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Thursday, April 23, 2015

April 22, 2015

COVER STORY
  ‘For the kids’
The final numbers of the BASD Mini-THON yearlong fundraising campaign for pediatric cancer are revealed at the conclusion of the closing ceremony at the dance marathon. A record $100,212.50 was raised jointly by Liberty and Freedom students. Additional large poster signs say “FOR THE KIDS” in recognition of the children who will benefit from the campaign against pediatric cancer.
By Tim Gilman and Josh Ledyard


LEHIGH VALLEY
  Devey led Moravian Academy for 17 years
Lifelong educator and former Moravian Academy Headmaster David J. Devey died at home in Moravian Village April 14. He was 85. Photo: A plaque at the front entrance to the Moravian Academy Upper School main building honors former headmaster David J. Devey for his many years of dedication and vision.
By Nate Jastrzemski


LEHIGH VALLEY
  What’s the biggest problem?
What are the biggest problems facing the Lehigh Valley?
This question sparked a myriad of answers from nearly 100 attendees at last week’s community forum – yet another event hosted at the Northampton Community College Fowler Family Southside Center. Photo: Dr. Harris Sokoloff, director of the Penn Project for Civil Engagement, leads discussion during the recent community forum.
By Alex Green


SPRING MUSICALS
  Notre Dame presents ‘A Tale of Two Cities’
The Notre Dame HS Theater Company will present the musical “A Tale of Two Cities” April 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. and April 25 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Photo: Comprised of the men and women of Paris the ensemble performs the ending of “The Way It Ought to Be.”
By Dana Grubb

CHINESE NEW YEAR
  Students, hosts share custom
Exchange students and their host families celebrated the Chinese New Year recently at Wesleyan Methodist Church on Center Street in Bethlehem. The event, hosted by New Oasis International Education, Allentown Central Catholic HS and Bethlehem Catholic HS, and also attended by Pius X Catholic HS students, provided an opportunity for Chinese and American students to engage in a cultural exchange and perhaps stave off a bit of homesickness the exchange students might have felt. Photo: Bethlehem Catholic HS students Peter Haozhong Zheng and Jinjing Zhang enchant the audience with a traditional Lion Dance.
By Joanna Ireland


BUSINESS
  St. Luke’s among top 100 hospitals
St. Luke’s University Health Network President and CEO Richard A. Anderson, with red tie, holds award for 100 Top Hospitals nationwide during a March 27 ceremony in the packed auditorium on the Bethlehem campus. Frank Ford, president of St. Luke’s Allentown Hospital, and Carol Kuplen, chief operating officer of St. Luke’s University Hospital Bethlehem Campus and chief nursing officer, flank Anderson. At far right is Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals program run by Truven Health Analytics. St. Luke’s also received the 100 Top Hospitals Award in 1995 and 2001.
By Tim Gilman


NEWS&VIEWS
  The times, they are a changin’
’m back in the office after four years. Back at the same desk. And in the same chair.
My surroundings are nearly identical, except for maybe the color of the paint on the walls. The editorial staff is virtually the same. They’re still here, working each day to bring you the community news you’re looking for. Many of our freelancers have been writing columns and covering municipal beats since the very beginning.
By Kelly Lutterschmidt



THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  Wrestling alignment conjures mixed emotions
The local wrestling world was flipped upside down last week when news broke of new divisional alignment in the East Penn Conference.
The league replaced its three-division format, with two divisions consisting of nine teams each.
By Peter Car

ATTENTION CANDIDATES
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Our list of candidates will be published in the May 13 issue.
Please include your phone number to verify the response.

