Bethlehem Press

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Area school districts voice concerns about tax proposal

Monday, February 20, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Representatives from Salisbury, Panther Valley, Parkland, Bethlehem and Nazareth Area school districts, along with circuit riders for the Pennsylvania Campaign for Fair Education Funding met Feb. 1 at the Salisbury Township Administration Building to talk about the impact of Senate Bill 76 on school districts.

The goal of Senate Bill 76, according to state Sen. David G. Argall, R-29th, is to eliminate all school property taxes across the commonwealth and replace those taxes with a combination of funding from personal income tax and sales and use tax.

Wedding Expo 2017 -- Ideas for dress, food and transportation

Monday, February 13, 2017 by JOANNA IRELAND in Local News

Mother Nature contributed a good dusting of white to complement the sparkling iced cakes and glittering gowns featured in the Bridal Expo hosted at Lehigh University’s Rauch Field House Jan. 7 and 8.

Wesley Jenks, of Jenks Productions, said it’s the company’s 15th year coordinating and running the event.

“I like the people in the Lehigh Valley,” he said. “Everyone is friendly and easy to work with.”

This year, the two-day show featured 100 vendors, most local to the Lehigh Valley, with a few regional or national companies in attendance, too.

Feeling fluish? You’re not alone

Monday, February 13, 2017 by CHRIS REBER in Local News

Patients are filling up emergency rooms around the state with flu-like symptoms.

The statistics show that Pennsylvania is entering the height of flu season. The severity of this year’s flu won’t be known until the number of cases peaks.

More than 5,000 new cases of the flu were reported during the first two weeks of 2017, according to the department of health.

“Flu is a big deal, it’s jamming up emergency rooms. And it’s not too late to get the vaccine,” Dr. Luther Rhodes of Lehigh Valley Health Network said.

Scouting accomplishments celebrated at Minsi Trails Court of Honor

Monday, February 13, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America, presented Silver Beaver Awards to Michael Caffrey, Charlie Chase, Rev. Gary Marsh, and seven others at the Council Recognition Dinner Jan. 27 at the East Hills Moravian Church in Bethlehem The Silver Beaver is a distinguished service award for registered adult “Scouters” who have made a positive impact on the next generation through their years of service. Presenting the medals were Dr. Arnold Traupman and Glenn Higbie.

Fire marshal offers safety tips for winter storms

Monday, February 13, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Winter storms can happen almost anywhere. They can cause problems. Know what to do before, during and after a storm. This will help keep you and your family safe from a winter fire.

•Test all smoke alarms. Do this at least once a month. This way you will know they are working. Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Test the alarms.

•Plan two ways out of the home in case of an emergency. Clear driveway and front walk of ice and snow. This will provide easy access to your home.

Soup kitchen seeks new stove - Serving up to 150 people a day, the heavily used 25-year-old stove and ovens are in dire need of replacement and the Trinity Soup Kitchen

Monday, February 13, 2017 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

The Trinity Episcopal Church of Bethlehem has operated its soup kitchen for 35 years and today provides a nutritious hot lunches for 150 people Monday through Friday.

Unfortunately, the heavily used 25-year-old stove and ovens are in dire need of replacement, and the Trinity Soup Kitchen has undertaken a campaign to raise the $16,000 necessary to replace them with a modern Vulcan stove and several convection ovens. That effort has been bolstered by an anonymous matching pledge of $8,000.

Lehigh County making new parks and rec plan

Monday, February 13, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County is in the process of writing a new county livable landscapes plan.

According to Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Executive Director Becky Bradley, 18 individuals were present at the Feb. 7 meeting in which the planning commission was provided feedback on issues, while discussing the county’s future vision.

She said one of the primary, universal concerns was not enough people in and around the county know about the wide variety of parks, recreational facilities and open spaces available.