March 8, 2017
‘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
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
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
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
‘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
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
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
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
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
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