THIS WEEK IN FOCUS
  Student poetry project
To commemorate National Poetry Month in April, the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites present the 10th annual Student Poetry Project. Students whose poems are published on this page read their poems and were interviewed April 20 on “Lehigh Valley Arts Salon,” WDIY, Lehigh Valley Community Radio, 88.1 FM, wdiy.org. The Student Poetry Project adjudication committee met March 16 and read approximately 125 poems submitted by students from the Lehigh Valley.
The Lehigh Valley Press thanks students who submitted poems, as well as their teachers, parents and guardians for participating in the 10th annual Student Poetry Project.
By Paul Willistein

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: NCC hosts 18th Science Olympiad
Bethlehem: Becahi volleyball team honored
Bethlehem Township: Candidates share their views
Bethlehem Township: Board ponders comment polic

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Thursday, April 16, 2015


April 15, 2015

COVER STORY
  Distributing Dignity
Bras, tampons, pads and panty liners are female necessities that come at a high cost. For the women who cannot afford these supplies, Distributing Dignity is there to provide them. Photo: Joanie Balderstone and Rebecca McIntire are the two founders of Distributing Dignity. They started collecting new bras and feminine hygiene products in 2010.
By Lisa Kocay


FOUNTAIN HILL
  Easter egg hunt
Sisters Maya and Sofia Nieto have plenty to smile about after the Fountain Hill egg hunt April 4 at the Stanley Avenue Playground. The sisters were lucky to win major prizes in addition to the regular Easter candy that covered the fields. Their parents, long-time Fountain Hill residents Miguel and Tara Nieto, were happy for their children who will likely remember this year’s event more than others.
By Tim Gilman


STEELSTACKS
  Hunting Peeps
Kids from across the Lehigh Valley surge forward to hunt down hidden boxes of Peeps treats during the Peeps Hunt festivities on Easter Day at Arts- Quest’s SteelStacks.
By Tim Gilman


SPRING MUSICALS
  LVCHSA presents 'Blood Brothers'
The Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts’ Theatre Department will present the Willy Russell musical “Blood Brothers” April 15, 16, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. and April 19 at 2 p.m. in the school’s black box theatre located at 675 East Broad St. Photo: The cast of “Blood Brothers” romps in the number “Kids’ Game.”
By Dana Grubb


KENNER LECTURE
  Emphatic behavior is uplifting to all
Lehigh University’s annual Kenner Lecture on Cultural Understanding and Tolerance was delivered Feb. 3 by husband and wife Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. In the presentation, “Why Students Should Care about the World and Change It,” the couple spoke eloquently about human needs across the world, about small acts that can have a big impact, and about extraordinary people who have made remarkable changes in their own lives or the lives of others. Photo:
Sheryl WuDunn relates the story of a young woman who succeeded against great odds and now wants to help others.
By Dorothy Glew

THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM HISTORY
  William Leibert’s vineyard garden
In the early days of Bethlehem, all one had to do to reach a farm or garden was pick a street, walk a block or two and there you were. One thing’s for sure, small scale agriculture was not a rarity within city limits. In fact, nearly all residents owned their own field or plot from which they could raise fresh produce.
By Jason Rehm


CLASSROOM
  Our Lady teaches through the Crucifixion
Eighth grade students at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Bethlehem participated in Living Stations of the Cross during Holy Week, re-enacting the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. More than 30 students took part in the dramatic presentation - an annual tradition at the school for more than 27 years. Above: “The Living Stations provides the viewer with a deeper and more personal appreciation for the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ,” said Harry Reese, Our Lady principal.
By Diann Pelaggi

THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  Bethlehem’s Makovsky making it in UFC
Zach Makovsky never made it to the PIAA wrestling tournament in Hershey during his time at Bethlehem Catholic. He eventually worked his way from walk-on status on Drexel’s wrestling team into a scholarship in the program.
By Pete Car

THIS WEEK IN FOCUS
  Exceptional Patients
Dr. Bernie S. Siegel, best-selling author of “Love, Medicine and Miracles” and founder of Exceptional Cancer Patients, speaks on the “Psychology of Illness and the Art of Healing,” 7:30 p.m. April 22, Central Moravian Church, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem.
By Carole Gorney

