Suicide is not just about someone going through a bad time and deciding to take his own life. It is caused by many factors, according to an expert speaking at the local commemoration of International Survivors of Suicide Day, which is held annually worldwide on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Hundreds gathered March 6 to pay tribute to Priscilla Payne Hurd at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity on Wyandotte Street in Bethlehem March ??. Some remembered her service to the community. Others recalled her leadership.
The 650-seat church was nearly full of friends, family and others who came to celebrate the life of one of Lehigh Valley's most well-known philanthropists, who died last month.
In spite of a winter chill and gray skies that matched the color of the stone walls of the church, the mood of the crowd was upbeat.
A report released last month by Hellertown Councilwoman Gail Nolf indicates pool rates will increase for the upcoming pool season.
Bethlehem's legal team will help defend the city's zoning hearing board against a lawsuit by developer Abe Atiyeh, Mayor John Callahan said at the March 5 city council meeting.
Lehigh University history professor John K. Smith spoke recently about the connection between the Church of Nativity and Lehigh University. Approximately 70 people gathered at Maginnes Hall to learn about the founder of these two institutions, railroad entrepreneur Asa Packer. Packer's circle of friends, the elite families of Fountain Hill, also supported Lehigh University and the Church of Nativity. The Lindermans, Wilburs and Sayres were business partners and socialized together. Smith counted 12 marriages between these families.
The Lehigh County Commissioners tabled a bill that would extend the charter of the Lehigh County Authority at its Feb. 27 meeting.
The LCA's charter, which currently expires in 36 years, needs to be extended an additional 14 years in order for the authority to bid on the proposed 50-year lease for Allentown's water.
Fountain Hill Council approved hiring two new part time police officers at it's meeting on March 4.
Kevin Smith, who according to Chief of Police Ed Bachert, came to the borough from the Slatington Police Department and Daniel Troxell, who is with the Nazareth Police Department, will both fill in on shifts when full time officers are off. The two men were sworn in by Mayor Jose Rosado and Bachert.
Hellertown officials discussed improvements to Water Street Park during the Feb. 26 borough council meeting.
According to Borough Manager Cathy Kichline, the proposed project is the result of community need.
The first phase, Kichline said, will involve utility connections and interior fit for two new ADA accessible unisex bathrooms, construction of a new basketball court and ice skate rink, expanding parking and site landscaping.
Lehigh County Commissioners discussed a plan to extend the Lehigh County Authority's charter at its Feb. 13 meeting.
The Lehigh County Authority, which provides water for a majority of Lehigh County, currently has 36 years remaining on its charter, but the charter needs to be extended to 50 years for the authority to be able to bid on the lease for Allentown's water.