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Week in review: March 24-31, 2024

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A typical pollinator garden.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Welcome back to our Week in Review. We have chosen several stories, in no particular order, to take you back on the week. Enjoy, and thank you so much for reading.

1. Read it here: Passenger rail study looks at 5 'most likely' corridors linking Lehigh Valley to NYC, Philly, Reading

Passenger Rail Proposal
Charlie Riedel
A new study will review the potential of rail travel from the Lehigh Valley to New York, Philadelphia and Harrisburg.

2. Mayfair festival returning to Cedar Crest College for sixth year

Mayfair Festival of the Arts will return to Cedar Crest College
Cedar Crest College website
The banner of Mayfair festival of the arts

3. Allentown has plans to close 'a critical gap' and create an 8-mile-long trail network in the city

MLK Trail
Stephanie Sigafoos
Along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Allentown. The city has plans to close a critical gap between the MLK Trail and the Little Lehigh Parkway Path network, creating an 8-mile-long trail network.

4. Public invited to hear about water bill woes, potential legislation at policy meeting

Running water, sink
Sarah Kovash
90.5 WESA
Water customers in Bethlehem say they want more transparency from the water and sewer department following some lofty and unexplainable charges over the past year.

5. 'The garden has a job to do': Plant nursery and greenhouse preps for April 1 re-opening

Grace Oddo
Louise Schaefer and Sue Tantsits, co-founders of Edge of the Woods Plant Nursery in Orefield, Pa.

6. Cirque du Soleil magic coming to Allentown — on stage and behind the scenes

Cirque du Soleil "Corteo" coming to Allentown's PPL Center
Cirque du Soleil
"Corteo," which Cirque du Soleil said has performed before 10 million spectators in 20 countries on four continents, will perform six shows March 28-31 at PPL Center. It will be the show's first time in Allentown.

7. Strokes of imagination: Local youth take part in mural painting project

Phil Gianficaro
Adoni Anderson, 4, displays his painting skills for a mural at Community Painting Day at Lehigh Valley Children's Center on Thursday.

8. Herr's Fruit Farm excited to 'test drive' Dan Schantz Greenhouse with springtime lease

Herr's Fruit Farm
Makenzie Christman
Dan Shantz Greenhouse, a popular plant destination in Allentown, closed in December 2023. But now it's back, temporarily, and under new out-of-county operators. There was a steady flow of foot traffic throughout the greenhouse Thursday.