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Tuesday, June 30, 2015


July 1, 2015

COVER STORY
  Vigil focuses on hope, solutions
“This community stands together in solidarity with the community of Charleston, South Carolina,” Esther Lee said. “We come together, praying as we open our hearts, to join with people of the world and those who continue to hate.”
Lee, president of the Bethlehem NAACP, was one of 12 speakers at the June 24 prayer vigil held for the nine victims of the recent shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. Photo: Melvin Tatem, senior pastor of Grace Deliverance Baptist Church in Bethlehem, sings passionately during the prayer vigil held in memory of the Charleston victims.
By Katya Hrichak and Linda Anthony


ANOTHER VIEW
  Let’s begin to look inside ourselves to end racism
Fifty-one years after passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, America still suffers from the devastating social cancer of discrimination and racism.
Recently, the news inundated us with images and stories of the Charleston, S.C., church massacre and the announced removal of the Confederate flag from the State House grounds in South Carolina.
Commentray by Mark Reccek and Ed Courrier


COMMUNITY
  Stopping the ‘summer slide’
Advocates for youth summer programs pose with the Summer Learning Day banner colored by Horizons for Youth participants. The Cops ‘n’ Kids program was involved in the Learning Day events, hosting story time and a movie screening. NCC offers the Horizons for Youth program.
By Katya Hrichak


BETHLEHEM
  Bikes back on patrol
City and Lehigh University officials announced recently they had worked out another in a string of cooperative arrangements in May to put officers back on regular neighborhood bicycle patrols. Photo: Bethlehem and Lehigh University police ready to hit the streets.
By Nate Jastrzemski


COMMUNITY
  Wimmer Wag Fest goes to the dogs
It was dog day Sunday - literally - at the first-ever Wimmer Wag Fest held recently at the Animal Therapy Center in Bethlehem. The outdoor animal adoption event celebrated the work of 25 non-profit shelters, rescue centers and advocacy groups that participated with a variety of adorable adoptable pets from puppies and kittens to more mature animals. Photo: Retired Greyhounds lay around in the shade to rest from the May heat at Wag Fest.  They have exchanged the rigors of the racetrack for what they hope will be a loving home.
By Carole Gorney

BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  Hillard selected in NBA 2nd round
Darrun Hilliard got a phone call from his agent and left his Bethlehem living room right before the Detroit Pistons selected him with the 38th pick in the second round of Thursday’s NBA Draft. The Liberty graduate knew his name was going to be broadcast across the country, but wanted to watch the reaction of his family through the window of his home. Shortly before midnight, you can say that the Hilliard household made a lot of noise and Hilliard took it all in from a distance. It was a surreal night for one of Bethlehem’s sons, and one that he will always remember.
By Pete Car

LEHIGH VALLEY FOCUS
‘Hello,’ spectacle
The wonderful thing about an iconic show like “Hello, Dolly!” is that it pretty much sells itself. Since opening on Broadway in 1964, Jerry Herman’s 10-time Tony Award-winning classic has enchanted the eyes, tickled the funny bone and touched the heart.
By Makenna Masenheimer

OTHER STORIES
BASD: A tax hike is coming
Bethlehem: Book sales near $1M mark
Bethlehem Township: Board appoints new fire police
Colonial Regional: Freshpet donates to K-9 unit
Fountain Hill: Business reopens after fire
Lehigh Valley: Turning Point gets Verizon grant
Lehigh Valley: Medical Academy Charter School graduation
Lehigh Valley: Students participate in ‘Reality Fair’
Northampton County: Open space handout tables
Northampton County; Five deputies commended
Northampton County: One of four new contract approved
Saucon Valley: Students to get new iPads

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015


June 24, 2015

COVER STORY
  Graduation season ends
Our annual graduation section is included in this week’s Bethlehem Press. In addition we offer more photos that were not included in the supplement or our regular graduation coverage. Photo: Umbrellas come in handy for parents like Bob and Linda Williams of Bethlehem Township, who came to see their daughter Kimberly graduate.
By Dana Grubb, Tim Gilman, Nate Jastrzemski, Mark Reccek

COMMUNITY
  Pat Kesling remembered and celebrated
She wasn’t from around here, but she made it her home. Pat Kesling, a longtime reporter, city employee and community volunteer, is remembered throughout the Lehigh Valley following her loss to a long, difficult illness June 13 at the age of 71.
By Nate Jastrzemski


