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Tuesday, March 7, 2017


March 8, 2017

COVER STORY

‘Caring for women his goal’

Russell K. Laros Jr. joined his father’s already long-running charitable foundation in 1965, and over more than 50 years, he served as trustee, chair and board member while pursuing an equally storied career in obstetric medicine.Born here at St. Luke’s Hospital in 1936, Laros was a pioneer of high-risk obstetrics – medicine involving childbirth and women giving birth – and earned local awards for his community support and philanthropy. But more than that, say people close to him for many years, was that his drive was tempered by his engagement. He didn’t only lead; he listened, and he wanted to see things and talk with people firsthand.

Photo: R.K. Laros and his longtime friend and former Mayor Gordon Mowrer at their last meeting in November 2014. Laros passed away Feb. 17, 2017, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

By Nate Jastrzemski

 

SOUTH BETHLEHEM

For sale: Sands Casino

Sands Bethlehem Casino employees received a company email last week indicating the complex may be sold. The Morning Call reported shortly thereafter that Las Vegas Sands Corporation had gotten an offer from competitor MGM Resorts International, but officials insist a sale, if it happens, will not take place immediately. The complex includes the Sands Bethlehem Casino flanked on the west by The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem, Sands Hotel and Sands Bethlehem Event Center and on the east by the casino parking garage. According to The Morning Call, the complex employs about 2,500 people, and a recently-announced $90 million expansion would continue under new ownership.

By Nate Jastrzemski/Dana Grubb

 

FOR THE KIDS

Bethlehem residents dance for a cure at Penn State’s THON

Forty-six hours of standing with no sleep, sitting, or stopping. Starting Friday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. and going until Sunday at 4 p.m., an amazing group of 708 Penn State students took to the Bryce Jordan Center for THON, and completed this difficult task. THON is the biggest student-run philanthropy in the world, organized by Penn State students to help find a cure for pediatric cancer. In addition to the 708, thousands of students work with countless organizations to collect donations and plan the large event each year. Out of those 708 students or “Dancers,” three of them come from Bethlehem: Kelly Winegar, Cody Meckes and Nicholas Karabin, graduates of three different Bethlehem high schools.

By Alli Poczak

 


VALLEY
Lucky’s great adventure ends well

Everyone loves a little adventure now and then, especially when you are a 3-1/2-year-old black and tan tabby named Lucky from Lower Macungie Township. Oh, and did I mention he is blind? On March 1, Lucky began his adventure around 1:15 a.m., somehow living the life of an escape artist and leaving the comforts of his home in the Ancient Oaks West development. A flier was placed on social media sites and sent to various news outlets asking for help in locating the escapee March 2.

By Deb Galbraith

 

LEHIGH VALLEY

‘Like a big family’

Lehigh Valley families dealing with pediatric cancer were shown some lovin’ by the folks at Warner Art Glass Feb 11-12 in Whitehall Township. Children who are battling cancer and their siblings assembled glass Valentine’s Day mosaics and created paperweights from molten glass in the center’s “Hot Room.” This is the second year that business owner Charles Warner has offered to host this event for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV) at his combination showroom and activity center. Lisa Kappes of PCFLV said, “It started last Valentine’s Day and right after we were finished with it, the owner, Charles Warner, was already excited to plan the next one … so we just kept it as a Valentine’s Day theme.” Photo: “Hot Shot” manager Dan Polk teaches Mackenzie Cleffi and her dad, Mike, how to add bits of color to molten glass in the “Hot Room.” The glass had been heated in a furnace at 2150 degrees.

By Ed Courrier

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Dairy Store, Aramark take Cookie Crunch prizes

With 15 restaurants, 17 delicious dishes and more than 300 guests in attendance, the 3rd annual Girl Scout Cookie Crunch was a fabulous foodie experience from start to finish. The dynamic culinary event held at the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café in Bethlehem on Feb. 26 also featured 10-year-old chef and Girl Scout Lucy Chelton of Sellersville, who celebrated her recent win on “Chopped Jr.” by signing autographs for the crowd.Selected by popular vote, Bethlehem Dairy Store’s S’mores & Cream ice cream was named “Best Sweet Dish” and the Aramark culinary team at SteelStacks was awarded both “Best Savory Dish” and “Kids’ Choice Award” for its Bacon Macaroni and Cheese topped with Girl Scout Shortbreads. Winners received glass cookie jars crafted by the Banana Factory Glass Studio. Photo: Chef Michael Hoffman, Kids Choice and Savory Award winner, of Aramark serving his bacon macaroni and cheese with shortbread cookies.

