Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Food is big business in the LV

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

We love our food. Before every snowstorm, we flock to local supermarkets to stock up with milk, eggs and bread. A trip to the grocery is a weekly ritual. Holidays are an excuse for a feast, picnic or barbecue. But amazingly, we only spend about 6.5 percent of our household budget on food. This is far less than any other country in the world. Europeans spend between two and three times as much as we do. Russian families spend nearly a third of their household budget to put food on the table.

Wine Harvest Weekend Sept. 9-10

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by The Press in Local News

On Sept. 9 and Sept. 10, the eight locally owned and operated wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will celebrate the grape harvest during the annual Harvest Weekend event.

Wineries will welcome wine lovers for a variety of different activities and features such as wine tastings, tours, food and wine pairings, food trucks and live entertainment. Some wineries will also partner with vendors in the state’s Pennsylvania Preferred program.

‘Still send[ing] love’

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by KATYA HRICHAK in Local News

Family and friends gathered around Gertrude Kuhnsman to celebrate her 106th birthday at the Moravian King’s Daughters Home on West Market Street Aug. 26.

“She’s always very appreciative and she’s always liked a party, so she’s happy for this celebration,” said daughter Shirley Bilheimer.

The celebration was marked by live music, a porch full of guests and a visit from a mounted policeman and two horses. The visit from the horses was in honor of the horses that Kuhnsman owned earlier in her lifetime.

Toomey on Obamacare: ‘Not OK to just tear it up’

Friday, September 1, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News


Fairly or unfairly, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa) has come under heavy criticism for refusing to meet his constituents at one of those increasingly raucous town halls. One group calling itself Tuesdays with Toomey actually camps outside his legislative offices weekly. Last night, it was Thursday with Toomey. It was a one-hour televised town hall at the Steelstacks’ PBS-39 Studios before a small crowd of 54 people and nine reporters and photographers.

YWCA announces 2017 – 2018 board

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by The Press in Local News

YWCA Bethlehem welcomes four new members to its board of directors this month: Keely C. Collins, Esq., King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul LLC; Samantha Samayoa, marketing coordinator-Digital Services, Victaulic; Ann Marie Supinski, owner of AM Luxe; and Kiera Wilhelm, director of fig.

The women will serve a three-year term, sharing their expertise and leadership to advance the YWCA mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Judge hears wind turbine case

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER in Local News

Serfass to decide the fate of Atlantic Wind’s ‘deemed approval’ of Penn Forest Township project

Carbon County Judge Steven Serfass on Tuesday heard oral arguments regarding whether Atlantic Wind had properly asserted a deemed approval of an application for a special exception that was pending before the Penn Forest Township zoning hearing board.

In April, Atlantic Wind LLC claimed the Penn Forest Township Zoning Hearing Board had failed to schedule a hearing in a timely manner, allowing the company to assert that its application for a special exception to build up to 37 wind turbines in the township had been deemed approved under a provision of the Municipal Planning Code.

Allentown Fair Queen crowned

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The new 2017 Allentown Fair Queen who is reigning over the upcoming 165th agricultural and entertainment exposition was crowned Aug. 13 during contest finals at Christopher’s Restaurant at the Columbian Home, 1519 Greenleaf St., Allentown.

Zaren Kerper of Fleetwood was chosen from five contestants to succeed 2016 Queen Juliet Long of New Tripoli.

After a longer than usual deliberation to choose the new queen, judges Leslie Bartholomew, Michael H. Firestine and Stephanie Baunach chose Kerper.