Northampton Press

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bath: Historical society tours offered Saturday

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by The Press in Columns

The Governor Wolf Historical Society museum, 6600 Jacksonville Road, will be open Aug. 19 to the public from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., with tours of the society’s campus offered.

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The Bath museum, located in the Bath Borough building at Penn and Washington streets, will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 19.


From noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 26, the Borough of Bath will hold its second annual Suds and Spuds street fair. The event takes place on Chestnut and Northampton streets.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

Saying good riddance to No Child Left Behind

When school doors open later this month or right after Labor Day, the controversial No Child Left Behind Act will be on its way out, and the Every Student Succeeds Act will be on its way in, although full implementation will not begin until the 2018-19 school year.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, this bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the national education law and long-standing commitment to equal opportunity for all students.

Donald Edgar Kunkel

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of Emmaus

Donald Edgar Kunkel, 88, of Emmaus, died Aug. 10, 2017, in his home. He was the husband of Joanne (Hoffert) Kunkel for 63 years. Born in Hartford, Conn., he was the son of the late Barton and Dorothy Kunkel, and the stepson of the late Sarah Kunkel.

He graduated from Allentown High School in 1946 and went on to enlist in the Merchant Marines as a merchant mariner. During that time, he traveled the world.

He was employed by Lehigh Valley Dairy, Boise Cascade, and retired as a Realtor/appraiser for Riggs Real Estate in Allentown.

Ruth L. Schaffer

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

St. Peter’s UCC member

Ruth L. Schaffer, 89, of Northampton, died Aug. 9, 2017, at Holy Family Manor, Bethlehem. She was the wife of the late Charles Roth and the late Clayton J. Schaffer.

Born in Nazareth, she was the daughter of the late Wesley and Clara (Fehr) Granda.

She drove a bus for Leibensperger Bus Company for many years, retiring in 1982.

She was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Northampton, where she was a member of the church quilting group.

She was a member of Laurel Fire Company’s ladies auxiliary.


Monday, August 14, 2017 by The Press in Columns

AUG. 14

• “FIT-tastic” summer camp, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Hokendauqua. The camp will continue until Aug. 18. Registration:

• Beading club meeting (for teens and adults), 6:30 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road

• Drum-along with June Walker, 7 p.m., at Emmanuel’s Lutheran Church, 3175 Valley View Drive, Moore Township

AUG. 15

• Disney storytime, 12:30 p.m., at Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St.

Area students may apply for Greenawald Scholarship

Friday, August 11, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Applications are available and being accepted through Aug. 12 for students eligible to receive the $1,000 Greenawald Memorial Scholarship presented at The Great Allentown Fair in honor of former Fair President William F. Greenawald.

The annual scholarship was established and first presented in 2015 by Patricia Greenawald and her children commemorating her husband’s longtime devotion to the Fair prior to his passing in 2008.

Box office hours extended for Great Allentown Fair

Friday, August 11, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Great Allentown Fair is extending hours at its Main Box Office to accommodate the increased demand for show, ride and Fair admission tickets for the fair, Aug. 29 through Labor Day Sept. 4.

The Fair Box Office is located inside the Allentown Fairgrounds between the Ritz Barbecue and The Farmers Market.

Box office hours are 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays until Aug. 22.

The satellite Liberty Street Box Office takes over Aug. 23 with additional hours when the Allentown Fairgrounds gates are closed in preparation for the Fair.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, August 11, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, August 9: Apple juice, fried chicken breast on bun w/ lettuce-tomato and mayo, red-skinned potato salad, fresh cantaloupe.

Thursday, August 10: Country fried steak w/ gravy, baked potato / sour cream, roasted cauliflower parmesan, wheat bread w/ margarine, fresh strawberries.

Friday, August 11: Cranberry juice, pork roll w/ cheese on bun, potato chips, carrot raisin salad, blueberry fluff.

Still more Musikfest to experience

Friday, August 11, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The 34th annual Musikfest continues through Aug. 13, with more than 400 performers from the United States, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, The Netherlands, Scotland and South Korea, performing on 16 stages in historic downtown Bethlehem and the Colonial Industrial Quarter on the city’s north side and at SteelStacks on the city’s south side.

Headlining the Sands Steel Stage at PNC Plaza are ticketed concerts: Godsmack, Aug. 9; Toby Keith, Aug. 10; The Band Perry, Aug. 11; Lee Bice, Justin Moore, Aug. 12, and Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson, Aug. 13.

New vehicle dealership sales exceeded $2.9 billion in 2016

Friday, August 11, 2017 by The Press in Business Showcase

Sales for franchised new vehicle dealerships in the Greater Lehigh Valley exceeded $2.9 billion in 2016, an average of $48.2 million per dealership.

New vehicle revenue contributed $26.4 million to that total, while pre-owned vehicles contributed $12.8 million. Service, parts and other revenue sources made up the remainder.

The average dealership sold 1,432 new and used vehicles in 2016, and serviced an average of 18,800.