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SEPT. 27-OCT. 3, 2012 Your Local News 50 cents Dental Professional Profiles begin on Page 19 Open Gate Farm Tour The Home News Northampton County Open Gate Farm Tour On October 6th and 7th The Northampton County 2012 open gate farm tour has been announced by the Penn State Cooperative Extension. It will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7 from noon to 4 p.. It’s an opportunity for everyone to enjoy an afternoon visiting local farms, talking with farmers, and learning how your food is produced on our farms. As the Extension representatives say, “It’s time to get to know your farmer!” These are the 18 locations that will be open for visitors: FARM TOUR Amore Farms 7054 Beth Bath Pike, Bath Home grown fruits and vegetables, greenhouse plants, hardy mums, pumpkins, hayrides wine tours and tasting. Learn historical and farm facts in the puzzle woods maze, solve brain teasers in the corn maze, enjoy pumpkin picking, and wine making demonstrations. 2 miles north of Route 22 on Route 512. Bangor SD Grassland Initiative 726 Orchard Rd, Mt. Bethel Environmental learning center and partnership between the Martins Jacoby Watershed Association and the Bangor Area SD. See cattle grazing this 68-acre site where we produce 100% grass fed beef using holistic grazing. We will offer walking and INDEX: hayride tours of pasture woodland and wetland. Benefits of the watershed discussed. From the Easton area take Rt. 611 North 17 miles. After passing through the village of Stone Church turn left on Orchard Rd. Approx. ½ mile on left is the site. Burnside Plantation— Saturday only! 1461 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem 6 - acre farm museum interpreting farm life from the mid 18th to the mid 19th centuries. Colonial crafts for children, demonstrations of colonial cooking in the summer kitchen. Self guided tours of the house and barn. Take the Eighth Avenue North exit off of Route 378. At the intersection of 8th Avenue and Eaton Avenue, turn right onto Eaton Avenue. Eaton Avenue becomes Schoenersville Road. The entrance is at the bottom of the hill. Buzas Greenhouse 2937 Newburg Road, Easton Variety of plants & vegetables. Corn maze with a hay wagon ride to and from. There is a minimal charge. Route 33 to Hecktown Road exit. Turn right off exit ramp on Hecktown Road. Turn right at stop light onto Country Club Road. We are at the corner of Country Club and Newburg. Continued on page 18 Farm Aid Celebrates Sustainable Family Farming By JOE KORBA The Home News The legendary country singer, his gray hair in twin braids and his obligatory cowboy hat perched upon his head, wishes he didn’t have to be in rural Pennsylvnia putting on a show for over 30,000 fans. “I’m sorry to have to be here, this problem should have been solved years ago,” Willie Nelson said at a press conference prior to the 27th annual Farm Aid benefit concert held at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday. The problem Mr. Nelson speaks of is the ongoing and seemingly worsening plight of family farmers throughout the United States. Plagued by the summer drought this year, as well as the encroach- ing threat of industrial farming, smaller family farms are facing existential dangers, both natural and economic. ------------------------------ “I’m sorry to have to be here, this problem should have been solved years ago,” Willie Nelson ----------------------------Since its inception in 1985, Farm Aid and its board of directors, musicians Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, have raised awareness of the issues that affect farmers throughout the country as well as promoted the virtues of sustainable local farming. Continued on page 17 Farm Aid Founder Willie Nelson Photos © Paul Natkin/Wire Image. Carbon Monoxide Fumes Sicken 18 at Trader Joe’s A problem with five forklift batteries that were being charged is believed to have been the cause of carbon monoxide fumes, which led to 18 of the 197 employees at the local Trader Joe’s warehouse feeling ill early Sunday morning. Those 18 were transported to local hospitals for evaluation and treatment. High levels of the deadly gas were detected from the forklift batteries in some parts of the 800,000 square foot building in East Allen Township. Firemen discovered the leak when they used meters. All of the employees were evacuated not long after the problem began shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday. Once the huge building was ventilated, all were allowed to return inside shortly before 11:45 a.m. East Allen Township Vol. Fire Co., East Allen Township Ambulance Corps, and several other units responded to the incident. The firefighters responded when an automatic fire alarm sounded at the warehouse along 6885 Stone Post Rd., Bath. Along with East Allen, led by Asst. Fire Sports............................6 Northampton...............11 Northampton School Gab Over the Fence ........3 Bath...............................9 Nazareth . ....................12 Board...........................15 Carol Ritter . ..................5 Senior Citizens.............10 Obituaries ...................14 Classifieds ...................16 Chief Ray Anthony, were the Bath Firefighters, Hanover Twsp. Fire Dept., and emergency management agencies from Northampton and Lehigh counties. Sunday afternoon, personnel from the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration came to the scene for an investigation of how the leak occurred. OSHA will complete its investigation and release their findings within the next six months. 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