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Thursday, August 21, 2014


August 20, 2014
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COVER STORY
Moving back home
Student debt has long-term impact on graduates. As of early 2014, the amount of student loan debt in the United States reached $1.1 trillion. Students earning a bachelor’s degree graduate with an average debt of $29,400, according to a June report released by the Domestic Policy Council and the Council of Economic Advisers.
By Katya Hrichak, Bethlehem Press intern


LEHIGH VALLEY
Sandy Hook ES parent promote ‘Healthy Minds’
The mother of 6-year-old Dylan Hockley who was killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook ES, Newtown, Conn., visited Allentown Aug. 1 to discuss the Promoting Healthy Minds for Safer Communities Act.
Photo: At a press conference in Allentown, Nicole Hochley shows a picture of her son Dylan who was killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook ES, Newtown, Conn.
By Deb Galbraith


COMMUNITY
Park target of restoration work
Preservation consultant John Harry explains the relatively new process of micro-grouting, a restoration method already being used on the earthquake-damaged Washington Monument. Behind Harry are four of the five student interns, Brittany Flynn, Jessica Morris, Rebecca Murray and Michelle Barakat, and consulting contractor E. J. Nickles.
By Dana Grubb


LEHIGH VALLEY
Preparing for emergencies
In a day of cell phones and satellites, people no longer pay much attention to ham radios. But when Hurricane Sandy stuck in 2012 and most Lehigh Valley municipalities were without power or cell phone service, it was the lowly ham radio that kept people in touch. Northampton County Emergency Management relied on ham operators to keep in touch with outlying townships. So did the American Red Cross, which had ham operators at each emergency shelter. Photo: Contacts were monitored at three different stations.
By Bernie O’Hare


SOUTHSIDE
Walk the walk, talk the talk
Everyone in the Lehigh Valley was touched in some way by “The Steel,” as most Lehigh Valley residents referred to the company. Either a family member worked there or a neighbor or a friend or someone you knew was employed at the approximately four-mile long company located adjacent to the Lehigh River in Bethlehem. Photo: The steel stacks reflected in the windows of the 1913 Electrical Repair Shop, which will become the National Museum of Industrial History.
By Bud Cole


SOUTHSIDE
Annual sale exceeds $16,000 goal
Bethlehem residents Fransisco Rosa, bottom left, and Herbert Felix examine an incredible variety of primarily used merchandise for sale as fellow bargain hunters swarm the huge 200-by-40 foot tent.
By Tim Gilman


DA VINCI CENTER
The past and future of space
If you are like most people, and were around on July 20, 1969, you probably remember where you were and what you were doing. Neil Armstrong definitely remembered what he was doing that day because he was about to become the first human to step foot on earth’s moon: “One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” Photo: Forrest Cavalier, Augustin Cavalier and Ambrose Cavalier, all from Saylorsburg, try out the space bike exhibit at the DA Vinci Center.
By Carole Gorney


COMMUNITY
Making children feel special
Children who might otherwise not have pencils or paper will start the school year fully stocked with school supplies and brand-new backpacks, thanks to the St. Luke’s “Backpacks to Brighten” project. Photo: Diana Witczak, RN, supervisor of the Nurse Family Partnership, Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of St. Luke’s; Betsy Genthner, LPN, PATH program, VNA of St. Luke’s; Sara Klingner, MSN, CNM, RN, director of Maternal Child Health Initiatives, St. Luke’s University Health Network; and Helen Willis, RN, VNAC program, VNA of St. Luke’s.
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THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
Raiders turn 50
Sue Hrkach realizes she won’t be cooking too many dinners throughout the remainder of August and through November. Instead, she likely will be serving in her role as treasurer and supporter for the Bethlehem Raiders Football Organization, a role she has cherished for the past 16 years. Photo: 2013 Executive Board Members: top row (left to right) - President Tom Picone, Vice President Joe Pastor; middle row - fundraising coordinator Melissa Crenko, football coordinators John Renninger and Lou Jimenez, treasurer Sue Hrkach; bottom row - snack stand coordinator Nanette Jimenez, secretary Kelly McKellvey and cheerleading coordinator Jessica Pastor.
By Jeff Moeller
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OTHER STORIES
Lehigh Valley: Comedian’s death brings mental illness to forefront
Musikfest: Attendance again tops 1 million
Bethlehem Township: Bulldogs blitz commissioners
Bethlehem Township: Customer service improvements proposed
Bethlehem Twnship: V-7 lot plan gets poor reception
BASD: District prepares for school start
Southside: Boys & Girls Club toorney draws 114 golfers
Business: N-Tensity opens in Hellertown

