Bethlehem Press

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Bethlehem Authority-Moths out, carbon in Moths out, carbon in

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Forester Robin Wildermuth was the star of the June 8 board meeting, bringing good news about moths and confusing news about carbon emissions before rushing out to greet an expected grandchild as early as the next day.

First, he told the board that after three years he believes the danger of swarms of gypsy moths in the watershed is likely passed. The authority has spent about $20,000 each of those years on organic, non-dangerous insecticide sprays to keep the moth population for...

Youth for Christ Club supports Haiti Health Trust

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by The Press in School

Members of the Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts’ Youth for Christ Club presented a $1,000 donation check recently to representatives from the Haiti Health Trust. The club raised the funds through producing a benefit concert which took place at the school in March.

“We are thrilled to see your students become involved and support this cause,” said Carol Van Artsdalen, secretary and treasurer of the Haiti Health Trust. She thanked the club members and explained that the Haiti...


Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Wednesday, June 21

Bethlehem Township Municipal Authority, 6:30 p.m. Municipal building, 4225 Easton Ave.

Fountain Hill Council, 7 p.m. 941 Long St.

Monday, June 26

BASD regular board, 7 p.m. Auditorium, East Hills, 2205 Chester Road.

Bethlehem Township Planning Commission, 7 p.m., municipal building, 4225 Easton Ave.

Tuesday, June 27

Hanover Twp. Supervisors, 7 p.m., 3630 Jacksonville Road.

Saucon Valley School Board, 7 p.m. Audion...


Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by The Press in School




There will be an athletic shoe drive until June 30 to raise funds to support the Liberty HS cross country and track and field program. The program’s booster club will earn Sneakers4Funds dollars based on the total weight of the shoes collected.

Gently worn, used or new athletic shoes may be dropped off at Aardvark Sports Shop, 559 Main St. No cleats or spiked shoes are accepted. All sneakers in any size are accepted including walking, tennis, vans...

Northampton Co.-Gracedale’s service rating tumbles

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services maintain a five-star rating system for nursing homes. Those with five stars are considered the best. Gracedale, Northampton County’s nursing home, had a four-star (“above average”) rating in January. But that has gone on a downward slide to just one star, or “much below average.”

That’s its lowest rating. According to both Human Services Director Allison Frantz and Gracedale Administrator Rayond Soto, Gracedale may wear this black eye for...

‘A most powerful weapon’

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in School

Notre Dame Catholic HS of Green Pond graduated 122 seniors at its 51st commencement ceremony earlier this month in an outdoor ceremony attended by over 700 people at its Bethlehem Township campus. Unlike some previous years, in which periodic downpours soaked everyone, this year’s graduation was under sunny skies with no hints of rain. It truly is a school of faith.

Class of 2017 honorees included Dannielle Hibshman, the school’s valedictorian who will be attending Syracuse University...


Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by The Press in School

Norwich University

Zachary C. Van Buskirk and Jacqueline C. Tarasuk, both of Bethlehem, have been named to the Norwich University 2017 spring semester dean’s list.

Norwich University is located at 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663. For information, call 1-800-468-6679 or 1-802-485-2000 visit

Susquehanna University

Several local students were named to Susquehanna University’s dean’s list for the spring...

Food for thought, scholarships

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

It was like watching one of his more than 2,000 TV cooking shows on the Food Network, but this time Emeril Lagasse was up close and personable. The owner of three restaurants at the Sands Casino Resort in South Bethlehem, Lagasse was the star attraction at the start of the 2017 Food and Wine Festival, an annual fundraiser held at the Sands Event Center for Northampton Community College’s culinary arts program.

The much-honored and immensely popular New Orleans chef kicked things off...

‘Investing in people changes the world’

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by CAROL SMITH in Local News

The Lodge Director Ian Panyko looks forward to expanding Café the Lodge’s restaurant and catering services. For the past five years, the Southside Bethlehem enterprise has continued to thrive.

A $5,000 Wells Fargo Foundation gift will allow the Café to hire additional staff to balance the increased demand at the restaurant, which is open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, as well as fulfill its catering orders. Staffed almost entirely by adults with mental illness, the...