On Saturday, September 27th, Officer Holschwander with Raven and Officer Buskirk with Pharaoh made an appearance at Stefano’s Restaurant on Linden St. to celebrate their 30th Anniversary of being open to serve the citizens of Bethlehem. During the celebration, Mayor Donchez accepted a generous donation from the Lombardos, owners of Stefano’s Restaurant, to the Mounted Patrol Unit. Mr. and Mrs. Lombardo graciously contributed $3,000.00 to the Mounted Patrol Unit Wish Fund. The members of the Mounted Patrol Unit, along with the Police Department, Chief Mark Diluzio, and Mayor Robert Donchez, would like to extend a “thank you” to Stefano’s Restaurant. Stefano’s Restaurant joins our other generous Community Partners, Giving Club Members, and Adopt-A-Horse sponsors in helping the Mounted Patrol Unit minimize the impact of the operational costs on the city tax payers. Visit Stefano’s Restaurant at 2970 Linden St. The Stefano’s website can be viewed by either clicking the Stefano’s banner above or the picture below.
From left: Officer Holschwander with Raven, Officer Buskirk with Pharaoh, and the Lombardos outside of Stefano’s Restaurant.
On Saturday, September 20th, George and Pharaoh attended the Rodale Institute’s Organic Apple Festival. During the visit, George had the pleasure of meeting his Adopt-A-Horse sponsor for the last two years. Through her blog, Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen, Ms. Rodale has generously sponsored George since 2013. George and the rest of the Mounted Unit wanted to extend a big “thank you” for her generosity and gave Ms. Rodale a small token of our gratitude. Thanks again to Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen!
Officer Leaser on George (who is no doubt staring at the Apple Orchard) stand as Officer Buskirk hands Maria Rodale her sponsorship plaque.
Maria Rodale and Officer Leaser with George pose for a photograph at Rodale Institute’s Apple Festival
George checks out the sponsorship plaque
Maria Rodale gives George a scratch while they stand for photographs
The Bethlehem Police Mounted Patrol Unit would like to extend the warmest welcome our newest full time member, Ofc. Holschwander. As of August 25th he joined the unit as a full time Mounted Officer. Ofc. Holschwander was hired by the Bethlehem Police Department in 2007. He was previously assigned to the Police Department’s Patrol Division on a patrol platoon. Aside from previously being a Field Rider with the Mounted Unit since 2010, Ofc. Holschwander currently serves on the Lehigh County Gang Task Force and is patrol rifle certified . He will be partnered with Raven. When you see Ofc. Holschwander on the patrol or at an event extend him congratulations on his new assignment.
Ofc. Holschwander and Raven prior to patrol
Ofc. Holschwander and Raven patrol near Liberty High School at dismissal
Ofc. Holschwander and George during Blueberry Festival 2014
Musikfest has come and gone this summer and the Bethlehem Police Mounted Patrol Unit would once again like to send a heartfelt “thank you” to Moravian College for providing a quiet place for our colleagues from the Lancaster City Mounted Unit to stay. The Lancaster City Mounted Unit, along with the Pennsylvania State Police Tactical Mounted Unit, assists the Bethlehem Police Mounted Unit, and the men and women of the Bethlehem Police Department, during Musikfest by providing high visibility, horse mounted patrol throughout the festival. Moravian’s continuing support in housing the Lancaster Officers during their stay in Bethlehem is greatly appreciated.
-Moravian Alumnus, Officer Buskirk
On March 19th the Bethlehem Mounted Patrol Unit had the pleasure of delivering a meal during the Meals on Wheels Northampton County Community of Champions event. While Raven, George, and Pharaoh don’t have wheels, they were more than happy to lend a helping hoof!
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From left in the front row: Chief Mark DiLuzio, Jamie Rezeszowski, JoAnn Nenow (Executive Director), Andrienne Nenow, Cindy Hay, and Janet Soos. From left in back row: Officer Tim Brooks and Raven, Officer Jon Buskirk and Pharaoh, and Officer Mike Leaser and George.
Whether you’re Irish, Scottish, Welsh, or pretend to be on St. Patty’s Day…stop by downtown Bethlehem on Saturday, March 15th, and enjoy the 4th annual “Celtic Classic Parade of Shamrocks” along with other St. Patty’s Day activities. McRaven, O’Pharaoh, and MacGeorge will see you there!
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Aside from being voted the Best Bethlehem Restaurant 15 years in a row, the Apollo Grill has long been known for their generosity in giving to local charities. The great folks at the Apollo have graciously offered to help out our horses. The Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Police, along with the Bethlehem Police Mounted Patrol Unit, are proud to announce that on Tuesday, February 18th, proceeds from a specialty drink and dessert event are going to be donated to help cover the care and maintenance of Raven, Pharaoh, and George. A special “thanks” goes out to the sponsor of the evening, Rij, Cort, Lannon, & Associates at Merrill Lynch. Click the flyer below go to the Apollo Grill website for additional information, directions, and the phone number for reservations. Hope to see you there!