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South Mountain Cubs enjoy fun fall event

Monday, November 19, 2018 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

Boys Scouts of America Minsi Trail Council held its annual South Mountain Fall Cub event at the Hellertown Sportsman’s Association Oct. 20. This year’s event was rain-free on a cool day with temperatures hovering in the 50s and partly cloudy skies. The event consisted of a full day of fun activities such archery, BB gun, fire building, fire hose, darts, bottle rockets, cornhole and a knock over the buckets game. In addition, some of the scouts stayed for a bonfire, night hike and overnight campout.

BAPL launches publishing venture


The initiative, known as BAPL Books, began to take shape over a year ago. “I heard from a local poet who had talked about publishing his books through a self-publishing company,” said BAPL Executive Director Josh Berk. “I thought the price he was being quoted seemed really high and I wondered if we could be of assistance.”

Moravian History and Music Clavichord spurs discussion

Monday, November 19, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

A clavichord is a sturdy and proud rectangular keyboard instrument. It can produce soft and melodic sounds thanks to metal blades that are attached to the ends of key levers that gently press the strings. During a recent conference, however, the European instrument was used to help examine the relationship between musical artifacts and the musical performances of today.

Task force discusses affect of student mental health on school safety

Monday, November 19, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin has announced he called together a Safe Schools Task Force meeting Nov. 1 which was attended by more than 50 county school administrators, resource officers, additional members of law enforcement, representatives from the county Department of Drug and Alcohol, Juvenile Probation and members of the his staff.

The task force is designed to help educators and members of law enforcement meet the challenges they encounter in the schools.

Project continues accepting feedback

Monday, November 19, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Rarely does anyone ask you to help them spend $1 million.

But designers of the South New Street Enhancement Streetscape Project did Oct. 17. The WRT engineering firm – which is leading the effort – held two public meetings about how the revitalized street corridor would best serve the public. The open house took place at 306 S. New St.

Bethlehem received a $1 million state grant last year to refurbish South New Street, from the Fahy Bridge to Lehigh University’s Farrington Square.

YWCA Adult Day Services Simple Gifts, simple pleasure

Monday, November 19, 2018 by JOANNA IRELAND in Local News

YWCA Bethlehem’s Adult Day Services program hosted a free concert for its participants Oct. 19. The concert, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts through a Pennsylvania Partners for the Arts (PPA) Project Stream Grant, enabled the program to invite the folk duo Simple Gifts, from State College.

“We like to bring in outside entertainment about every other month,” says interim director and activities director Yvonne Toth. “We’re always searching for grants and funding from other sources to help bring in special programs and entertainment.”

Commission balks at demo proposal

Monday, November 19, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Weary from dealing with a seeming parade of demolition proposals, the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission Oct. 13 unanimously tabled one by Larry Eighmy for the rear addition behind 409-411 Wyandotte St. Although the three-story commercial and residential buildings date back to circa 1880, the rear addition and three-story stair tower were built during the early-to-mid 20th century.

A beautiful day at Burnside

Monday, November 19, 2018 by LESLIE REGAN SPEIAL TO THE BETHLEHEM PRESS in Local News

The Burnside Plantation was filled with families, little ones, couples and others on Sept. 30 for farm tours. The Burnside plantation was established in 1748, by Bethlehem Moravians James and Mary Burnside. The plantation is now owned and operated by Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites. Burnside Plantation opened its doors to the public to show off beautiful gardens, the preserved farm household cooking presentations, and engage young community members in crafts and various games.

Board talks energy efficiency

Monday, November 19, 2018 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

Sschool board directors listened intently while BASD Chief Facilities and Operations Officer Mark Stein presented an energy plan update compiled with the help D’Huy Engineering, Inc. giving a comprehensive overview of district energy savings.

The plan, which was launched in 2011, was set to identify energy costs in the district and strategically begin to increase efficiencies, while reducing costs, in order to allow tax dollars to be used more effectively in the district.

Academic achievements recognized

Monday, November 19, 2018 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

Nine BASD students were recognized at the October board meeting for excellent academic achievements. Every year, approximately 1.5 million students take the Preliminary SATs (PSAT) and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, in hopes of being recognized as a high scorer. The test results yield 34,000 students who are recognized as Commended Students for their high scores, and Bethlehem was proud to have seven students who met those criteria this year.