April 25, 2018
A rite of spring
Spnsored by the Bethlehem-Tondabayashi Sister City Commission, the family-oriented and admission-free Cherry Blossom Festival featured Japanese cultural activities such as a tea ceremony, kimono fashions, food, music, arts and crafts. Held at the Serenity Garden next to the library, the fourth annual event was blessed with unusually warm weather, with clear skies and sunshine greeting the festival-goers with temperatures nearing 90 degrees.The previous record, according to AccuWeather, temperature was 61 degrees. Photo: Sandra Lozano of Easton shows her son, Victor Gonzalez, a Japanese lantern hanging from a blossoming cherry tree.
Cubs enjoy annual Pinewood Derby
Cub Scouts in the Minsi Trails South Mountain District held their annual pinewood derby race at First Baptist Church in Bethlehem March 3. Scouts and their families from all over the Lehigh Valley were in attendance for the yearly district race. Each scout earned the right to be there based on being one of the top finishers in his individual pack. A total of 76 cars participated out of the 85 that qualified. The top three finishers in each rank (Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelo and Arrow of Light) earned the right to race at the upcoming 2018 World Championship Derby race held in New York City’s Times Square (date not yet announced). Photo: A large gathering of spectators attend the pinewood derby race at First Baptist Church in Bethlehem.
By Mark Kirlin
Marine gets belated memorial
Fifty years to the day of his death April 6, Marine Private First Class Allen Glenn Mack received the memorial his family had wished for him since 1968. Mack, of Washington Township, was a newlywed when his number was called, and he arrived in Vietnam in December 1967. Months later, while participating in Operation Lancaster, his company was assigned to protecting part of a camp perimeter.
On April 6 his unit was airlifted to help extract a friendly MIA, during which they took heavy mortar attack. Mack was one of two Marines killed. Photo: About 25 family members and friends attend the brief ceremony. Vietnam Veterans of America State District Director George Puzio said, “I’m glad we could put [sic] some closure for his wife and sister. People don’t want to leave. They want to cling to that memory.” Photo: Members of the Leathernecks and Patriot Guards motorcycle groups stand at attention.
By Nate Jastrzemski
Spring Garden hosts STEAM Day
Students at Spring Garden ES had fun while exploring the sciences during STEAM Day March 23. Community members came into the school to teach kindergarten through fifth grade students about science, technology, engineering, art and math through various hands-on activities. According to Principal Eric Smith, Spring Garden aims to have a different themed day each year to introduce its students to fields they ordinarily might not have a chance to learn about. While last year’s event focused on the arts, giving kids access to multiple types of performances, the committee chose to focus on new fields this year. Photo: Fifth graders work with computers in a workshop called “Digital Breakout” with Patrick Connelly, learning how to record their voices and do voiceovers.
By Katya Hrichak
Pates hand Liberty its first loss
A win over your rival is always a confidence booster. Pulling out a late game victory is even better, which is exactly what Freedom did last Friday night when they knocked off Liberty 5-2 at Coca-Cola Park. Trailing 2-0 heading into the fifth, the Pates scored five runs in the final two frames for the win and knock Liberty down from the throne of being the only previously undefeated team in the district.
By Peter Car
Student poetry project
To commemorate “National Poetry Month” in April, the Lehigh Valley Press presents the 13th annual Student Poetry Project. Students whose poems are published on Page B1 read their poems and were interviewed on the April 16 broadcast of “Lehigh Valley Arts Salon” on WDIY, 88.1, wdiy.org, Lehigh Valley Public Radio and NPR affiliate. The broadcast is available as a podcast on the WDIY web site. The Student Poetry Project adjudication committee met March 28 to read more than 100 poems submitted by students from the Lehigh Valley region.
By Paul Willistein
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