August 24, 2016
Olympic medal winners Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs proudly wave their flags after winning gold and silver medals in the shot put competition. Cheers erupted from about 100 people gathered at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Club to watch the event Aug. 18.
By Michalle Meeh
Photos by Tim Gilman
Sharing gardening love
On July 21, Silver Creek Country Club hosted about 130 members of the Bethlehem Garden Club (BGC), which is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year. Dedicated to educating members and the community about gardening, sharing tips and experiences, and supporting civic planting to beautify areas around Bethlehem, the club meets on the third Thursday of every month at Advent Moravian Church. Photo: Silver Creek Country Club hosted about 130 members of the Bethlehem Garden Club in July. The club is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year.
By Joanna Ireland
Bike share program ‘Ready to roll’
“I am pleased to announce the launch of Bike Bethlehem!” declared Mayor Robert Donchez from the steps of the Bethlehem Public Library Aug. 15. “I hope the Bethlehem Bike Share will be so successful that it will continue to expand throughout the city,” he added before turning to City of Bethlehem Health Director, Kristin Wenrich, for an overview of Bethlehem’s innovative new program. Photo: Bethlehem Public Library Director Josh Berk helps launch Bike Bethlehem! by peddling one of the loaner bicycles through a red ribbon held between Dr. Stephen Olenchock from St. Luke’s University Health Network and Lisa Ronca, co-owner of Cutters Bike Shop. The press conference announcing the new community bike sharing program was held at the Bethlehem Public Library.
By Ed Courrier
Kids keep him young
When Bill Safranek started teaching at Freedom HS in 1987, the average yearly income was $24,350, a gallon of gas was $.89 and a U.S. postage stamp would have set you back 24 cents. Fast forward to 2016, the year of Safranek’s retirement: The average income is $53,657, the cost of a gallon of gas has more than doubled to $2.13 and a stamp costs 47 cents. Of course, there have been many other changes since then. In 1987, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and U2 were making albums we listened to on cassette tapes. Now, we listen to music on personal devices via streaming services, downloaded digital “albums” or Internet radio. But some things never change. During his 30 plus years of teaching science and mentoring students, Safranek affected young lives in so many ways.
By Pattie Giordani
Musikfest comes to a close
Musikfest street performer the Kilted Colin of Boston balances on his 10-foot unicycle and prepares to play his bagpipes for the crowd gathered below on Main Street in downtown Bethlehem.
Photos by Tim Gilman and Ed Courrier
Football is back this weekend as the regular season opens with a full slate of contests for Bethlehem area teams, starting with Friday night’s opener at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium with Freedom and Central Catholic squaring off at 7 p.m. Friday night’s affair is the marquee contest in the East Penn Conference this weekend and head coach Jason Roeder is excited to see what the 2016 Patriots will have on display to start their campaign.
By Peter Car
Great Allentown Fair opens Aug. 30
The Great Allentown Fair, Aug. 30 - Sept. 5, celebrates its 164th year providing a fun and educational experience for all ages. The Fair’s motto is “Don’t leave summer without it.” The Lehigh County Agricultural Society is the nonprofit owner and operator of The Allentown Fairgrounds, 302 N. 17th St., bounded by 17th, Liberty and Chew streets, Allentown, where The Great Allentown Fair is held. The Fair is the fulfillment of the Society’s mission, conceived in 1852, as stated in its bylaws: “The object of the Society is and shall remain the improvement and advancement of Agriculture, Horticulture, Livestock, Domestic and Mechanical Arts and the entertainment of its membership and patrons.”
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