Bethlehem Press

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BETHLEHEM Authority’s wind turbine fight continues

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Ongoing litigious issues continue to plague movement on the authority’s planned wind energy project, as some in Carbon County’s Penn Forest Township seek to stop the construction of giant electricity-generating turbines over the rural landscape.

An important testimony scheduled for a zoning hearing board meeting April 24 never happened, as it bogged down in three and a half hours of cross examination. Authority Executive Director Stephen Repasch said the testimony will (theoretically) be given at the May 22 meeting.

City brings home Silver

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

City officials introduced May 10 the newest member of the community’s newest public safety member; Silver. A 2-year-old yellow Labrador, Silver joins the police department’s three more aggressive K9s as an arson dog, specially trained to search for the scent of chemicals and accelerants. She comes to the city through a longtime funding partnership with State Farm, and lives and works with Detective Douglas Nothstein. During the announcement, Mayor Bob Donchez grinned widely at the happy animal and said, “I’m gonna take her home.”

Event brings celebrity volunteers

Monday, April 2, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

A number of local celebrities and organizations joined Meals on Wheels to act as Community Champions to help with deliveries during its annual March for Meals celebration March 24.

Racing legend Mario Andretti, Lehigh Valley Rollergirls, political leaders, staff members and committed volunteers gathered briefly at the Northampton County distribution site on Fritch Drive and dispersed in a caravan to deliver about 2,200 nutritious and medically tailored meals to seniors and adults with disabilities.

NCC hosts Anderson ‘fireside chat’

Monday, April 2, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

St. Luke’s University Hospital President Richard Anderson sat for an hour to discuss his career and how to seek success in modern medicine during a “fireside chat” at Northampton Community College March 8.

Though advertised as little more than a friendly conversation between Anderson and his colleague and NCC President Mark Erickson, the second floor community room was nearly full of curious listeners.

BETHLEHEM AUTHORITY - Wind project drifting toward an approval

Monday, March 26, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Executive Director Stephen Repasch announced at the March 8 board meeting progress continues in the ongoing legal drama of the authority’s wind energy program. The planned construction of maybe dozens of giant turbine towers and the studies to determine their effectiveness or environmental disruption in rural Carbon County have been opposed by some local residents for the past year.

The case is not going their way.

School safety: ‘Err on side of caution’

Monday, March 19, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

“Awareness is the key.”

It was the common refrain of the night; nearly every response by the panelists can be related directly or indirectly to the idea. Awareness.

Administrators and experts in their fields spoke frankly during a panel discussion on school safety at the Lehigh Valley HS for the Arts the evening of March 14. Though only about 20 people were in the audience, the panelists took seriously the opportunity to speak candidly and openly.

BETHLEHEM Wind project drifting toward approval

Monday, March 19, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Executive Director Stephen Repasch announced at the March 8 board meeting progress continues in the ongoing legal drama of the authority’s wind energy program. The planned construction of maybe dozens of giant turbine towers and the studies to determine their effectiveness or environmental disruption in rural Carbon County have been opposed by some local residents for the past year.

The case is not going their way.