Friday, May 31, 2013

Nurture Nature Center Kicks Off Urban Garden Project

By Christina Georgiou

Donors for the Nurture Nature Center's Urban Recycle Garden gathered
for a celebration party at the Downtown center Thursday night.

Nurture Nature Center topped its Kickstarter goal only a week ago, but the organization is already working towards making its Urban Recycle Garden a reality.

Inviting the 107 donors who gave a total of $9,500 toward the project, along with a number of other donors who contributed approximately $1,500 more, to a celebration party Thursday evening at its Downtown Northampton Street educational center, NNC director Rachel Hogan and master gardener Kate Brandes said the garden will be a reality this summer.

And, with $3,000 more than NNC's original goal of $8,000, along with an offer from local engineer Rich Herschlag to do a formal structural analysis of the building's back roof to ensure it's strong enough to bear the weight of it, the project will not only encompass the small back parking lot of NNC, but extend up along the wall and over it to the roof itself.

A mock-up of what the new garden will look like behind Nurture Nature
Center, from Pine Street. The green space will extend up and over the roof too.
Contributed photo.
The wall that leads to the roof will be resurfaced by Rob Wozniak of Preservation Works, NNC's next door neighbor, who also offered to donate his services, Brandes said.

Giving a tour to some of the donors during Thursday evening's celebration party, Brandes described the project in detail.

The current parking lot against the back wall of the building will be transformed, she said, with a fence and gate, along with raised garden beds. A trellis will be added along the building's back wall, and an existing one near a back entrance to the building will finally get use.

Nurture Nature Center master gardener Kate Brandes
describes what the new garden will look like to donors on a
tour of the space Thursday evening.

"A lot of it will be a container garden," Brandes said. "The garden is meant to demonstrate how people can grow things in very small spaces, even fire escapes."

She added the center is looking for both input on the types and styles of containers to be used, as well as donations of various types of containers themselves.

"We can use anything--old garbage cans, pots, whatever," Brandes told guests, noting NNC has a wish list of items to be donated on its website.

While the project will bloom this summer, completing the roof garden may take a little longer, though the center plans to begin work on it immediately.

"What the roof will exactly look like, we're not sure yet," she said. "The engineer coming to us was a bit of a surprise."

The ground level garden will feature all sorts of plants, with an emphasis on those that are edible.

"We want to do themed gardens, like a salsa garden," Brandes said.

The instructional and inspirational nature of the project will be highlighted too, for both in-person and on-line visitors.

"Everything we do...we're going to have instruction worksheets," she said. The sheets will be available as handouts to those who visit NNC, and as downloadable copies via the web.

An automated watering system that will make use of runoff from the center's expansive roof  will ensure plants are optimally watered at all times, "so that when we're not here on the weekends, things will still get watered."

The garden's produce will flow with the seasons, and the center hopes to keep it running year-round, as the weather allows. Hardier plants, such as kale and maybe some herbs, will be cultivated in the colder months, she said.

A garden board has already been appointed to oversee the project, and it will convene for a meeting next week. Members, all chosen from the local community are:
  • Lynn Prior Director of Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local
  • Emelie Swackhamer, Horticulture Educator, Lehigh & Northampton Co. Cooperative
  • Barbara Hinkson, owner of Compost (an urban garden center located in Easton)
  • Joe Judge, Master Gardener and Bushkill Stream Conservancy representative
  • Sarah Edmonds, Garden Manager and Metzgar Environmental Projects Coordinator at Lafayette College
  • Kristin Jasionowski, Owner, Lunaria Gardens, a Permaculture consultation, design, & education service
  • Pat Janssen, Easton Environmental Advisory Council
  • Sophia Feller, West Ward Community Gardens

One of the board's first tasks will be to discuss what will be done with produce from the new garden. Suggestions include donating it to local food pantries and/or using it for further instructional opportunities, such as holding canning workshops.

Plans for the garden's first full season next year, are already forming too.

"We are in touch with a beekeeper about putting a hive on the roof next year," Brandes said.

About 90 of the donors were on hand for the party celebrating the garden fundraiser's success Thursday evening.