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: Curtiss-Wright supplies 95 new hi-tech jobs
Bethlehem: Sketching in the spring sun
Bethlehem: City council gets 911 update tour
Bethlehem Township: Board OKs 2 union contracts
Fountain Hill: Parking issues abound
Lehigh Valley: Watch your speed in E-Z Pass lane
Lehigh Valley: Boscola law protects police, military
Northampton County: County to transport voting machines itself
Northampton County: County council establishes rainy day fund

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Thursday, April 9, 2015


April 8, 2015



COVER STORY
  Grateful family readies benefit zumbathon

It started with a pain in Gabriel Pozo’s left shoulder. In 2010, he was 16 and a junior at Freedom HS, pushing carts part-time at Walmart. At work one day, he noticed the pain and, when he took a deep breath, felt another sharp pain.  Photo: Vilma Ravelo and son Gabriel Pozo, center, are set to host the second annual Zumbathon April 12 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks to raise funds for leukemia research. Ready to dance with them are Veronica Toro, Ian Chavez, Ione Pozo, Sardis Pozo and Ricky Mitman with Aryana, Chase and Logan Mitman.
By Jennifer Lader

BETHLEHEM
  Historic bookshop considers relocating
The Moravian Book Shop, located on Main Street across from Hotel Bethlehem, may just be the oldest continuously running book shop in the world. It is the oldest in this country. Owned by the Moravian Church, its profits help fund the pensions for their retired Moravian clergy. In addition to the actual book store, there’s a deli, candy store and a gift shop that sells the Moravian star that is so popular at Christmas time.
By Bernie O’Hare





EASTER
  Moravians rise early
Bundled up for the cool early morning temperature, musicians Caitlin Worrich, Matthew Kemmerer and Mary Ellen Kolman of the Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir lead the Sunrise Service at God’s Acre. The all-trombone choir dates back to 1754 in Bethlehem as the oldest musical organization of its kind in America playing continuously, according to Moravian historical records.
By Tim Gilman


EASTER
  Pilgrimage of the Cross
Jesus (Lauren Brita), carrying his own cross, is the focal point of the Good Friday walk through downtown Bethlehem. John (Jack Dittbrenner) eases the burden of the heavy wooden cross by assisting Jesus during the two-mile procession. The youth group from Christ Church UCC also put on a drama presentation of the Good Friday biblical events during the previous church service.
By Tim Gilman


BETHLEHEM
  BHA’s youngest honoree
Bethlehem Housing Authority Executive Director Clara A. Kendy reads the Community Service Award certificate and introduces honoree Jennifer Rodriguez during the Josefina Berrios Award ceremony. The event has been held every year since 1991 on the birthday, Jan. 28, of Berrios who was a dedicated BHA volunteer for whom the award was established in 1991 after her death. Rodriguez, a BHA Marvine community resident, is the youngest person to be recognized for outstanding volunteerism. Bethlehem housing agency’s deputy executive director Mark Iampietro leans on the podium after participating in the ceremony.
By Tim Gilman


SOUTH BETHLEHEM
  NMIH back on track
The work of a decade was halted in scandal when Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli investigated the leadership and practices of the National Museum of Industrial History in 2012. But after nearly three years of uncertainty the Southside’s East Second Street site has received its first installation and completed three-fourths of its necessary refurbishment.
By Nate Jastrzemski


LEHIGH VALLEY
  Via’s March Madness
Via, a Lehigh Valley human services agency dedicated to children with special needs, conducted its own version of March Madness this month, under the roof of Northampton Community College’s Spartan Center. More than forty kids participated in an All-Star Basketball Clinic that went through some fundamentals, but was mostly just fun.
By Bernie O’Hare

SOUTH BETHLEHEM
  Bethlehem Steel’s rise and fall
A spring lecture series is offered to the public at the Penn State campus, 2809 Saucon Valley Road in Center Valley. On Feb. 11 Lehigh University Associate Professor and Chair Dr. John K. Smith spoke for an hour about the rise and fall of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. A mixture of more than sixty students and interested public attended the talk.
By Karen Samuels


