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.
Irish, Scottish, Welsh, pretend to be on the weekends? Either way this upcoming weekend, September 26th through the 28th, the Celtic Cultural Alliance is holding their annual Celtic Classic in downtown Bethlehem. This year the Classic includes expansion onto Main St. during Saturday and Sunday. Two horses will be in and around the festival throughout all three days including the Showing of the Tartan Parade Saturday at 11:30 am.
As in years past, the CCA has graciously allowed the Mounted Unit to set up a merchandise stand in the Grand Courtyard (under the Main St. Ramp). The Mounted Unit will be selling t-shirts, performance t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, crew neck sweatshirts, hats, bracelets, and unit patches. See below map for the approximate stand location indicated by a RED STAR. For additional details about the Classic click here or on the Celtic Classic banner above.
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
Help honor the memory of one of our biggest fans by supporting the Allison Perno Scholarship Foundation!
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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
It is with both sadness and best wishes for the future that the Mounted Patrol Unit announces the retirement of one of our original members. As of August 10th, Officer Timothy Brooks will retire from the Bethlehem Police Department after 20 years of dedicated service. Officer Brooks spent his early career assigned to our patrol platoons and the former Community Policing Unit as a bicycle officer. While the mounted unit is losing a great rider and friend, the Downtown Bethlehem Association is gaining an invaluable resource and dedicated worker. Officer Brooks will serve as a manager in charge of the many events that the DBA holds every year. Look for him downtown and offer him your congratulations on his retirement and the best of luck in his new career.