BETHLEHEM
  24 years of independence
Bethlehem area residents of Slovenian ethnicity celebrated Slovenia’s 24th anniversary of independence with a June 19 flag raising ceremony on Bethlehem’s City Center Payrow Plaza. The Slovenian Ambassador, His Excellency Dr. Bozo Cerar, attended and expressed his gratitude for the successful collaboration of the Bethlehem/Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association and continuing support given by area Slovenians. Photo: Bethlehem/Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association representative Stephen Antalics Jr. is joined by His Excellency Dr. Bozo Cerar, Republic of Slovenia Ambassador to the United States and Mexico, for the Slovenian flag raising during the playing of the Slovenian National Anthem.
By Dana Grubb

GRADUATION EXTRA
  ‘The past does not define us’
A valediction address by Bethlehem Catholic HS graduate
Andrew Shaffer


SOUTH MOUNTAIN DISTRICT
  Cub Scout race time
Brothers Chris and Jason Van Camp from Cub Scout Pack 346 look over some of the handmade miniature racing cars entered in the South Mountain District Pinewood Derby held recently at First Baptist Church in Bethlehem.
By Tim Gilman


BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  Red outlasts Gold in McDonald’s Classic
It was the last scoring play of the McDonald's Lehigh Valley All-Star Classic and the first passing touchdown of Josiah Wright's football career.
Wright, a wide receiver for Liberty, threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Palisades' Devin Ramsden late in the fourth quarter of last week's contest to make things interesting, but ultimately have the Gold squad fall short of their bid to knock off the Red team.
When it was all said and done, the Red team (Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe Counties) took home a 29-27 over Wright and his Gold team (Northampton County, Palisades and Phillipsburg) in a passionate affair at Nazareth's Andrew S. Leh Stadium.
By Peter Car

FOCUS
  Side by Side Civic
“Follies” has stood the test of time to place several of the musical’s songs by Stephen Sondheim firmly in the firmament of the American Songbook: “Broadway Baby,” “I’m Still Here,” “Too Many Mornings,” “Could I Leave You?” and “Losing My Mind.”
As is often the case with great works of art, “Follies” was ahead of its time. While the musical was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and received seven Tonys, the original 1971 Broadway production, which ran for 522 performances, lost money for its investors.
By Paul Willistein

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: Council tackles financial matters
Bethlehem: Movies in the Park open season
Bethlehem Township: Divided board seeks $250K grant for Bulldogs’ bathroom
Fountain Hill: Fall festival planning continues
Hellertown: Works emplyees to get raises
Northampton County: Council, Brown call a truce


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Monday, June 22, 2015


June 17, 2015

COVER STORY
  Goodbye Mr. Reese
Our Lady Principal Harry Reese gets a goodbye hug from kindergarten student Emily Lynch, of Bethlehem, while her classmates gather around.  Reese was given a hand-made golden ticket as a special pass for the day to visit each class (grades K-8) for different Disney-themed good-bye parties.
By Katya Hrichak/Diane Peliggi


BETHLEHEM AAUW
  29 scholarships presented
Student recipients, their high schools and colleges: (Front) Helen Hsu, Freedom HS-Senior Women’s Club Award-Cornell University; Emily Barbella, Liberty HS-Kings College; Emily Ledyard, Liberty HS-Quinnipiac University; Chelsea DeFrancisco, Liberty HS-DeSales University; Sienna McNett, Liberty HS-Penn State University; Caitlin Kennedy, Liberty HS-St Joseph’s University; Elizabeth Bucchin, Liberty HS-Dickinson College; (back) He Lee (Kelsey) Ko, Freedom HS-Johns Hopkins University; Paula Escott, Liberty HS-University of Maryland; Emily Kessler, Liberty HS-Moravian College; Allison Kundrik, Liberty HS-Lehigh University; and Lilla Feher, Liberty HS-Wilkes University.


