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Esther C. Weitknecht, of Bethlehem

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Esther C. Weitknecht, of Bethlehem

Esther C. Weitknecht, 91, of Bethlehem, died Aug. 10, 2018, at ManorCare, Bethlehem. Born in Fountain Hill, she was a daughter of the late Stephan and Rose (Koszar) Lancsek. She was the wife of the late Marvin C. Weitknecht.

She is survived by two sons, Jeffrey J. and his wife Carol of Northampton and Richard W. of Bethlehem; three grandchildren, Jarrett Weitknecht and his fiancé Stacey Lang and Jeffrey and Jess Weitknecht; two great-grandchildren Jayden and Jordyn; and a sister, Eleanor and husband Nicholas Perrett of Fountain Hill.

VALLEY: Cartwright announces safety grants

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-17) announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded the City of Bethlehem Fire Department a $15,734 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant (FP&S). The funds will be distributed via the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Funds will be used to purchase 700 smoke alarms as well as 5,000 handouts and 4,000 door hangers, in Spanish and English, with instructions on how obtain smoke alarm installation. Their goal is to reduce the incidence of residential fire-related injuries and deaths.

Jane S. Lukowicz, formerly of Bethlehem

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Jane S. Lukowicz, 51, of Kempton and formerly of Bethlehem, died Aug. 1, 2018, in ManorCare Health Services, Allentown, after a long illness. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of Joann (Teman) Lewis and the late Charles Kester. She was the stepdaughter of David Lewis of Kempton.

She attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing.

She was a visiting nurses’ aide with hospice. She then became a hair stylist and worked at various shops in the area.

She was of the Lutheran faith and last attended St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

Around Town

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 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 Area Public Library: Call 610-867-3761(main) or 610-867-7852 (south side); Visit (main) or (south side); newsletter:

Bethlehem Farmers Market: Thursdays weekly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Farrington Square, New and Morton, Lehigh University. Visit

YWCA Bethlehem’s annual meeting Aug. 16

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by The Press in Local News

YWCA Bethlehem’s 91st anniversary celebration at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 16 at Saucon Valley Country Club will highlight the agency’s accomplishments and feature a keynote presentation by Chrissy Hixson of Capital BlueCross. Hixson will share her philosophy of philanthropy and offer personal insights about enriching one’s life through community involvement.

BETHLEHEM Free school supplies Aug. 18

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Members of the W. Broad Street Business Association will distribute free school supplies for Bethlehem area school students between 9 a.m. and noon on Aug. 18 at the Bethlehem Rose Garden Farmer’s Market, along Eighth Avenue between Union Boulevard and West Broad Street.

Each business in attendance will offer a separate school supply, so students or friends of Calypso ES and other students can meet the business owners and collect the school supplies in bags that will be provided while as long as supplies last.

Another view

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

Back to school time is upon us once again

It seems as if the end of the school year was just last week. But here we are, Aug. 15, and many schools begin classes Aug. 27.

Since August is when students return to school, this month is National Back to School Month.

According to, “National Back to School Month has been observed since the 1960s.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by The Press in School

BASD: Volunteer Clearances reminder

If you are planning on being a parent or other volunteer for BASD or another school group, visit (forms page) for volunteer procedures and to download the Parent Volunteer Clearances information provided by BASD.

Freedom HS: Band preview Aug. 17

The Patriot Band will perform its 2018 season preview show for the public at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 on the new turf field, 3149 Chester Ave.

NUTRITION More families may qualify

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Maternal and Family Health Services - Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program expanded the services income guidelines as of July 1, 2018. For example, a family of four could earn a maximum of $46,435 annually; a family of three, $38,443; and a family of two, $30,451, to qualify for nutrition assistance. The changes allow more families to participate in the plan.

WICNP provides participants with supplemental nutritious foods essential for healthy development during pregnancy, infancy and early childhood and other critical growth periods.