Bethlehem Press

Friday, December 14, 2018

Unexpected beagle invasion brings community together

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Around 11:30 p.m. Oct. 6, Lehigh County Humane Society Shelter Manager Teisha Jones received a call for a rescue of 25 beagles from a home in Upper Saucon Township.

When members of the team from the shelter arrived at the residence with two trucks, they were not allowed in. When they looked through the window, they saw beagles everywhere, and heard barking and howling.

The resident brought the dogs out of the home one at a time, and after 25 dogs, Lehigh County Humane Society officials knew there were many more than they first suspected.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Craziest mini-golf tournament held

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Putt U Miniature Golf, 5201 Route 309, Center Valley, held “The Craziest Mini-Golf Tournament Ever” July 14 and donated a total of $6,000 to local charities.

In this special tournament, golfers played 18 holes with anything but a regular putter. No golf clubs were allowed, so players were encouraged to bring the most creative and outrageous gadget they could to putt with.

Bipartisan budget bolsters economy, workforce through education and skills training

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

In a news release June 22, Governor Tom Wolf outlined the major components of the 2018-2019 budget that will build upon the critical investments made in education and workforce development and take a major step toward restoring the state’s fiscal health, including the first real transfer to the state’s Rainy Day fund in years.

Shooting under investigation at Walmart Supercenter, Lower Macungie Township

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Police Log

An investigation continues in the shooting of a suspected shoplifter at the Walmart Supercenter, 1091 Mill Creek Road, Lower Macungie Township, March 28.

In a press conference March 29, Pennsylvania State Police Capt. Richard H. D’Ambrosio, commanding officer of Troop M., Bethlehem, provided details of the incident.

“At approximately 8:50 p.m., a subject entered the Walmart wearing a mask and a wig,” D’Ambrosio said.

Longtime pastor retires from First Presbyterian Church

Monday, January 8, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

The Rev. Dr. Michael A. Drake retired in fall 2017 from First Presbyterian Church of Allentown.

Drake, who was raised in Greenville, is the son of a Presbyterian father and a Methodist mother.

He studied piano and organ as a child and was involved in church school and youth groups.

A music major at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, he started to contemplate a career in the church, perhaps as an associate pastor and minister of music.

He then enrolled in Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for his pastoral training.

Santa answers readers’ questions

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

We asked Santa Claus questions from some of our youngest readers who responded to our request on our Facebook page. What follows are the questions and Santa’s answers.

Q. What is your favorite cookie?

A. Chocolate chip.

Q. What is your favorite Christmas movie?

A. The Santa Clause, Santa Clause 2 and Santa Clause 3.

Q. Is it hard to convince the reindeer to fly?

A. No, not at all. That’s what the magic dust is for.

Q. Do you know how many children there are in the world?

Hearst and Rodale make major announcement

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Hearst has agreed to acquire the magazine and book businesses of Rodale Inc., based in Emmaus and New York.

The announcement was made Oct. 18 by Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz, Rodale CEO Maria Rodale and Hearst Magazines President David Carey.

The deal is expected to close in early 2018 after government approvals are received.

Terms have not been disclosed.

Audrey Penn Family members remember her as a strong, loving woman

Monday, September 25, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

She was a strong, independent woman.

“She learned how to be strong,” LaFond said about her mother. “She told us not to depend on anyone but yourself. Take one day at a time and pray on it. Do the best you can. She worried about me because I was the only girl.”

“I learned a good work ethic from my mom,” son Karl said. “She often told me not to depend on someone else. She also taught me how to clean.”

“I really appreciate that,” Karl’s wife Tracey said.