GRADUATION-CHARTER ARTS HS
  ‘Embrace the differences’
The Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts celebrated the class of 2015 at the school’s 12th commencement ceremony June 11 at Packer Chapel on Lehigh University’s campus. One hundred-five seniors filed into the chapel to music performed by the brass quintet, taking their seats before Executive Director Diane LaBelle rose to speak.             Photo: PRESS PHOTOS BY NATE JASTRZEMSKI
Graduates pour from a steamy Packer Chapel into the thick crowd of teachers, administrators, family and friends awaiting personal moments of tenderness and encouragement.
By Katya Hrichak/Nate Jastrzemski


GRADUATION-SAUCON VALLEY
  ‘Make memories along the way’
Dressed in caps and gowns of red and black, the Saucon Valley HS class of 2015 slowly filled the six rows of chairs waiting on the stage in the auditorium as the familiar tune of “Pomp and Circumstance” was played and repeated.
The 183 students recognized at the commencement ceremony were invited by various speakers over the course of the night to recall memories from their years at Saucon Valley. Photo: Class of 2015 members are officially recognized as graduating seniors of Saucon Valley HS by changing the position of the tassels from one side of the mortarboard caps to the other.
By Kayta Hrichak/Tim Gilman


GRADUATION-LV CHRISTIAN HS
  ‘Hold on to what was taught’
It was a time of gratitude and reflection Friday evening as 30 members of the Lehigh Valley Christian HS Class of 2015 officially crossed over from student to graduate.
The commencement exercise, held at Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church, Allentown, began with the soft tolling of the bell and the new graduates walking in twos down the aisle of the church and ultimately taking their seats in the front of the sanctuary. Photo: LVCHS class of 2015 Valedictorian Adeline Guthrie offers words of advice to her classmates.
By Mark Reccek

BETHLEHEM HISTORY
  Wetherill, Wharton and Lehigh Zinc Co.
In the early 1800s, Andrew K. Wittman, a surveyor, observed a strange mineral that he thought might be gold on the Jacob Ueberroth farm, located in Friedensville. In 1845, Wittman brought a specimen of the mineral to William T. Roepper. Roepper was a local metallurgist who identified it as zinc, in the form of calamine ore. Roepper later became the first professor of mineralogy and geology at Lehigh University.
By Karen M. Samuels

BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  Hawks bring home the gold
What do you do when you win a PIAA State Class 3A softball title?
“You say a little prayer; then you jump up and down,” said Bethlehem Catholic High School softball coach Rich Mazza, after the Hawks clinched the state softball championship by defeating Trinity High School 2-0 last Friday at Beard Field, Nittany Lion Softball Park in University Park, Pa. The 3A state final, which started an hour late due to a rain delay in the Class 4A final won by Parkland, was halted for over an hour after 5 1/2 innings due to thunderstorms.
By Katie McDonald

FOCUS
  Bud’s View: Rocky the Flying Squirrel
It’s been several years since I’ve written about our neighborhood problems. I hope you are free from troublesome neighbors: Neighbors who steal and damage possessions and show no signs of guilt. We try our best to put up with these annoyances, but they continue year-round. As much as we try to ignore these situations, with the goal of being good neighbors, it grows more and more difficult. We don’t want a feud like the infamous Hatfields and McCoys, but eventually we lose our patience and fight back.
By Bud Cole

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: Charter schools wants to relocate
Bethlehem: Flowers in bloom at the Rose Garden
Bethlehem: Beer in the Cchristmas City
Bethlehem: Dorothy Saby remembered by housing board
Bethlehem: Zoning - Residents get free tutorial
Macungie: Press cartoonist gives history lesson
Fountain Hill: Organizations award scholarships
Classroom: Students enjoy School 2 Life event
Classroom: ‘As Times Goes By’ skating performance

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Friday, June 12, 2015


June 10, 2015

COVER STORY
  Cool pool on opening day
The usual opening day crowd at the City of Bethlehem pools Saturday was thwarted by a breezy, overcast morning with abnormally cool water from the recent unseasonably cool nightime temps which kept the first hour quiet with about a dozen visitors at Memorial Pool. Photo: Siblings Tyler and Madison Bauer are the first to enter Memorial Pool on Illick’s Mill Road.
By Tim Gilman


SOUTH BETHLEHEM
  SteelStacks a 'Great Place' to be
Revitalization efforts on former Bethlehem Steel Plant property at the SteelStacks complex have received another prestigious award, this time being honored as one of the “Great Places in Pennsylvania.” Photo: Mayor Bob Donchez and ArtsQuest President and CEO Kassie Hilgert accept the “Great Places” Award from Pa. Chapter of the American Planning Association board member Tina Roseberry.
By Dana Grubb


