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Thursday, October 17, 2019


Oct. 16, 2019

COVER STORY

Downtown Harvest Festival

There was something for everyone at the Harvest Festival on Main Street Oct. 5. Children had their faces painted, adults could get a massage or throw an axe at a target 15 feet away, many visitors shopped for drinks, hand-crafted metal jewelry, framed paintings, and treats for their dogs. Photo: Jennifer Metcalf, proprietor of Butterfly Kisses face-painting stall, turns Madison Murphy of Emmaus into a very pretty unicorn.

By Dorothy and Dennis Glew

 

LEHIGH VALLEY

Rep. Wild hosts town hall

United States Representative Susan Wild, of Pennsylvania’s Seventh District, met generally friendly constituents in a town hall session Oct. 2 at Muhlenberg College’s Seegers Union Hall.  “I’m always happy to see young people involved in the political process,” said Wild, as she looked out at many younger citizens. However, there was an impressive cross section of ages at the event. Photo: U.S. Representative Susan Wild meets constituents in a friendly town hall meeting Oct. 2 at Muhlenberg College’s Seeger Union Hall.

By Douglas Graves

 

CLASSROOM

NCC students in international culinary contest

Two culinary arts majors at Northampton Community College (NCC) have been invited to compete in the International Young Chefs Association Challenge in NingBo, China, from Oct. 24-26. Matthew Kirby and Thomas Traupman will represent the United States as one of 16 international teams and the only one from the U.S. Photo: Matthew Kirby and Thomas Traupman have been invited to compete in the International Young Chefs Association Challenge in NingBo, China, from Oct. 24-26.

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CHARTER ARTS PRESENTS

‘Vanishing Point-A New Musical’

Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts will present “Vanishing Point-A New Musical” for 10 performances with 7 p.m. evening shows scheduled Oct. 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25 and 26 and two 2 p.m. matinee shows Oct. 19 and 20. The performances will be held in the Charter Arts Black Box Theatre at 321 East Third St., Bethlehem. Tickets may be purchased online at www.CharterArts.org. Photo: As promoters (Reagan Frankhouser and Katie Conlon) of ‘Lady Lindy’ (Marcella Karam) they seek to capitalize on Earhart’s successful cross Atlantic flight with all sorts of product endorsements.

By Dana Grubb

 

SPORTS

Football-Freedom tops Emmaus

When a quarterback plays nearly flawless football, the chances of that team winning are exceedingly high. When your quarterback sets single game records, well, you know how this will end. Jared Jenkins put on a passing clinic in Freedom’s 63-28 mercy-rule win over Emmaus last week and it was a night to remember for the senior signal caller.

By Peter Car

 

FOCUS

Command performance

Anyone who loves the television shows, “Downton Abbey” (and now the movie) and “The Crown,” or follows the British Royal Family, won’t want to miss the American premiere of “The Coronation of King George II,” a theatrical and musical recreation of the crowning of the British king in 1727 in London’s Westminster Abbey.  The 3 p.m. Oct. 26 event, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s Gala Concert, is presented by Canada’s Theatre of Early Music, in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in center city Allentown.

By Kathy Laur-Williams

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: City Christmas ornaments honor military members

Bethlehem: Community pitches in to renovate Boys & Girls Club facility

Bethlehem: Candidate responses requested

Bethlehem Zoning: Bus stop, signs a go

Fountain Hill: Priest removed during investigation

Freemansburg: Council addresses ADA issues, paving

NorCo: Council supports bill to protect public employees

Saucon Valley: District determined to use technology

Student profiles:  Ethan Christman, Liberty HS

High school news: Liberty HS notes

 





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Tuesday, October 1, 2019


October 2, 2019

COVER STORY

Bridles and badges

Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Police, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that provides support for the City of Bethlehem’s Mounted Police Unit, held a 10th year celebration and open house Sept. 7 at the mounted patrol stable to mark the anniversary. The ‘Bridles and Badges’ event offered music by “The Verdict,” a barbecue meal, activities for kids, food and refreshment vendors, and a demonstration by the officers and their mounts, Gray, Asa, George and Pharoah. A proclamation from Mayor Bob Donchez and an Outstanding Citizenship Commendation from police chief Mark DiLuzio were presented to board chairwoman Diane Mack. Photo: Sponsors Pat and Sandra Corpora leave the new riding area for the mounted patrol. The two were recognized for their financial support

By Dana Grubb

 

COMMUNITY

Festival Unbound: Just Make Art

When Touchstone Theatre members started to think about what to include in the 20th anniversary reflection of their first major community festival (SteelBound in 1999), the artists considered what issues needed to be represented, and what voices need to be heard. Education director and ensemble member Mary Wright said, “It needs to have kids’ voices.”

