Bethlehem Press

Thursday, September 21, 2017

PDA reminds athletes to protect mouths

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by The Press in Sports

With a new school year already here, everyone anticipated the start of fall sports for many young athletes from elementary school age up to college level. To ensure that everyone participating has a safe and healthy season, the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) would like to once again emphasize the importance of athletes wearing mouthguards to protect their oral health.

FHS, LHS fall in recent golf action

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by The Press in Sports

Freedom and Liberty each lost a golf match last week in scores reported to the Press.

The Kids beat the Pates 407-470 while the Hornets knocked off the Hurricanes 427-438.

Northampton was led by Andrew Hozza who carded a 78 at Woodstone, located outside of Bath. Jack Test chipped in with an 80 while Nate Wheeler shot an 81. Anthony Sawarynski shot 83 and Devon Britton shot an 85.

Freedom was led by Andrew Knerr who shot a 90. Other Pates scorers were: Andrew Knerr, 90; Justin Kinter, 91; Max Mehti, 96; Jake Haberstumpf, 96 and Kyle Petrone, 97.

Editor’s VieW Back to school — bring on the structure

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

The backpack, tags still on, and shopping bag full of folders, pencils and other supplies, are on the dining room table — next to the list of what’s left to buy.

My McIntosh- scented candle sits idle, yet ready to signal the start of another school year.

Happenings like these may be a part of your household, too — signs that we need not only tradition, but also structure, in our families. Children will head back to classes in the next week or so, a reminder to us parents of the importance of structure, organization and time management.

BETHLEHEM Library plaque unveiling Sept. 8

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

A new plaque at the main library honoring the birthplace of 20th century poet Hilda Doolittle (1886 –1961), known as H.D., will be unveiled at 4 p.m. Sept. 8. There will be readings of her work.

The Bethlehem Area Public Library is being added to a national list of Literary Landmarks. The designation is the result of a partnership between the library and Lehigh University.

For information on this and other events, visit

William P. Bakos Sr., machine operator

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

William P. Bakos Sr., 92, of Miller Heights, Bethlehem Township, died Aug. 27, 2017. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Stephen and Lucy Bakos. He was the husband of Helen E. Bakos for 60 years.

He was in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was a machine operator for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation and later at Luria Steel Products Corporation, from which he retired.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bethlehem.

John Paul Roeder, head accountant

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

John Paul Roeder, 91, of Punta Gorda Isles, Fla. and formerly of Whitehall and Allentown, died Aug. 15, 2017 in Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte, Fla. He was the husband of the late Edith (Deedy) Roeder.

Born in Palmerton, he was a son of Dr. Jesse N. Roeder and Ruth Melroy Roeder.

He was a 1944 graduate of Palmerton HS. He attended Penn State University and graduated in 1950 with a bachelor of arts degree in commerce and finance.

He was a corporal in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

Erwin Lewis Meitzler Jr., of Steel computer research

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Erwin “Lew” Lewis Meitzler Jr., 79, of Bethlehem, died Aug. 28, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Erwin Lewis Sr. and Mary (McGeady) Meitzler. He was the husband of the late Bernadine (Janscak) Meitzler.

He attended Lafayette College.

He was an U.S. Navy veteran.

He worked in the computer research center at Bethlehem Steel or many years before he retired. Prior to that, he worked at the former Western Electric. After retiring, he was a starter at Whitetail Golf Course.

BASD Sale benefits hurricane victims

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Liberty and Freedom high school students have organized a district-wide fundraiser to benefit the Houston Independent School District.

Bracelets with the message, “BASD Helps Heal Houston” will be available for sale beginning Sept. 11 at all BASD schools. For members of the general public, bracelets will be available at both high schools’ athletic offices during weekdays and for sale at football games at BASD Stadium starting Sept. 8.