In addition to enjoying refreshments donated by local restaurants and shops, including Two Rivers Brewing Company, the Philadelphia Pretzel Company, Sweet Girlz, Weyerbacher and the soon-to-open coffee shop Briva, the Easton School of Rock's Bank Street Band filled the air with some blistering rock-and-roll tunes.

Guests were treated to packets of organic seeds to help green their own gardens, and were invited to offer suggestions for the space, as well as vote on a number of container gardening ideas that will be utilized in NNC's new space.

A raffle for a Trek bicycle donated by
Genesis Bicycles was won by local artist
and Urban Recycle Garden donor Patricia Delluva.

A raffle for a Trek bicycle donated by Genesis Bicycles was won by local artist and Urban Recycle Garden donor Patricia Delluva, whose work is part of one of NNC's current painting exhibits.

"With your help, we've successfully funded this project and are already working on first steps to get the garden built," NNC Director Rachel Hogan Carr told guests.  "We're really grateful for the community support. Thank you."

To learn more about Nurture Nature Center's Urban Recycle Garden, click here.

Easton Farmers’ Market Adds Wednesday Evening Hours

The Easton Farmers’ Market, the oldest continuous open-air market in the United States, will launch a new evening market on Centre Square beginning next Wednesday, June 5, which will run from 4 to 8 p.m. every week through September.

Dubbed “Weyerbacher Wednesdays” and sponsored by the Weyerbacher Brewing Company, the local brewer will be on site every week offering samples to those over 21 of its craft beers.

Twenty producer-only vendors will offer fresh locally grown produce, herb, flowers, raw milk, cheese and yogurt, pasture-raised meat and eggs, artisan breads and baked goods, prepared foods, and vegan specialties.

Opening night festivities include a welcome by Easton Mayor Sal Panto, live music, a farm-to-table cooking demonstration featuring Maxim’s 22 and hourly prize drawings.

Future special events at the Wednesday market are planned too.

On June 19, "Two Rivers Roller Derby Night" will take over Centre Square, which will be closed to traffic for an evening of roller derby action and an demo by the roller derby team. Later, the circle will be open for free skating--visitors are encouraged to bring their skates and roller blades and glide around the circle.

For more about the Easton Farmers' Market, as well as more future special events planned for both Wednesdays and during its traditional time, on Saturday mornings, visit

Weekend Guide, May 31 to June 2

Seems like we got all of two minutes of spring, and suddenly now it's summer, doesn't it?

Friday, May 31

Rummage/Yard/Bake Sale: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 3900 Freemansburg Ave., Palmer Township.

Tunes at Noon - Patrick Poladian: Noon to 1 p.m. Centre Square. Click here for more details and upcoming shows.

Annunciation Greek Food Festival: 5 to 10 p.m. With awesome authentic Greek foods and homemade
Greek pastries; traditional Greek dancing all three days, the Easton Greek Food Festival
celebrates the best of Greek food, music, dancing and culture. Also runs Saturday and Sunday,
see below for times. Meuser Park, 22nd and Northampton streets (look for the big white tent
across the street from Dixie Cup), Wilson Borough. 610-253-8147 or email

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church 'Festa Italiana': 6 to 11 p.m. Traditional Italian dishes, sandwiches, desserts and fried dough, games, rides, entertainment by Inch and the Echoes. Rain or shine. Admission is free. Holy Cross Park, Exit 75 of Route 78, Williams Township. 610-253-7188

Dancing: 7 to 10 p.m. Dance instructor Con Gallagher will give a waltz lesson at 7 p.m., open ballroom, swing, and Latin dancing starts at 8 p.m. $10 per person, proceeds benefit Third Street Alliance. 41 North Third St. 610-258-6271

Line Dancing: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Lessons at 7:15 p.m. $5 per person for members, $6 for non-members. Tatamy Fire Company, 164 Bushkill St., Tatamy. 610-759-2786 or

Live in the Square - Easton High School Jazz Band: 7:30 p.m. Centre Square. Click here for more details and upcoming shows.