By Mark Demko

 

MATHCOUNTS

Nitschmann student, team take honors

The Lehigh Valley MATHCOUNTS® regional competition was held at Southern Lehigh HS, Center Valley, Feb. 11. The event included 268 middle school students from 28 schools from across the region. This is the 33rd year for the program, which is sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the PA Society of Professional Engineers. The event’s goal is to promote a mathematical interest in middle school students. Photo: Nitschamann’s team -  (front) Sruti Tekumalla, Sean McGuire, Cole Frank, Brandyn D’Amico, Tyler Markovich, Ritvik Singh, Chris Giannaras; (back) Seth Coleman, Chris Secula, Blake George, Daniel Li, Miles Lunger, Jack Hansen, Max Brichta and coach Nadine Novatnak.

By Carla Jones

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Clean sweep: Becahi boys, girls take District titles

Coming into the District 11 4A boys championship game, the two teams involved have had a long dry spell of district gold. It had been since 2002 that Bethlehem Catholic last won districts, and even longer for their opponent, Jim Thorpe, which last won gold in 1972.  But something had to give. The Olympians fan base made the long trek to Easton Area Middle School in high volume and made their voices heard in support of their team. But it was the Golden Hawks that quickly quieted the crowd, and hoisted the trophy for the first time in 15 years, beating Jim Thorpe 64-31 last Friday night.

By Cj Hemerly

 

It seems that almost every year, Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic are battling for the District 11 title. It happened once again this year. After missing out on district gold last year, the Golden Hawks were back on top of District 11 in the new 4A classification, defeating the Vikettes 43-27 last Saturday afternoon at Easton Area Middle School.

By CJ Hemerly

 

LV FOCUS

Spring musical previews

Emmaus – ‘Miss Siagon’

“Miss Saigon” hovers over the stage at Emmaus High School in the school edition produced and directed by Jill Kuebler. The musical, by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, tells a tragic tale of love and abandonment during the close of the Vietnam War. The plot is based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera, “Madame Butterfly.”

By Ed Courrier

 

Catasauqua – ‘Grease’

Catasauqua High School travels back to the bygone days of greasers and geeks with “Grease.”

Music and lyrics are by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey with additional songs written by John Farrar. Show times are 7 p.m. March 17, 18 and 2 p.m. March 19 with a preview show March 16, auditorium, Catasauqua High School, 2500 W. Bullshead Road, Northampton.

By Ed Courrier

 

OTHER STORIES

South Bethlehem: A tale of two buildings

South Bethlehem: Better Buy Thrift Shop supports youth program

Northampton County: ‘What we di is not sexy,’ says Brown

Northampton County: Response to Brown’s speech mixed

Northampton County: Judge Koury sentences hit-run driver

Northampton County; DA says no to time clock

 

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017


March 1, 2017

COVER STORY


‘We dance fort the kids’

During the Mini-THON Feb. 18, the recently renovated Notre Dame HS gymnasium rocked with music for the 350 dancers and the bleachers were filled with their families and patrons of the annual fundraiser event. Cheryl Fenton, coordinator of the Notre Dame Mini-THON and the school’s advancement director, led the celebration from the gymnasium stage and was dressed for the dance in a green tutu. Photo: A roar erupted from the packed gymnasium when the total of $74,320 raised was revealed by Mini-THON participants hoding up individual placards with the long-awaited numerals. Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the Notre Dame Mini-THON.

By Tim Gilman

 

PEOPLE

Miss Amazing  redefines beauty

There are many different kinds of beauty pageants, but only one very special Pennsylvania Miss Amazing contest, where this year 20 girls and women with disabilities vied for recognition and prizes in the second annual event at the Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts in South Bethlehem. The contestants, ranging in age from 6 to 37 years old, came from throughout the state. Photo: The 2016 Miss Amazing Junior Teen Kassie Mundhenk gets some hair-styling help from her mother, Jenette Mundhenk. Mom says her daughter “has gained so much confidence since participating in last year’s pageant.” Kassie helped give out awards at the 2017 pageant.

