Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bumblebee, Megatron kick off sale

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The Minsi Trails Council launched its annual Boy Scout Popcorn Fundraiser with a little assistance from Bumblebee and his arch enemy Megatron at the Aug. 1 kickoff event at Moravian College. More than 250 adults and 150 Scouts, representing 180 Scouting units, turned out for the event.

“Megatron,” the actual Deceptacon Mack truck from the movie “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” courtesy of Mack Trucks, was kept in line by the series’ hero “Bumblebee,” a yellow Chevy Camaro sponsored by Scott Chevrolet.

Congregation gathers to share Trinity memories

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The final service at Trinity United Church of Christ, Coplay, Aug. 6 had the congregation in the pews for two hours, much longer than usual.

Emotions swept over the families present. Men and women clung to every Scripture read and each hymn sung. They were in no hurry to leave, realizing it was the final chapter in the church’s 146 years of serving its members and the community.

On leaving the church for the final time, there were many teary-eyed persons; voices crackling were met with warm embraces on the realization Trinity UCC has closed its doors forever.

Bishop to be installed Aug. 31

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

Diocese of Allentown to welcome Alfred Schlert at special 2 p.m. Mass

Bishop-elect Alfred A. Schlert will be ordained as bishop and installed as the fifth bishop of Allentown on Aug. 31 at a special Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Catherine of Siena.

The church is located at 18th and Turner streets in Allentown.

The Mass will begin at 2 p.m. The procession of deacons, priests and bishops will lead Schlert to the altar.

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaputwill be the principal ordaining bishop. Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, will also be in the sanctuary.

69-year-old wedding dress becomes baptism gown

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by STACEY KOCH in Local News

Northampton resident submitting items for judging at The Great Allentown Fair

Beatrice Christoff, of Northampton, has been sewing since she was 8 years old. With all of that practice comes perfection. And for Amanda Erney, who asked Christoff to turn a 1940s satin wedding gown into a baptism gown, perfection is exactly what she got.

In 1948, Catharine Dunn wore the dress for her wedding; then in 1953, her sister Ann Probst wore the same dress for her wedding. Melissa Kinder, Dunn’s daughter, wore the dress in 1979 for her wedding, and Kinder’s daughter, Erney, wore the dress in 2011 for her wedding.

Class of ’67 gather for 50th

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

Fifty years after they were the last full graduating class from then Bethlehem HS, nearly 200 graduates of the class of 1967 and their guests gathered for their 50th reunion in early August at the Best Western in Hanover Township. That year, 992 people received diplomas from what was Bethlehem’s only public high school. The following year Freedom HS would open, ushering in the era of two public high schools in the Bethlehem Area School District.