James Supra Blues Band,  DJ LAX: Band at 7:30 p.m., DJ at 10:30 p.m.  Rivals Sports Bar & Nightclub, 5 Lehns Court. 610-923-7625 or

Doug Hawk Proposition: 8 p.m. The Riegelsville Inn, 12 Delaware Road, Riegelsville. 610-749-0100 or

Jack Furlong: 9 p.m. Two Rivers Brewing Company, 542 Northampton St. 610-829-1131 or

Mike McLoughlin: 9 p.m. Dub's on Fifth, 402 Fifth St., West Easton. 610-438-3827

DJ Mikey Z: 10 p.m. Riegelsville Tavern, 1274 Easton Road, Riegelsville. 610-510-3030 or

The Boiled Owls: 10 p.m. "Folk and bluegrass with great vocals and a bunch of very talented musicians." Porters' Pub, 700 Northampton St. 610-250-6561 or

Crobots: 10 p.m. Pearly Baker's Alehouse, 11 Centre Square. 610-253-9949 or

Saturday, June 1

Rummage/Yard/Bake Sale: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 3900 Freemansburg Ave., Palmer Township.

Forks Township Community Yard Sale: 8 a.m. to noon. More than 25 houses participating. All sorts of stuff, from golf clubs to toys to electronics to clothes to antiques, to name a few. "It's going to be HUGE!" Includes houses along Winchester Street, Upper Way, Middle Way, Lower Way, and Vista Drive (just off Richmond Road).

Easton Farmers' Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The oldest continuous open-air in the United States. Centre Square.

"When’s Your Birthday?": 10 a.m. to noon. Help prepare for the special second birthday of the  Cops 'n Kids Reading Room. Free, plus free books for kids who attend. Cops 'n Kids Reading Room, Easton Area Community Center, back entrance, 901 Washington St. 610-250-6562

Pintabone's Boxing Gym Open House: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check out Larry Holmes' former training gym, now being run by Easton Area School Board member Frank Pintabone. Ribbon cutting with Easton Mayor Sal Panto at noon. Holmes' grandson, who is fighting at SteelStacks next Thursday, June 6, will also be present and do a demonstration at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Free. 228 Canal St.

Pocono Greyhound Adoption Meet and Greet: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sam's Club, Receiving Appointments, 3796 Easton-Nazareth Highway, Easton (Lower Nazareth). 570-856-0377 or

Annunciation Greek Food Festival: Noon to 11 p.m. With awesome authentic Greek foods and
homemade Greek pastries; traditional Greek dancing all three days, the Easton Greek Food
Festival celebrates the best of Greek food, music, dancing and culture. Live Greek music
tonight too!  Meuser Park, 22nd and Northampton streets (look for the big white tent across
the street from Dixie Cup), Wilson Borough. 610-253-8147 or email

Opening Reception: 4 to 7 p.m. Come celebrate Mercantile Home's Summer 2013 collection of art, objects, and curiosities. Featuring new handmade designs from the Merc Haus studio. Mercantile Home, 140 Northampton St. 610-258-4046 or

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church 'Festa Italiana': 5 to 10 p.m. Traditional Italian dishes, sandwiches, desserts and fried dough, games, rides, entertainment by John Richetta and The Tempo band. Rain or shine. Admission is free. Holy Cross Park, Exit 75 of Route 78, Williams Township. 610-253-7188

Free Texas Hold'em: 7 & 9 p.m. La Pazza, 1251 Ferry St. 610-515-0888 or

The Inn Mates, DJ LAX: Band at 7:30 p.m., DJ at 10:30 p.m.  Rivals Sports Bar & Nightclub, 5 Lehns Court. 610-923-7625 or

Carolyn Marie, Corey Phillips and Alamance: 8 p.m. Mother's Bar & Grille, 3 Lehn's Court (just off Centre Square).

