Bethlehem Press

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Sailing into an Erie Adventure on the U.S. Brig Niagara

Monday, August 29, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The brig U.S. Brig Lawrence was a floating heap of splinters, shredded canvas and blood. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s flagship, named for Perry’s friend Captain James Lawrence, who had been killed early in the War of 1812, could no longer keep up her valiant fight with the British fleet. Perry and a handful of his crew rowed across the Lake Erie battle zone at Put-in-Bay to the brig U.S. Brig Niagara where he transferred command of his fleet of nine vessels.

Bike Bethlehem! Bike share program ‘Ready to roll’

Monday, August 22, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Local News

“I am pleased to announce the launch of Bike Bethlehem!” declared Mayor Robert Donchez from the steps of the Bethlehem Public Library Aug. 15.

“I hope the Bethlehem Bike Share will be so successful that it will continue to expand throughout the city,” Donchez said before turning to City of Bethlehem Health Director, Kristin Wenrich, to present an overview of Bethlehem’s innovative new program.

‘Getting Grace’: Reel meets real at Pediatric Cancer Foundation event

Friday, August 12, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Daniel Roebuck is making progress on his motion picture directorial debut with “Getting Grace” this summer. Nearly done with location filming in his hometown of Bethlehem, Roebuck, along with several cast and crew members took time to enjoy lunch with several families affected by cancer at an event hosted by the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley.

Clerk honored for years of civil service

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Barbara Merkle was given the “Cecil K. Leberknight Award for 10 or more years of service” as Fountain Hill’s clerk by Finance Director Bethany Sebesta at the borough council meeting Aug. 1. “She’s been just a pleasure to work with. She has given a lot of her life to this borough and the residents here,” Sebesta said of Merkle during the presentation. The award is sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs.

HARB moves forward, despite lack of quorum

Monday, July 25, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The Bethlehem Historical and Architectural Review Board hearing got off to a late start July 6 at the Rotunda when it was apparent that no additional board members would be there to form a quorum.

All six applicants accepted Chairman Fred Bonsall’s offer to present their proposals with the knowledge that HARB lacked a quorum. None were interested in waiting until the next month’s meeting.