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Tuesday, February 2, 2016


February 3, 2016



COVER STORY
  42 years of service

During an entire career spent within a single municipal organization, Mark Iampietro witnessed a slow, arduous improvement he reflects on with pride, but it was largely too gradual for most people to even notice. He’s now retiring, but for 42 years he’s been at the heart of the Bethlehem Housing Authority, working to serve and provide for some of the city’s struggling residents against changing social challenges and government priorities.

By Nate Jastrzemski and Dana Grubb

 

BETHLEHEM

  City storm response weak?

Six days after snowstorm Jonas swept into the eastern United States and blanketed the Lehigh Valley in 30 inches of snow in less than two days, residents of Bethlehem were still driving with care.

Some roads were still compacted into a single lane with towering heaps of white on each side, forcing drivers to take turns swerving into driveways to let others pass.

By Nate Jastrzemski and Tim Gilman

 

ED’S WORLD

Graphic commentary by Ed Courrier

 

DINING

  Restaurant Week: A post-holiday Culinary Celebration

Apollo Grille appetizer chef Mike Flanagan prepares a Restaurant Week special Monte Cristo sandwich. Comprised of ham, turkey and Gruyere cheese on brioche with a side of rum maple syrup, the sandwich is among several entrees available at the Apollo. “We use Restaurant Week to showcase new items,” said co-owner Dyanne Holt.

By Dana Grubb

 

BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP

  A kinder, gentler Green Pond plan

After a hiatus of several months during the election season, plans to develop Green Pond Marsh into an active senior community are once again on the table. Planning commissioners have already granted waivers and deferrals once, and had no problem doing so again at their Jan. 25 meeting, after being subjected to a good cop, bad cop routine. This project is the brainchild of developer Traditions of America (TOA), which specializes in building 55-plus neighborhoods. TOA was started by J.B. Reilly, who is developing the lion’s share of projects within Allentown’s controversial Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ). He still maintains a financial interest in the company. David Biddison, a partner and TOA’s Director of Operations, made the presentation.

By Bernie O’Hare

 

SAFETY

  Helmets protect sledders, too

With the coldest months of the year upon us, it was only a matter of time until the first snowfall of the season hit. Sledding, a seasonal favorite for children of all ages seeking thrills, is probably high on kids’ to-do lists as the first flakes hit the ground. Though it’s one of the most exciting activities your kids can enjoy this time of year, Jennifer Janco, MD, chief of Pediatric Medicine at St. Luke’s University Health Network, also says it’s a great idea to keep your head on straight when it comes to your child’s safety, in light of the fact that 229,000 sledding injuries sent kids to emergency rooms across the country between 1997 and 2007.

Photos by Tim Gilman


FREEDOM HS

  The Grapefruit builds a robot

Juniors Adam Li and Bryce Cavey of Freedom HS are members, or better yet founders, of the FTC (First Tech Challenge) robotics team “Le Pamplemousse,” a French word meaning grapefruit. The name is just a formality, albeit one that carries a deal of humor. But how does this club come to be? How does it function while there are other extracurriculars such as athletics? “I was just like, you know, I want a robotics team at Freedom … I’m just going to try to get a robotics team at Freedom,” Li said. Photo: Freedom Robotics Club’s handmade robot with its award. The robot will be in competition at Emmaus HS Feb. 13.

By Michael Datz

 

BETHLEHEM HISTORY

  Granddaughter holds scoop to old time shop

As an old-fashioned ice cream scoop passes through her fingers, Judy Nester’s memory drifts back to pleasant times spent at Fasnacht Pharmacy, 602 West Broad St., Bethlehem. She was young then, but standing before the glass-front candy counter, gazing at the myriad of colorful and delicious treats within, is a vision which stands out in her mind. “I remember picking out candy which I didn’t have to pay for,” laughs Judy, a retired school teacher and lifelong resident of Bethlehem.

And why should she have to pay, when Allen H. Fasnacht, the pharmacist and owner of the drug store, was her very own grandfather? Al Fasnacht was the first in his family to graduate from college, earning his Ph.G. from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1919. In the early 1920s, he and his wife Edna moved from Reading to Bethlehem, where he was hired as a clerk at Edward T. Gallagher’s Pharmacy at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West Broad Street.

