Tre Jordan of Pius X is tackled after gaining yardage running to his left, during the Royals' 26-7 win over Mahanoy Area in the Class A District XI semi final. (More photos tomorrow) (More photos below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
The DeFranco Elementary School choir sings, during a Veterans program held Friday at the school. (More photos tomorrow) (More photos below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Local veterans enjoy a Veterans program held at DeFranco Elementary school Friday. (Sbtt Photo Larry Cory)
Nate Stewart of Pius X is tackled after a gain, during the Royals' 26-7 win over Mahanoy Area in the Class A District XI semi final. (More photos tomorrow) (More photos below Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Jon Moran of Pius X takes off down the sideline after catching a pass, during the Royals' 26-7 win over Mahanoy Area in the Class A District XI semi final. (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Best way to handle aggressive drivers?
BPT) - Aggressive drivers speed, drive too fast or carelessly, change lanes without warning, cut off other vehicles, tailgate and pass in ways that endanger others. Aggressive driving likely causes “a substantial number” of the 6.8 million crashes that occur every year on American highways, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says. Everyone is aware of aggressive drivers, but you may be surprised to learn how many people think that other drivers are the only offenders; the truth is that most drivers should take a closer look in the mirror – aggressive drivers may be closer than they appear.
Eighty-five percent of motorists describe other drivers’ behind-the-wheel behavior as aggressive, yet only 36 percent admit their own driving is aggressive, according to a survey by Safeco Insurance. Despite that discrepancy, the survey also revealed wide-spread agreement on two important points: 82 percent said they experience negative feelings because of how other people drive, and 72 percent said they would welcome the chance to improve the driving experience for everyone and make at least one change to their own behavior.
Recognizing the need to reduce aggressive driving, Safeco launched a “Drive it Forward Fridays” movement. Drivers can visit www.safeco.com/diff, or use the hashtag #DIFF, to pledge to be more courteous drivers, and to share how they’re making positive changes to their driving habits.
The survey also identified behaviors that, if stopped, would make driving more pleasant for everyone. This includes cutting off other drivers (59 percent), using high beams toward oncoming traffic (57 percent) and tailgating (56 percent).
“People’s emotions and anxieties often will play out on our roads and highways, putting us all in tense, high-stress driving conditions that can be dangerous,” says Jonathan Alpert, a Manhattan-based psychotherapist and author of the book “Be Fearless: Change Your Life in 28 Days.” Alpert has also written about road rage. “Changing aggressive driving habits is not only good for society, but it's good for your mental health. Simple positive acts can have a huge impact on how you feel by activating the reward center in the brain - meaning it really can make you feel good.”
Alpert offers some tips to help drivers begin curbing aggressive road behaviors:
* Aggressive drivers cut off other motorists, tailgate, have unnecessary and excessive use the horn, speed and change lanes rapidly. If these behaviors describe your driving habits, resolve to make a change for the better.
* Model good driving behavior by being friendly and courteous on the road. Your good behavior can inspire others to be courteous as well. Give up a parking spot, and when it’s safe to do so, allow other drivers to move into your lane.
* Accept that some undesirable road conditions, such as heavy traffic, slow drivers or excessively fast ones are a normal and unavoidable reality of driving. If you normalize these irritations, you’re less likely to be frustrated by them.
* Don’t take it personally. A driver who cut you off was likely just being thoughtless, and didn’t intend to anger or endanger you. Consider other explanations; perhaps the driver is traveling to an emergency or simply didn’t see you.
In addition to improving your own behaviors and encouraging others to do so, too, avoid antagonizing aggressive drivers. NHTSA recommends you do your best to get out of the way of aggressive drivers and don’t encourage them by speeding up or attempting to block them. Avoid eye contact and ignore rude gestures – in short, don’t encourage bad driving behavior by behaving badly yourself.
A teenage check-out worker at a Target chain store in Texas has become an overnight sensation after a customer posted a photo of him on Twitter.
The picture of Target employee Alex spawned hundreds of memes on Twitter and giving him thousands of admiring followers.
Soon, Twitter users soon took interest in the young Texan and the global trend #alexfromtarget took off.