By Carole Gorney

 

COMMUNITY

NAACP marks 72nd Freedom Fund banquet

Bethlehem’s own NAACP, which was founded in 1945, held its 72nd annual Freedom Fund banquet in order to celebrate with and commenced its community partners. High-spirited President Esther Lee, on behalf of the chapter, started the banquet with sharing how happy she is to have such tremendous supporters. “Our issue is civil rights and making our representatives responsible for just that. They are not doing all that they can. I am glad our mayor is here as he is very good about coming through and showing his support,” Lee said. Photo: The room was full of a multitude of churches, the Bethlehem police force, non-profit organizations, Representative Steve Samuelson, Mayor Robert Donchez, school officials from both Liberty and Freedom high schools, keynote speaker Senator Vanessa Brown, and life-long supporters.

By Selena Cintron

 

OPINION

Ed’s World

Graphic commentary by award-winning artist Ed Courrier

 

CLASSROOM

Collecting for Paul’s House

Students in preschool through eighth grade at Notre Dame School of Bethlehem recently held a Thankful Thursday collection to benefit the Major Paul Syverson Sanctuary for Veterans, or Paul’s House. Paul’s House, also known as VALOR Clinic, is a transition home in Brodheadsville that aids homeless veterans with a mentor, life skills classes, information about the VA, and peer to peer groups of the Veterans Unstoppable program, all while providing them with a warm place to call home. Photo: Notre Dame School of Bethlehem students Dalton and Olivia Wickel help pack the donated items into the car for delivery.

By Amy Miller

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Hawks win District team title

Mikey Labriola became a four-time District 11 champion Saturday night at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium, but it wasn’t the joyous moment you would expect. When you’ve won a district title in every season you’ve competed, perhaps the feat becomes expected, if not, monotonous.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

Diverse views, diverse artists

Three separate exhibitions are on view in Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown. These are diverse views and diverse artists, each with a distinct perspective. AM DeBrincat’s “Speculative Fiction” is on display in the Galleria Lobby. Patricia Satterlee’s “Already Gone” is also in the Galleria. George Afedzi Hughes’ “Urban Allusions” is in Martin Art Gallery. In “Speculative Fiction,” continuing through March 27, DeBrincat assembles mixed media paintings with images taken from analog and digital archives and blends them together.

By Ed Courrier

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: ‘Answers lie outside city hall’

Bethlehem Area SD: ‘Reading by 3rd Grade’ yields results

Bethlehem Township: Peers, public irked at commissioner’s comments

Bethlehem Township: Attorneys urge board member’s disqualification

Lehigh County: Muller endorses Armstrong for county executive

Opinion: Statement on congressional letter regarding JCC threats

Valley: Deputy DA warns students about sexting

 

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017


February 22, 2017

COVER STORY

WGPA celebrates 70 years on the air

The owner of the Bethlehem Globe-Times newspaper, Rolland J. Adams, founded WGPA in 1947. He owned the Globe Times from 1933 until he retired in 1970. As a gift to the city of Bethlehem, the Globe Times erected a star on South Mountain for the Christmas season of 1938. Adams had difficulty finding local radio coverage to publicize the star. That convinced him that Bethlehem needed its own radio station. Adams made several visits to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, D.C., to request a radio broadcast license. When he finally secured it in 1945, it was only the third license to be granted in the Lehigh Valley. Photo: The ‘Bearman’ dropped by to congratulate WGPA owner Ronald Crumbliss on Sunny 1100’s 70th anniversary. At WZZO for many years, Bearman related how he had started his radio career 45 years ago at WGPA.

By Karen Samuels and Dana Grubb

 

FOUNTAIN HILL

Council Oks public works facility plan

For five years architect Mike Mayrosh has toiled over designs as residents waited, shaking their heads at dripping ceilings, equipment and extension cords lying about, and great unsecured fuel tanks rusting amid their Pool Street homes. But Feb. 15 it came to pass: Council voted to advertise for the construction of a new public works facility.