By Karen M. Samuels

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS



Hawks dominate Nazareth

Bethlehem Catholic won’t be sharing an East Penn Conference championship this season on the wrestling mats. After being co-champions last year with Freedom, the Hawks made sure there would be no question marks following Saturday’s 40-9 victory over Nazareth at Easton Area Middle School.

By Pete Car

 

LV FOCUS
Familiar faces
“I am attracted to subjects whose beauty resides in the truth of their reality rather than their exoticism. I believe that beauty derives from how something is portrayed, not from what is portrayed. The subject that engages me most fully is the human figure. The challenge of creating an image that embodies the reality and personality of the sitter is endlessly fascinating.”- Dana Van Horn
Those faces staring down from the walls are reflections of the faces looking up at them.
Several of master painter Dana Van Horn’s models, chosen from his friends, family, students and acquaintances, were in attendance at the artist’s reception Jan. 19 for “Portraits by Dana Van Horn,” through March 4, Ronald K. De Long Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley.
By Ed Courrier






OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: School board adopts preliminary budget

Fountain Hill: Council supports Puerto Rico, but not own zoning board

Northampton County: Council considers Gracedale as a nonprofit

Northampton County; New rules will speeding police booking

Lehigh Valley: ‘Never, ever underestimate the power of hope and prayer’

Bethlehem Township: 3 new officers begin duties

 

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Thursday, January 28, 2016


January 28, 2016

COVER STORY

  But it wasn’t really a blizzard!

The snowstorm that struck the Bethlehem area over the weekend dumped a record two-day snowfall of 31.9 inches on the Lehigh Valley. The relatively dry snow began falling about 10:30 p.m. Friday and continued through much of Saturday, when a full moon came out with a clearing night sky. The 32 inches is almost the same as the normal seasonal snowfall for the Allentown-Bethlehem area, according to AccuWeather. Photo: Residents throughout Bethlehem walked lonely city streets during the snowstorm. On Main Street a single pedestrian is dwarfed by the streetscape and the snow swirling around her near West Market Street.

By Tim Gilman and Dana Grubb

 

BETHLEHEM

  Marchers remember Dr. King

Singing “We shall overcome,” a popular civil rights spiritual, dignitaries lead the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march through South Bethlehem to a memorial ceremony at a small city park on Carlton Street renamed after the slain civil rights leader. The annual event’s coordinator and president, Frankie West and his grandson, Samad Horne, carry the memorial wreath to the ceremony. Liberty HS Principal Harrison Bailey III and march founder John Baker also lead the march Jan. 18.

By Tim Gilman

 

BETHLEHEM
  First book sale of year opens Feb. 3

The Bethlehem Area Public Library will have its first book sale of the new year Feb. 3 from noon until 8 p.m. and Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This will be the first of six book sales scheduled at the Main Branch, 11 West Church St., in 2016. Photo: Moravian College freshman Emmalise Mulreaney attends a Bethlehem Area Public Library book sale in December. New to the book sales, Mulreaney said she will be attending more in the future.For additional information visit www.bestbooksale.org or phone 610-867-3761, ext. 235.

By Dana Grubb

 

TOWN HALL LECTURE

  ‘The Marine Eye for Battle’

The most recent Town Hall Lecture at Bethlehem’s City Hall was timely in light of the dilemma posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Middle East. Should we have troops on the ground in these two countries? Photo: Dr. John Pettegrew, professor of Modern United States Thought and Culture at Lehigh University and director of its American Studies Program.

By Dorothy Glew

 

GRAPHIC COMMENTARY

By Ed Courrier

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

  Hawks look forward to Nazareth

Bethlehem Catholic’s wrestling team hasn’t been challenged much this season in East Penn Conference wrestling, as the Hawks (12-1) have built themselves an 8-0 mark in the conference quite comfortably.

