Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Pennsylvania a leader in lightning deaths

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by CAROL OBANDO-DERSTINE in Local News

Pennsylvania is a great place to live, work and play. It’s a state with its own personality, and a place we’re proud to serve.

That said, the Keystone State has a distinction that should make us all think and take care at this time of year.

From 1959 through 2015, Pennsylvania was one of the top 10 states with the most lightning-related deaths, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The NOAA reports that 133 people in Pennsylvania were killed by lightning during that time – more than New Jersey, California and Connecticut combined.

Pennsylvania: A leader in …. lightning deaths

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by CAROL OBANDO-DERSTINE in Local News

Pennsylvania is a great place to live, work and play. It’s a state with its own personality, and a place we’re proud to serve.

That said, the Keystone State has a distinction that should make us all think and take care at this time of year.

From 1959 through 2015, Pennsylvania was one of the top 10 states with the most lightning-related deaths, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The NOAA reports that 133 people in Pennsylvania were killed by lightning during that time – more than New Jersey, California and Connecticut combined.

A cool but cost-effective summer

Monday, July 3, 2017 by CAROL OBANDO-DERSTINE in Local News

It’s a simple equation: The less you spend on energy during the heat of summer, the more you have to spend on lemonade, pool passes, ice cream, and road trips to the beach.

So how do you make that happen?

We’re glad to share the following tips for a cool but cost-effective summer. (Many of these will work for businesses too.)

If you have air conditioning, don’t set it lower than normal when you first turn it on. That won’t cool your home or business any faster, and it could cost you more.

ANOTHER VIEW Stopping scammers before they steal from you

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by CAROL OBANDO-DERSTINE in Opinion

It seems like you can’t look at the news or social media nowadays without reading about email and phone fraud. Scammers will pretend to be just about anybody – utility employees, bank employees, even IRS agents – to try to get hold of your money or your personal information.

It’s enough to make you want to block everyone out. That’s unfortunate, because there are some genuine opportunities out there that can help you save. But sometimes it’s hard to separate them from all the scams and swindles.