It’s seen better days. When Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Co. Engine 1742 was first placed in service in 1995, it was a four-wheel drive behemoth capable of traveling off road to deliver a 500-gallon payload. In addition to extinguishing brush fires, its off road capabilities made it suitable for accidents in which cars are knocked off the highway. But after a 2002 accident that caused significant damage, firefighters can no longer use it as a front line resource.
In ancient Greek mythology and art, the butterfly frequently represents the spirit of a dying person, escaping the body. The Greek word “psyche,” or soul, also meant butterfly. On a beautiful Saturday morning, this historical link was the focal point of a memorial service organized by Aseracare Hospice Allentown in honor of individuals for whom they cared this past year. Called “A Butterfly to Remember,” the event offered prayer, encouragement, song and, finally, butterflies set free in the sunshine.
On Saturday June 23rd Peter Garrett Docteroff was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. The Eagle Scout ranking is the highest advancement ranking in the Boy Scouts.
The ceremony was attended by PA State Representative Marcia Hahn and Jake Glessner who is an assistant to PA State Senator Lisa Boscola.
Governor Tom Wolf July 3 joined U.S. Senator Bob Casey in a joint letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar requesting answers to questions regarding the number of migrant children separated from their families at the southern border who are now housed in Pennsylvania.
On June 21, Northampton County Council adopted a strongly-worded resolution calling for the resignations of General Purpose Authority (GPA) Chair Shawn Langen and Solicitor John Lushis. This followed a lengthy meeting the day before, in which Langen suggested once or twice that Council might lack his understanding of high finance. But when Council member Lori Vargo Heffner asked him to explain what he does, he refused to answer. He instead complained that the meeting, which he earlier derided as a “dog and pony show,” was making him late for a dinner party.
John Morganelli is a practicing Catholic, but he’s also Pennsylvania’s most senior District Attorney. He wants to be able to review a statewide grand jury report into decades of alleged sexual abuse and cover-ups by Catholic clerics at six Catholic dioceses, including the Diocese of Allentown. Nearly two dozen clergymen want to prevent this report from being made public.
Earlier this year, The Provident Bank Foundation has announced 12 $15,000 grants to be awarded to organizations nominated by employees of Provident Bank and Beacon Trust. In celebration of the Foundation’s 15th anniversary, the “Commit to Care” grants are intended to fund organizations doing the most innovative and effective work in the communities served by Provident Bank.
Did you know that 500 American soldiers once died in Bethlehem while in service and were buried here?
Did you know that a few of them -- four, to be specific -- are still interred in the city, while the others’ bones were scattered who knows where? Does it matter?
It matters to Robert Henry, a rising senior at Bethlehem Catholic High School, and he did something about it. A Boy Scout since kindergarten and a member of Troop 352 of Notre Dame Catholic Church of Bethlehem, Robert completed scouting’s final challenge, the Eagle Project, on the Fourth of July.
The 2018 Boutique at the Rink cancer fundraiser is in the books and the efforts of over 300 volunteers and support of a far reaching community raised over $273,000 to fight cancer.
The event is held at the Earl E. Schaffer Skating Rink where volunteers accept and sort donated items for resale to the public. Proceeds are shared with three area charities: the Cancer Support Community; St. Luke’s Hospice; and the St. Luke’s Cancer Center.