By Pete Car

 

LV FOCUS

  Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the 
  Allentown Symphony

Valentine’s Day is a very special day that we want to spend doing something memorable with someone we love. The question each year is: “What should we do for Valentine’s Day?” Well, I have a wonderful suggestion. Come to the Allentown Symphony’s concerts of “Puccini’s Greatest Hits.”

When planning a weekend of Valentine’s Day concerts, I felt that Giacomo Puccini was the obvious composer to feature. His music is so beautiful, lyrical and romantic in character. It is like having a great big hot fudge sundae with whipped cream and lots of chocolate fudge syrup. Sweet and delicious, where you savor every bite. I can’t think of a better way to spend Valentine’s Day. The concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 and 3 p.m. Feb. 14 at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

By Diane Wittry


 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: Bernotas loses harassment case

Bethlehem: BASD Board reviews IU budget

Bethlehem: BASD buildings nearly all wireless

Moravian Academy news: Winter comes to campus

 

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Friday, January 22, 2016


WANTED: Freelance reporter to cover municipal meetings and handle general assignments in the Bethlehem area. Must have a journalism background (course work or experience) and a working knowledge of local governing bodies. Digital camera and photo skills a plus. Must live in immediate Lehigh Valley area. Send letter of interest and resume to George Taylor, The Bethlehem Press. (gtaylor@tnonline.com)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016



January 20, 2016



SOUTH BETHLEHEM


Gov. Wolf visits Benn Franklin Center


Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf paid a visit to Bethlehem’s South Mountain Ben Franklin Tech Ventures business incubator campus Jan. 12 in an effort “to learn more about what is going here.” Photo: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf begins his tour of the Ben Franklin Tech Center by viewing a brief video outlining the business incubator’s history and success since its founding in 1983.


By Dana Grubb


 


BUSINESS


Not your mom’s wedding dress


What bride-to-be couldn’t picture herself in this gorgeous floor-length gown with its swirling layers of figure-flattering organza? More than 100 vendors selling products and services from the engagement to the honeymoon were represented at the two-day Pa. Bridal Expo, making it the largest bridal show in the Lehigh Valley.


By Carole Gorney


 


BUSINESS


PEEP Store marks grand re-opening


A grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 1 attracts a long line of VI-Peeps dignitaries and Just Born personnel to the Peeps & Company retail store in the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. Just Born President David Yale and  joint Chief Executive Officers David Schaffer and Ross Born cut the ribbon. The Just Born retail store has been open since Nov. 12 when it relocated from a site at the Sands Casino Outlets Mall in South Bethlehem.


By Tim Gilman


 


BETHLEHEM


Coplay couple’s donation helps mounted patrol


Sue Sacks, who owns the pet sitting service Snug at Home with her husband Michael, hands a $1,050 donation to Bethlehem Police mounted patrolman Mike Leaser on his mount Grey at the Burnside Plantation. Sacks explained that the donation was comprised of contributions from her clients, whom she described as “the best clients in the world.” With Leaser are mounted patrolmen Jason Holschwander on Asa and John Buskirk on Pharaoh.


By Dana Grubb


 


PEOPLE


Saturday at a Spartan Race


Ever consider doing a Spartan Race? During the holiday football bowl season, you may have seen the ads for a series of such races all along the West Coast. Spartan Races are a series of obstacle runs ranging in length from three miles all the way to marathon distance. Photo: Michael Taylor crawls through a muddy pool on his way to the finish line of a Spartan Race run near Miami.


By Michael Taylor


 


CLASSROOM


Gov. Wolf ES participates in ‘Pint Size’ program


Governor Wolf ES Principal Theo Quinones is one of the first to donate blood. Here double red cell technician Lisa Walsh preps Quinones. Blood drawn is spun through the double red cell machine in the background, where platelets and plasma are separated from the red cells and returned to the donor.


By Dana Grubb


 


BETHLEHEM SPORTS


Becahi tops Bergen; falls to Blair


It may have only been a weekend dual-meet tournament, but Bethlehem Catholic’s performance at FLO Wrestling’s Who’s #1 Duals at the Palestra on Saturday will be a day the Golden Hawk faithful will always remember. The Hawks reached Saturday evening’s finals only to lose to national power Blair Academy 36-18, but that didn’t take anything away from the morning the Golden Hawks experienced following their 28-26 upset win over Bergen Catholic, the second ranked team in the country by Intermat’s rankings.


