealots who originally challenged Lehigh County’s official seal in 2015 will not be happy until all symbols of Christianity are removed from public view.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation in Wisconsin, which supported four Lehigh Valley members’ efforts to have the Latin cross in the center of the county seal removed, must be smiling smugly after a federal judge’s decision Sept. 28.
U.S. District Court Judge Edward Smith upheld the group’s viewpoint — well, sort of — that the Latin cross should not be part of the county government’s official seal.
As we approach the Nov. 7 municipal election, the East Penn Press and the Salisbury Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt the publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.
The last week for publication of columns by local government officials running for office is the Oct. 4 edition.
We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.
Julien Torres, 23, of Bethlehem, was charged with suspicion of driving while under the influence and failure to drive within lane following a crash in the 1400 block of East Emmaus Avenue 6:02 a.m. Sept. 21. He was taken to the hospital with injuries.
Inappropriate sayings were found on a shed at Dodson Park 7:55 p.m. Sept. 22. Public Works has been notified for removal.
A resident in the 800 block of Public Road reported 10:20 p.m. Sept. 22 an unknown person purchased food at a store in Lansdale with the resident’s credit card. The purchase was $41.75.
National Newspaper Week is the time to celebrate the impact newspapers have on their communities, and to recognize the dedicated individuals who work diligently so that you, the reader, receive the news and information that you want and need, day in and day out. A free press is more important than ever and newspapers have always been at the forefront of serving our communities.
EMMAUS HALLOWEEN PARADE
The Emmaus Halloween Parade will be held 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and promises to be a “Spooktacular” event. The rain date is 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22.
Volunteers are needed. Halloween parade committee meetings are held 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 12 in the community room on the second floor of borough hall and Oct. 19 in council chambers. For more information, contact Kathy Mintzer at 610-965-6250 or EmmausParade@aol.com.
Volunteer positions needed include division captains and float formation area.
The annual Bethlehem area CROP Hunger Walk will be held with registration 1 p.m. and step-off 1:30 p.m. Oct.8. The walk starts at Spring Street near Lehigh Street.
CROP Hunger Walk is sponsored by Church World Service and organized by religious groups, businesses, schools and others to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world.
PBS39 is seeking kindergarten to grade 12 students to submit their artwork for a chance to become a featured 2018 Artist of the Month.
Submissions are accepted through Oct. 27.
Students are encouraged to enter their paintings, drawings, photography, videography, sculptures or performance art video for a chance to be recognized.
Winners will be notified by Nov. 10.
For full contest information or to apply, please visit wlvt.org.
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE
Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, R-28th, has ordered a special election be held Dec. 5 to fill the vacant seat in the 133rd Legislative District in Lehigh County.
Turzai filed the writ of election, the formal document setting the date of a special election, with the Department of State. A copy of the writ is also being filed with the Lehigh County Board of Elections.
The vacancy was created by the Sept. 8 death State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-133rd.
“A Taste of Soup” will be held noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Lower Macungie Township Library, 3450 Brookside Road. Kathee Rhode, library executive director, said there will be three challenges – individual, restaurant and Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners. The winning entry in each challenge will be recognized as “Lower Macungie Library’s Best Soup.”