August 8, 2018
35th Musikest opens
The country’s largest free music festival is celebrating its 35th year. In the big tent at Fest-platz Friday evening, ArtsQuest CEO Kassie Hilgert energized the early crowd with palpable excitement during the opening ceremony. “I think it’s time to get this started!” she shouted. By “this” she meant a brief ceremony honoring so many years of success and those who have made it possible, namely former Mayor Paul Marcincin and 13 volunteers who have participated in every single Musikfest. Photo: Original Chicken Lady Pat Holetz performs the signature “Chicken Dance” with accordion player Walt Groller, who has likewise played at every Musikfest.
By Nate Jastrzemski
DA says gang is behind Dumpster killing
In late April, Bethlehem police responded to what they thought was a burning mannequin at the Parkhurst Apartments complex. What they discovered was a grisly horror. It was a human being, later identified as Tyrell Michael Holmes, age 18. He had been stabbed and set afire while still alive, as determined by the presence of smoke in his lungs. Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli determined that Holmes had been conscious and in extreme pain, and that an accelerant had been used to help burn him alive. No charges have been filed. Photo: Northampton County DA John Morganelli and Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio both believe that criminal gang membership itself should be criminal.
By Bernie O’Hare
Small acts of kindness
Words cannot express how truly proud I am of my little man. He and I were walking into the local Dollar General and outside, sitting in his vehicle, was a Fountain Hill police officer. Honestly, I thought nothing of it. We see the police around frequently in our small neighborhood, so I didn’t even think twice. My 5-year-old little boy did think, though. He asked me, “Mommy can we get him something? He keeps us safe.”
By Lizzy Faye Kimak
Apollo Grill donates to local causes
Continuing its community involvement since opening in 1999, the Apollo Grill recently presented checks to four local charities through its “Be Apollo Proud” program. Owner Rachel Griffith Fox and general manager Jansen Howard presented checks July 31 to representatives from Valley Youth House ($3,260.50), the Bethlehem YWCA ($3,155.50), the LGBT Business Council Scholarship Fund ($3,315.50) and Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center ($2,825.50). Photo: Apollo Grill owner Rachel Griffith Fox and general manager Jansen Howard are joined by representatives of four area charities for check presentations July 31. From left are Stephanie Hnatiw, executive director of the Bethlehem YWCA, Fox, Jonathan Huerta, president of the LGBT Business Council, Donald Flad Jr., vice president of the LGBT Business Council, Angela DelGrosso, vice president of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Business and Diversity Council, Adrian Shanker, executive director of the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Christina Schoemaker, vice president of development and marketing at Valley Youth House, and Howard.
By Dana Grubb
VegFest: Transitioning your diet
Under the hot summer sun, families and friends gathered July 14 at Daniel Rice Field in Bethlehem during the eighth annual VegFest Street and Food Festival. The festival theme was vegetarian and vegan food, accompanied by nonprofit organizations and retail vendors.
Everyone in attendance opted to try meatless meals while listening to live music and grabbing informational pamphlets from animal rights activists, pig rescuers, and environmental activists. Food trucks and food stations recreated classic dishes, minus animal product ingredients. (And added meat replacement ideas.) Photo: Festival-goers line up for some fresh, meatless meals and homemade lemonade.
By Selena Cintrin
What is home?
In 1994 and 1995, a TV series aired called “Christy” staring Kellie Martin. In it, a 19-year-old Christy leaves her parents’ home to teach in Cutter Gap, a fictional Appalachian village. In the pilot of the series, Christy watches the train as it leaves her at a lonely, isolated station. “That train was my last link with home,” she says. “Everything dear and familiar was disappearing over the horizon.” Why do I mention this? I mention it, because on Aug. 2, 2017, it echoed my thoughts perfectly. I was sitting in my car with my puppy, Faith, as I watched the cars containing my family drive south on Interstate 15, as I needed to head west on Highway 2 to my new home in Cut Bank, Montana. Photo: Cut Bank, Montana, is located 30 miles south of the Canada–United States border. The name of the city comes from the cut bank (gorge) – a scenic hazard to navigation and a geologic feature of the same name. As of the 2010 census there were 2,869 people, 1,249 households and 739 families residing in the town.
By Carina Stoves
‘Relentless’ Brown set the tone at BC
By Katie McDonald
Young grew into a threat on the court
By Peter Car
Passion for choral arts
For the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bel Canto Youth Choir, formerly based in Red Hill, Montgomery County, a merger of the two nonproft choral groups has been a long time coming. In 2012, Bel Canto sang with the Bach Choir for Benjamin Britten’s cantata “St. Nicolas” and the following year, members lent their youthful voices to the Bach Choir’s 2013 CD, “A Child’s Christmas in Bethlehem.” Last year, Bel Canto singers performed in the Bach Choir’s performance of Leonard Bernstein’s iconic “Mass.” Now the two groups have become one.
By Kathy Lauer-Williams
Bethlehem: Three variances granted with alacrity
Bethlehem police: Man wanted for indecent exposure
Classroom: AAUW presents annual scholarships
Classroom: Grant benefits St. Anne’s support program
Classroom: Manito students in therapeutic horse show
Hanover Township: Township joins chorus for state gerrymandering reform
Homefront: Sometimes children must learn from their mistakes
Lehigh Valley: Provident Bank awards grants
Lehigh Valley: Curbing the spotted lanternfly threat
Northampton County: GPA a revolving door of people, problems
Northampton County: How much is that doggie in the window?
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Center for Animal Health and Welfare
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