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Friday, August 15, 2014


Aug. 13, 2014
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PAYING THE PRICE-PART 2
College costs outpace incomes, state funding, aid
Student loan debt has nearly tripled in the last decade. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York reports that from 2004 to 2012, student debt increased from $364 billion to $966 billion, according to researcher Alan Pyke in an April 23, 2014, Think Progress article. A June report released by the Domestic Policy Council and the Council of Economic Advisers says 71 percent of students earning a bachelor’s degree graduate with debt, averaging $29,400 per student.
By Katya Hrichak


ILLICK'S MILL
Dolan responds to criticisms
For six months, suspicion and reports of mismanagement have plagued Bethlehem City Council member Karen Dolan and potentially doomed the nonprofit organization that runs the Illick’s Mill Fox Environmental Center. She has spent more than a decade developing the center and had served as its executive director until this past April. Critics have raised concerns about ethical, rental, utility, tax filing and construction payment issues. A grand jury inquiry led by Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli into suspected improper operation of the nonprofit has stifled funding support of the center which has been a contributing factor to its recent closing. In an exclusive interview, Dolan said she is the victim of lies, misleading information and politics.
By Nate Jastrzemski



MUSIKFEST
Successful run come to an end
he night sky over Bethlehem lights up as Musikfest 2014 ends its festivities with a closing  fireworks display.
By Dana Grubb and Tim Gilman


Saurus attracts crowds
Saurus dinosaur-like giant birds – 18-foot-tall puppet costumes with operators on stilts – proceed down Main Street during one of several daily performances the final weekend of Musikfest. In its 31st year, the festival featured Saurus as a bold new addition to its free entertainment. Three of the artistic Saurus puppets and trained personnel were provided by the Dutch street theater troupe Close Act, which has had limited appearances in the United States.
By Tim Gilman


BETHLEHEM
Mannafest promotes ministry
El Shaddai Bethlehem Ministries East Broad Street campus was the scene of a weeklong alcohol-free event, Mannafest, which ran from Aug. 1 through 10. At the family-oriented event, attendees enjoyed live entertainment, a kid zone, visual arts, an array of foods and vendors. Each day of Mannafest had a different theme and entertainment was centered on Christian ministry. Photo: On Mannafest’s Old School Night, The Harmenaires gave their wonderful harmony to Christian music.
By Dana Grubb


COMMUNITY
Hundreds join drum circle
Kathy Duzant, Bernae Horwath and their children participate in the drum circle at SteelStacks. They received free Remo Sound Shape mini drums handed out at the door to the Musikfest Cafe.
By Katya Hrichak


ST. LUKE’S
Anderson Campus garden dedicated
St. Luke’s Medical Director of Oncology Services Dr. Lee Riley, St. Luke’s Anderson Campus President Ed Nawrocki, St. Luke’s past Auxiliary President Virginia Oskin and newly elected Auxiliary President Kris Warner participate in a ceremonial ribbon cutting to celebrate the dedication of St. Luke’s Auxiliary Garden.
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SCHOOL
Greek history comes alive
After studying about the ancient Greek city-states in history class, Nitschmann MS sixth graders had an opportunity to unwind from the academic studies side of school to compete in a modern day version of the Olympics in early June. Photo: The Athens city-state Olympic team recites the Olympic athlete’s pledge prior to the start of competition.
By Dana Grubb

COMMUNITY
BAPL garden restored
Though there’s a garden right behind the Bethlehem Area Public Library, it has been neglected in recent years. It was once maintained by Musikfest volunteers, but that stopped when the festival stopped using Payrow Plaza as one of its venues. Fortunately, Girl Scout Troop 810, under the guidance of Troop Leader Pat Scipioni, has breathed new life into the old garden. Photo: Twins Nareh and Nazeh Tahmassian are focused on packing the dirt down around their flowers.
By Bernie O’Hare


THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
District 11, St. Luke’s team up
St. Luke’s and District 11 formally teamed up for a partnership Tuesday morning during a press conference held at St. Luke’s Campus in Cetronia.
Photo: On hand last week to represent the athletes of District 11 were, left to right: Eli Nabholz, Pottsville, baseball and basketball; Mikayla Stoudt, Parkland, cross country and track and field; Cameron Richardson, Northwestern, football and track and field; Meredith Sholder, Emmaus, field hockey; Avery Semler, Parkland, field hockey; Phillip Houseknect, Emmaus, soccer; and Cory Croll, Northampton, football.
By Pete Car
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OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: Dolan responds to criticisms
Bethlehem: Council approves authority bond issue
BASD: Roy offers communication, PR plan
BASD: Changes coming to softball program
Northampton County: Discord continues with executive
Northampton County: Senior center moves to Forks township

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014


August 6, 2014
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COVER STORY
Student loans: Paying the Price-Part 1
A post-secondary education is the single most important investment that Americans can make in their futures but financing college through loans leaves graduates deeply in debt.
By Katya Hrichak


NORTHAMPTON COUNTY
Brown: Operate county cost-effectively
Northampton Executive John Brown, speaking at a PBS 39 studio in South Bethlehem, told a group of five Northampton County residents, reporters and part of his Northampton County staff that the 2,200 county employees “do a phenomenal job.
By Douglas Graves







31ST MUSIKFEST
‘A melting pot of sound’
“Who would have thought that from the embers of Bethlehem Steel an entire new industry would flourish, a creative industry that honors the community’s past and celebrates its future with music, dance, theater, film and visual arts,” Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett said during the opening ceremony of the 31st annual Musikfest. Photo: Mucca Pazza, a unique combo of marching and  rock ’n roll band styles, parades through the Northside Musikfest grounds along Spring Street Saturday afternoon as a loud and colorful prelude to a scheduled evening performance in the Volksplatz tent. The “circus punk marching band” from Chicago is playing at Bethlehem’s signature music festival for the first time.
By Katya Hrichak
Photos by Dana Grubb, Bernie O’Hare and Tim Gilman



BETHLEHEM
Charter Arts gets glass canopy
The Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts’ Executive Director Diane LaBelle received a certificate of appropriateness from the Historic Conservation District board July 21 approving LaBelle’s choice of glass panels for a canopy at the new building currently under construction.
By Dougas Graves


COMMUNITY
Dinner marks St. Stephen’s 20th anniversary
An open house and benefit dinner were held earlier this summer for Stephen’s Place, the halfway house that assists men coming out of prison with substance abuse recovery and the development of life skills in a spiritual environment.  Sister Virginia Longcope is the founder of Stephen’s Place and has been running it for 20 years. This year was the first benefit dinner, which was sponsored by the Reverend Dr. Janice Young. Photo: Attendees at Stephen’s Place open house visit the garden.  More than 100 attended the dinner at the Se-Wy-Co Banquet Hall.
By Amber Mirza

BETHLEHEM CATHOLIC ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Freddie Simmons and Julia Madison
By Pete Car and Katie McDonald
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OTHER STORIES
BASD: Judge says drowning case can proceed
NORCO: DA warns-‘Tell the truth’
Bethlehem Zoning: New facility will aid kids, edflerly
Bethlehem Township: Chrin’s plan for V-7 lot gets poor reception


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014


July 30, 2014
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COVER STORY
Same-sex marriage: Continuing point of discussion
In May, after a U.S. federal judge ruled as unconstitutional the state’s ban on same-sex marriages, the state became one of the last Northeast region states to legalize same-sex marriages. In 2014, there are 20 states where same-sex marriages are legal. As a result of the recent ruling, some local churches are opening their doors to wed same-sex couples. Other churches, however, are not. Their leaders say the state’s law goes against Christian teaching and they will uphold the separation of church and state tha t exempts them from the law.
By Carol Smith

MILESTONES
Douglas Caldwell: A man of God and the people
Hundreds of people filled the Central Moravian Church in historic downtown Bethlehem Sunday to remember and honor the Rev. Douglas Caldwell, the beloved pastor of the church from 1983-2009. Caldwell died on July 17 at age 71. PHOTO: Members of the Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir played outside Central Moravian Church and during the memorial service Sunday for the late Rev. Douglas Caldwell.
By Carole Gorney





BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP

'We owe it to our kids'
In a detailed presentation, David Biddison of Tradiions of America, told township planners and the public that a proposed active senior gated community will consist of 265 single-family detached dwellings linked by a two-mile walking path and include amenities like a clubhouse and pool. Photo: Green Pond is identified in maps prepared in 1735 by William Penn’s daughter. It is a refuge for a wide variety of birds and other wildlife.
By Bernie O’Hare


BETHLEHEM
Book sale a hit with readers
At the July book sale Cory Swenor, Alejandro Gala and Aiden Swenor searched for children’s books entitled “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.” The Swenor’s mother, Carmela, is a pre-school teacher and she brought the boys along to their first book sale with an assignment to assist her with looking for specific children’s titles.
By Dana Grubb


MUSIKFEST
My journey with the Moody Blues
As Musikfest approaches I am anticipating the performance by my favorite rock band, the Moody Blues Aug. 5 on the Sands Steel Stage. This will be these classic British rockers’ third appearance in Bethlehem, including a 1986 performance at Stabler Arena and one in 2007 at Musikfest. They’ve appeared elsewhere in the Lehigh Valley over the years, both at the Allentown Fairgrounds and State Theatre in Easton, but their performances in Bethlehem are an especially nice treat for this lifetime fan. Photo: Justin Hayward and John Lodge perform at the State Theatre in Easton during an April 2008 concert that I photographed for Threshold Records.
By Dana Grubb


HISTORIC BETHLEHEM
Blueberry Festival: Music, crafts and pie
What would the Blueberry Festival be without blueberry pie and blueberry swirled ice cream? Barbara Bertram of Center Valley, her niece Emily Perose of Allentown, and Jay Spinelli from Swathmore, were served their desserts by volunteer Sydney Hoover. Tombler’s Bakery provided 680 blueberry, 50 peach and 50 strawberry-rhubarb pies for the two-day event.
By Carole Gorney and Tim Gilman


CLASSROOM
Calypso ES: Learning about careers
Students at Calypso ES had an opportunity in early May to learn about a variety careers at their fifth annual career day. Pre-K to second grade students spent a morning assembly learning about careers in teaching math, food preparation, owning a small business and photography. Third through fifth graders spent an afternoon with a non-profit director, surgical technician, graphic designer and bomb squad robot operator. Photo: Kindergartner Elias Negron is the air of concentration as he colors his fractal geometric design for posting on a display that included all the students’ designs.
By Dana Grubb

THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM HISTORY
Lynching in Bethlehem Township
Joseph Snyder recognized most of the men in the crowd of hundreds who surrounded him on the morning of Dec. 27, 1880. Some were his co-workers at the Coleman ore mine; others were drinking buddies he socialized with at Hanoverville Hotel. The rest were local farmers, also a shoemaker, prominent physician and a judge. Before that day, these friends and acquaintances knew Snyder as a 26-year- old man who was likable but had a sporadic work history and a penchant for alcohol. As they called for his death, they only saw him as a monster, undeserving of the right to a trial. Fresh in the their memory were two recent murder trials that ended with mild punishments and had cost the Northampton County taxpayers huge sums of money (Laros and Bortree trials).
By Karen M. Samuels

THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
Athletes of the Year: Liberty HS
Gunning’s story is a lesson for everyone
Cecchini the definition of multisport athlete
By Pete Car and Katie McDonald
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OTHER STORIES
State: Budget passed; disliked by many
Bethlehem: Brong cleared by report
Fountain Hill: Council ponders teleconferencing use
BASD: School to Work program can earn students some money
Hanover Township: Longtime engineer retires

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Monday, July 21, 2014


July 23, 2014
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COVER STORY
Views differ on immigrant children
Protestors and counter-protestors traded barbs and slogans July 20 outside the KidsPeace Broadway campus in Salisbury Township, both sides pointing to the plight of the immigrant children crossing the border in the Southwestern United States as their reason for raising their voices in protest.
By April Peterson, Douglas Graves, Paul Willistein


NEWS BACKGROUND
‘Refugee’ housing issue began over a year ago
The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) began housing what are officially termed “refugee children” in May 2013 at the KidsPeace Broadway campus. The program is funded by a $3.5-million ORR grant to house children allegedly caught at the Mexican border attempting to cross into the United States.
By Paul Willistein