By Peter Car


 


LV FOCUS


Lush living


Lynnie Godfrey has lived a blessed life. Ask her yourself and she’ll tell you how fortunate she has been in so many ways. A versatile talent, Godfrey has graced stages both on Broadway and off, stateside and abroad, appeared on television, received awards, directed, produced and been mentored by some of the greatest talents of the past century.


By Deb Boylan


 


OTHER STORIES


Bethlehem: Local Sands leads state in casino revenue


Bethlehem: Martin Tower rezoning leads to land use appeal


Bethlehem: School board readies preliminary budget


Opinion: Supt. Roy has answers for Harrisburg


Bethlehem: Rob Melosky to lead planning commission


Bethlehem: Planners say Boyd ‘blighted’


Bethlehem Authority: PennEast drilling monitored; moths make a comeback


Northampton County: County avoids tapping into $50M line of credit … for now


Lehigh County: Nothstein, Hartzell sworn in as new commissioners


 


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Tuesday, January 12, 2016


January 13, 2016
LEHIGH VALLEY
  Parent seeks special alert system
Like many others in the Lehigh Valley and beyond, Erik and Kelly Weiner followed the New Year’s Eve disappearance of Jayliel Vega Batista and hoped for a good outcome. The 5-year-old autistic Allentown resident was eventually found drowned in the Lehigh Canal. With two daughters, 7-year-old Kendall and 3-year-old Devan, who was born with Down Syndrome, the Weiners understood how difficult it must have been for Batista’s family. Photo: Erik Weiner would like to see an alert system in place for special needs kids who go missing, and has begun a petition on change.org to draw legislative interest.
By Dana Grubb

BETHLEHEM
  Spring fever in January
Bethlehem resident Bob Mayer jogs past the Penn State Nittany Lion mascot outside Hotel Bethlehem. Mayer said he runs regularly for 30 minutes to stay in shape. Sunday’s reported 63-degree temperatures were enjoyed, as much colder weather is expected this week.
By Tim Gilman

EPIPHANY
  A day fit for kings
Three Kings Day was held Jan. 3 at the ArtsQuest Center in South Bethlehem.The free  family-oriented event was attended by several hundred mostly Latin celebrants from the Lehigh Valley. Children made and wore paper crowns in honor of the three kings from the Orient who came to present gifts to the Christ child on Epiphany – 12 days after the birth of Jesus. Photo: Jessica Witbro and Darien and Andrew Serrano of Bethlehem, with the costumed Three Kings, William Centron, Nelson Matos and Ramon Rodriguez, all of Holy Infancy Church.
By Tim Gilman

PEEPFEST
Diorama winners announced
Area students had a sweet start to the New Year when their dioramas were chosen as winners in the 2015 PEEPS® Scholastic Diorama Competition during PEEPSFEST®, the free family festival presented by Just Born Quality Confections and ArtsQuest Dec. 30-31. Photo: Kindergarten-second grade - first place: Remembering Paris (above); Calypso ES, Bethlehem – second grade – Allison Shook; second place: Peeps on Ice Calypso ES, Bethlehem – Kindergarten – Megan Shook
Courtesy ArtsQuest

 
OPINION
Ed’s World
Graphic commentary by Ed Courrier


BETHLEHEM HISTORY
J. Stewart Allam, Bethlehem builder
We may know the names of the architects of our favorite buildings, however, we often neglect to credit the builders. John Stewart Allam built many of Bethlehem’s finest structures from 1877 until his death in 1896. Photo: Comenius Hall of Moravian College was built in 1892 then survived a fire in 1913. This is a postcard of the building before the fire.
By Karen M. Samuels

BETHLEHEM SPORTS
Hurricane end 5-game skid
Liberty’s five-game losing streak finally came to an end last week when the Hurricanes thumped Nazareth 63-49 at home. It helped push the ’Canes to 5-7 overall, but maybe more importantly, bumped their mark in the East Penn Conference to 4-3.
By Peter Car