BETHLEHEM
 Press team honored
When the Bethlehem Press was selected to be the Pa. News Association Keystone Sweepstakes Division VII winner for the second year in a row, editor George Taylor was speechless. Accepting the award in his place was cartoonist Ed Courrier, assisted by Abe Lincoln, who took time away from his Gettysburg Address to attend the May 30 event. Corrier, who was presented with a Keystone First Place award in the Division VII Graphic/Photo Illustration category for the second year in a row, and rarely speechless, shared a park bench with Old Abe the next day. Bethlehem Press journalists receiving 2015 Keystone Press Awards include Karen Samuels (Column: Second Place); Bernie O’Hare (General News _ Weeklies Only: First Place); Bernie O’Hare, Nate Jastrzemski and Dawn Nixon (Ongoing News Coverage: Second Place); Katya Hrichak (Series: First Place); Carol Smith (Business or Consumer Story: First Place); Paul Willistein (Feature Beat Reporting: Second Place and Headline Writing: First Place); and Nate Jastrzemski (Photo Story/Essay: Second Place).
By Ed Courrier


COUNTRY MEADOWS
  Troop 76 conducts flag retirement
oop 76 conducted a flag retirement ceremony before about 100 guests and residents of Bethlehem Township’s Country Meadows on Memorial Day weekend. Old Glory was lowered for the last time, methodically cut and incinerated by scouts who have yet to serve their nation. A new flag was also raised for the first time. Photo: Nazareth Boy Scout Troop 76 ready the flag at Country Meadows in Bethlehem Township for official retirement.
By Bernie O’Hare


BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP
  Remembering the fallen
Boy Scout Troop 317 joined the congregation of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Bethlehem Township May 24 for a pre-Memorial Day event to remember the fallen.  Photo: Left: To conclude the ceremony, the names of all fallen military members in the cemetery were read in chronological order of the wars they fought in, beginning with the Civil War and ending with the War on Terrorism.
By Katya Hrichak


LIBERTY HS GRADUATION
  ‘Diplomas are earned, not given’
According to the graduation ceremony’s theme, a popular quote by author J.K. Rowling, magic isn’t necessary to change the world. But Liberty HS’s renowned choral and orchestral performers lifted the thousands of students, staff and family members to near divine heights with their remarkable sounds at Stabler Arena June 3. Photo: Members of Liberty’s Class of 2015 celebrate during the Commencement Recessional.
By Nate Jastrzemski  and Dana Grubb


BETHLEHEM CATHOLIC HS GRADUATION
  ‘Challenges make life interesting’
Graduation speakers as well as those they address need to be prepared for life’s rainy moments, Bethlehem Catholic HS graduates were told at their graduation ceremony June 4. Photo: Members of the Bethlehem Catholic HS National Honor Society stand to face the American flag during the playing of the National Anthem.
By Michelle Meeh and Ruth Grady


FREEDOM HS GRADUATION
  ‘It’s how we lead by example’
The eagerness of an occasionally unruly audience proved unintentionally apropos for the Freedom HS graduation theme espoused at Stabler Arena June 4. Photo: The eagerness of an occasionally unruly audience proved unintentionally apropos for the Freedom HS graduation theme espoused at Stabler Arena June 4.
By Nate Jastrzemski and Dana Grubb


NORTHSIDE/SOUTHSIDE
  Spring clean-up: Both sides now
A Donegan ES Spring Clean-up team of students led by principal Sonia Vasquez proceeds along Fourth Street in South Bethlehem during the Southside community litter removal program. Vasquez said a group of 54 children, teachers and parents, divided into several clean-up teams, combed parts of the Southside.
By Tim Gilman


SOUTH BETHLEHEM HISTORY
  The Bethlehem Iron Company
In 1830, the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company made possible the transport of anthracite from the Carbon County coal regions to Easton and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. In time, iron mills flanked the Lehigh River fueled by anthracite. In 1854, the Thomas Iron Company produced anthracite iron under the guidance of David Thomas. During that same period, canal boat builder Asa Packer (1805-1879) of Mauch Chunk, Carbon County, sought a faster method of transporting Anthracite by means of the Lehigh Valley Railroad.
By Ken Raniere


NEWS/VIEWS
  ‘Become what you never dreamed possible’
Martin Luther King Jr. once called the Rev. James Lawson “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.”  Lawson became familiar with the concept when, as a freshman at Baldwin Wallace College, he joined the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), which advocated nonviolent resistance to racism. Photo: The Rev. James Lawson urges audience members to exercise the power they have to make change. Lawson’s presentation at Moravian College capped a three -day visit during which he engaged students and faculty both in classes and during informal conversations.
By Dorothy Glew


