Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

GoFundMe account surpasses $25,000 goal

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

A GoFundMe account created to benefit the children of slain Whitehall Township resident Kelsy Thomson has surpassed its goal in just five days.

The fundraising site, set up to honor the memory of Kelsy Thomson, who was killed June 7 in her Whitehall home, will “help fulfill Kelsy’s dreams for her daughters in her absence,” according to the fund drive organizers.

A $25,000 goal had been set. On Wednesday morning, $25,360 had already been raised.

According to the GoFundMe...

‘You are not alone’

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by SELENA CINTRON in School

Jennie Lynn Alexina Miller, a member of Bethlehem Catholic’s Class of 2017, has overcome many physical disabilities while challenging herself to greater heights.

Jennie was born with a small right ear, a small right thumb and only a foot where her right leg was supposed to be and no right hip. She wears a prosthetic right leg and scoliosis affects her lower back. In addition, Jennie has suffered two concussions and undergone roughly 15 surgeries.

Jennie’s first concussion was...

‘Doors that open up to us’

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in School

Sometimes Pomp and Circumstance is the sweetest song in the world because the student hearing it worked hard to overcome obstacles on his way to graduation.

The 2017 Liberty HS graduate Sam Lopez recalls a difficult road on his way through school as he learned how to control what he calls a “sleeping beast” – anger.

“I’ve always been an angry kid,” he said. “From fifth grade all the way until my twelfth grade year, anger has been one of my biggest battles and still is!”


Casual gathering for Halal

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The June 5 death of Magisterial District Judge Robert Halal, who served the communities of Whitehall and Coplay, stunned not only the community but the region, and folks came together Saturday evening at Egypt Memorial Park to celebrate his life and legacy.

More than a thousand people waited in line to offer condolences to Halal’s wife, Denise, and other members of the family. The line at times stretched from just inside the park to the pavilion. Some waited an hour to talk to the...

70 years of marital success

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by KRISTINE PORTER in Local News

There’s an old saying that in the spring, a young man’s heart turns to what a woman has been thinking about all winter.

In the spring of 1946, young men, fresh from World War II, were looking to start the lives they put on hold — find a love and have a family of their own. Early that spring, Clarence “Pat” Patterson met Barbara Voss on a blind date.

Pat was back home in Hazleton after three years in the Army. He met up with an old friend from high school, whose girlfriend just...

Warrant stop ends with two dead

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by JARRAD HEDES in Local News

Two people are dead, including a Walnutport man and a woman formerly of Palmerton, after a murder-suicide Saturday.

Eric Messick, 33, of Walnutport, and Emily Fatzinger, 25, of Pike County, were pronounced dead just after 10 p.m. inside a residence in the 4100 block of Lanark Road in Upper Saucon Township.

According to investigators, the duo broke into the residence and barricaded themselves inside following a police chase.

Just after noon on Saturday, an Upper Saucon...


Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by The Press in School

Albright College

Cecilia Perez, of Bethlehem, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business administration- marketing from Albright College.

Alvernia University

Three Bethlehem residents graduated recently from Alvernia University. They are Jenna C. Werner, Associate of Science degree in Medical Imaging, completed studies at Reading Hospital; Breanna Marie Fresoli, Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, completed studies at the main campus and minored in...

Auto club predicts record travel July 4th weekend

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by DAVID KOENIG AP BUSINESS WRITER in Local News

DALLAS — Americans are expected to put down the TV remote and hit the road in record numbers for the July 4th weekend.

Auto club AAA said Thursday that it expects 44.2 million people will travel at least 50 miles (80 kilometers) from home, a 2.9 percent increase over last year’s record for the holiday.

The vast majority of those revelers will go by car. But airline travel over the holiday is also expected to rise for the eighth straight year.

Travel industry officials...