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International Survivors Day helps fight suicide stigma

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by CAROLE GORNEY Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

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.

Priscilla Payne Hurd: 'She felt fulfilled by her life'

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

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.

THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM HISTORY: Talk targets Asa Packer, church, university founder

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by The Press in Local News

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.

FOUNTAIN HILL: Council welcomes two new officers

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by BILL TATTERSALL in Local News

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.

Improvements to Water Street Park to take place

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by MARK RECCEK Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

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 extend water authority charter

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

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.