CLASSROOM
  All City Chorus 300 strong
The Bethlehem Area School District All City Middle School Choral Concert featured the combined voices of nearly 300 students from the district’s four middle schools. The event is scheduled every other year and the 2015 performance took place in the Northeast MS auditorium in front of the students’ family members and friends. Photo: East Hills vocal music teacher Keith Quelet exhorts the students to give their best effort as they rehearse the “Star Spangled Banner.”
By Dana Grubb

BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  Panuccio paces Bethlehem Catholic
As Bethlehem Catholic’s softball team celebrated its 1-0 victory over Villa Maria Academy in the quarterfinal game of the PIAA State Class AAA Softball Championships last Thursday, Becahi pitcher, Alexa Panuccio, wasted no time, running straight to coach Rich Mazza for a celebratory hug.
By Katie McDonald

LEHIGH VALLEY FOCUS
  How to get to ‘Avenue Q’
 “Avenue Q,” which opens the 35th season of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT), is a cute albeit raunchy take on “Sesame Street,” with puppet and human characters singing about pornography and racism. However, the musical ultimately has a sweeter and more meaningful message than one would expect at first glance, focusing on identity and finding oneself.
By Luke Muench

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: Mail carriers told to ‘stand tall, like a tree’
Bethlehem: Backyard boat send-off party
Bethlehem NAACP: Canaries in the mine impact us all
Bethlehem Township: Vote ticks off Bulldogs’ critics
Northampton County: Council limits terms to three
Northampton County: Brown working new small-town grants
St. Luke’s: 28 graduate in first class
Another View: A nation of millennial entitlements

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Saturday, June 6, 2015


June 3, 2015

COVER STORY
  ‘Part of something special’
Over three decades ago, a group of recent law school grads traveled to Philly every day in a broken-down car to study for the Bar exam. That crew included noted child advocate Phil Hof, District Attorney John Morganelli, Superior Court Judge Jack Panella, and now U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Joseph “Jay” Leeson. Photo: Wearing his judiciary robe for the first time, the Honorable Joseph J. Leeson Jr. addresses the courtroom: “I am filled with gratitude.”
By Bernie O’Hare/Photos by Dana Grubb


MEMORIAL DAY
  Bethlehem
LaRohn Deysher, a 93-year-old World War II musician first class who served on the U.S.S. Pennsylvania, performs in Memorial Park Cemetery during the “Taps” Over Bethlehem event prior to the parade and service. Deysher also played “Taps” at the conclusion of the remembrance program.
By Dana Grubb


MEMORIAL DAY
  Fountain Hill
A Memorial Day ceremony was sponsored by the American Legion and held at the Fountain Hill flagpole May 22. Fountain Hill ES fifth grade students participated by writing essays on patriotism or what a hero is to them. The best essays were read during the ceremony. Photo: Fountain Hill ES classes take part in the Memorial Day ceremony May 22 at the Fountain Hill flag pole. The event was also open to community members.
By Katya Hrishak


MEMORIAL DAY
  Sands Event Center
The Sands Bethlehem Event Center’s free admission SBECFest on Memorial Day offered kids’ activities, entertainment, vendors and food trucks for the third consecutive year. Culminating with a free evening concert inside featuring bluegrass band Cabinet, activities for families in attendance included face painting, beer pong, basketball, an appearance by the City of Bethlehem’s Mounted Police, firefighters giving tours of a fire pumper, chances to win concert tickets, a visit by the Just Born Peep, and refreshments. Photo: The free evening concert featured Cabinet, a Pennsylvania-based bluegrass, country and folk band. Opening for Cabinet were Sons of Izzy and Dave Hangley. Above: Cabinet banjo player and vocalist ‘Pappy’ Biondo.
By Dana Grubb


MEMORIAL DAY
  SteelStacks
Olivia Lunger of Bethlehem shows her drawing at the Sketch-a-thon  with comic book illustrator Scott Hanna. Artists had a chance to draw live models and superheroes.
By Michelle Meeh



