August 20, 2014
Moving back home
Student debt has long-term impact on graduates. As of early 2014, the amount of student loan debt in the United States reached $1.1 trillion. Students earning a bachelor’s degree graduate with an average debt of $29,400, according to a June report released by the Domestic Policy Council and the Council of Economic Advisers.
By Katya Hrichak, Bethlehem Press intern
Sandy Hook ES parent promote ‘Healthy Minds’
The mother of 6-year-old Dylan Hockley who was killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook ES, Newtown, Conn., visited Allentown Aug. 1 to discuss the Promoting Healthy Minds for Safer Communities Act.
Photo: At a press conference in Allentown, Nicole Hochley shows a picture of her son Dylan who was killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook ES, Newtown, Conn.
By Deb Galbraith
Park target of restoration work
Preservation consultant John Harry explains the relatively new process of micro-grouting, a restoration method already being used on the earthquake-damaged Washington Monument. Behind Harry are four of the five student interns, Brittany Flynn, Jessica Morris, Rebecca Murray and Michelle Barakat, and consulting contractor E. J. Nickles.
By Dana Grubb
Preparing for emergencies
In a day of cell phones and satellites, people no longer pay much attention to ham radios. But when Hurricane Sandy stuck in 2012 and most Lehigh Valley municipalities were without power or cell phone service, it was the lowly ham radio that kept people in touch. Northampton County Emergency Management relied on ham operators to keep in touch with outlying townships. So did the American Red Cross, which had ham operators at each emergency shelter. Photo: Contacts were monitored at three different stations.
By Bernie O’Hare
Walk the walk, talk the talk
Everyone in the Lehigh Valley was touched in some way by “The Steel,” as most Lehigh Valley residents referred to the company. Either a family member worked there or a neighbor or a friend or someone you knew was employed at the approximately four-mile long company located adjacent to the Lehigh River in Bethlehem. Photo: The steel stacks reflected in the windows of the 1913 Electrical Repair Shop, which will become the National Museum of Industrial History.
By Bud Cole
Annual sale exceeds $16,000 goal
Bethlehem residents Fransisco Rosa, bottom left, and Herbert Felix examine an incredible variety of primarily used merchandise for sale as fellow bargain hunters swarm the huge 200-by-40 foot tent.
By Tim Gilman
DA VINCI CENTER
The past and future of space
If you are like most people, and were around on July 20, 1969, you probably remember where you were and what you were doing. Neil Armstrong definitely remembered what he was doing that day because he was about to become the first human to step foot on earth’s moon: “One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” Photo: Forrest Cavalier, Augustin Cavalier and Ambrose Cavalier, all from Saylorsburg, try out the space bike exhibit at the DA Vinci Center.
By Carole Gorney
Making children feel special
Children who might otherwise not have pencils or paper will start the school year fully stocked with school supplies and brand-new backpacks, thanks to the St. Luke’s “Backpacks to Brighten” project. Photo: Diana Witczak, RN, supervisor of the Nurse Family Partnership, Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of St. Luke’s; Betsy Genthner, LPN, PATH program, VNA of St. Luke’s; Sara Klingner, MSN, CNM, RN, director of Maternal Child Health Initiatives, St. Luke’s University Health Network; and Helen Willis, RN, VNAC program, VNA of St. Luke’s.
THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
Raiders turn 50
Sue Hrkach realizes she won’t be cooking too many dinners throughout the remainder of August and through November. Instead, she likely will be serving in her role as treasurer and supporter for the Bethlehem Raiders Football Organization, a role she has cherished for the past 16 years. Photo: 2013 Executive Board Members: top row (left to right) - President Tom Picone, Vice President Joe Pastor; middle row - fundraising coordinator Melissa Crenko, football coordinators John Renninger and Lou Jimenez, treasurer Sue Hrkach; bottom row - snack stand coordinator Nanette Jimenez, secretary Kelly McKellvey and cheerleading coordinator Jessica Pastor.
By Jeff Moeller
Bethlehem sports on the Facebook.
Lehigh Valley: Comedian’s death brings mental illness to forefront
Musikfest: Attendance again tops 1 million
Bethlehem Township: Bulldogs blitz commissioners
Bethlehem Township: Customer service improvements proposed
Bethlehem Twnship: V-7 lot plan gets poor reception
BASD: District prepares for school start
Southside: Boys & Girls Club toorney draws 114 golfers
Business: N-Tensity opens in Hellertown
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