SPRING MUSICALS
  Becahi presents ‘Brigadoon’
Bethlehem Catholic HS’s theater department will present its spring musical, “Brigadoon,” April 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. and April 12 at 2 p.m. in the school auditorium. Directed and choreographed by Debbie Acampora, “Brigadoon” has a cast of nearly 50 performers and a 27-person crew and make-up artists, and is accompanied by a theater orchestra comprised of 22 students, alumni and parents. Photo: Rebecca Nixon (Fiona MacLaren) performs “Waiting for My Dearie” as the ensemble of girls listen to her explain her wait to find the right person to marry. Photo: Rebecca Nixon (Fiona MacLaren) performs “Waiting for My Dearie” as the ensemble of girls listen to her explain her wait to find the right person to marry.
By Dana Grubb


SOUTH BETHLEHEM HISTORY
  Moravians planted first seeds
This column is the first of a year-long series of columns, written by Ken Raniere and Karen M. Samuels, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the Borough of South Bethlehem on Aug. 21, 1865. The series starts with the arrival of the Moravians in Bethlehem then will cover the history of South Bethlehem to the present day.
By Karen M. Samuels

NEWS/VIEWS
  ‘Our favorite son’s debut’
Judge Emil Giordano recently kicked off his campaign for the Pennsylvania Superior Court. He made his announcement at the cavernous Northampton Memorial Community Center amid dozens of empty pizza boxes. Photo: South Whitehall Township Manager Howard Kutzler, who is also the treasurer of the Northampton County GOP, was in his real home - Northampton - to wish Judge Giordano luck.
By Bernie O’Hare

THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  Patriots look to stay unbeaten
It’s the type of start that Freedom was hoping for as they entered the 2015 season, and despite the odd weather preventing them from seeing time on the field, the Pates remain unbeaten in East Penn Conference action through early this week. By Peter Car

THIS WEEK IN FOCUS
  An essay contest, a book and an old oak
The Bertsch-Hokendauqua-Catasauqua Watershed Association (BHCWA), of which I’m a founding member, is dedicated to protect, improve and sustain water quality.
BHCWA is sponsoring its second annual scholarship essay contest for high school seniors, including those at Catasauqua High School and Northampton Area High School, who reside in the watershed and will attend college.
By Bud Cole

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: Zoners approve apartments for East Elizabeth
Bethlehem Township: Traditions pushes for construction
Hanover Township: Adult day care coming soon
Hanover Township: Supers stumped by Monocacy dam
Lehigh Valley: Leaders explore wealthy-poor divide
Northampton County: Gaming Board expects $1.6 million
School: LVPA chorus performs at Valley car show

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

April 1, 2015

COVER STORY
  Entering the city
On Palm Sunday, a group of men and women from El Shaddai Bethlehem Ministries, dressed in costumes, dramatized the biblical account of the event known as the Triumphal Entry. Ministry members welcomed the group by waving palm branches and shouting “Hosanna.” The crowd followed “Jesus” and “his disciples” from Stefko Boulevard and West Broad Street until they entered the Welcome Center at 529 East Broad St.
By Ruth Grady


BETHLEHEM
  Egg scramble
Bethlehem’s annual egg hunt on the lawn below Memorial Pool took place Saturday despite the cold weather. Some 200 children and their families came bundled up for the cold, many in hooded jackets or knit caps. The actual egg hunt part lasted less than 10 minutes, as the children scurried around picking up candy treats. The children were divided into three age groups from 3-8 years old.The event is sponsored and organized by the City of Bethlehem Recreation Bureau. The children left with lots of candy and smiles, especially those who won the large packaged chocolate Easter Bunnies. The top winners, one per age group, were: Korey Elliott, Grayson Szabo and Ragen Davre. 
By Tim Gilman

