Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Valley tourism by the numbers

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Discover Lehigh Valley, our local tourism bureau, has been around since 1984. It has a $3 million budget and 13 full-time employees. You might ask yourself, “What good is it?” Is it all just fluff? Mike Stershic, who is President at Discover LV until the end of the year, made an effective case for his agency in a June 7 presentation to Northampton County Council. Here’s a condensed version, by the numbers:

• In 2016, visitors spend $2.2 billion in the Lehigh Valley. They spent more on...


Tuesday, June 12, 2018 by The Press in School

ESU Dean’s List

Several Bethlehem residents have been named to the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania’s spring 2018 semester dean’s list. To qualify, the following have attained a 3.50 quality point average or better and are enrolled full-time. They are Ryan Blowars, Alexis Brenner, Joshua Buck, Alejandro Camacho, Nicholas Cecala, Maggie Connelly, Scott Delfranco, Glenis Diez, Chris Ebersole, Tori Egner, Bnafsheh Eliason, Khayla Estime, Kiana Farrar, Bianka Feher, Kaitlyn...

Around Town

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

A full calendar appears on the Bethlehem Press website, but due to space constraints, for ongoing events, email, visit or call the following:

Bethlehem City Hall Rotunda: Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission mixed media exhibit, “All / Most”, by Danny Moyer. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Bethlehem Town Hall Rotunda 10 E. Church St. Visit

Bethlehem Area Public Library: Call 610-867-3761(main) or 610-867-7852...

Board approves new math program

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

The Saucon Valley School Board has approved the “Math in Focus” program for kindergarten through fourth grade students at the Saucon Valley ES at an initial cost of $227,946.

According to publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Math in Focus was built under a framework by Singapore’s Ministry of Education that draws on best practices from around the world through hands on learning, visualization and pictorial representations. Singapore has ranked as one of the top countries in math...


Tuesday, June 12, 2018 by The Press in School

Bucknell University

Bethlehem residents Justin Manhoff and Emily Smith graduated from Bucknell University at commencement on May 20.

Bucknell University is located in Lewisburg, 17837. Visit

Clemson University

Michael West Holtermann, of Bethlehem, graduated with a bachelor of science in financial management degree from Clemson University at one of two ceremonies on May 10 and 11 in Littlejohn Coliseum.



Tuesday, June 12, 2018 by The Press in School

Northampton Community College

Info Session on Home Health Aide Careers June 20

Northampton Community College will hold home health aide career and education information sessions at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. June 20 at the Easton Educational Outreach Center, 25 S. Third St., Easton.

Home health aides help people with disabilities, chronic illnesses or cognitive impairments by assisting in their daily living activities, and older adults who need assistance.

The Home Health...


Tuesday, June 12, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Brown named First Presbyterian Pastor Emeritus

There will be a service of celebration at 9:45 a.m. June 24, to honor The Reverend Keith Brown with the title of Pastor Emeritus of First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem. Following the combination traditional and contemporary service, there will be a celebratory brunch in the Kirk Center. Both events will be held at 2344 Center St.

Pastor Brown served the Presbyterian Church USA congregation from 1969-2000. He is being recognized...

Marijuana one step closer to being legal

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Decriminalizing marijuana is firmly on the agenda for the next meeting of Bethlehem City Council ,as members unanimously approved the measure in their first reading. This procedure ensures that the ordinance will get a final vote and approval at the next scheduled regular meeting June 19.

All members of council expressed support of the ordinance to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. A small amount is defined as “thirty grams or less of marijuana or eight grams or...