By Silagh White

 

CLASSROOM

Schools host back to school party

Students and their families at both Donegan and Fountain Hill elementary schools attended open houses Sept. 5, meeting educators, gathering information, and relaxing afterward at a block party. At Donegan, they were welcomed by principal Erin Medina and BASD superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy while enjoying pizza and refreshments courtesy of Wind Creek Hospitality, followed by a block party on the school’s outdoor recreation area, which was sponsored by Graceway Community Church. Booths offering a variety of services and opportunities lined the walkway and a variety of games and play events entertained students and their families, as the aroma of popcorn wafted through the air. By visiting eight resource tables and completing a passport, attendees had a chance to win a $50 C-Town gift card. Photo: Jennifer Amin, a volunteer with block party sponsor Graceway Community Church, hands a bag of popcorn to Selina, a second grade student at Donegan.

By Dana Grubb

 

SPORTS

Freedom preps for Easton

Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic both took steps in the right direction following victories last weekend to open up the second half of the regular season. The Patriots (5-1) dispatched Pocono Mountain West easily last week 42-8 and Bethlehem Catholic (4-2) bounced back from their uninspiring defeat to Nazareth the week before to handle a winless Whitehall squad to the tune of 42-17.

By Peter Car

 

FOCUS

‘The Secret’ is out

“The Secret,” a new mixed-media play by the Mock Turtle Marionette Theater about H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), the Bethlehem native and poet, has its world premiere, Oct. 5 - 8, Touchstone Theatre, as part of “Festival Unbound.” “The Secret” is part of “Finding H.D., A Community Exploration of the Life and Work of Hilda Doolittle,” a year-long series of events organized by the Lehigh University English Department, Bethlehem Area Public Library, the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown and Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre. The play’s title, “The Secret,” is taken from the name of a chapter in “The Gift,” H.D.’s childhood memoir set in Bethlehem. H.D. wrote her epic poem, “Trilogy,” and the childhood memoir while living in London during The Blitz air-raid bombings by Nazi Germany.

By George Vandoren

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: Council considers apartment structure on West Garrison

Bethlehem: A taste of Russia comes to the city

Bethlehem: Proposed office causes endless zoning debate

Bethlehem: Chocolate Lab celebrates 17th anniversary

Lehigh County: Council, exec have partisan fallout

Lehigh Valley: PPL crews sent to storm aftermath

Lehigh Valley: Bench honors late legislator

Lehigh Valley: Braden hosts family event

Northampton County: IS 911 dispatching closest emergency responder?

Saucon Valley: Campus operations supervisor hired

South Bethlehem: Task Force gets glimpse of Christmas lighting plan

 

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Friday, September 27, 2019


September 25, 2019


COVER STORY-BROUGHAL MS

Meet the change makers

In June, BASD selected Broughal MS for a Comprehensive Support & Improvement (CSI) plan based on the school’s three-year average of math and English Language Arts (ELA) scores on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests administered annually to eighth-graders. Broughal’s CSI plan, using $545,000 of Title I federal funds, encompasses three main areas: culture and mindset, instruction and assessment, and professional development. Today’s feature – part two in a series about the CSI plan – looks at the changes from the perspective of educators at Broughal and coaches from the two consulting firms hired by the district. Photo: ELA teacher Alyssa Gammel and social studies teacher Ethan Turner discuss the use of the “PEEL” graphic organizer as a scaffold for students with literacy skill gaps. Gammel and Turner are new sixth-grade teachers at Broughal MS.

By Theresa O’Brien

 

COMMUNITY

Young, old rally against climate change

Anyone driving past the main branch of the Bethlehem Area Public Library Friday afternoon would have been taken aback by the crowd that had assembled at Payrow Plaza. Many of the approximately 150 people were holding signs addressing the issue of climate change. In addition to local climate activists, there were some parents and their children. There was also a sizeable group of students from Lehigh University who were representing multiple clubs on campus concerned about climate change. Photo: Rebecca Salasburger-Frank, one of the leaders of the Lehigh students, addresses the crowd about the concerns she shares with many other young people.

By Dorothy and Dennis Glew

 

CLASSROOM

A back to school party

Xariz Family Worship Center held a Back to School party in the parking lot at 81 E. North St. in Bethlehem Aug. 17. Festivities included face painting, a coloring station, a D.J., a raffle, and a bouncy house. Children were given backpacks (while they lasted), bags filled with school supplies, and snacks. Photo: Aaliyah Ortiz of Whitehall has her face painted by volunteer Terry Ann.

By Lani Goins

 

SPORTS

Becahi latest to fall to Eagles

Things did not go great for Bethlehem Catholic last Friday night in Nazareth. As the fourth quarter slowly came to an end, Becahi’s lead drummer from the band performed a solo act in the stands, which was the most entertainment fans got in the final stanza. A week after pummeling Parkland, Becahi fell flat in a 27-13 defeat to the undefeated Blue Eagles (5-0). It was a loss that left head coach Joe Henrich visibly frustrated on a night where the offense was held to 90 yards rushing and the defense finally broke down late in the second half.