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY
  Brown: Dire times ahead for county
John Brown calls himself “lucky number seven” because he is Northampton County’s seventh executive since the inception of home rule. He made these remarks at his annual State of the County address, delivered recently at Northampton Community College to a room full of elected officials, government workers and businesspeople. Brown’s Lehigh County counterpart, Tom Muller was there, and Brown joked that he had offered Muller a coupon for two free vetoes. But other than that one brief respite of humor, Brown’s lengthy address was both dry and grim.
By Bernie O’Hare

ED’S WORLD
Graphic commentary by Ed Courrier


THE ARTS
  Stars of Bethlehem
Moravian Academy second-graders Tessa Francis, Emily Reynolds and Angelina Perruci stand in front of the a contemporary quilt hanging on a wall as a special part of the Stars of Bethlehem quilt exhibition at the Kemmerer Museum, which continues through April 5. The girls are among 39 second-graders who colored individual star squares with a personal illustration of what Bethlehem meant to each of them. The completed cloth square pieces were then quilted together on a background fabric by Beth Bacher, a Jim Thorpe teacher and quilting expert who guided the students in this remarkable project. A reception was held during the exhibit at the Kemmerer Museum for the students and their families.
By Tim Gilman


THE CLASSROOM
  All-City Orchestra concert
More than 140 of the finest musicians from the Bethlehem Area School District’s four middle schools displayed their talents for family and friends at the annual All City Middle School Orchestra Concert, in the Northeast MS auditorium. Two days of rehearsals prepared the young musicians, who were conducted by middle school instrumental music directors Adam Stoltz from Broughal, Christy Davies from East Hills, Daniel Zettlemoyer from Nitschmann and Brian Rupnik from Northeast. Broughal Principal Dr. Detrick McGriff guest conducted, leading the orchestra in “The Star Spangled Banner.” Photo: “Fortissimo,” reminds Nitschmann instrumental music director Daniel Zettlemoyer to the brass section, during the rehearsal of “Can Can.”
By Dana Grubb


THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM HISTORY
  Moravian Easter service brought tears
The Harper brothers, between 1857 and 1916, published the popular Harper’s Weekly magazine.  The magazine featured the most renowned authors, illustrators and cartoonists of the time.  In the March 31, 1888 issue, an article and illustration about the traditional Moravian Easter service appeared. The illustration, by W. A. Rogers, covered two pages and was so popular with the readers that it was common to find the illustration framed on the walls of their homes. The article accompanying the illustration was not credited, but most likely was written by Rogers as well.
By Karen M. Samuels

THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  Hawk girls pace North
The trio of Nicole Lacherza, Maggie Melhem and Kalista Walters were three key seniors in Bethlehem Catholic’s district championship season and run in the PIAA Class AAA tournament. Photo: Bethlehem Catholic’s Nicole Lacherza, and her Hawk teammates, helped to lead the North girls to a win in the Via All-Star Classic.
By Todd Kress/Nancy Sholtzß

THIS WEEK IN FOCUS
  Enjoy a concert full of joy
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is such an amazing piece. It’s a work that transcends time, culture and economic differences. In Japan, they sing the main melody together in stadiums. This is a piece that focuses on brotherhood and  love for all mankind. They played it as the Berlin Wall was taken down in 1989.
By Diane Wittry

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: Mauch Chunk fire smelly, but non-threatening
Bethlehem: Council sides against pipeline
Bethlehem: Water board hopes to rout the Gypsies … moths that is
Bethlehem: Promise Neighbors seeks to help with jobs, education
Lehigh Valley: Mentor youth fishing day
Lehigh Valley: Healing through the arts
Sotuh Bethlehemn: Lighting the future for safety

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Friday, March 27, 2015

March 25,  2015

COVER STORY
  Life saver given fond farewell
Bethlehem Emergency Medical Services members carry the casket of William Guth Jr. following a memorial service at Christ Church UCC this past Saturday. Family members and friends of the late Bill Guth exit from the Bethlehem church.
By Nate Jastrzemski/Tim Gilman/Dana Grubb