LV FOCUS
‘Musicians of Silence’ perform at Symphony Hall
Mummenschanz is a Swiss mime theater troupe that pioneered a daring new form of visual theater. Their performances in abstract masks and use of surreal, colorful stage props and everyday objects create a playful and intriguing theater experience. Mummenschanz’s newest show is an anniversary program highlighting 40 years of the troupe’s extraordinary creativity.
By Camille Capriglione

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: Reynolds remains council president
Bethlehem: Veterans among those honored by Landis Family Foundation
Northampton County: DA targets dealer in user death
Northampton County: Charges filed in 2012 Lower Saucon home invasion
Northampton County: Ferraro our, Cusick in
Lehigh County: Police officers will soon use overdose antidote
Fountain Hill: Exchange Club honors Becahi students
Lehigh Valley: Wreaths Across America-Volunteers honor veterans

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016


January 6, 2016
COVER STORY
  Families, fireworks and the Chick
The two-day Peepsfest family-friendly event culminated on New Year’s Eve with the Peep Drop. The popular New Year’s Eve tradition, Bethlehem’s version of the Times Square ball drop, features a 4.5-foot, 85-pound lighted plastic version of the iconic marshmallow Peep Chick from Just Born Inc. of Bethlehem. A fireworks display followed the drop for the finale of the seventh annual Peepsfest organized by ArtsQuest in partnership with major sponsor Just Born. Photo: Wearing complimentary Peeps hats, Audrey and Rachel Rodriguez watch the year-end Peepsfest celebration at the Levitt Pavilion with their mother Holly Fritz of Bethlehem.
By Tim Gilman


  New Years at the Sands
New Year’s Eve at the Vision Night Club gave friends a chance to dress up to celebrate the advent of 2016. Kelsey Millheim, Chris Rodrigues, Becca Cabrera, Lara Cesco and Becky Donoso meet up for an evening of New Year’s revelry with balloons as a backdrop, waiting for midnight. Rodrigues is from Easton and the women all reside in Bethlehem Township and Bethlehem.
By Dana Grubb


PEOPLE
  Dan Roebuck returns home to produce, star in film
Most area residents know Bethlehem native Dan Roebuck for his roles in television series such as “Matlock” and “Nash Bridges,” or from feature films such as “River’s Edge,” “The Fugitive” and “U.S. Marshals.’ Photo: Dan Roebuck and co-producer Jeff Hartney, both Bethlehem natives, discuss the camera location for a scene rehearsal in early November in the Herron Funeral Home on Center Street in early November.
By Dana Grubb


COMMUNITY
  Visiting professors share insights
Professors from China’s medical and legal professions are among those who recently wrapped up a semester at Northampton Community College. Yan “Maggie” Zhang, who teaches medicine and Ying “Sunny” Shan, a lawyer who teaches law, are from China’s prestigious Jinhua Polytechnic, one of the nation’s leading vocational colleges. Photo: NCC’s Jack Spirk with Ying “Sunny” Shan and Yan “Maggie” Zhang. The professors from China’s medical and legal professions are among those who recently wrapped up a semester at Northampton Community College.
By Bernie O’Hare


COMMUNITY
  Holiday gala benefits city’s history
Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites celebrated 23 years of holiday fundraising at the annual Holiday Dinner & Art Auction Dec. 5 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. The event helps raise funds to support, protect and maintain over 20 historic buildings and almost three centuries of history in Historic Bethlehem. Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites is able to share its knowledge through exhibitions, tours and programs, all because of events like this. Photo: Chairman of the Board of Trustees Barbara Hollenbach with  Bruce Palmer, who was honored for giving his professional talents and leadership as board president for Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites.
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BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  Gunning takes home title
Andrew Gunning understands that he has an opportunity to achieve some special and historic feats for Liberty’s wrestling team this year and he showed to everyone last week that he’s right on schedule. Gunning took home a convincing gold medal from the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic last week, slicing and dicing his way to a 19-6 victory over Central Dauphin’s Evan Childs in the heavyweight final.
By Pete Car