Eastern Hellbenders: 8 p.m. The Riegelsville Inn, 12 Delaware Road, Riegelsville. 610-749-0100 or

TBA: 9 p.m. Two Rivers Brewing Company, 542 Northampton St. 610-829-1131 or

Ramblin' On: 9 p.m. Riegelsville Tavern, 1274 Easton Road, Riegelsville. 610-510-3030 or

Karaoke with Nort: 9 p.m. Rip Van Winkle's Pub, 3700 Nicholas St., Palmer Township. 610-258-8873

Spatial Edition: 9:30 p.m. The Lafayette Bar, 11 North 4th Street 610-252-0711 or

Schubert & Binder: 10 p.m. Porters' Pub, 700 Northampton St. 610-250-6561 or

That Being Said: 10 p.m. Pearly Baker's Alehouse, 11 Centre Square. 610-253-9949 or

Sunday, June 2

Annunciation Greek Food Festival: Noon to 6 p.m. With awesome authentic Greek foods and
homemade Greek pastries; traditional Greek dancing all three days, the Easton Greek Food
Festival celebrates the best of Greek food, music, dancing and culture.  Meuser Park, 22nd and
Northampton streets (look for the big white tent across the street from Dixie Cup), Wilson
Borough. 610-253-8147 or email

Concert: 4 p.m. The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Touring Choir will perform under the direction of David Bruce Macbeth. A reception will follow Sunday's performance. Donations will support The Ark Soup Kitchen. Trinity Episcopal Church, 234 Spring Garden St. 610-253-0792 Ext. 212or click here for more details.
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church 'Festa Italiana': 4 to 9 p.m. Traditional Italian dishes, sandwiches, desserts and fried dough, games, rides, entertainment by King Henry and the Showmen. Rain or shine. Admission is free. Holy Cross Park, Exit 75 of Route 78, Williams Township. 610-253-7188

Blues Jam with BC Combo: 5:30 p.m. Bella Luna, 3417 Sullivan Trail, Forks Township. 610-253-7458

Open Mic Hosted by Jim Stocker: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Riegelsville Tavern, 1274 Easton Road, Riegelsville. 610-510-3030 or

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

'Little Free Library' Tucked Away in Easton's West Ward

By Christina Georgiou

In various places in Easton's West Ward there are many interesting and beautiful things that are easily overlooked by those too preoccupied to really pay attention. But for the observant, there are a number of details, either existing or specifically placed by residents to enhance the neighborhood.

One such attraction, a "branch" of The Little Free Library, is tucked away in a shed-like box painted with a spiral design on South Eighth Street, near the corner of Lehigh Street, on the side lawn of the law offices of Easton lawyer Ed Shaughnessy.

Dedicated, "In Honor of my High School English Teacher, Janet Heller", the latched but unlocked box offers books, free for the taking to any who pass by, and invites visitors to contribute more or return those they've borrowed, though there is no obligation to do so.

According to The Little Free Library world map, while there are several thousand branches worldwide, Shaughnessy's--#1202--is the only one in the Lehigh Valley. There are 27 others scattered across Pennsylvania.

"My little free library opened in July of 2012 and has enjoyed some good use," Shaughnessy said when asked about it. "My office windows look out over the area where it sits, and it is highly enjoyable to see people stop, look, open the doors and take a book.

"It's really neat to see people discover it," he said. "I can actually see people go 'wow!' and that's pretty neat."

The Little Free Library has a small but dedicated bunch of admirers, Shaughnessy said, and generally people have been respectful of it. However, a few weeks after it was erected, a small group of overly enthusiastic people tried to carry it off. Luckily, though it was a Saturday, Shaughnessy happened by the office just as the entire book collection and its box was being loaded into a vehicle to be hauled away.

"They were putting it into the back of their car," he said, adding the people were confused by the "free" part of the plaque that accompanies the box, failing to read the rest of it, which explains the "take a book, leave a book" nature of the community resource. "I'm really glad I was there."

The current selection when The Easton Eccentric happened by leaned toward classics, ancient history and some scholarly works, along with some hardcover fiction, though the choices are bound to change over time, depending on what is donated and what Shaughnessy himself puts in. He said the balance is about 50/50, of books from his own collection and donations.

"There are some books people drop by that are pretty good," Shaughnessy said. "I've taken a couple myself."

