Bethlehem Press

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Fair set for

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


The Kempton Fair – the one you remember from years ago, starting in 1957 – is alive and well and living in beautiful Kempton, Berks County.

Sponsored by the Kempton Community Center, 83 Community Center Drive, Kempton, is set for June 15-17.

The refurbished event will bring new energy and new direction, but with more of the old-time feel of yesteryear.

The “Kempton Country Fair” of recent years, an organization separate from KCC, has changed its name and location.

Judith’s award

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


Judith’s Reading Room local literacy nonprofit has announced changes to its third annual Freedom Through Literacy Award. The award recognizes world-wide teachers, librarians, authors, researchers, educators and others who have instilled in others a love of reading.

The organization’s board recently voted to change the prize money structure for the 2017 award. The winner will receive $3,000 cash; the runner-up will receive $1,000 cash; and honorable mention will receive $500 worth of new books to support their program.

State reps offer

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


High school seniors can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship to help cover the costs of higher education.

Each year, two students preparing for post-secondary education are awarded four-year scholarships through the program. It is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student.

Designer purse

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


The Dewey Banquet Hall, 520 Durham St., Hellertown, will be the sight of a designer purse bingo 1 p.m. March 18. In addition to Vera Bradley purses as regular game prizes, there will be special games for a Coach and a Michael Kors purse.

The event will benefit the Lehigh Valley Sweet Adelines Chorus, which rehearses at St. George’s Episcipal Church, Hellertown.

Doors will open at noon. Snacks will be available for purchase. Play 15 games for $15, extra for specials. There will also be a basket auction and 50/50 raffle.

Illness support event March 30

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


There will be a Kindness for Keith basket raffle and 50-50 drawing beginning 4:30 p.m. March 30 at the Hanover Township Community Center, 3660 Jacksonville Road. There will be a drawing 6:30 p.m.

The proceeds will assist Keith Borst, who has been diagnosed with Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor, a form of childhood cancer and his family.

Baskets include a grill and pet items, dinner and a movie, a fire pit and gift cards for local restaurants and attractions.

For information, call 610-703-5227 or email

Charity game

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


The Salisbury Youth Association will play against the Salisbury Police Department in the first annual charity basketball game and fundraiser.

The event will be held 1 to 6 p.m. March 25 in the Salisbury High School gymnasium.

Net proceeds will go to the Salisbury Police Department to support “Project Life Saver” and “National Night Out.”

Unsung Heroes being sought

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


To celebrate Older Americans Month, the Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services recognizes county residents, 60 years of age or older, who have displayed exceptional generosity with their time and talent to enhance the lives of others and their community. The Unsung Hero finalists will be honored at a special awards ceremony at 1 p.m. May 17.

To request a nomination form, contact Lehigh County Aging and Adult Services at 610-782-3034.

Forms are also available at on the Aging and Adult Services home page.

Show benefits

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


There will be a comedy show to benefit Eric Gubich, of Bethlehem, at 7 p.m. April 2 at the Ice House, 56 River St.

Gubich was diagnosed with and treated for Ewing’s Sarcoma bone cancer when he was 19. Now, 12 years later, the married father of a son, after recovering recently from pneumonia, was found to have two previously unseen lung tumors.

Racism talk

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


AAUW Bethlehem and Easton will host a presentation on “Racism: What most people don’t understand about race” by Dr. Karen Gaffney from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on March 18 in Alumni Hall, Northampton Community College main campus, 3835 Green Pond Road.

An English professor at Raritan Valley Community College, New Jersey, where she designed an introductory course on race, she is currently working on an introductory guide to systemic racism and racial justice.

Annual cleanup set for April 8

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


The South Side Task Force will hold the annual Southside cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon, rain or shine, April 8. All interested in helping should meet at Farrington Square, Morton and New streets. Breakfast will be provided at 9:30 a.m.

The event is sponsored by the Mayor’s South Side Task Force, Alpha Phi Omega, Community Service Office, Lehigh In Town and the Lehigh University Eco-Reps.