The hashtag has been used over a million times and memes have gone viral as users wondered: "Who is Alex from Target?"
The trend seemed to take Alex - who has been described as a Justin Bieber look-alike - by surprise.
Some memes showed a horde of customers crowding Target under the tagline: "Tomorrow when #alexfromtarget starts his shift".
A Buzzfeed quiz asked readers: "How 'Alex From Target' Are You?" On his own profile, Alex wrote: "Am I famous now?"
He even got a message from Ellen DeGeneres."Hey #AlexFromTarget, it's #EllenFromEllen", the comedian and talk show host tweeted.
Target jumped on the bandwagon, too, tweeting: "We heart Alex, too."
Veterans Memorial Highway
State Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Bushkill Township) will unveil signs 1:00pm Monday, November 10, designating Bushkill Center Road from State Route 512 to Jacobsburg Road as the Veterans Memorial Highway.
The unveiling will take place at the intersection of PA Route 512 and Bushkill Center Road. Parking will be available in designated areas adjacent to the intersection. The designation is the result of House Bill 2099, legislation authored by Hahn that was signed into law as part of Act 124 of 2014.
A number of local veterans are scheduled to attend and Hahn inviting to the ceremony any men and women who served or are serving our country.
Veterans Day Ceremony
The Bangor & Roseto American Legions, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Order of the Elks will be holding a Veterans Day remembrance ceremony on Tuesday November 11th at 10am at Bangor Memorial Park on Eisenhart Blvd, Bangor PA by the pool entrance.
L-WGT Committee Meeting
The Liberty-Water Gap Trail PA Extension committee will meet 7:00pm Wednesday November 12 in the William Pensyl Social Hall in Portland.
The L-WGT is envisioned to connect Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J. with Delaware Water Gap, PA.
Members will discuss the recreational, health, and economic values of the trail and the partnerships involved, including the 911 Memorial Trail Association.
NCC Veterans Week Program
In observance of Veterans Day, Northampton Community College will present a talk by guest speaker Joseph Arata, Chief Strategic Recruitment, Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The program will be held on Thursday, November 13, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the David A Reed Community Room at NCC’s Main Campus in Bethlehem Township.
Afterward, the college will honor veterans with a celebration and reception at NCC’s Veterans Plaza
Our Icy Past Living on a Moraine
The Slate Belt Heritage Center presents Our Icy Past - Living on a Moraine by Henry Skirbst, Thurday - November 13th at 7:00 pm
For additional information contact: Karen Brewer @ 610-588-8615.
Mohegan Sun Casino Trip
St. Elizabeth's of Hungary Church in Pen Argyl Is Sponsoring a Trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Wilkes Barre on Thursday, November 13. The First Pick up Location Will Be at the St. Elizabeth's Parking Lot, Leaving by 9:00am. The Second Pick up Location Will Be at the Old St. Joseph's Parking Lot in Wind Gap, Leaving by 9:05am. For More Information,
Please Call Mary Lou Derea-lohman at 610-86304846 or 610-844-4630."
Faith Christian Concert
Fourth through Sixth Grade students will hold a concert at Faith Christian School November 14 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
COPS ‘n’ KIDS AND YOU . . .
As a result of the kindness and commitment of the entire community, the award-winning Cops ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literacy Program has distributed more than 619,000 free books thus far.
This program pairs children (pre-school through middle school) with new or gently used books that have been donated by individuals and organizations from throughout the Lehigh Valley. In many cases, the books are the first that the children have to keep as their own. This is all made possible as a result of an amazing “spirit of giving” in our community.
They are collecting books the first Cops ‘n’ Kids event ever in the Bangor Area School District for their Washington Elementary School students. They are hoping to reach our goal of 1,000 books to distribute to their Kindergarten through Fourth grade student in that building,
If you wish to donate please see below for the drop off location site. The book drive will run through November 14th that you are welcome to contact Bowman at 610-599-7013.
Drop-off sites for any books you wish to donate include the following:
• All Merchants Bank locations
• Brian Witmer State Farm Insurance Company
• Washington Elementary School
If you would like additional information on the program, please contact Deb Bowman at 610-599-7013 ext. 3704 or email@example.com
Visit their website at www.copsnkidslv.org.
