Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

District files challenge to LVHN’s tax-exempt status

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Salisbury Township School District is challenging the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s tax-exempt status in a lawsuit filed Jan. 9.

In an action filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County, the district is arguing Lehigh Valley Hospital should be ordered to pay its “fair share” of taxes.

According to a news release from the district, Lehigh Valley Hospital, part of the Lehigh Valley Health Network, is a multi-billion dollar integrated health network with hospitals, outpatient facilities and numerous related health facilities throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Lehigh County Coroner announces retirement

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

In a letter to Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong Jan. 10, Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim, D-ABMDI, announced his retirement.

“It is with a heavy heart that I respectively inform you that effective Thursday, February 28, 2019, after 26 years on the job, I will be retiring my position as Lehigh County Coroner,” Grim wrote in his resignation letter.

Grim said he has been offered “a very interesting opportunity and I am up for the challenge.”

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

District files challenge to Lehigh Valley Health Network’s tax-exempt status

Salisbury Township School District is challenging the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s tax-exempt status in a lawsuit filed Jan. 9.

In an action filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County, the district is arguing Lehigh Valley Hospital should be ordered to pay its “fair share” of taxes.

According to a news release, Lehigh Valley Hospital, part of the Lehigh Valley Health Network, is a multi-billion dollar integrated health network with hospitals, outpatient facilities and numerous related health facilities throughout the Lehigh Valley.

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.

PUTT U MINIATURE GOLF

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.