Bethlehem Press

Monday, October 14, 2019

NECC offers same valuable assistance

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

It’s been nearly 40 years since the Northeast Ministry was established as part of the Bethlehem Council of Churches. Although nearly four decades have passed, one overarching mission remains – it’s important to help those in need.

It was recently renamed as the Northeast Community Center; Paula Johnson, NECC’s executive director since January 2017, said the organization is there when help is needed.

What you need to know to fight the bite

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

For most people, insects are a pest. For others, they are a business.

The latter category, represented by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, staged a presentation July 30 at Bethlehem City Hall on how to get them out of your life.

One bug on the “least wanted list” is mosquitos. Jeffrey Carroll, Pa. DEP regional program coordinator, noted that mosquitos, besides being major pests, can also carry various diseases. Carroll focused much of his presentation on one - West Nile Virus.

City fire dept. welcomes five new members

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

There is a saying about firefighters: “when everyone else is running out, they run in.”

The Bethlehem Fire Department welcomed its newest recruits who will be running into harm’s way, as five men officially joined the ranks during a swearing-in ceremony July 29 at city hall.

“It’s a great day to celebrate the new firefighters coming in,” said Bethlehem Fire Chief Warren Achey. “New blood, new hires.”

New firefighters wearing the blue are Kevin Burnett, Thomas Hart, Logan Sawka, Michael Kercsmar and Sean McCormick.

Students show business is a business

Monday, July 8, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in School

To quote some wise philosophers, it’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll.

Some students at the Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts found out just how long, with an intro to the music biz devoid of theory and steeped in reality.

Partnering with ArtsQuest’s Musikfest Marketing program, the youngsters became modern-day Phil Grahams, tasked with booking four acts for a concert block at Musikfest Aug. 4.

‘Bill’ reteams with Hills at Godfrey Daniels

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

You could say it’s been a while for Belinda “Bill” Jones.

The English folksinger and songwriter and multi-instrument musician makes her return to the stage with a summer tour, which includes a 7 p.m. June 28 concert at Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, after a mostly decade-long hiatus from the stage.

Also performing is Anne Hills, acclaimed Lehigh Valley-based singer-songwriter.

‘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.