NCC Youth Chess Tournament
Northampton Community College (NCC) will hold its 13th annual youth chess tournament for children ages 18 and under on November 15, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., at the David A. Reed Community Room, Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.
Participants will be able to compete in five rounds, rated and unrated. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. The cost is $30 with pre-registration by November 13 or $35 at the door.
To register, visit www.northampton.edu/lifelearn. For more information about this and other youth programs at NCC, go to www.northampton.edu/Horizons-For-Youth/Special-Events-and-Partnerships or call 610-861-4120.
Christmas Card Making
Christmas Card Making Hosted will be available Saturday November 15 from 1-5pm at Lori's Close to My Heart Papercrafting, 744 Chestnunt St., Bangor, PA
Come on over and start making some of your Christmas Cards. You can start here, Supplies will be available for $20 a person and you take home 20 cards.
If you can't finish them that afternoon, they will get you prepped cut and stamped.
All you have to do is assemble what you didn't finish at home. If you have supplies, bring them over and play with us for free.
Go Teach: Hiking 101, A Cross Curricula Connection
Saturday, November 15th 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Hiking is more than putting on a pair of boots and walking in the woods. It’s a lifelong recreational activity that can increase one’s stamina, endurance and athleticism. It’s also the basis of numerous other recreations including backpacking, orienteering and geo-caching. Learn how to enable your students to discover Penn’s Woods through an interdisciplinary set of lessons for teachers created by the PA Bureau of State Parks. Lessons focus on health, fitness and trip planning; map reading and identifying local trails; forest ecology as well as nature journaling. The lessons meet several Physical Education & Health standards as well as standards for Geography, Science & Ecology and the Humanities. As part of this workshop teachers will receive lessons, ACT 48 hours and access to loaner equipment to help incorporate outdoor recreation education into their school. The cost of the workshop is $20 payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To register, contact Lauren Forster at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-746-2801.
TGAI Scholarship Dinner
You’re invited to join Totts Gap Art Institute for its third Annual Scholarship Dinner to be held from 6-10pm, Saturday November 15. The cost is $50 per person.
With music by the incomparable Vicki Doney, the event will be filled with dinner, catered by J. DeFranco & Daughters, conversation and a silent auction of original art.
It is a great opportunity to meet others in the community who want to make a difference. With our scholarship demands doubling in the past year, your support is more important than ever. They truly hope to see you there!
RSVP by November 7. Remit payment by check or PayPal. Visit TottsGap.org or call 610-588-5817.
Second Annual Toy Bingo
The second annual Toy Bingo will be held at Hope UCC in Wind Gap Saturday November 15. Doors open 11:00am, bingo starts 1:00pm.
The cost is $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door. Adults and children are welcome to play.
There will be 15 paper games and each game has a three chance to win.
The kitchen will be open to purchase lunch, snacks and drinks.
Prizes include toys, games, gift cards, etc. plus a grand prize basket. Doors prize will also be awarded, Other activities include a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing.
To purchase tickets e-mail email@example.com or call 908-727-0090. Check them out on the web at www.hope.ucc.com
Annual Wreath Making
The Jacobsburg sixth annual Day of Wreath Making will be held at Bushkill Fire Co November 15. Doors open 11:00am.
Everyone is invited to them. The cost is $45.00 which includes materials and instructions how to create beautiful wreath.
Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. First come - first served. Food for sale from the fire company.
To register click on this link: http://www.jacobsburghistory.com/news/events/2014-wreath-making-event/ . Then click for the registration form.
More info call Kay: 610-863-8136 or Karen 610-837-0834
Humble Hearts for Hope will sponsor a Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebees on Rt 248 November 15 from 8-10am. UNLIMITED pancakes, syrup, butter, link sausage and a beverage choice including coffee, orange juice, soda and tea.
Safe Haven Pet Adoption
Safe Haven Pet Rescue will hold dog adoption days from 11 a.m. To 3 p.m, on Sunday,November 2 at Tractor Supply,Broadheadsville.
Safe Haven will have many young dogs available for you to meet and get to know. Safe Haven requires a pre-adoption application with references and a home visit prior to adoption.