LEHIGH VALLEY
  Steve Schmitt: A diamond
Brash. Brilliant. Controversial. Colorful.
These are just some of the adjectives that could be used to describe alternative transportation advocate Steve Schmitt. But they would fail to come close to capturing this Lehigh Valley pioneer. One of the four Lehigh Valley horsemen: Jeff Parks brought us Arts Quest; Tony Hanna slowly but surely has transformed Bethlehem’s Southside; Alan Jennings has raised our poverty awareness. Schmitt made sure these other three always accommodated cyclists, pedestrians and the buses.
By Bernie O’Hare


BETHLEHEM
  Good-bye winter!
Cartoon by Ed Courrier/Photos by Tim Gilman


CLASSROOM
  Nitschmann students present ‘Willie Wonka’
The Nitschmann MS drama club presented the musical “Willy Wonka Jr.,” performing six shows in Feburary in the Nitschmann auditorium. “Willie Wonka” is based on the Roald Dahl children’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and features the music and lyrics of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. More than 100 cast and crew participated under the direction of Sarah Hriniak.
By Dana Grubb

THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  A Bethlehem legend passes
Chuck Bednarik, one of the most iconic members of the Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL, passed away over the weekend at the age of 89. The Bethlehem native and Liberty High School graduate was known as one of the toughest players in the NFL during his 14 seasons (1949-1962) with the Eagles and was apart of two NFL championship teams, as well as being a first ballot member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967.
By Peter Car

THIS WEEK IN FOCUS
  Hannibal Buress’ time has arrived
If you are unaware of who Hannibal Buress is, then you haven’t been looking. The 32-year-old stand- up comic has been honing his craft since he was 19-years-old and can be found seemingly everywhere these days. He’s the next big thing you may not have discovered yet.
By Deb Boylan

OTHER STORIES
State: Wolf boosts schools, juggles taxes
Bethlehem: Classic sell well at library sale
Bethlehem: Nitschmann project back in sight
Bethlehem: YWCA’s prom gown event March 28
Bethlehem Township: Flash flood site worries official
Bethlehem Township: February monthly reports
Lehigh County: Commissioners old to change county seal
Lehigh Valley: Zion UCC salutes Honorary First Defenders
Northampton County: Good Samaritan’s reward-Bullet to head

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

March 18, 2015
BREAKING NEWS
  Bethlehem Press top small PA weekly
For the second year in a row, the Bethlehem Press is the Sweepstakes winner in the Pa. News Association’s annual Keystone Competition capturing five first place awards and four second place honors. The winners and their entries are:
• Karen Samuels –Second place – Columns - Ivy Lee; Hall of Fame soccer players; Past visions of town hall
• Bernie O’Hare – First place – General news - 'We owe it to our kids'
• Bernie O’Hare, Nate Jastrzemski, Dawn Nixon – Second place – Ongoing news - Karen Dolan issue several stories are part of this package Begins with "What happened to our money?"
• Katya Hrichak (our summer intern) – First place – Series – Student loan crisis
• Carol Smith – First place – Business or consumer story – Keeping his dream alive
• Paul Willistein – Second place - Feature beat writing - Turtle Island Quartet, Nellie McKay; A life of art; Ninth annual ABEs salute LV Stage
• Nate Jastrezewmski – Second place – Photo story – The Freddys
• Paul Willistein – First place – Headline writing - 'Smaug' alert for 'The Hobbit'; Well, hello, Dali, at Baum School auction; In 'Heaven,' there is no bier
• Ed Courrier – First place – Graphic/photo illustrations - VA Wait List Scandal



