Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Musikfest sets new attendance record: almost 1.2M visitors

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by The Press in Local News

A record number of performances and performers, several new programming elements and nearly ideal weather conditions combined to attract a record number of patrons to Musikfest and the city of Bethlehem Aug. 4-13. Attendance at the 2017 festival, presented by the nonprofit ArtsQuest, was 1,196,000, up 25 percent from the 957,000 people who attended the event in 2016. The 2017 attendance tops the previous all-time attendance record of 1,152,000 set in 2008 and equaled in 2009.

Olga M. Milositz, silk mill worker

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Olga M. Milositz, 93, of Bethlehem, died Aug.12, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Parascevia “Pauline” Gregoris. She was the wife of the late Robert J. Milositz for 55 years.

She worked at Laros and Fountain Hill Silk Mills, Bethlehem, before she retired.

She was a parishioner of Holy Ghost Roman Catholic Church.

She was a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

Robert E. Stofko Sr., Durkee retiree

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Robert E. Stofko Sr., 77, of Allentown and formerly of Bethlehem, died Aug. 7, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg Campus. He was a son of the late John and Anna (Szabo) Stofko. He was the husband of the late Patricia Ann (Deutsch) Stofko.

He attended Liberty High School and Bethlehem Vocational Technical School.

He retired from Durkee Famous Foods after 29 years of service as a kettleman worker in the coconut department, warehouse worker, sanitation and scrubber operator.

Around Town

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

A full calendar appears on the Bethlehem Press website, but due to space constraints, for ongoing events, email, visit or call the following:

Bethlehem City Hall Rotunda: “Expressions: A Self-Portrait Show”, through August 29, local artists and citizens.10 E. Church St. Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit

Bethlehem Area Public Library: Call 610-867-3761(main)-610-867-7852 (south side); Visit (main) or (south side); newsletter: visit


Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by The Press in School

BASD: Vaccination requirements explained

The Bethlehem Area School District health services has announced vaccination requirements for all grades.

On the first day of school, unless the student had a medical or religious / philosophical exemption, the attendee must have had at least one dose of the following vaccinations or risk exclusion: four doses of polio and of tetanus, diptheria and acellular pertussis; three doses of hepatitis B; and two doses of varicella (chicken pox) or evidence of immunity and of measles, mumps and rubella immunizations.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by The Press in School

Connors graduates from DelVal

Timothy Connors, of Bethlehem, graduated (master of arts, policy studies) from Delaware Valley University in May 2017.

Lebanon Valley selects Lopez

Jennifer Lopez, of Bethlehem, was one of 53 students named to be a Valley Ambassador for Lebanon Valley College this year. The Bethlehem Catholic HS graduate is a bachelor of science in exercise science major.

She will be leading tours of the Annville campus for prospective students and their families.

Moukoulis to attend SUNY-Oswego

VALLEY New Bethany among makeover winners

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

The Sustainable Energy Fund has named New Bethany Ministries and the Lehigh County Humane Society as the winners of the 2017 Nonprofit Energy Makeover Contest.

The main goal of the contest is to promote energy efficiency and assist energy users in overcoming educational and financial barriers to a sustainable energy future.

The contest was originally designed to have just one winner; Sustainable Energy Fund and its board of directors decided to award both organizations with retrofits.

John J. Dancho Jr., owned sanitation company

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

John J. Dancho Jr., 72, of Bethlehem Township, died Aug. 13, 2017. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late John and Margaret (Judd) Dancho. He was the husband of Sheree (Johns) Dancho for 32 years.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran having served in the Vietnam War.

He was the owner and operator of Dancho Sanitation for over 40 years. Prior to that, he was a Bethlehem police officer for two years.

Lehigh Valley Lanternfly quarantine areas increase

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by The Press in Local News

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has added 21 municipalities in Berks, Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties to the areas quarantined due to the presence of the invasive insect Spotted Lanternfly. The quarantine was already in effect for parts of those five counties, as well as Chester County.

The quarantine now covers following Lehigh Valley municipalities.

LSTHS Tombstone symbols talk is Sept. 13

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

There will be a free public talk, “Engraved: The Meanings Behind 19th Century Tombstone Symbols”, presented by Tammy E. Schane at 7 p.m. September 13 at Christ Lutheran Church of Lower Saucon, 2190 Easton Road, Hellertown. The event is sponsored by the Lower Saucon Township Historical Society.

The speaker, a public historian and photographer, wrote the book “Engraved: The Meanings Behind 19th-Century Tombstone Symbols”.

Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, email, call 610-625-8771 or visit