March 18, 2015
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
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
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
‘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
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
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
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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