New SVSD Adventure Education Initiative Seeks Support

The SVSD School Board approved the addition of an Adventure Education program to the Physical Education curriculum and Saucon Valley’s Department of Health and Physical Education is looking for community support to help fund this exciting new program that should be a hit with all students, K-12.

St. Luke's Bethlehem Bone Awards

Donors Fund NanoKnife for St. Luke’s Tumor Patients

Thanks to generous donations, patients in the Lehigh Valley suffering from previously inoperable liver or pancreatic tumors now have a leading-edge treatment available to them at St. Luke’s University Hospital-Bethlehem.

Spirit Parade Theme Will Be ’60s-Woodstock’

This fall will be a good time to dig out your tie-dyed t-shirts and peace sign paraphernalia. They’ll come in handy if you’re planning to march in or attend this year’s Saucon Valley Spirit Parade, which organizers recently announced will have a ’60s-Woodstock’ theme. The parade will be held Sunday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. in Hellertown, and will follow the route that has been used in recent years: Walnut Street to Main Street to Water Street to Rentzheimer Drive to Durham Street to Constitution Avenue. The beginning and end point for the parade will be the Saucon Valley School District campus between Walnut Street and Polk Valley Road.

BBQ Fundraiser to Benefit SV Man Who Needs Heart Transplant

Organizers have announced details for a BBQ fundraiser that will be held Saturday, Oct. 3 to benefit Mike Henninger–a Hellertown native and father of a nine-year-old who’s currently awaiting a heart transplant at the University of Pennsylvania hospital in Philadelphia. There is a Facebook event page for the fundraiser and as of Tuesday afternoon 45 people had already committed to attend, with 500 invited. Henninger, 39, suffers from genetic cardiomyopathy, which has caused progressive weakening of his heart over the past decade in spite of numerous procedures and the use of pacemakers. Friends of Henninger and his wife, Marnie, have organized to fundraise on their behalf under the name “Team Mike,” and will have a booth under the HelpHOPELive banner at Hellertown-Lower Saucon Community Day Aug.

Progress Made on Rail Trail Signal Restoration

Saucon Rail Trail volunteers reported recently that rapid progress has been made on the refurbishment of a historic rail signal along the trail near Walnut Street in Hellertown. According to a news release, Peter Jarrett and Roger Jurczak of the Saucon Rail Trail Oversight Commission recently power-washed and painted the signal pole using paint donated by Sherwin-Williams of Lower Saucon Township. The signal parts–which were removed from the pole last year–have been sandblasted and painted according to their original Reading Railroad color scheme by Blastco of Quakertown. “Miller Fabricating in Allentown is currently fabricating targets, brackets, eyebrows and light disks which will be taken to Blastco for painting,” the release said. True Value in Hellertown has also lent a hand by supplying various nuts, bolts and screws that will be needed to help reassemble the signal as it was.