Bethlehem Press

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Cusick elected for a third term

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by CAROL SMITH Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Northampton County Councilman John Cusick will serve a third term as council's president.

Schedule conflicts, vacations and illness resulted in a five-person council reelecting Cusick by a 3-1 vote with one abstention from Councilman Scott Parsons.

As required by the county's Home Rule Charter, county council held its reorganization meeting Jan. 7, the first Monday of the new year. The early afternoon Monday rather than Thursday evening meeting caused some scheduling conflicts for the nine-member council.

Emma Thursby: America's Nightingale

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by The Press in Local News

In 1857, a 12-year-old girl by the name of Emma Thursby was enrolled in the Moravian Seminary in Bethlehem. Her parents, John B. and Jane Thursby, selected the school for their excellent academic curriculum and, most importantly, for the outstanding musical training program. Emma's education in the great German composers such as Handel, Mozart and Beethoven, came under the supervision of Sylvester Wolle, the school principal, his brother and assistant Francis Wolle and the singing instructor Mary Weiss. Emma never forgot her happy experiences in the Bethlehem school.

Library costs concerns borough officials

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by DOROTHY PYLES Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Bethlehem is facing a major financial deficit for 2013. In order to bridge any gaps associated with the deficit, more costs relating to the Bethlehem Public Library are being passed on to member municipalities.

According to the Rick Prill, Fountain Hill borough administrator, the library board has recommended that the per capita rate/charge for 2013 be increased from $17.03 to $17.25.

Council told of 'poo' problem

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by MARK RECCEK Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

A portion of the Rails to Trails that runs through Hellertown is littered with dog feces.

Borough resident Lee Weidner, holding a dog scooper, informed council Jan. 7 he spent two hours before Christmas removing dog feces from the IRT section located between Water and Walnut streets.

"It's kind of disgusting," he told council. "People have complained to me about this one area that has been used."

Weidner said council should be tasked with determining the person and dog responsible for the problem.

COST

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by The Press in Local News

Bethlehem is facing a major financial deficit for 2013. In order to bridge any gaps associated with the deficit, more costs relating to the Bethlehem Public Library are being passed on to member municipalities.

According to the Rick Prill, Fountain Hill borough administrator, the library board has recommended that the per capita rate/charge for 2013 be increased from $17.03 to $17.25.

License requests leap

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by BERNIE O'HARE TYLER MARTIN and CHRIS PARKER in Local News

In his Jan. 10 report to Northampton County Council, Executive John Stoffa described a disturbing increase in the number of gun permits, also known as Licenses to Carry Firearms, issued in 2012. Stoffa told Council that 4,627 gun permits were issued in 2012, a 70 percent increase over 2011.

A new daily record - 87 permits in one day - has also been set.

It's really a 'violence problem' A local sportsman's view on gun control

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by BERNIE O'HARE in Local News

Mike Topping should be either a sportsman or environmentalist. He lives at the far end of Saucon Park, surrounded by a sea of green, even at the height of winter. As luck would have it, he is both. He is chairman of Northampton County's Open Space Committee and the president of the county's "Federation of Sportsmen," which consists of 17 clubs and over 7,000 members. His opinions are his own. He warns 7,000 sportsmen will have 14,000 opinions. In a wide-ranging interview over good coffee at his Saucon Park home, he spoke about the Second Amendment and the need for gun control.

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: Green Futures Fund vote delayed for third time

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by ANDREW CASS in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners delayed approval of the Green Futures Fund for a third time at its Jan. 9 meeting in the Lehigh County Government Center in Allentown.

Several members of the board, led by Commissioner Michael Schware, said they would only approve the bill after an equal dollar amount of cuts or savings were made elsewhere to pay for the project.

What you need to know about the flu

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Prevention

If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

· Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

· Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

· Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat healthy food.