For more information about Safe Haven, and to find a list of dogs available for adoption and adoption applications, please visit www.SafeHavenPa.org . Contact Safe Haven at SafeHaven@epix.net. Join Safe Haven Pa on Facebook.
Gertrude Hawk Candy Fund Raiser
The East Bangor United Methodist Community Church will hold a "Gertrude Hawk" candy fundraiser for Christmas. Many new items are featured. For more info., call Diane at 610-588-2397. The deadline for ordering is Sunday, November 16th.
Safe Haven Volunteer Meeting
Come to Cherry's Sunset Restaurant, Route 209, Kresgeville at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, November 18 for a bite to eat and meet the volunteers of Safe Haven Dog Rescue.
Safe Haven Pet Rescue is a small group of dedicated volunteers from the West End of the Poconos who save highly adoptable dogs from high kill and overcrowded shelters and finds them loving homes. Shelter killing is the number one cause of dog deaths and Safe Haven has saved more than 700 lives so far.
Safe Haven Rescue needs volunteers to help with adoption days, fundraising, transporting dogs to vets and groomers and fostering homeless dogs until they find their forever homes. Help save homeless dogs.
For more information about Safe Haven, and to find Volunteer and Foster applications, please visit www.SafeHavenPa.org . Contact Safe Haven at SafeHaven@epix.net. Join Safe Haven Pa on Facebook.
NCC to Hold Campus Tours
Northampton Community College (NCC) will hold tours of its Main Campus on several upcoming dates. Prospective students and their families are invited to tour the campus, learn about the College’s 100+ academic programs and student life and get answers to their questions from admissions staff.
The tours are scheduled for:
November 18, and December 18 at 3:30 p.m. and on December 2 at 11:30 a.m. The tours last approximately two hours.
The NCC Main Campus is located at 3835 Green Pond Road, in Bethlehem Township. Tours will begin at the Student Enrollment Center.
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Bangor Leaf Vacuuming
Please note that Bangor will be doing leaf vacuuming during the workweek from November 10th to November 26th. Please note that any leaf piles containing dog waste, stones, grass, or twigs will be passed over.
Pen Argyl Leaf Removal
Pen Argyl Borough leaf removal is underway. No leaves should be placed out for collection from 11/21/14-12/1/14 due to Thanksgiving Holiday and holiday light installation. Collection will resume on 12/2/2014 and continue through 12/05/14.
Leaves will not be picked up if they have sticks, acorns or animal feces in the piles. Avoid putting leaves out 2 days before rain or foul weather, especially in the hilly areas of the Borough. During storms leaf piles can clog storm basins and cause water damage to streets and private property. Whenever possible, park away from leaf piles.
by Dr. Gary Williams, DMD
Well, it’s that time again! In most North American homes, the count-down is on for the beginning of a new school year.
It always gets me thinking about the great sampling of people we see in our dental office. From newborns to 90-somethings.
Last week someone asked me the question, “looking in the mouths of many 40 and 50 year-olds, what could have been different if health was addressed when they were, say…15 years old? The answer is a resounding, a lot!
We realize that we do have the opportunity and know-how to change the health future for today’s school kids.
In the year 2014 we have the advantage of all the research, learning, and yes, mistakes that have been made by humans, to learn from. And what does that information say?
Step in early (school age), and maximize every variable for success. Dentistry knows how to achieve a successful long-term outcome. Once dentistry, parents and children comply; we can change the future of your family’s overall health, for the better. Call a Dental Professional today, and change your future.
Battery Recycling Program
Pen Argyl is pleased to announce that they are participating in a battery recycling program. Madison Young, a freshman at Pen Argyl, decided to implement a battery recycling program in her community as her Girl Scout Silver Award Project.
Madison has provided them with a battery recycling container. They will be accepting dry cell batteries: AA, AAA, C, D & 9 volt batteries. For safety purposes, please put a piece of masking tape over the end of each battery.
Batteries are not garbage! In addition to the household batteries being recycled through Madison’s project, your are encouraged to participate in Northampton County’s Semi-Annual Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Events.
Programs like this help make our community a better, safer place, and we encourage everyone to participate in this program for our community.
Slate Belt Senior Center