By Nate Jastrzemski

 

RESTAURANT WEEK

‘Great and wonderful’

According to Apollo Grill general manager Rachel Griffith, Historic Bethlehem’s Winter Restaurant Week 2017 was “great and wonderful. We’ve offered some creative menus,” said Griffith, who said the weather had cooperated, unlike in 2016 when a 32-inch snowstorm forced restaurants to extend the promotion. Apollo Grill was one of 12 historic district restaurants participating from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, each offering a variety of specials at fixed prices to encourage regular diners and those new to the downtown dining scene to enjoy a variety of culinary experiences. Restaurant Week is a Downtown Bethlehem Association promotion. Photo: It’s a Restaurant Week luncheon with young Luca DeAngelis as the center of attention. Donna Leon and Brittany DeAngelis of Bethlehem said they enjoy Restaurant Week options and Luca apparently enjoys attention from server Michele Valence, a 12-year employee at the Apollo Grill.

By Dana Grubb

 

BUSINESS

Fitness team is here to build you up

In-home personal training company GYMGUYZ is lifting its national franchise and dropping a confidence campaign right in the Lehigh Valley. With GYMGUYZ now in the valley for a year, Aaron Behrens, Lehigh Valley franchise owner, and his trainers are excited to expand their business and start working with children and parents. Photo: GYMGUYZ Lehigh Valley’s Joe Hofstetter and Aaron Behrens team up for the Confidence Campaign. The two aim to strengthen the youth one child at a time.

By Selena Cintron

 

CLASSROOM

LHS Robotics Team qualified for national competition

While some students spend hours after school mastering a sport or an art, the nine students on the 2016 Robotics Team at Liberty HS spend their time designing, building and programming award-winning mechanical robots.  The LHS Robotics Team recently won the Parkland Starstruck HS Division Qualifier, a tournament at Springhouse MS against 36 other high schools Jan. 7 sponsored by VEX Robotics. The win earned them a spot at VEX’s national competition April 6-8 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and they are working to raise the $6,000 needed to get them to the competition. Photo: Felix Quintana and Raj Kundu practice driving the robot at their team meeting after school.

By Liz Kemmerer

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Becahi girls win EPC title

Before winning the East Penn Conference Girls’ Basketball Championship last Friday, Bethlehem Catholic coach Jose Medina told his Hawks that last year’s silver medal was hanging in his car, a medal they could not get again. After a 45-40 victory over Easton at Freedom High School, Medina presented his team with medals of a different color. Gold.

By Katie McDonald

 

LV FOCUS

King of Instruments

“In my eyes and ears, the organ will forever be the King of Instruments.”

- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Allen Organ is the official organ of the Allentown Symphony and we have enjoyed a wonderful partnership for many years. Many people in the Lehigh Valley are not aware that Allen Organ, the largest digital organ company in the world, is located right here in Macungie, Pennsylvania. Allen Organ was on the front end of technology when in the 1960s the firm utilized binary-coding systems developed for NASA, and applied them to the sampling and replication of musical sounds.

By Diane Wittry

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: School board Oks preliminary budget

Bethlehem: School officials critical of proposed tax plan

South Bethlehem: Lehigh plans new residence hall

Fountain Hill: Nancy Run firefighters assist at fire scene

Lehigh County: Grant will assist in heroin, opioid fight

Lehigh County: County making new parks, rec. plan

Northampton County: County, city plan 911 consolidation

Valley: Area school official voice concerns about tax proposal

 

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017


February 15, 2017

COVER STORY
Wanted: New stove

Trinity Episcopal Church of Bethlehem has operated its soup kitchen for 35 years and today provides a nutritious hot lunches for 150 people Monday through Friday. Unfortunately, the heavily used 25-year-old stove and ovens are in dire need of replacement, and the Trinity Soup Kitchen has undertaken a campaign to raise the $16,000 necessary to replace them with a modern Vulcan stove and several convection ovens. That effort has been bolstered by an anonymous matching pledge of $8,000.

