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Homeland Security Head Stops for Ice Cream in Easton

Janet Napolitano, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, visits her niece at the Bank Street Creamery.

Easton's Bank Street Creamery got a visit from Homeland Security Tuesday.

It's really not as sinister as we've just made it sound.

Rather, this is simply a case of a visiting aunt seeing where her niece works and getting some ice cream.

Only in this case, the aunt was Janet Napolitano, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.

Napolitano's niece, Sarah Haunstein, has worked at the Bank Street ice cream shop for a few years, said Lynn Wallen, the store's owner.

Haunstein's brother was graduating from Nazareth Area High School Tuesday night, which was what brought the secretary to town.

Napolitano had a Secret Service detail with her. Wallen knew of the visit a few days ago, but kept quiet.

"They didn't want a three ring circus," she said.

The secretary sampled two flavors: Hungarian torte and Mexican Chocolate Diablo. The latter is a spicier flavor, Wallen said, but speculated that Napolitano, who lived for years in the Southwest, would be used to it.

Napolitano served as governor of Arizona for six years before President Obama picked her to run the Homeland Security department in 2009.

Chauncey Howell June 12, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Big Sis, here in Easton? Wow! First it was Larry David (who's he?) and then someone who met Cameron Diaz (who's he?) at the Quadriceps! Hey! Ruth Gordon made her stage debut here in 1912---with Maude Adams! in "Peter Pan" at the Auble Opera House and none of you even noticed.
Tom Coombe (Editor) June 12, 2013 at 04:17 PM
I wish you blogged for us, Chauncey.
another point of view June 12, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Once, I saw Greta Garbo trying to cash a check at the Easton Trust Company. "Identification? I am Garbo, I just want to be left alone"-started quite a legend. Even Springsteen hurried into Lafayette one afternoon. Ben Franklin penned a letter to his dearest Deb one 1755 afternoon, "We wait here only for Shoes, Arms and Blankets, expected hourly, and then shall move towards Berks County." A momentary stop for a pair of shoes. "My country for a shoe?" Did not even stay for dinner. As for Ruth Gordon, I missed the opera; but, I saw her as "Ma Boggs" teamed with the orangutan, "Clyde". The ape got the Oscar; Gordon gave birth to Rosemary's Baby and the rest is history. Easton does not need the infamous, We have you, Chauncey. Your writings are most welcome, and you did decide to stay for dinner. I enjoy your wit despite your sin of occasional dalliances into French trivia. Exactly, how old are you? If you saw Gordon in 1912, you must have seen TR from the back of the train. Bully! Did he have dirt on his shoes from the canal? Panama, that is!

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