Bethlehem Press

Monday, September 16, 2019

Fleeing to America The Experiences of Refugees

Monday, March 25, 2019 by DOROTHY GLEW in Local News

Few controversies are more fraught than immigration to this country. The issue has divided Americans and caused a crisis on our southern border.

Two guest speakers at Moravian College discussed immigration from different perspectives Feb. 13. Both gave the audience insight into what we can learn from the experiences of refugees.

Grace Han recounted her dangerous nighttime escape from”the prison state of North Korea” to China under cover of night, accompanied by her parents,

Feasting on fastnachts

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 by DOROTHY GLEW in Local News

For years Valley Farm Market has done a big business selling fastnachts on the days preceding Lent, and this year was no exception.

Anticipating that they would not be eating sweets during the fourty days of Lent, people poured in to purchase a last treat - luscious doughnuts, also known as fastnachts.

Customers could choose plain, powdered, glazed, or those with granulated sugar. And pick they did - among the roughly 2,000 fastnachts sold. By 10:30 a.m on Tuesday, the day before Lent began, the fastnachts shelves were emptying rapidly.

Women’s rights are human rights

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by DOROTHY GLEW in Local News

Though the temperature was a chilly 32 degrees, a crowd of some 200, mostly women, gathered at Payrow Plaza beside Bethlehem City Hall for the third annual Women’s March of the Lehigh Valley. This year, however, the Bethlehem Women’s March was not affiliated with the National Women’s March because of a desire to express disapproval of what was seen as anti-Semitism and ties to the Nation of Islam of some of its leaders.


Tuesday, December 18, 2018 by DOROTHY GLEW in Local News

Navidad en el Parque

While the weather was cold, the approximately 35 attendees brought a good deal of holiday warmth to the annual Southside tree lighting Dec. 7 at Tranquility Park. Among them were gentlemen dressed as the Three Kings.

Anna Smith, director of the Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem, welcomed attendees, first in English and then in Spanish. CADC sponsored the event.

Smith commended the children who had decorated the tree. Volunteers at the Bethlehem Public Library had made the ornaments using recycled paper from old books.


Monday, December 10, 2018 by DOROTHY GLEW in Local News

She’s 99 and still dancing

She was about to turn 99, and Jeff Bartron felt that it was time for a surprise celebration of the remarkable life of his grandmother, Betty Bartron.

Betty is an enthusiastic gardener with a huge plot that she tends herself. She is an active member of the Bethlehem Garden Club.

She is also an accomplished knitter.

A dance enthusiast until a couple of years ago, Betty would join other dancers half her age on the dance floor every Tuesday night at the Allentown Area Swing Dance Society, which meets at the Fearless Fire Co. in Allentown.

Christkindlmarkt rings in another holiday season

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by DOROTHY GLEW in Local News

With the busy holiday season upon us, shoppers hoping to start Christmas early headed to the four enormous heated tents at SteelStacks known as ArtsQuest’s Christkindlmarkt Nov. 16, the day it opened. There they found a huge collection of goods to choose from, including, but not limited to, apparel for people of all ages, toys, jewelry, dolls and doll clothes, soaps and lotions, wine, candy, and all manner of decorative objects.

Apple Days 2018 Everything apple ... except iPhones

Monday, October 8, 2018 by DOROTHY GLEW in Local News

To celebrate the arrival of the apple harvest and the beginning of fall, Historic Bethlehem Museum and Sites sponsored its fifth annual Apple Days festival in early September.

The Burnside Plantation, location of a colonial farm during Bethlehem’s earliest years, was the site of activities of all sorts that attracted a large audience. Kids crowded into the petting zoo and played in a small maze, many with their faces painted. Older guests listened to talks and demonstrations of early farm technology or enjoyed fiddlers who played traditional music.