Bethlehem Press

Monday, October 22, 2018

China policies affect recycling

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Business Showcase

Scrap policy is evolving and how the United States responds matters, and matters a lot.

That’s what panelists told a crowd assembled at the 2018 Lehigh Valley Energy & Environment Outlook and Expo, Sept. 21, Homewood Suites, Center Valley, presented by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Ground zero for those changes are occurring in China. The communist country has recently banned certain materials and is requiring exporters to ship materials that are almost entirely devoid of contamination.

Jewish Community Center of Lehigh Valley marks 100th year

Friday, October 5, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

Enter the front door of the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley and make the first right. Head down the hall and you’ll see them on your left. Literally hundreds of class photos dating back more than half a century. Smiling children with their classmates and teachers.

“Let me see where mine is,” says Amy Sams, JCC adult program and event coordinator. “Oh, here it is.”

There in a small frame is a class photo of when she was a young girl. Just like it is for thousands of other students.

Night of Heroes

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Bethlehem resident has a saint looking over her

Car crashes smell. Like coolant when the radiator cracks. A burnt chemical aroma from the air-bag propellant. After the crash there is a moment of silence. Extreme silence like a piercing sound in your ear. The silence can lull you into thinking things are OK. But sometimes they’re not. Not by a long shot.

Am I alive? Is anyone else alive? I can’t find them. I can’t even find myself.

You know this after you’ve been in a car crash and you will never forget it.

Nancy Arnold remembers. April 28, 2018. It was almost her last day on earth.

A quarter century later, Pastor Jerry Smith still has the best job in the world

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Pastor Gerald Smith is a man of faith and a man whose car has no air conditioning.

The first is very important, the latter not so much. It’s a good ride and most days runs like a charm.

Heatwave? No problem, he opens the windows and enjoys the fresh air. It whips through his black and silvery hair and the whiskers in his white beard.

But there is one thing Pastor Jerry wouldn’t mind having. Not a sports car or a SUV, but more parking spots at his church.

God, could you please work on that? Thank you Lord for your consideration.

Musicians, dancers, artists to present Elton John tribute in Allentown

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

If Austin Powers is the “International Man of Mystery,” then Sir Elton John has to be the “International Man of Music.”

You know the persona, the act, the costumes, the gossip, but most of all you know the music. The music, after all, is what has made Sir Elton a constant companion throughout your life, even if you’re only a casual fan.

Are you still standing? Did you feel the love tonight? Felt so good one day you didn’t want the sun to go down on you? In themselves, they are just moments. With an artist of Sir Elton’s talents, they are transformed into milestones.

Financial scamming seminar

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Seniors learn to protect themselves

Scamming anyone is terrible. Scamming senior citizens is particularly deplorable.

Preventing it from happening was the reason for Pennsylvania Rep. Steve Samuelson’s (D-135th) Seniors Fraud and Scams forum held Aug. 13 at the Andrew W. Litzenberger House in Bethlehem. He was joined by two cabinet secretaries from the Wolf administration - Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne and Secretary of Revenue Dan Hassell.

Concordia Lutheran Church continues to grow

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Concordia Lutheran Church in Lower Macungie Township exists today because of the foresight of its founders at Concordia of Bethlehem nearly 35 years ago.

“That congregation realized the South Side Bethlehem neighborhood was changing and they were aging,” Concordia Pastor Waldemar Vinovskis said. “It was a real forward-looking group.”

Nutritionist offers healthy advice to help seniors age well

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

As you age, your body slows down, but that doesn’t mean it has to breakdown.

Helping it run smoothly for as long as possible is what Mary Ann Moylan does for a living. She is a licensed nutritionist with Giant Food Stores in Trexlertown and hosted a conversation Aug. 8 with seniors at South Mountain Memory Care in Emmaus on nutrition, diet and dementia.