Shaughnessy said he was inspired to open the branch after reading about The Little Free Library project in a newspaper article.

"I just thought it was a really great idea," he said. Dedicating it to his English teacher who imparted a love of reading and an appreciation for good books was a natural complement to the project.

"Janet Heller was my English teacher when I was a senior at Easton high school back in 1979-1980. She was an amazing woman who lived on College Hill with her wild husband Warfie and their two children," Shaugnessy said. "She helped instill a love for literature in me and had a rich sense of humor that I deeply appreciated and still miss to this day. Her deep laugh was crazy and infectious."

While a few types of standard Little Free Library boxes are available through the organization's website, Shaughnessy opted to build his own.

"Building it was an adventure as I was not sure I really had the skills, but it seems to have weathered the past winter in fairly good shape," he said. "I probably need to redo the latch.  Soon enough."

The Little Free Library in Easton's West Ward is "open" 24/7 and is located on the east side of South Eighth Street, just off the corner of Lehigh Street.

For more information about the Little Free Library project or for information about how to start your own branch, visit

Easton Arts Group to Hold Picnic in Historic Cemetery, Gallery Shows

The Arts Community of Easton (ACE) will hold its first annual "Summer Picnic in Historic Easton Cemetery" on Saturday, June 15, from 1 to 5 p.m.

The old-fashioned picnic is intended to raise funds for functional art items to be donated to the cemetery, as well as for beautification projects for the cemetery's grounds.

"We believe the cemetery deserves more permanent trash receptacles as well as recycling, botanical guides, weather-proofed maps and area markers, and a community of caretakers," ACE said in an announcement of the event on its Facebook page.

The picnic will feature live music, artist demonstrations, walking tours of the grounds, yoga workshops, a scavenger hunt, and other activities.

Tickets will be available beginning June 1 at the ACE tent at the Easton Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings, as well as at the cemetery during the event. Prices are $15 for single admission, $25 for couples, and $40 for a family of three to five people.

For more information about the ACE picnic, click here.

ACE is also planning gallery shows over the summer at the "ACE Room C Gallery at the Quadrant", located on the second floor of the bookmart and coffee house, 20 North Third St.

On Sunday, June 9, the one-day show "Get Some Art" will happen at the gallery. Billed as "an excellent way to start your own collection with reasonably priced works", ACE members will drop off pieces that have been kicking around their studio. They hang as soon as the Quadrant Book Mart and Coffee Shop opens its doors that morning, and purchases will immediately leave the gallery, to be replaced with new works.

"A Box of Chocolates" will run at the ACE Room C Gallery at the Quadrant from Saturday, June 15 through Sunday, June 30. For these two weeks, art of all kinds will be revolving through the gallery as ACE members hang and remove pieces at whim. "You never know what you’re going to get."

From Saturday, July 6 through Saturday, Aug. 17, "Art for Option" will be be on display. A wrap-up of the ACE Summer Picnic in Easton Cemetery, photographs and art from the event will be shown. The Art for Option will be concept art that re-imagines existing area markers and trash boxes that will be presented to the cemetery board. This show will be curated by Kate R. McArdle, the picnic event coordinator.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Easton Area Students Awarded Degrees by Lafayette College

Lafayette College conferred degrees and honors to 566 graduating students at its 178th Commencement this past Saturday, May 25.

Among the graduates were the following from the Easton area:

  • Angel R. Ackerman, A.B. International Affairs, honors in international affairs
  • Kelly Anne Bernabucci, A.B. Mathematics and Economics
  • Nicole Mae Catino, A.B. Engineering/German (double major)
  • Ryan Francis Hughes, B.S. Biology, Francis Shunk Downs Award
  • Paul John McFadden, B.S. Biology
  • Julissa Marie Muschlitz, A.B. Mathematics and Economics
  • Bridget Marie Tavani, A.B.Government and Law

(A.B. is an abbreviation of the Latin name for the Bachelor of Arts)

Congratulations to all on your achievements!

