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Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

VALLEY Exchange student hosts sought

EF High School Exchange Year, operated by EF Educational Foundation for Foreign Study, Inc.,is now accepting host applicants for the upcoming year. The non-profit corporation is designated by the U.S. Department of State to operate a J-1 student.

Exchange program students, who are between 15 and 18 years old and arrive from one of 13 countries, will live in the U.S. for one or two semesters and attend a local high school.


County commissioners support redistricting reform bill

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners took a bold step at its Feb. 22 meeting by passing a resolution supporting redistricting reform.

The 8-1 vote specifically lends support to an independent citizens commission for redistricting. The commission would consist of 11 persons, four from the state’s majority party and four from the minority party. The remaining three would come from any political party. The Pennsylvania secretary of state would elect the members.


‘Caring for women his goal’ Russell K. Laros Jr., doctor and philanthropist

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Russell K. Laros Jr. joined his father’s already long-running charitable foundation in 1965, and over more than 50 years he served as trustee, chair and board member while pursuing an equally storied career in obstetric medicine.

Born here at St. Luke’s Hospital in 1936, Laros was a pioneer of high-risk obstetrics – medicine involving childbirth and women giving birth – and earned local awards for his community support and philanthropy. But more than that, say people close to him for...

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Kempton 2017 Fair set for June 15-17

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...

‘What we do is not sexy’

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Historic Hotel Bethlehem was the venue for Executive John Brown’s State of the County address on a blustery March 2 morning. The event included a free breakfast, which usually means stale croissants and weak coffee. Not at Hotel Bethlehem.

Over 150 guests were treated to mountains of scrambled eggs, bacon and home fries, along with a wide variety of juices, coffee and tea. Brown spoke for nearly a full hour, which is the longest speech he’s given as county executive.

It was a...

‘Answers lie outside city hall’ -- Two new working groups add transparency, resources

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

Two new working groups are combining the talents of local citizens with information from city officials to find creative solutions to local issues.

At their meeting Feb. 21, city council members approved the two groups, one for social media and one for open data, as part of an initiative, Engaging Bethlehem, from Council President J. William Reynolds.

Resident Frank Baran said during the public comment part of the meeting he supports the working groups. Having data publicly...

‘For the Kids’ Bethlehem residents dance for a cure at Penn State’s THON

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by ALLI POCZAK in Local News

Forty-six hours of standing with no sleep, sitting, or stopping. Starting Friday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. and going until Sunday at 4 p.m., an amazing group of 708 students took to the Bryce Jordan Center for THON, and completed this difficult task.

THON is the biggest student-run philanthropy in the world, organized by Penn State students to help find a cure for pediatric cancer. In addition to the 708, thousands of students work with countless organizations to collect donations and plan...

ALLENTOWN Great Decisions series opens

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Luther Crest will host a “Great Decisions” discussion program opening with a video session from 3 to 5 p.m. March 22 at Crest Hall, Luther Crest, 800 Hausman Road, Allentown.

The follow-up discussion, led by Dr. Andrew Essig of DeSales University, will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. March 29.

Future sessions will focus on the future of Europe and other topics. For more information, call 610-391-8229.