Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Cub Scout day camp adventures

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The occasional cloudbursts couldn’t dampen spirits at the Cub Scout Day Camp at Louise Moore Park in Easton July 14, the last day of a week-long adventure. Fortunately, it was sunny for most of the week while the nearly 100 Cub Scouts from area packs moved among various activity stations to have fun and learn.

Staffed by 60 scout leaders and volunteers, these included stations for scouting skills, science, sports, water sports, archery and BB gun marksmanship.

Pennsylvania a leader in lightning deaths

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by CAROL OBANDO-DERSTINE in Local News

Pennsylvania is a great place to live, work and play. It’s a state with its own personality, and a place we’re proud to serve.

That said, the Keystone State has a distinction that should make us all think and take care at this time of year.

From 1959 through 2015, Pennsylvania was one of the top 10 states with the most lightning-related deaths, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The NOAA reports that 133 people in Pennsylvania were killed by lightning during that time – more than New Jersey, California and Connecticut combined.

Bethlehem Township-Familiar face returns

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

At a special meeting July 31, Bethlehem Township Commissioners voted 4-0 to appoint Howard Kutzler, 52, to its five person board. He is well known in Bethlehem Township government since he worked there for 14 years, both as a planning director and as township manager.

Kutzler is filling the vacancy created by Kim Jenkins when she resigned, for personal reasons, as a third ward commissioner after just 18 months in office. Kutzler will only succeed her until the end of the year.

Fountain Hill-Fire, police thanked for blaze response

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

Fountain Hill cleanups continue in the borough. Carolee Gifford, chair of the cleanup committee, is optimistic that people will continue to show support, even though there has been less than enthusiastic support so far. The effort will focus on cleaning up the playground. This is a constant source of problem. Anyone interested should arrive atFountain Hill Borough Hall Sept. 2 at 9 a.m.

HARB assists with pergola proposal

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The Historical and Architectural Review Board granted a certificate of appropriateness to Jean Therman for a proposed pergola at 132 E. Market St. during the Aug. 2 hearing at city hall. The eight-foot high privacy screen/arbor for the back yard of the home she shares with husband Terry had recently been rejected by the zoning office as being too tall. This exceeded a six-foot height limit for fencing, they had been told. “This is not a fence,” said chairman Fred Bonsall, advising Therman to refer to it as an “ancillary structure” in her appeal to the zoning department.

Administrators against armed staff

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The states senate last month passed bill 383, which allows school district staff and faculty who possess concealed-carry permits to carry firearms on school property.

Educators across the state have spoken against the bill.

Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Dr.Joseph Roy said he’d be uncomfortable with guns in the hands of anyone other than trained professionals. He told Lehigh Valley Live anything else raises the risk that some innocent person is going to get hurt,

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS-Operational analysis on Cedarbrook provided

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller delivered the much anticipated operational analysis for the Cedarbrook Nursing Home to the Lehigh County Committee on Cedarbrook Aug. 9. The analysis, done by Good Shepherd, presents options and their costs so the commissioners can better judge how to spend money on the two-campus facility.