The Nature of Easton: A Turkey Vulture in the West Ward

By Christina Georgiou

A turkey vulture visited Easton's West Ward early Monday
morning, and spent a short time perched on top of a house
on the 1000 block of Ferry Street, both on its dormer roof,
and a little later, on it's chimney.
When one thinks of birds commonly seen in the City of Easton's neighborhoods, relatively  diminutive creatures, such as robins, house sparrows, starlings and the occasional cardinal probably come to mind. Crows live here too, and they're a bit bigger, but obviously they're not huge.

But sometimes the city, with its proximity to three good sources of water--the Delaware and Lehigh rivers, along with the Bushkill Creek--and nearby forested, rural acreage, is visited by much larger creatures, including bears and other wildlife not normally associated with urban areas.

Swooping below the trees along Ferry Street in Easton's West Ward just after sunrise Monday morning was one such member of the avian family, a turkey vulture, which quickly came to rest and spent some time warming its wings atop a house in the 1000 block.

From this angle, the turkey vulture almost looks like a giant
pigeon, doesn't it?
Turkey vultures (or Cathartes aura, if you want to be scientific about it), make use of thermal currents to take them high into the sky to search for food, which mostly consists of carrion--that is, the bodies of dead, rotting animals.

They're also migratory and use the warm air currents to reach heights from which they swoop through the sky at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour, and travel quickly from place to place by hopping from one thermal to the next in this way.

Turkey vultures definitely aren't the most attractive bird, but
as part of nature's "clean up crew", they provide an
important function and are beneficial towards keeping
diseases from spreading.
 From a distance, up in the sky, turkey vultures are extremely graceful and agile.

But up close, they more resemble a huge turkey gone horribly wrong.

Songless, bald-headed, and the eaters of dead and other stinky things, vultures have a reputation for being dirty, ugly, foul creatures that are associated with bad omens. They're pretty huge too, with a body that's two- to two-and-a-half feet long and a six-foot wingspan.

While it's pretty hard to love a bird that's known for eating putrid meat, vomiting when startled, and urinating on its own legs to keep cool, turkey vultures do provide a valuable  "cleanup" service to the environment.

Due to their highly acidic, tough digestive systems, their waste is sterile and may have some anti-bacterial qualities as well, neutralizing the disease-carrying corpses they eat. For this reason, some cultures actually associate vultures with purification, not death.

As the sun began to warm the air early Monday morning,
the turkey vulture seen in the 1000 block of Ferry Street
ruffled its feathers, catching a light breeze, above.
Shortly thereafter, it took off from its chimney perch, below.
Turkey vultures, despite their appearance, are also extremely gentle birds who are nearly never known to attack living creatures, but only feed off of those who have already died, though they've also been known to eat rotten fruits and vegetables and dine on the occasional insect too.

The bird's sharp, pointed beak is used for tearing into the flesh of dead animals, and the bald head keeps it cleaner than if it had feathers there, with the animal sticking its head into the body cavities of larger deceased creatures.

Ironically, the turkey vulture has an unusually acute sense of smell for a bird, which along with keen eyesight, helps it to locate its next meal.

Normally the birds are found forested areas and agricultural settings, but turkey vultures are adaptable, so they're also seen in areas with lots of roadways, where they feast on roadkill. They're also attracted to landfill areas--the one owned by Chrin just a few miles away may have been the source of attraction for the bird seen on Monday. It may have just been taking a break or decided to take in some city sights before moving on.

While turkey vultures are not prolific breeders--mating pairs produce an average of two offspring per year, nesting on the ground in some protected area like a hollow log--they are fairly long-lived. In the wild, they reach 10 to 20 years of age.

This is one of about half a dozen turkey vultures that were seen early Monday
afternoon, gliding in lazy circles over Easton's Downtown. They appeared
to be heading in a northerly direction, so it seems likely the group was
just passing through.
 They also like the company of their own kind. The one seen on a rooftop and chimney of a house Monday was alone at the time, but later in the day, in the early afternoon when the temperature had risen considerably, about half a dozen turkey vultures were seen swooping and gliding in large, lazy circles high over Downtown Easton headed in a northerly direction.

