Bethlehem Press

Sunday, June 24, 2018
John Gallagher takes the oath of office. Gallagher is a retired architect who became interested in Bethlehem Township government when developer Traditions of America sought approval of a senior community at Green Pond. He is a Democrat. John Gallagher takes the oath of office. Gallagher is a retired architect who became interested in Bethlehem Township government when developer Traditions of America sought approval of a senior community at Green Pond. He is a Democrat.
PRESS PHOTOS BY BERNIE O’HAREMagisterial District Judge Pat Broscius administers oath to a nattily attired Mike Hudak PRESS PHOTOS BY BERNIE O’HAREMagisterial District Judge Pat Broscius administers oath to a nattily attired Mike Hudak
John Jay Merhottein is on hand in case his daddy, John Merhottein, needs help. John Jay Merhottein is on hand in case his daddy, John Merhottein, needs help.
After the ceremony, Judge Broscius had to notarize the oaths. After the ceremony, Judge Broscius had to notarize the oaths.

New commissioners take their seats

Monday, January 15, 2018 by Bernie O’Hare Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

One incumbent and two newly elected Bethlehem Township Commissioners were sworn in on Jan. 2 by Magisterial District Judge Pat Broscius. They are Mike Hudak, John Gallagher and John Merhottein. Hudak was also re-elected President of the board in a 3-2 vote, with Malissa Davis and Tom Nolan dissenting. Tom Nolan was unanimously elected Vice President.

Gallagher is a retired architect who became interested in Bethlehem Township government when developer Traditions of America sought approval of a senior community at Green Pond. He is a Democrat.

Merhottein, who started his campaign early and ran hard, is one of the few Republicans to withstand a blue wave that swept the GOP away in many other local races. His secret weapon was his 5 year-old son, John Jay. The youngster came to the swearing-in ceremony in a suit and tie to make sure his Faddy remembered to say, “I do.”