|Bethlehem Tp's Mary Ellen Stampone Ingeno conratulated|
Twenty-two Northampton County residents, from Riegelsville to Northampton, now understand what is often called the forgotten government. They were honored at recent Council meeting as the fourth graduating class of the Northampton County Citizens' Academy. They completed a ten-week program that included Public Works, Emergency Management, Court Administration, Human Services and Gracedale Nursing Home, Fiscal Affairs, Community and Economic Development, the Department of Corrections, District Attorney, Public Defender, Sheriff’s Department, and County Council.
Penn State student Laurie Giannetti stated, "There wasn't really enough time." Rick Sergi, who also is a Pastor in Bethlehem, added, "I was almost excited to pay my taxes." Noting that the County takes care of so my bridges, Sergei called the County a "bridge" that gets people from one side of life to another. "You don't go across every bridge, but you sure hope it's there if you need one."
The 2015 Graduates: Mary Ann Barrett, Gayle Beacham, George Bock, Patricia Cronin, Laurie Giannetti, Ben Hedrick, Susan Hinkle, Timothy Hinkle, Yvonne Johnson-Milligan, Larry Kistler, Greg Linder, Steve Mays, Lois Prytherch, Lucy Reagan, Cara Rutlege, Elle Segal, Rick Sergi, Helaine Sigal, Mary Ellen Stampone Ingeno, Ferne Turner, Robert Walnock and Lisa Youngkin Rex. (Slideshow below).