By Dana Grubb

 

COMMUNITY

LV Winter Classic’s uncertain future

Sixteen hockey teams from Pennsylvania and New Jersey braved some flurries and brisk 30 degree temperatures to converge at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink on Illick’s  Mill Road Jan. 28 for the fourth annual Lehigh Valley Winter Classic. The Winter Classic is a hockey tournament, played outside in the elements, which helps support the Lehigh Valley Polar Bears, a local, special hockey team, part of the American Special Hockey Association. The event  has doubled in size the last two years, growing from eight teams to 16 teams. All money raised from the tournament goes  directly to the Polar Bears, a team of 25 children with varying degrees of disabilities. But organizer Adam Bortz and others are concerned for the future of the classic, due to a possible restructuring of the building department in the city of Bethlehem which would move two workers at the rink away from the ice. Photo: Using the Zamboni, parks maintenance workers Mike McGraw and Adam Wagner drew high marks from event organizers for their efforts to keep the ice surface perfect during the tournament and throughout the ice skating season at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink. McGraw has been doing the job for seven years and Wagner for four years. Winter Classic organizer Adam Bortz called it “the most preferred ice in the Lehigh Valley.”

By Tom Broas

 

PEOPLE

Minsi Trails Court of Honor

Ten Scouters were honored with Silver Beaver Awards at a Minsi Trails Council court of honor Jan. 27. Recognized for distinguished service were (back row from left) Scott Best of Coplay, Jim Klunk of Kutztown, Jim Korcienski Sr. of Saylorsburg, Rev. Gary Marsh of Bethlehem, and William Schwab of Lehighton. Also honored were (front row from left) Bill Coles of Emmaus, Michael Caffrey of Bethlehem, Charlie Chase of Bethlehem, Francis Oquendo of East Stroudsburg, and Dawn Phillips of Effort.

By Ed Courrier

 

BUSINESS

LV Wedding Expo 2017

Mother Nature contributed a good dusting of white to complement the sparkling iced cakes and glittering gowns featured in the Bridal Expo hosted at Lehigh University’s Rauch Field House Jan. 7 and  8. Wesley Jenks, of Jenks Productions, said it’s the company’s 15th year coordinating and running the event.  “I like the people in the Lehigh Valley,” he said. “Everyone is friendly and easy to work with.” Photo: Crowds browse a variety of vendors at the Bridal Expo, held at Rauch Business Center.

By Joanna Ireland

 

FAMILY

A typical tropic night at the library

A Hawaiian Beach Party with storytelling, dancing, crafts and games was held in mid- January at the Bethlehem Area Public Library on Church Street. About 25 children attended the family-friendly tropical event in the library’s new youth section on the second floor. The library’s Teenage Advisory Board assists with many of the family-friendly events. The free activities are listed on the library’s website, www.bapl.org, or call 610-867-3761, ext. 499. The Southside branch at 400 Webster St. also features free events for children – more info at BAPL website and 610-867-7852. Photo: Miles Kwiatek of the Lehigh Valley Academy Charter School reads “Pig Boy,” an illustrated tropical beach book. “I love reading to the kids and volunteering here at the library. It’s a great way to take part in public service,” said the Bethlehem resident and president of the Teenage Advisory Board which helps with the Bethlehem Public Library community services program.

By Tim Gilman

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Eagles top BC in epic state wrestling final

Were you entertained? Saturday’s PIAA 3A state wrestling championship between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth came down to the final bout, where the winner took all and Zac Kiefer instantly became a Nazareth legend, following his 2-1 victory over Tavion Banks in the 170-pound finale to give the Blue Eagles a 30-29 criteria victory over Bethlehem Catholic.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

Blue returns and a poem for a departed pet

Editor’s note: This is the second of three columns based on abridged versions of readers’ stories about their pets in response to a “Bud’s View” column about the emotional stresses individuals and families face when a pet dies. That column, “The Pets That Rescue Us,” is available on The Focus page of The Press web site, Aug. 31, 2016.

By Bud Cole

 

OTHER STORIES

Valley: Feeling fluish? You’re not alone

Valley: Good hygiene can help ward off flu, other bugs

Valley: Know the facts of cold and flu

Valley: Fire marshal offers winter storm tips

Bethlehem: Council targets bamboo

Bethlehem: First library booksale a good one

Bethlehem: HCC approves Martin Furniture sign move

Bethlehem: HARB approves awnings for 2 buildings

Northampton County: Gracedale profit less than first stated

Bethlehem Township: Big Box distribution site considered

Fountain Hill: Fire department officers sworn in

 

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