LV FOCUS
  The Grand Illusionist
If last year’s appearance by Criss Angel at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, is any indication, his first feat will likely be making tickets to his 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 16 shows there disappear. When Angel, whose given name is Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos, brought his popular “Mindfreak Live!” show to the State Theatre for two dates last January, it quickly sold out. This time around he has a new show, “The Supernaturalists,” which features an ensemble of some of the most talented up and coming illusionists.
By Deb Boylan

OTHER STORIES
Lehigh Valley: New center offers Hope for Veterans
Lehigh Valley: Giraffes coming to county zoo
Lehigh Valley: Swain School marks 86th year
Bethlehem: Investigation continues on fatal downtown crash
South Bethlehem: Bridal Expo opens Jan. 9
Opinion: An awe-inspiring action

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Thursday, December 31, 2015


December 30, 2015

COVER STORY
  End of a year … end of an era
Working with care, Joe Pasco plies his longtime trade. “I’ve had enough; it’s time to retire after 60 years of shoe repair,” said a smiling Pasco who might very well be among the last cobblers in the Lehigh Valley. The old-timer said he has always been in downtown Bethlehem as a full-time cobbler, 37 years at 645 New St. He was previously on Main Street, caddy-corner from the former Bush and Bull department store, where the Main Street Commons Center is today. There he began to learn the craft working for his father who had migrated from Poland to Shamokin where he opened a small shop. Joe began working part-time at the age of 12 after school and on Saturdays. Later the hard-working family moved to Bethlehem and set up shop on Main Street.
By Tim Gilman

2015
  A year in review
The Bethlehem Press relocated to an office outside the city in 2015, but the year also marked its 11th in nonstop community reporting for the municipalities served by the Bethlehem Area School District and surrounding areas. We filled 52 weekly issues with matters close to home and of statewide or national interest with a local twist, and for even our most devoted readers that’s a lot of material to remember. Here are highlights of the items we’ve brought to you in 2015.
By Nate Jastrezemski


COMMUNITY
  Laros Foundation awards 6 grants
Bethlehem based R.K. Laros Foundation, established in 1952 by Laros Silk Mill founder and owner R.K. Laros, has awarded grants to six local nonprofit organizations. Photo: ethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio. R.K. Laros Executive Director Sharon Zondag, R.K. Laros Trustee Laurie Gostley Hackett, Officer Jon Buskirk, Officer Jason Holschwander, George, and Officer Michael Leaser.


HOLIDAYS
  Yummy ‘no touch’ Christmas tradition
Sisters Skylar and Paige Destremps get a close look at a gingerbread house made by Debbie Bodayle for the holiday season display in the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in South Bethlehem. The young girls were attending the weekly P’s and Q’s free family event by ArtsQuest Saturday mornings.
By Tim Gilman


PEOPLE
  Liberty Class of 1947 reunites
The Class of 1947 poses for a class photo after lunch. There were 484 graduates in the class. There were former teachers, principals, chemists, scientists, secretaries, business owners, seamstresses, investment brokers, telephone operators, stockbrokers and homemakers among those in attendance.
By Dana Grubb

BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  Negron breaks school record
Liberty swimmer, Robert Negron, broke the school record in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21:47 in the Hurricane boys’ 221-65 victory over Whitehall last Tuesday. “Shortly after I finished, I looked over and saw that my time was pretty low,” Negron said.
By Katie McDonald

LV FOCUS
  10th ABEs salute LV stage
It’s getting to the point where if certain Lehigh Valley professional and community theaters are putting on a show, you can be guaranteed a good time, inspired moments and a thought-provoking evening or afternoon of entertainment. Whether it be community, professional, college-university or national touring productions, Lehigh Valley theater-goers have, to quote a cliche, a “vertible plethora” of stage shows from which to choose.
By Paul Willistein

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: ‘A good budget’
Fountain Hill: Debate continues over 2016 buget
Hanover Township: Walbert honored for 30 years service
Northampton County: Council salutes departing members
Holidays: Santa visits Bethlehem YWCA senior center
Holidays: Southside library Christmas party
Holidays: Gingerbread house winners announced
Lehigh Valley: YWCA prom dress drop-off sites announced



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