The integrity of the vote is central to the democratic process. But integrity isn’t always cheap.
It will cost Lehigh County between $3.5 to $4 million to comply with a new voter verifiable paper voting system mandate required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to prevent Election Day hacking. The new system requires a paper trail for each ballot cast.
“We saw it coming,” said Timothy Benyo, Lehigh County’s chief clerk of registration and elections, of the changes. “We would have been moving toward it eventually.”
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania awarded Congressman Charles Dent, R-15th, the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement on behalf of higher education at the association’s annual meeting in Hershey.
The Benjamin Franklin Medal, named for one of this nation’s and Pennsylvania’s earliest and most recognized leaders, is reserved for individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the ongoing vitality and effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities.
Aug. 16 will mark the 75th anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Intrepid (CVS-11), the World War II-era Essex class aircraft carrier that is now home to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.
The Intrepid Museum is putting out a call for former Intrepid crew members to be reunited in a Commissioning Anniversary Celebration Weekend Aug. 16-19.
The museum is also accepting donations of personal artifacts and memorabilia from former crew members and their families.
In an ongoing program to increase public awareness of work zones, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation had a Work Zone Awareness media event April 10 along I-78 near the Summit Lawn Exit 59, Salisbury Township.
The event marked the upcoming National Work Zone Awareness Week April 9-13.
The program is designed to increase workplace safety for both PennDOT employees as well as the traveling public.
Statistics provided by District 5 Spokesman Sean Brown revealed there were 19 deaths in work zone crashes in 2017 in Pennsylvania.
The Sanctuary at Haafsville, 901 Nestle Way, Breinigsville, will have a basket social noon-7 p.m. May 1-4 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5 at the Sanctuary.
Ticket drawing begins 5 p.m. Saturday. There will be a 50/50 raffle. There will be a bake and plant sale along with hot dogs and burgers on Saturday only.
For information, call 484-788-8062.
When Imogene Marie Dietrich died March 16, 2017, at age 59, her husband and high school sweetheart, Bill, knew he had to find a way to honor her memory.
As Imogene loved sunflowers, Bill decided to plant a field of the bright yellow flowers next to his Germansville home.
When the flowers were ready for harvesting, Bill took the sunflower seeds and bagged them to sell as wild bird food.
A 1975 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, Imogene and Bill married in 1973.
The couple had two children, Steven Dietrich and Stacey Scanlon.
Northwestern Lehigh Middle School theater students will perform “Anything Goes” from April 27-29 in the middle school auditorium.
“Anything Goes,” set in 1934, tells the story of Billy Crocker, a young man who falls in love with Hope Harcourt, an English heiress who is being forced to marry Lord Evelyn Oakleigh on a luxury liner.
Crocker decides to follow Harcourt and confess his love to her.
When he discovers his boss is on the same ship, he disguises himself as a gangster with the help of another gangster on the run from the law.
The April 19 Heidelberg Township supervisors’ meeting answered a question that audience members had been prepared to ask.
When residents ask to have land included in an Agricultural Security Area, there are advertisements in the newspaper announcing the requests, but apparently never from Heidelberg.
Supervisors approved resolutions to include LET Farms’ 64.91 acres at Heil and Central roads, and for Glenn and Kathryn Frey, Bake Oven Road, for 61.5 acres.
Nativity Lutheran Church, 4004 W. Tilghman St., Allentown, is hosting a Dining Out Night fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. May 2 at Panera Bread, 3100 W. Tilghman St., Allentown.
Pick up a fundraising flyer from the oval table in the church narthex.
Present the flyer at the restaurant and the church youth will receive a percentage of the receipt.
Join the community for the fifth annual Jewish Heritage Night at the IronPigs at 7:05 p.m. May 30.
Ticket includes a food voucher and Jewish Heritage cap.
For tickets or information, call your synagogue.