We have no idea if the bird seen early Monday morning was among them, but it seems likely. Either way, they really are a lot more attractive from a distance, and since the turkey vulture observed in the West Ward hasn't been sighted since, it was probably just passing through.

To learn more about turkey vultures, check out these links:

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Police Seek Vehicles, Suspects Involved in Downtown Shooting

Police are looking for two SUVs and their occupants they think may have been involved in the shooting of a man around 3 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of Spring Garden Street in Easton's Downtown neighborhood.

A gray Dodge Durango similar to the
one pictured above may have been
involved in a shooting incident that
took place in the 300 block of
Spring Garden Street yesterday
afternoon around 3 p.m.
 Authorities believe a gray Dodge Durango was in the area at the time of the incident.  Also, a large blue, four-door SUV, possibly a Tahoe or Suburban, was seen following after the Durango around the same time, said a media release issued by the Easton Police Department.

Police added that the investigation has progressed greatly, and they are now seeking more information related to the two vehicles and their occupants that they believe were possibly involved in the shooting of the 29-year-old male victim.

The victim has reportedly since been released from the area hospital where he was treated.

The Easton Police Department is asking anyone with information about these vehicles, or information about persons possibly involved in this incident to contact Inspector Daniel  Reagan at 610-250-6796, or the EPD tip line at 610-250-6635. Callers can remain anonymous.

Focus Group Participants Sought to Discuss Local Flooding Issues

Do you live in or very near a flood plain in the Easton area? Do you rely on flood warnings and alerts to know when to prepare?

Two focus groups to discuss flooding issues will be held at the Nurture Nature Center in Downtown Easton next Monday, June 10 at 2 and 6 p.m., in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about the use of the National Weather Service's flood forecast and warning tools.

Participants, who will be asked to answer questions and provide input, must meet the above criteria, and also be 18 or older. Fifteen people are needed for each two hour session, and those that participate will each receive $30 for their time.

Coffee and light refreshments will be provided during the sessions.

The Nurture Nature Center is located at 518 Northampton St.

To register or find out more, visit, or call Rachel Hogan Carr at 610-253-4432 or email her at

Easton Remembers Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day

By Christina Georgiou

Every Memorial Day for the last 114 years, those in Easton have commemorated those who served their country and sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom, and this year was no exception.

Proceeding from Sixth Street down Northampton Street to the Delaware River, parade participants, led by the Northampton County Marine Corps League, were met by an enthusiastic public along the way.
Along with local county, city, township, and borough officials, American Legion Post #611, Brown and Lynch American Legion Post 9, Disabled American Veterans, Amvets Post 17, Pennsylvania Army National Guard Battery D, and the Ancient Order of Hiberninans all took part.

Also part of the remembrance day event were local  Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, the Easton Hummingbirds Adventurer Club, El Camino Pathfinders Club, the Olivet Church Youth Group, the 4-H Club of Northampton County, the Corvette Club, the Easton Fire Department and Easton Police Mobile Unit, and Suburban Emergency Squad.

Music was provided by the Easton Area High School Marching Band.

Upon reaching the river, a contingent of the parade, including Mayor Sal Panto and Vice Mayor Ken Brown, along with State Representative Bob Freeman, met Phillipsburg New Jersey officials, including Phillipsburg Mayor Harry Wyant.

With a gun salute by firing squads from Bernadine May American Legion Post #457 and Brown and Lynch American Legion Post 9, a memorial wreath, along with flowers were cast into the river, to the echoing tune of "Taps", played by EAHS buglers Dominic Ruggiero and Christopher Pryer.

A memorial service, which included remarks by Captain Edward Smith of the US Naval Reserve, the national anthem and "Amazing Grace" sung by EAHS junior Megan Zsilavec, and a reading of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address by EAHS senior Nick DeNunzio, was punctuated by the placing of a wreath by local Blue Star Mothers and a reading of a roll call list of deceased local service members.

At the conclusion of the event, members of Cub Scout Pack #3 from College Hill released red, white, and blue doves, who promptly flew off to freedom into the sunny, blue sky.