Bethlehem Press

Friday, July 28, 2017


Thursday, July 6, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

World War II in the Pacific:

Don Rumble departed his Schnecksville home in March and journeyed thousands of miles westward to view World War II historical sites on islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Having served in the U.S. Marine Corps, Rumble has a particular interest in sites where Marines played a prominent role.

His visit to Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima was described in Part I of this story.

On the island of Saipan, Rumble learned about the massive banzai attack directed against the Marines by the Japanese and their slave laborers from Korea and Okinawa.

A cool but cost-effective summer

Monday, July 3, 2017 by CAROL OBANDO-DERSTINE in Local News

It’s a simple equation: The less you spend on energy during the heat of summer, the more you have to spend on lemonade, pool passes, ice cream, and road trips to the beach.

So how do you make that happen?

We’re glad to share the following tips for a cool but cost-effective summer. (Many of these will work for businesses too.)

If you have air conditioning, don’t set it lower than normal when you first turn it on. That won’t cool your home or business any faster, and it could cost you more.

Ham radio drill

Monday, July 3, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Operators gather for 24-hour event

On the last full weekend in June, local ham radio operators gather to work with 40,000 other operators around the world as part of their annual 24-hour preparedness drill.

Members of Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club (DLARC) set up this year in a pavilion at Bicentennial Park, East Allen Township.

“We pick this weekend because it is when ionization is best,” said Bob Green, of radio station KE3AW. “We set up contacts with other operators and record them.”

Ionization in the atmosphere helps signals travel farther because they can bounce off the atmosphere.

Dr. R. K. Laros Memorial Service

Monday, July 3, 2017 by DOUG GRAVES in Local News

Celebrating a life well-lived

Friends and family gathered last Saturday morning to celebrate the life of one of Bethlehem’s illustrious sons, Dr. Russel K. Laros Jr. They came together June 24 at Rosemont Lutheran Church on West Broad Street just as the morning’s cloudy start gave way to brilliant blue skies.

The memorial service was attended by family which included his son, Russell Keller Laros III of Hawaii and his daughter Ann Laros-Weaver of Dubai both of whom spoke to the attendees. Several grandchildren and other family members also attended.

Article By: TRACY RICE Special to the Bethlehem Press

Monday, July 3, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

The Public Works building in Fountain Hill is finally getting an addition and renovation. Ground breaking was held June 21.

This project has been talked about for over 12 years with plans being made the last five. The project adds a 40-foot-by-70-foot building, a salt shed and a wall and renovates the existing building.

All council members were present at the ground breaking. Council Preisdnet Larry Rapp spoke a few words before initiating the ground breaking. He expressed his thankfulness that the project was finally going to happen.

Officer recieves nathan Ogden award

Monday, July 3, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

In 1771, Northampton County Deputy Sheriff Nathan Ogden was killed while attempting to execute an arrest warrant. He is the first known law enforcement officer to make the ultimate sacrifice for his community in America. Unfortunately, many others have followed. Last year alone, 134 police officers died in the line of duty. In memory of Nathan Ogden and his fallen comrades, the Northampton County Chiefs of Police Association established an annual award in 2002 for a police officer who distinguishes himself and his profession.

Allentown Diocese

Monday, July 3, 2017 by MARTA GOUGER in Local News

Monsignor Schlert named bishop

The Vatican announced last week that Pope Francis has appointed a priest of the Diocese of Allentown, Reverend Monsignor Alfred A. Schlert, as the Fifth Bishop of Allentown.

Bishop-elect Schlert is the first priest of the Diocese to be appointed to serve as its Bishop. He has been serving as the Diocesan Administrator since his election by the Diocesan College of Consultors on Feb. 1, 2017 following the Jan. 31 installation of his predecessor Most Reverend John Barres as the Bishop of Rockville Centre, New York.

Celebrating community diversity

Monday, July 3, 2017 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

A mural currently being produced on the north facing wall of 414 Hayes Street is one part of the neighborhood improvement project currently underway under the auspices of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV) and Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust, with financial support from Wells Fargo Bank, according to CACLV associate executive director of community development Ellen Larmer.

Part I

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Schnecksville man visits Iwo Jima

Motivated by a sense of adventure and an interest in the U.S. Marine Corps, Don Rumble of Schnecksville recently traveled to Iwo Jima and other World War II historic sites on islands in the Pacific.

Through Military Historical Tours of Woodbridge, Va., Rumble visited Guam, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima.

Rumble’s interest in military travel was awakened two years ago when he won an all-expenses-paid trip to Vietnam.

Drafted into the Marine Corps in 1965, Rumble spent most of his time at a Hawk Missile base in 29 Palms, Calif.