Bethlehem Press

Thursday, June 27, 2019

‘Everyone here becomes like family’

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in School

“We’re too small, if only we were bigger.”

The sentence, spoken during the 2019 Lehigh Valley Christian HS commencement address, could summarize the plight of any school which features a graduating class of six. Thoughts turn, the speaker noted, to what we don’t have instead of what we do have.

“But remember, while we are small, we are small with God,” added commencement speaker Henry Crush.

New Bethany Ministries’ Diane Elliott Center

Friday, June 7, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Turning hopes into reality

Strive, thrive and revive. Three words that occupy more than a slogan on a bumper sticker for New Bethany Ministries.

The concept fueled the Diane Elliott Center for Community Partnerships room, launched late last year. On May 22 a ribbon-cutting ceremony formally opened the room, which was completely remodeled and located in the organization’s old food pantry in the Mollard Hospitality Center at the corner of Fourth and Wynadotte streets.

Lehigh’s TE Venture Fair

Friday, June 7, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Entrepreneurial ideas abound

Translating theory to practice is the framework behind Lehigh University’s Technical Entrepreneurship Venture Fair, which features some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs the school has to offer.

The fair, held May 10 at the Wilbur Powerhouse, is the culmination of the university’s technical entrepreneurship program, which helps student entrepreneurs create, refine and commercialize intellectual property. It featured 20 students who had the chance to pitch eight judges on why their invention was truly an Einstein moment.

‘SCAM JAM’ Program seeks to keep seniors from becoming victims

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

There’s an old adage – if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

That was the message imparted to attendees of a program called “Scam Jam: Fight Back” held May 20 at Country Meadows Retirement Community in Bethlehem Township. The event, sponsored by AARP Pennsylvania and Country Meadows, was designed to help seniors protect themselves from frauds and scams.

“Remember, it’s your money, and some people will do anything they can to take it.” said Mary Bach, a consumer advocate who leads AARP Pennsylvania’s all volunteer Consumer Issues Task Force.

From Wales to Alburtis, in search of WW2 hero

Sunday, May 26, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

Steve Jones, a resident of Port Talbot, Wales, Great Britain, spent this spring traveling the Lehigh Valley and points beyond on his motorcycle. But he is not exactly what you’d call a typical tourist.

The 56-year-old could be called a history buff. For the last 30 years, he has been researching aviation history in South Wales. He’s studied all kinds of stories and events. He’s also pursued some of them. But one in particular, one that happened more than 75 years ago, brought him to the small borough of Alburtis, Lehigh County.

Mexico’s mercurial relationship with the United States

Monday, April 22, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Neighbors that share a nearly 2,000-mile border and trade $1.5 billion in goods and services every day have many reasons to get along. History shows the United States and Mexico have done just that, although it’s never been automatic.

Today that relationship is difficult, according to Cathy Oullette, a Muhlenberg College professor, whose presentation March 20 entitled ‘The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested” comprised another discussion in the “Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture” series, held at Kirkland Village in Bethlehem.

In a digital world Panel discusses work’s changing nature

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

The way we work is changing and those at the cusp of that change will emerge victorious.

So says speakers at a conference titled “An Equitable and Sustainable Future of Work,” held April 11 at Lehigh University’s Mountaintop Campus. The school partnered with the International Labor Organization to create the event.

Among the speakers were Elliott Harris, who serves as the United Nations’ assistant secretary-general for economic development and a chief economist for the organization, served as the day-long event’s keynote speaker.

Folk music veteran Eric Andersen never gives up on a dream

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

Robert Frost’s ambiguous classic poem, “The Road Not Taken,” challenges readers to contemplate life choices: Ultimately, whether to go with the mainstream, or go it alone.

Folksinger-songwriter Eric Andersen’s choice came many years ago and in retrospect he didn’t go it alone, but he most certainly went his own way.

Andersen is in concert, 7 p.m. April 11, Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem.

Former ambassador dishes on life as a diplomat

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

The first thing a foreign diplomat has to learn is, don’t drive the same route to the office every morning.

Patricia Butenis didn’t know this or much else when she joined the United States Foreign Service in 1980, but her ignorance worked out well. After 34 years, she retired in 2014 with the rank of career minister after having served as U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh, Maldives and Sri Lanka. She loved her career choice.