Bethlehem Press

Thursday, December 12, 2019

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.

City to revamp Christmas display

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

Bethlehem residents made their wish lists and checked them twice when contemplating how to make the Christmas City’s annual display just a better gift.

They had a chance to share their opinions during a public presentation April 2 with David Weiner, principal with New York-based David Weiner Design.

Since 1937, Bethlehem has marketed itself as “Christmas City USA” and the city is looking to revamp the display, paying Weiner and his company to come up with a more festive celebration to mark the birth of Jesus Christ.

Lehigh Valley Reads $2.5M literacy campaign under way

Monday, March 25, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in School

Hat, cat, that, fat, sat, splat.

If this sounds like a childish collection of words, that’s because it is. For a youngster learning to embrace the majesty of reading, however, these simple words can start a lifetime love affair with education.

A new literacy campaign wants to ensure that all Lehigh Valley students read and read well - or what is called “grade level,” - by the end of third grade by 2025.

Always prepared - Freedom senior earns Eagle Award

Monday, February 11, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Christian Michael Jancsarics has achieved Boy Scout immortality by earning the organization’s most distinguished honor of Eagle Scout.

“Scouting taught me about leadership,” Jancsarics said during an interview at his Eagle Scout ceremony held Nov. 24 at East Hills Moravian Church in Bethlehem. “I think it has helped me grow as a person. I think it will help me later on in life.”