By Peter Car

 

FOCUS

Battle of the bugs

ElsabĂ© Dixon, a visiting artist at Penn State Lehigh Valley, recently hatched “Spotted Lanternfly Zones of Syncopation.” Dixon is recruiting area organizations to help with what’s billed as a “Community Public Art Project.” Dixon, a Virginia-based multidiscipline artist, has a background in working with insects. She first considered using bees for her project. After being told about the Spotted Lanternfly infestation in Pennsylvania and, more recently, in New Jersey and some other nearby states, Dixon concluded that the colorful, non-native pest should be the theme for the installation.

By Ed Courrier

 

OTHER STORIES

Celtic Classic: Heritage Hallow - a place for families

Bethlehem HCC: Proposals to feather ‘Nest’ approved

Lehigh Valley: We saw you at the Great Allentown Fair

Northampton County: Probation officers get retroactive raise

 

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019


September 18, 2019

COVER STORY-APPLE DAYS

Something for young and older

Small wonder that the sixth annual Apple Days Sept. 6 and 7 at Bethlehem’s Burnside Plantation was teeming with children. There were so many fun and interesting things to see and do.In one tent, Jennifer Purcell invited children (and adults) not just to see, but to pet, if they wished, a skunk named Cabbage, a corn snake named Carolina, and a barn owl named Tyto. At another venue, Pat Belliel introduced Harley, her 5-year-old pet pig. At yet another venue there were sheep, alpacas and a pair of 22-year-old miniature donkeys. Photo: Volunteer Barbara Hollenbach tempts a passerby with a beautiful slice of apple pie. In addition to assisting at Apple Days, Hollenbach is the chair of the board of trustees of Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites, the festival’s sponsor.

By Dorothy and Dennis Glew

 

COMMUNITY

Walla Gazzo benefits Chamber

The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce’s annual Walla Gazoo golf tournament Aug. 19 brought a scheduled 144 golfers to the Bethlehem Golf Club. Players representing scores of area business entities enjoyed a round of golf and backyard BBQ in what is considered the oldest tournament in the Lehigh Valley, according to Bethlehem Chamber senior vice president Angela DelGrosso. DelGrosso said proceeds from the event benefit the Bethlehem Chamber specifically, providing member support, networking and marketing opportunities Christmas activities, and the annual dinner. Corporate sponsor for the 2019 tournament was Capital Blue. Photo: The foursome of  Dave Romanelli, Joe Hoffmeier, Bryon Grigsby and Ray Bishop pose prior to teeing off.

By Dana Grubb

 

CLASSROOM

Community partner give away

Hispanic radio station La Mega 99.5, Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley, St. Luke’s University Health Network, Pennsylvania Career Link, H.G.S.K. P.C., Merge Barber School, Gateway Health, and JCS Professional Staffing, Inc. combined to provide over 500 backpacks, school supplies, haircuts and handouts to area families with school age children Aug. 17 at the Fowler Community Wellness Center. Photo: Representing her employer, the law firm of HGSK, City Councilmember Olga Negron prepares a packet of handouts for Lidia Delgado and her family. Delgado resides in Easton.

By Dana Grubb

 

SPORTS

Nazareth upsets FHS

Jason Roeder made sure his players remembered a barrage of Nazareth students storming the BASD turf last Friday night. In the aftermath of a 35-33 victory by the Blue Eagles on Freedom’s home turf, the Pates brass was left ruminate in their first loss of the season to an upstart Nazareth squad that traded blows all night and made a final defensive stop on a two-point conversion to preserve victory.

By Peter Car

 

FOCUS

LV Zoo: A success story

Ten years ago, the fate of the Lehigh Valley Zoo was a source of speculation, with some thinking low attendance and indifference could send it into bankruptcy. Today, with more than $4 million in 2018 revenues, and more than 250,000 visitors, the zoo, located in the 1,108-acre Trexler Nature Preserve, near Schnecksville in North Whitehall and Lowhill townships, is enjoying a renaissance and a host of enthusiastic fans.

By Jim Marsh

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: Two charged in Parkhurst trash fire homicide

Bethlehem: Candidates’ responses requested

Bethlehem: 32nd Celtic Classic opens Sept. 27

Bethlehem Area SD: Nitchmann certified green

Bethlehem Area SD: Employees of the month

Bethlehem HARB: Contentious fence, gate proposal passed

Bethlehem Zoning: Camel Hump Farm issue continues

Lehigh County: Executive’s predicted tax increase arrives in 2020 budget proposal

Lehigh Valley: Boscola announces affordable housing investment

Lehigh Valley: VIA Marathon

Northampton County: State rejects voting challenge

 

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