March 29, 2017
Ron Lang takes advantage of Saturday’s mild weather to clean leftover snow off his driveway from the nearly 14 inches March 14. Lang, in a T-shirt and shorts, said the icy snow had piled up at the end of his driveway on Linden Street in northeast Bethlehem. "It’s good to be working outside on a warm day," Lang said. Saturday’s temperature peaked at 68 degrees, according to an AccuWeather report. Spring officially arrived March 20 and the winter season’s total snowfall has been less than 30 inches.
By Tim Gilman
City officers promoted, sworn in
City administrators lauded four police officers and welcomed two new department members in remarks during a brief ceremony in the Rotunda Thursday. Mayor Bob Donchez and Chief Mark DiLuzio each stressed the importance and success of public safety to Bethlehem, often looked upon as one of the safest cities in the state, and thanked the officers for potentially placing themselves in harm’s way to protect their fellow citizens. Photo: Officer Christopher Ward receives his badge from his girlfriend, Stephanie Hopkins. Mayor Bob Donchez presided over the ceremony and swore the new officers in.
By Nate Jastrzemski
Best Legs marks 12th year
The Best Legs in a Kilt contest was forced indoors due to the unusually cold temperatures March 11. Despite the weather, 11 contestants wore their kilts for the popular event in downtown Bethlehem as a prelude to the St. Patrick’s Parade of Shamrocks. Neville Gardner, owner of the adjoining McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Donegal Square, is the coordinator of the 12th annual contest. According to tradition, the first-place prize is a kilt, and this year’s winner was Blaise Polentes of Bethlehem. Photo: Aven Werner gets encouragement from his uncle, Jeff Rambo of Pottstown, before the Best Legs in a Kilt Contest March 11 at Donegal Square and McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub before Bethlehem’s Parade of Shamrocks. The young contestant, son of Erika Werner of Bethlehem, won an honorable mention award.
By Tim Gilman
As the crow flies
One evening in early February this year, while I was driving over the Hill-to-Hill Bridge with a right turn onto the Main Street ramp, a huge bare tree on the left appeared to be covered with huge black leaves. Not until I was past the tree was it apparent the leaves were actually crows. Why do crows roost in Bethlehem and what keeps them here at night?
By Ken Raniere
‘Thank you for giving me my life back’
Mary Clancey, 71, of St. Clair, Schuylkill County, couldn’t speak two words without having trouble breathing. She was having trouble walking with blood clots in her legs combined with carrying 365 pounds on her 5 foot 1 1/2 inch frame. “Things started getting harder to do – harder to walk, harder to stand – and then one day in November 2016 I couldn’t get out of bed,” Clancey said. Her son, Ed, called an ambulance and had her taken to her local hospital, where they performed a CAT scan and determined a cyst in one of Clancey’s ovaries had grown into a 140-pound, stage one cancer tumor, equal to almost half her weight. She was immediately transferred to Lehigh Valley Health Network -Cedar Crest where she met Richard Boulay, M.D., LVHN’s chief of gynecologic oncology. Photo: Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Chief of Gynecologic Oncology Dr. Richard Boulay, Mary Clancey, Ed Clancey and LVHN’s Chief of Plastic Surgery Dr. Randolph Wojcik at a news conference March 9.
By Deb Galbraith
‘There aren’t enough words’
Bethlehem Catholic HS students and staff welcomed their heroes, family members who have served in the military, at their sixth annual veterans appreciation breakfast Feb. 7. Over 60 students, family and veterans enjoyed a light breakfast consisting of coffee, juice, fresh fruit and pastries while veterans spoke of their service with their student hosts in the cafeteria. Photo: There is no question who Sydney Yarsevich’s favorite veteran is. Her grandfather, Brian Yarsevich, served in the United States Coast Guard as a Second Class Boatswain’s Mate.
By Dana Grubb
Area Meals on Wheels directors respond to proposed budget cuts
The first budget blueprint sent to Congress by the president’s administration has caused a great deal of concern and confusion. Many media outlets, for instance, incorrectly reported initially that the government was defunding Meals on Wheels programs. We received a lot of unexpected attention as a result – and a lot of concern from the people we serve, our dedicated volunteers and the public at large. We need to separate fact from fiction so people understand the ramifications that proposed federal budget cuts could have.
By JoAnn Bergeron Nenow and Pamela Bechtel
Caroon by Ed Courrier
Becahi wins first girls hoops title
Bethlehem Catholic senior forward Tessa Zamolyi could do to talk, cry, smile, and breathe after the Hawks were crowned PIAA State Class 4A girls’ basketball champions after defeating Villa Maria 46-27 last Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey. “Watching and playing for four years, I’m so thankful, and I’m so happy to share this experience with my team,” Zamolyi said. “I’ve been waiting so long, and I’ve wanted to play in this final.”
By Katie McDonald
High school musicals
By Ed Courrier
Bethlehem: City keeps some 911 autonomy
Bethlehem: LERTA zone may expand
Bethlehem Township: Board paves way for medical marijuana
Lehigh County: DA announces staff change
Lehigh County: Commissioners support redistricting reform bill
Lehigh Valley: 10 face charges in drup operation
Lehigh Valley: New truck increases food access
Northampton County: Englesson nomination challenged
Northampton County: Gracedale rates ‘below average’
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