Bethlehem Press

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Addressing the end of life

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Have the conversation before it is too late!

“We need to change the way the people we love are dying,” Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist and Conversation Project founder Ellen Goodman told an attentive audience in Bethlehem during her presentation on “The Most Important Conversation America Isn’t Having,” sponsored by the Dr. and Mrs. Max Littner Memorial Lecture Series and St. Luke’s University Health Network.

May Lyme disease prevention month

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

At their April 21 meeting, Northampton County Council members honored Palmer Township resident Cathy Gumlock, a retired school teacher, for her crusade against Lyme disease. She is a founding member of the Lehigh Valley Lyme Support Group, which meets the first Wednesday of every month at Country Meadows, 4011 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township, Building 1. That group seeks to improve the lives of those who suffer from Lyme disease.

Controller wants to clamp down on county travel, training expenses

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, they say. But when word reached NorCo Controller Steve Barron that two human resources staffers went there for training, followed by another trip by one of them to New Orleans, he began to look at training budgets of departments throughout the county. Just as he blows the whistle at the football games he refs on weekends, he’s blowing the whistle on the potential for waste and abuse. In a lengthy memo to council, he is suggesting that county employees require council approval for trips that are more than 100 miles away.

‘Boutique’ preparations under way

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

Volunteer meetings in the afternoon and evening of April 5 signaled that preparations are underway for the 2017 Boutique at the Rink cancer fundraiser. The annual event, which supported the St. Luke’s Cancer Center, St. Luke’s Hospice and the Cancer Support Community to the tune of $231,000 in 2016, will begin accepting donations May 1 until May 19 at the Earl E. Schaffer Municipal Ice Rink, located at 345 Illick’s Mill Road. Hours for donation drop-offs are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Mural, public arts projects reviewed

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

As a Southside Arts District committee member, Darlene Heller asked the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission for input on a public art installation scheduled for the upcoming Southside Arts and Music Festival. Heller, the Bethlehem director of planning and zoning, was accompanied by Karen Beck Pooley from Lehigh University and Stacie Brennan, senior director of visual arts at ArtsQuest at the April 17 meeting at the Banana Factory.

Bridging the generation gap

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by JENNIFER MURPHY in Local News

Traditions of Hanover provides work experience for Moravian College students

Students at Moravian College are getting real work experience thanks to Traditions of Hanover Independent Living. Traditions of Hanover prides itself in providing individualized, compassionate, quality care to seniors in the Bethlehem area, and not only do they look after seniors, but they also like to connect with the younger generation and the greater community in a variety of ways. One of these is through the partnership that was developed between Traditions and Moravian.

Lady bug, lady bug fly away home

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

Students at the Chesterbrook Academy Preschool have been learning about the important roles that bugs play in the environment, so it made sense that on Earth Day they would participate in a ladybug release for the fifth year in a row.

Noting that the overcast misty weather was perfect for the release, Principal Michele Somishka did the honors as she cut open a shipping bag containing 1,500 ladybugs.

She said that it was important to have the youngsters be active participants in their learning.