COVER STORY
  Celebrating St. Patrick in the Christmas City
A pair of Goldendoodles are led by Jerry and Sue Hartle of Kutztown during the Celtic Doggie Parade along Main Street Sunday. The Golden retriever/poodle hybrids and their masters dressed up in green won the best dog and master look-alike award. More photos from the weekend appear on page A2.
By Tim Gilman


LEHIGH VALLEY
  Veterans education fair debuts
Army veteran David Canady of Emmaus listens to Melissa McCollum from the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs during the first Academics for Veterans Educational Fair at Moravian College Feb. 28. “I’m here to get the word out that there are benefits available for veterans,” McCollum said.
By Tim Gilman

BLACK HISTORY MONTH
  Best of times, worst of times
With the zeal of a Baptist preacher, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson spoke to his audience at Moravian College’s Foy hall. Incidentally, Dr. Dyson is an ordained Baptist minister.
By Bernie O’Hare

  Where do we go from here?
Dr. Brian Alnutt, assistant professor of history at Northampton Community College, presented a Black History Month lecture at The Bethlehem Public Library. Martin L. King Jr.’s 1967 book, “Where Do We Go From Here?: Chaos or Community,” was the topic of discussion.
By Nathan Brathwaite








CLASSROOM
  ‘Hairspray’ opens Thursday
Freedom HS’s Theatre Company presents the musical “Hairspray” March 19, 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. and at a March 22 matinee at 2 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. Based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name, “Hairspray” features music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Whitman. Jennifer Wescoe directs the Freedom production, which includes a cast and crew of over 50 and orchestra accompaniment under the direction of Michael Moran. Contact the school at 610-867-5843 for tickets.
By Dana Grubb


  Moravian offers ‘Hello Dolly’
The Moravian Academy department of theater presented the musical “Hello Dolly” recently with performances Feb. 27 and 28 and March 1, in Dyer Auditorium on the school’s Merle-Smith Campus. Based on Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker,” “Hello Dolly” features the music and lyrics of Jerry Herman. Moravian Academy’s performance was directed by Jarrod Yuskauskas and music director was Dr. Yvonne Robinson. Dr. Richard Fanning conducted the 15- piece orchestra.
By Dana Grubb


NEWS&VIEWS
  Celebrate government transparency
Imagine you are the parent of an infant who tragically died and you wanted to see the results of your baby’s autopsy, but you were denied access to those records.
Or ask yourself how – as a taxpayer in a Pennsylvania school district – you would respond to being denied access to district records of a severance package paid to a terminated public school administrator.
By Corinna Vecsey Wilson
Pa. Freedom of Information Coalition


THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM HISTORY
  Lehigh Canal Odyssey
On their way back to work after a hearty lunch, a number of graphic designers of The Morning Call art department stopped at Hess’s Department Store in Allentown and looked at the latest electronic devices for sale. One highly advertised item was a keyboard in front of a small television screen from which a thin cable was attached. At the end was a small oval object called a “mouse.” When it was moved, a “cursor” appeared on the screen. The saleslady called it a “personal computer.” It seemed a curiosity, which no one thought would amount to anything. That was back in 1985. What followed became known as the “dotcom” era of the Internet and the World Wide Web.
By Ken Raniere

THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  Finally golden: Magnan takes first
Freedom High School senior, Sam Magnan, clinched the gold medal in the 500 freestyle at the PIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships last weekend at Bucknell University.
By Katie McDonald

FOCUS
  Deer grateful for winter’s end, too
The winter of 2014-’15 was a mighty cold one. Last month was the coldest for average February temperatures (18.9 degrees fahrenheit, 12 degrees below normal) in the Lehigh Valley since Feburary 1934 (16.6 degrees). Spring, which arrives March 20, can’t come too soon.
By Bud Cole

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem Area SD: Cheap energy saves money
Bethlehem Township: Housenick project under wau
Fountain Hill: Exchange Club honors Liberty HS students
Hanover Township: ‘Snow’ job honored
Northampton County: Gaming board gets late start
Saucon Valley: Board considers facilities study

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