BETHLEHEM
Caldwell memorial service July 26
The Rev. Douglas Caldwell retired from the Central Moravian Church in 2009, but left decades of teachings, good community works and powerful relationships in his wake. Caldwell died Thursday in Hanover Township.
By Nate Jastrzemski








SOUTH SIDE
ArtsQuest names new CEO
ArtsQuest announced July 15 the name of its new president and CEO: Katherine E. “Kassie” Hilgert, the nonprofit’s senior vice president of marketing and advancement.
By Nate Jastrzemski


COMMUNITY
‘Running a tight ship’
“It was seamless,” the boss told Miller-Keystone Blood Center Director of Development Sandra Thomas. A board member also complimented Thomas’ work. “Job well done!” Thomas said the compliments were similar to the praise she has been hearing about the recent fund-raising gala held at SteelStacks. Photo: Miller-Keystone Blood Center Director of Development Sandra Thomas and volunteer Laura Robinson are in the party spirit.
By Douglas Graves




LEHIGH VALLEY
‘Curiosity is in your DNA’
The Eagle Scouts of the Minsi Trails Council gathered recently in Fogelsville to be recognized and honored for the many Eagle Scout projects they have completed in the several areas where Minsi Trails scouts call home. Photo: Keynote speaker Dr. Michael Manyak.
By Douglas Graves


THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
Athletes of the year: Freedom HS
Nigel Long is Patriot’s humble leader
Helen Hsu’s work ethic ‘second to none
By Peter Car and Katie McDonald
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OTHER STORIES
Northampton County: $21K for Bog Turtle study?
Northampton County: Brown’s cabinet picks confirmed
Saucon Valley: Eichfeld decries science textbook
Bethlehem: Council OKs higher parking ticket fees for Musikfest

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014


July 16, 2014
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COVER STORY
Healing Waters
Former Gunnery Sgt. Kurt Hittinger, a veteran of a recent conflict, was sent to Montana by the national Trout Unlimited Healing Waters project and fished on the Big Horn River in Ft. Smith, Mont., this past May.
By Amber Mirza


COMMUNITY
Girl Scouts mark bridging
Leilani Lespiegle-Johnson, Maria Barthol and Alexis Lopez wait their turns while Abigail Hercules crosses the bridge to join Destiny Irelan and troop leader Ivannia Diaz.
By Katya Hrichak


BETHLEHEM
Boutique breaks record
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the 2014 Boutique at the Rink cancer fundraiser smashed its 2013 record by more than $50,000, raising $259,000. Photo: Boutique at the Rink shoppers look for great jewelry deals on Premier Night, when a $10 donation gains them first entry into the sale.
By Dana Grubb


BUSINESS
Millbrook hosts mixer
Anne Miller, Millbrook Home Care Partners, Inc., co-owner; Heidi Lennick, Millbrook Home Care Partners, Inc., program director; and Cheryl Brooks, co-owner, Millbrook Home Care Partners, Inc., wait to greet visitors during the company’s mixer. Area business owners attended the event in which they were able to socialize with others. The business is located at 47 West Water St., Hellertown.
By Mark Reccek


BETHLEHEM TWP.
Camel’s Hump Farm has public support
Archibald Johnston, Bethlehem’s first mayor and one-time President of Bethlehem Steel, retired in 1927 to what he called “Camel’s Hump,” a large tract of land along the Monocacy Creek between Santee Road in Bethlehem and Route 22. Part of that land, which includes a three-story mansion and 55 acres, has been preserved as Housenick Park. Photo: Former Bethlehem Township Recreation Board member Gene Smith would like to see farm combined with Housenick Park
By Bernie O’Hare

THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM HISTORY
Ivy Lee, the father of public relations
Ivy Ledbetter Lee was born in 1877 near Cedartown, Georgia. His father, James W. Lee was a Methodist minister. Ivy Lee attended Emory University and Princeton College. He began his career as a newspaper reporter for the New York American, the New York Times, and the New York World. When in 1903, he secured his first public relations job with Citizen’s Union, an independent political organization in New York City, Lee discovered he had a gift for publicity.
By Karen M. Samuels



CLASSROOM: GATES AWARDS
Assets that need nuturing
“We recognized 27 years ago that we had an asset that needs to be developed and nurtured,” said Elmer Gates as he turned the ceremony over to his daughter and granddaughter.
By Douglas Graves

THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
Bath, Wanderers in Legion finals

One Bethlehem team remains alive in the NORCO Legion playoff race, as Bath opened the championship finals Tuesday night against the Birches.
The Wanderers, who had a 1-0 lead in their series over the Birches, lost in three games Sunday evening, losing both contests on Sunday to fall in the series 2-1 and end their season at 14-10. Photo: Pat Mergel slides safely into third base during a recent playoff game. Bath advanced to the finals but was also battling the weather.
By Peter Car
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OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: Business site to be residence
Bethlehem: Zoners appoint new solicitor
Bethlehem: YWCA race lacks interest
Bethlehem: Eatery owner seeks better windows, signage
Northampton County: Brown makes three appointments
Northampton County: Parsons pressures Brown over cabinet
Hellertown: Borough council seeks new member
Lehigh County: Commissioners debate new budget process

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014


July 9, 2014
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COVER
Celebrating the Fourth
Clear skies and cool breezes greeted a crowd of Bethlehem area residents during the evening at Payrow Plaza, who were there for the annual Fourth of July fireworks.  The Allentown Band presented a concert at SteelStacks prior to the city fireworks.
By Dana Grubb and Bernie O’Hare

COMMUNITY
Slovenia celebrated
Consul General Jurcek Zmauc journeyed from the Cleveland based Consulate General of the Republic of Slovenia to celebrate Slovenia’s 23 years of independence.
By Dana Grubb


ENTERTAINMENT
‘Glamming up’ for SOTA
“Golden threaded-coral denim,” “radical free draping,” “amethyst-dyed mink vest,” all exotic phrases to describe the fabulous couture clothes designed by Pamela Ptak that draped beautiful models at a lunchtime show at the Hotel Bethlehem.  The spring show was the Society of the Arts’ (SOTA) first fashion show to raise money for the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley. Photo: Model and Bethlehem business woman, Stacey Redfield, Channel 69 broadcast journalist Eve Tannery, and model Tamantha Yanders enjoy a break in the fashion show.
By Douglas Graves


COMMUNITY
Volunteer Center’s Trotter retires
After 14 years as vice president of programs at the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley, Jane Trotter was feted at a retirement reception held in the Historic Hotel Bethlehem’s 1741 terrace June 23. ABOVE: Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley vice president of programs Jane Trotter accepts well wishes from Rick Dougherty, executive director of Lehigh Valley Active Life.
By Dana Grubb

BP INTERN PROFILE
Katya Hrichak, Dickinson College
Why that college? I chose Dickinson because I wanted a small liberal arts college that had programs in English, music and writing. The atmosphere was very welcoming each time I visited and that, in combination with the location in a small city, made it a clear decision for where I wanted to spend my time.


SOUTHSIDE
‘A lot of soccer fever going on’
Despite the repetitive chants of “USA” and “I believe that we will win” heard at the World Cup SoccerFest and Viewing Party at SteelStacks July 1, the U.S. national soccer team played its last match. Belgium won 2-1 against the United States in the 120-minute game with the US team not scoring until minute 107. Photo: Spectators cheer as the US team scores its first and only goal of the match. The loss to Belgium ended the team’s appearance in the World Cup.
By Katya Hrichak


CLASSROOM
Getting tails on trails
This spring, the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, St. Luke’s University Health Network and Bethlehem Health Bureau joined for the kick-off event of the second year of Get Your Tail on the Trail, an initiative to encourage people of all ages and all activity levels to get outdoors, get active and explore nature by walking, running or biking the D&L Trail. Photo: Meeting Molly the Mule was a highlight for many of the students learning about how pack animals were invaluable for the canal and lock systems.



THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
Legion play-offs set to go
It’ll be a jam-packed week of baseball action in NORCO Legion, as the playoffs officially kicked off last night for the top eight teams in the seedings. The best-of-three series action includes three Bethlehem teams, as Bath, Freemansburg and the Wanderers qualified for the postseason. Photo: Bath’s Tommy Epsaro takes a late throw as Northampton’s Evan Grube slides into third base. Bath now gets set for the playoffs.
By Pete Car
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OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: Police Chief DiLuzio against IDs for illegals
BASD: Board to allow audio recording on buses
Northampton County: Brown hires PR firm

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