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Where’s My Bethlehem Township Story?

When I attend a meeting in Bethlehem Township, I try my best to have story up at midnight or soon thereafter to both inform you and be educated by you.  This is what I consider my first draft. Later in the week, after digesting your comments and c…

Driver hurt after striking barrier in Route 33 construction zone

The construction area has been the site of a handful of similar accidents since the project began in early May.

A female driver was injured Sunday morning when she lost control o…

Meet Tobor, Northampton Community College’s robot with national honors

Tobor was created by the community college’s Fab Lab and won two top honor ribbons at the World Maker Faire in San Francisco.

One college’s dinosaur recently made a trip across America and back, one from our very own Northampton Community College.

The dinosaur is actually a 14-foot tall robot called “Tobor,” created in NCC’s Fab Lab.

Tobor’s trip to San Francisco at the World Maker Faire from May 19-21 won two editor’s choice ribbons. It was the only robot from the Lehigh Valley featured at the fair.

“Part of the reason for making this robot means that this puts Northampton’s Fab Lab on the map nationally,” said Jeffrey Boerner, Fab Lab manager. “We’re now a leader and something other colleges can model of off.”

Many colleges have Fab Labs, which are formally called digital fabrication laboratories. This global network of laboratories is aimed to enable invention by providing digital fabrication tools.

Editor’s Choice Ribbons are the top honor at such festivals. In San Francisco, winning two ribbons meant Tobor was considered the best exhibit at the fair by two of the six judges. The World Maker Faire is the largest festival in the world celebrating inventions.

Tobor was redesigned and re-imagined by NCC’s Fab Lab instructors for years, Boerner said. The Lab’s 14 instructors first built Tobor only 6 feet tall, but later decided to expand the robot.

Brian Feldman, an electronics professor at NCC’s Fab Lab, completed most of the coding for Tobor.

“The robot can raise and lower its body and its head can perform certain functions. He can drive forward and backward and even spin around. And of course he’s in the shape of a dinosaur,” Feldman said. A glove one places on his/her hand controls the dinosaur’s movement.

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When NCC Fab Lab instructors first took an early version of Tobor to a fair in early 2015, the robot was not as successful and did not have the same functionality it does today, he said. Additionally, turning the robot into a dinosaur makes it more relatable.

“Now, he’s really a crowd pleaser,” Feldman said. Tobor had to be taken apart and put back together during his trip to California, something Fab Lab engineers say is part of the endeavor.

Fab Lab engineers plan on continuing to take Tobor to more top competitions, and are unsure when they’ll retire Tobor and make a new creation.

“Ultimately it was a team project that’s been really successful, so for now we’ll continue to have fun with that,” Feldman said.

Tobor made a trip to the Banana Factory last Friday in Bethlehem. 

Ashleigh Albert is a freelance writer. Find on Facebook.

Bethlehem Tp Approves Medical Marijuana Dispensary

In a few weeks, Pennsylvania’s Department of Health will issue up to 12 permits for medical marijuana grower/processors and as many as 27 dispensaries. One of these may be in Bethlehem Township. At their June 5 meeting, Commissioners voted 3-0 in favor…

Freedom mourning loss of grad recalled as ‘exceptional’ friend

Jonathan Morales Lopez, 19, of Bethlehem Township, was one of two people who died in a two-car wreck Wednesday night.

UPDATE: ‘Center of it all’: Family remembers mom killed in c…

Crash on I-78 East clogs traffic between Routes 412 and 33

There was no immediate word on any injuries.

A crash on Interstate 78 clogged eastbound traffic Saturday afternoon between Routes 412 and 33.
PennDOT reported an accide…

513,000 sq ft Warehouse Distribution Center Approved on Brodhead Rd

You can say what you want about developer Lew Ronca, and I often do. But his commitment to completely reconstruct about a third of Brodhead Road is going to save Bethlehem Township taxpayers $700,000. The Township will reconstruct the remaining two thi…

Bethlehem Township Paves Way For Brodhead Road

Township Engineer Brian DillmanAt their April 17 meeting, Bethlehem Township’s Board of Commissioners voted on a number of resolutions that gives Township engineer Brian Dillman the green light to proceed with what really is a reconstruction of Brodhea…

Teens hurt in SUV crash outside Notre Dame High School

Police said the crash occurred just before the school’s dismissal.

A pair of teens leaving Notre Dame High School in Bethlehem Township Wednesday were hurt when their SUV veered off the road and crashed head-on into a tree, police said.

Cpl. Shaun Powell said a 16-year-old girl from Bethlehem was driving shortly before dismissal at 2:17 p.m. heading east toward the Church Road exit of the high school. She pulled out to travel north on Church Road and traveled about 130 feet before hitting a mailbox on the right side of the road, he said.

The SUV then crashed into the tree on the property of Gerald Lahr, in the 3400 block of Church Road.

Crash near Notre Dame High School sends 2 to hospital (PHOTOS)

Both the driver and her passenger, a 16-year-old girl from Easton, were taken to St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill for treatment of undisclosed injuries. Powell did not have conditions on the girls Thursday; police are withholding the identities of the teens because they are juveniles.

Powell could not confirm if the teens actually attended Notre Dame High School, but said they were leaving the school. It’s also unclear what led to the crash. Powell said the accident remains under investigation.

Lahr previously said damage to his tree did not appear serious.

“It’s been hit before,” said Lahr, who’s lived in the home about 40 years.

Fire police closed the stretch of Church Road in the area of the crash until responders cleared about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

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Bethlehem Tp Awards $1.8 MM in Renovation Contracts at Community Center

Bethlehem Tp Community CenterBethlehem Township Commissioners have awarded $1.8 million in contracts to renovate the Township’s 11-year old community center. They did so with little discussion at their April 3 meeting. In July, Entech Engineering’s Rya…