Bethlehem Press

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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.

Allentown Band strikes up the history at Waldheim Park

Friday, August 10, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

The 103rd anniversary of the Allentown Band at Waldheim Park, 2400 S. Hall St., Salisbury Township, will feature a salute to the spacious skies and amber waves of grain of America the beautiful.

“America’s Folk Songs ... Reflections of a Nation,” 7 p.m. Aug. 14, also features the music of Lehigh Valley folksinger, songwriter and recording artist Anne Hills.

Anne Hills reflects on music moments

Friday, August 10, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

Folk music can be as warm and inviting as a winter fire or as potent and exhilarating as an August thunderstorm. Anne Hills, an accomplished Lehigh Valley-based folk singer and songwriter, is a master of both settings.

“Music touches us in a place that ordinarily we do not experience,” Hills says prior to her Aug. 14 performance of “America’s Folk Songs ... Reflections of a Nation” at Waldheim Park, Salisbury Township.