Bethlehem Press

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Budget process well under way

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

The 2017-18 school year isn’t over yet, but the Bethlehem Area School Board is already starting the long process on creating a budget for next school year. The first step in the process was a budget workshop on back in late March. At this presentation, the district administrators announced their top three priorities for the 2018-19 school year: literacy, technology and student services/support.

NORCO Some county retirees to see larger pension checks

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County’s Retirement Board, which manages the pensions of roughly 2,000 county retirees, has voted to end a practice that was chipping away at pension checks. To be specific, the board has directed the county to stop deducting medical contributions from retiree benefits after determining that the practice is illegal. The board made this decision May 3.

FOUNTAIN HILL Roadway construction and parking woes continue

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by TRACY RICE in Local News

April was a busy month for Fountain Hill Borough Council. At the April 3 meeting, council received an update on the MS4 project from Jason Smith, of Hanover Engineering. Hanover had submitted the suggested proposal to the DEP and received the comments back. There were approximately five comments to address from the DEP.

NORCO Gracedale offering tuition assistance, increasing differential pay

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Back in the late 80s, Gracedale Nursing Home offered a tuition assistance program for county employees interested in nursing. The program was a success; nevertheless, the county discontinued it. Human Services Director Susan Wandalowski would like to restore this program, especially since there are 23 open LPN and 33 open RN positions. Northampton County Council gave its blessing at its April 19 meeting.

Local funeral home remembers Former President Lincoln

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by JODI BOGERT in Local News

The Lehigh County Historical Society hosted a presentation and exhibit commemorating the 153rd anniversary of former President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 14 at J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown.

The focus of the event was about the train that transported Lincoln’s remains to his final resting place in Springfield, Ill.

Artifacts such as a replica of Lincoln’s casket were on display.

Guests dined on gingerbread cake, Lincoln’s favorite dessert and received a replica of the program from a memorial procession held in Allentown after Lincoln’s death.