Bethlehem Press

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Retired state police sergeant discusses sovereign citizens

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Retired Pennsylvania State Police Sgt. Robert Bemis recently presented a discussion concerning sovereign citizens at Kutztown University.

Co-sponsored by the Association for Campus events and the Criminal Justice Department, the presentation was aimed at providing information to the criminal justice students but it was also open to the public.

Bemis, a retired Marine, discussed the origins of the sovereign citizens’ movement, ways to recognize their beliefs and suggestions on how to decrease any violence on their part.

Bethlehem Area School District will see 2017-18 tax hike

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by LIZ KEMMERER in Local News

In a seven-to-one vote May 15, Bethlehem Area School District directors passed the proposed final 2017-18 budget that includes one of the lowest tax increases in the district’s history, as well as some painful cuts to programming and staff positions.

The total budget of $271.8 million represents an overall 4.24 percent increase from the 2016-17 budget of $260.7 million, with primary cost drivers being salaries at $1.66 million, retirement contributions at $3.15 million and special initiatives focused around literacy at over $2 million.

Buckeye Tavern receives certificate of ‘Haunt’ thenticity

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Members of the Lehigh Anomalous Phenomenon Investigation Society once again visited the Buckeye Tavern in April to check in on the “spiritual residents.”

The landmark opened as an inn and hotel in 1735 and operated through the late 1800s as the East Macungie Hotel and later as The Load of Mischief.

LAPIS visited the Buckeye Tavern in 2009 armed with equipment including electronic voice phenomenon recorders which use radio frequency. Spirits use this to form words and answer questions.

Primary election results


(D) Melissa Pavlack 11,870

(R) Melissa Pavlack 9,476

County Executive (vote for 1)

(D) Phillips Armstrong 11,479

(R) Brad Osborne 6,326

Glenn Eckhart 4,940


District 1

(D) Bob Elbich 2,134

(R) Marc J. Grammes 2,734

District 3 (vote for 1)

(D) Dennis Leroy Pearson 723

Basilio Bonilla Jr. 600

Amy Zanelli 1,608

(R) Robert E. Smith Jr. 1,604

District Judges

Magisterial District 31-1-01

(Bethlehem Wards 10, 11, 12 And 13, Fountain Hill Borough)

(D): Wayne Maura 1,066

Area residents honored for their efforts for others

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Five Bethlehem area residents are among those honored by The Advisory Council of the Northampton County Area Agency on Aging for contributing their time and talents for the benefit of others in the community. The “Outstanding Senior Awards” Program took place April 27, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bethlehem.

Rotarians work together to reduce hunger

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

Five area Rotary Clubs joined forces March 11 to help reduce hunger in the Lehigh Valley as they set up a production line operation in Moravian College’s Haupert Union Building. Over 100 Rotarians from the Bethlehem, Morning Star, Easton, Nazareth and Saucon clubs packed rice and bean and apple cinnamon oatmeal meals for distribution to area food banks.

Packing 20,000 dry meals in several shifts, the effort marked the first time that all five clubs in Rotary District 7430 had partnered on a community service project.

Township dedicates park to first responders

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Most of the time, they are taken for granted. Sometimes they are maligned. But when you need them, they come without hesitation. These are our nation’s first responders. Our police officers, firefighters, emergency medical and management personnel. In their honor, Hanover Township dedicated First Responders Park on Airport Road Saturday, April 28. “Thank you, for turning towards things that most people run from,” said Hanover Township Supervisor Michael Prendeville, who conceived the idea of naming this park after them.