STEELSTACKS
  Soccer party begins June 6
ArtsQuest has decided to host another Lehigh Valley SoccerFest and Viewing Party this summer, but this time for the Women’s World Cup. According to ArtQuest’s Curt Mosel, this is due in part to the success of last year’s events surrounding the Men’s World Cup. Photo: Soccer fans from all over the area cheer on the U.S. men’s team at last summer’s World Cup SoccerFest and Viewing Party at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. ArtsQuest officials are hoping for a similar turnout to this summer’s viewing party for the Women’s World Cup.
By Katya Hrishak


BETHLEHEM
  Recreation plentiful this summer
As the school year comes to a close, Bethlehem Parks and Recreation youth summer programs will soon start. The list of programs is slightly varied from previous years, but Recreation Coordinator Mark Atkinson said the majority has remained unchanged. Photo: The Yosko Splashpark on Atlantic Street is a great location to cool off during the hot summer months for free. Open daily.
By Katya Hrishak


GRADUATION-MORAVIAN ACADEMY
  ‘Joyful and passionate souls’
Family members and friends of the 67 Moravian Academy graduating seniors filled the lawn of the Bethlehem Merle-Smith Campus at commencement May 30. Photo: A standing tradition at Moravian Academy commencement ceremonies is the recognition of the successive classes of students.
By Katya Hrishak/Photos by Tim Gilman


GRADUATION-NOTRE DAME
  ‘Laughing in the rain’
Even the Bishop of the Diocese of Allentown was unable to prevent the skies from opening up. Despite the presence of Bishop John O. Barres, Notre Dame HS’s graduation ceremony for the class of 2015 was subjected to a sudden downpour that will indelibly mark it in the minds of graduates, families and guests. More than 600 people were drenched at the outdoor event, conducted at the school’s stadium along Green Pond Road in Bethlehem Township. Photo: The graduating seniors make it official as they cheerfully toss their caps.
By Bernie O’Hare/Photos by Tim Gilman


LETTERS FROM READERS
  This is not smart development
Only six months after the Bethlehem City Council voted 4-2 that a nine-story building was “historically appropriate” in the South Side Historic District of two- and three-story buildings, there is now an attempt on the North Side Historic District.
By Bill Scheirer/Cartoon by Ed Courrier

SOUTH BETHLEHEM HISTORY
  Thomas inspired the Industrial Revolution
It is very likely that if Erskine Hazard, of the Lehigh Crane Iron Co., had not convinced the Welshman David Thomas to immigrate to Catasauqua in 1839 the industrial revolution might have bypassed South Bethlehem. Thomas’ invention, a blast furnace that burned anthracite to smelt iron ore, was the first furnace of its kind in the United States.
By Karen M. Samuels


CLASSROOM
  Freddy Awards
Bethlehem area schools were well represented at this year’s Freddy Award show at the State Theatre May 21 and three schools had award winners. Notre Dame’s Patrick Davis won Best performance by a lead actor and and best solo performance. Notre Dame’s “A Tale of Two Cities... the musical” was also named best overall production by a small school. Freedom’s “Hairspray” cast members Kelly Donah, Lizzie Trostle, Olivia D’Aprile, Brady Hill, Nikki Slavic and Victoria Scovens  won best performance by a small ensemble for “Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now.” Ryan Kuna of Bethlehem Catholic HS was awarded the Express-Times/lehighvalleylive.com Student Achievement award. Photo: Lehigh Valley area high school students performing the opening production number at the 2015 Freddy Awards.
By Debra Boylan

THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  Three Straight!
Bethlehem Catholic High School’s softball team was crowned District XI Class AAA champions with a 6-4 victory over Southern Lehigh last Tuesday at Pates Park in Allentown. It marks three-straight district titles for the Hawks, four in the last five seasons, and five titles in the last seven seasons
By Katie McDonald


FOCUS
  Allentown Bach at noon
“Bach at Noon,” a well-attended free concert series held since 2005 in Central Moravian Church in downtown Bethlehem, makes its debut in downtown Allentown with two events in June and July. “Allentown Bach at Noon” premieres at noon June 9, St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown. A second “Allentown Bach at Noon” concert is set for noon July 14, also at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
By Debra Boylan

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: Library book sales total just shy if $1M
Bethlehem: School board proposes math curriculum changes
Bethlehem: Water Authority-Burns continue, water abounds
Bethlehem: Liberty band shows support for Boutique
Bethlehem Township: RAT candidates fall short
Letters: More important than winning/Mike Recchiuti
Letters: Attitudes have evolved/Julia Swan
Saucon Park: Old, new rules to be enforced

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