Bethlehem Press

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Local students honored before heading to national SkillsUSA competition

Thursday, July 10, 2014 by SUSAN BRYANT in School

Fifteen students from four area trade schools were recognized at a recent "Breakfast of Champions" celebration prior to leaving to compete at the National SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Mo.

The breakfast sponsored by Air Products, energized and prepared the students as they headed to Kansas City where they recently competed against more than 5,600 contestants from all 50 states and three territories in 99 separate events June 23-28.

Jimmy Stewart question socks it to 'Millionaire' contestant

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by SUSAN BRYANT in Focus Feature

Bethlehem resident Andy Smith wins $20,500 on game show

Muhlenberg College graduate Andy Smith was recently a contestant on the game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

Smith, a Realtor with Keller Williams Real Estate, Bethlehem, spoke about his experience on the show which aired on March 10.

"I decided to audition after my high school friend, Vance Farrell, of Allentown called me the day before the auditions at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem and said, 'You are smart. You should try out.'" Smith explained. "So, I showed up at the auditions Oct. 8, 2013, and took a timed test filling out my answers on a Scantron sheet."

Parkland senior organizes walk to help injured classmate

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Teachers, staff have chili cook-off fundraiser

When Parkland High School senior Monet Tiberii heard about classmate Josh Kates' accident she didn't hesitate to help.

Tiberii learned about Kates being hit by a car Dec. 2, 2013, along Tilghman Street near Cedar Crest Bouldevard, Allentown, from her boyfriend Jake Billera, who is on the football team with Kates.

"It was right before I left for the Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA Pageant when I heard about Josh being in the accident," Tiberii said.

Tiberii is no stranger to medical problems. When she was 10, Tiberii was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia.

Santa visits kids at VOA center

Thursday, December 19, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Children, parents and grandparents watched outside the Volunteers of America Children's Center in Allentown as Santa Claus made his grand entrance by motorcycle.

About 700 bikers from across eastern Pennsylvania participated in the 30th annual toy run, Tom Seebald of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education, said of the Nov. 23 event.

Before taking the ride to the children's center to deliver gifts, the bikers gathered at Dorney Park, South Whitehall Township, for some coffee, doughnuts and music.

Pastor uses his crosses to share Christian faith

Thursday, November 28, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The Rev. Herbert H. Michel D.D. recently exhibited 100 of his 700 crosses for guests and members of Zion's Union Church, Maxatawny.

Michel, who has been an ordained minister for more than 40 years, began collecting small crosses he could wear on Sundays following his ordination in 1976.

"In the Lutheran tradition, pastors wear crosses on Sunday," he said. "The collection expanded from there to standing, decorative, fine ones, gold and silver, to all matters of crosses."

Orefield man killed while trimming trees

Thursday, August 8, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A 42-year-old Orefield man died July 27 while trimming trees in Bethlehem.

Robert Rogers III died due to electrocution, said Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek.

His death has been ruled an accident.

Rogers was using a bucket truck when he contacted one of the 12-kilovolt lines near the eastern end of Sand Island at the Minsi Trail Bridge.

Valley emergency crews drill at Dorney Park

Thursday, June 6, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, and South Whitehall Township partnered with numerous Lehigh County emergency responders May 13 for a mass casualty emergency prepareness drill.

"This drill is part of Dorney Park and South Whitehall Township's ongoing readiness training and involves a fictional emergency incident at the park," said Bernard Bonuccelli, sales and marketing director for Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom.

He said the drill was designed to serve as a valuable training tool for both Dorney Park staff and emergency response personnel.

Local companies suing former owner of The Stroh Brewery Company

Thursday, June 6, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Several Lehigh Valley businesses recently filed a civil action in United States District Court alleging the owners of the Stroh Brewery Company failed to pay their share of a Group Operating Agreement signed in August 1995.

According to a civil complaint obtained from the federal courthouse in Allentown, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., LSI Corporation, Mack Trucks, Inc., and PPL Electric Utilities Corporation and 5 other companies allege the company owes $645,000 for the clean up of the Novak Sanitary Landfill Superfund Site, South Whitehall Township.