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Tuesday, October 16, 2018


October 17, 2018

COVER STORY-CARING FOR CATS AND DOGS

Pastor does God’s work caring for feline residents

Many people claim to be “cat people,” but Pastor Larry Vandever may be one of the most dedicated. He is committed to Lehigh Valley’s feral feline homeless population. Vandever, who has pressed the Bethlehem City Council and administration to implement a catch, neuter and release program for the Christmas City’s feral cats, has made feeding and caring for homeless cats a crusade of conscience. “God has told me this is my purpose,” said Pastor Vandever, who said he is not currently working for a church. Photo:

By Douglas Graves

 


Unexpected beagle invasion brings community together

Around 11:30 p.m. Oct. 6, Lehigh County Humane Society Shelter Manager Teisha Jones received a call for a rescue of 25 beagles from a home in Upper Saucon Township. When members of the team from the shelter arrived at the residence with two trucks, they were not allowed in. When they looked through the window, they saw beagles everywhere, and heard barking and howling. The resident brought the dogs out of the home one at a time, and after 25 dogs, Lehigh County Humane Society officials knew there were many more than they first suspected. A total of 65 beagles were rescued from the home – 35 females and 30 males, ranging in age from 2 months to 11 years old. Photo: A rescued beagle eager to greet visitors.

By Debbie Galbraith

 

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY

Centenarians honored

Centenarians who are county residents. State Representative Steve Samuelson, Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure and NCAAA Administrator Laurie Greco presented state and county certificates of honor to the honorees. Those honored included Mary Bach, Margaret Bonniwell, Millicent Breiner, Harold Brunell, Esther Cressman, Grace DeMarco, Lucy Dicampli, Margaret Firuta, Edith Flick, Catherine Gaudesh,  Gladys Hancock, Muriel Hartline, Louis Hegedus, Alois Himsl, Dorothy Hocking, Dr. Caroline Hollshwander, Kathryn Jacobs, Ollie Lawson, Ivy Lewis, Rose Magdasy, Mary Mertz, Marian Montz, Helena Rapp, Alverta Reddinger, Kathryn Schaivone, Kenneth Singer, Naomi Smith, Pauline Takacs, Alberta Marguerite Thomas, Angelica Ventin, Catherine Weidner, Lucille Whitmer and Anna Wolper. See details of each honoree on the Bethlehem Press website and its Facebook page.

 

COMMUNITY

‘Stage’ fundraiser raises record amount

Elton John opened his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour in Allentown at PPL Center Sept. 8. Before the concert, Valley Youth House held its annual fundraiser event as “Setting the Stage with Elton John” in the Allentown Renaissance Hotel, which is connected to PPL Center. Valley Youth House honored Steve and Jeanne Follett and Follett, LLC as the 2018 Distinguished Honoree, while guests enjoyed Sir Elton John’s favorite foods and his favorite florals in an elaborate display on the podium stage. The dessert table featured sugar cookies in colorful shapes, including sunglasses, crowns and musical notes. The music of Elton John filled the room before and after presentations. Photo: Centenarians who are county residents. State Representative Steve Samuelson, Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure and NCAAA Administrator Laurie Greco presented state and county certificates of honor to the honorees. Those honored included Mary Bach, Margaret Bonniwell, Millicent Breiner, Harold Brunell, Esther Cressman, Grace DeMarco, Lucy Dicampli, Margaret Firuta, Edith Flick, Catherine Gaudesh,  Gladys Hancock, Muriel Hartline, Louis Hegedus, Alois Himsl, Dorothy Hocking, Dr. Caroline Hollshwander, Kathryn Jacobs, Ollie Lawson, Ivy Lewis, Rose Magdasy, Mary Mertz, Marian Montz, Helena Rapp, Alverta Reddinger, Kathryn Schaivone, Kenneth Singer, Naomi Smith, Pauline Takacs, Alberta Marguerite Thomas, Angelica Ventin, Catherine Weidner, Lucille Whitmer and Anna Wolper. See details of each honoree on the Bethlehem Press website and its Facebook page.

By Lori Patrick

 

CLASSROOM

Helping students feel special

For the third year in a row, students at a Bethlehem Area School District elementary school benefited from the kindness of both ArtSkills and the Kids in Need Foundation receiving backpacks filled with school supplies. This year students at Lincoln ES were the recipients. ArtSkills manufactures arts and crafts supplies and ArtSkills creative director and partner Michele Demsky said it’s all about “passing it down, paying it forward and giving back.” “All kids deserve the same chances and this levels the playing field,” Demsky added. Photo: With festive balloons decorating the school stage behind her, Lincoln ES Principal Benita Draper tells students that their assembly has a special surprise. More photos on our Facebook page.

By Dana Grubb

 

SPORTS

’Pates stun Emmaus

Is there anything real in the world anymore?

 In the history of Freedom football there have been many great and dramatic moments, and it is either tomfoolery or naive to take a single game, a single great play, a single great win and say, ‘this is it, this is the greatest win in the history of Freedom High School football.’

But on Oct. 12, at East Penn School District Stadium, Freedom definitely had a great and dramatic moment. After 48 minutes and then some of glorious field combat between two quality high school programs, the scoreboard in the south end zone stated the cold, hard facts — Freedom 32, Emmaus 31.

By Stephen Althouse

 

FOCUS

Bach Choir opens season

Having a Grammy-Award-winning classical pianist play at the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s opening gala concert resonates personally for Bach Choir artistic director and conductor Greg Funfgeld. “As a young man, I would regularly attend concerts in New York City where I had the privilege of hearing Peter Serkin play,” Funfgeld says. “His performance of Beethoven’s ‘Fourth Piano Concerto’ was one of the greatest musical experiences of my life.”

By Kathy Lauer-Williams

 

 

OTHER STORIES

Another view: North Side 2027

Bethlehem: Company seeks zoning exception

Hanover Township: Peddling, soliciting ordinance proposed

Lehigh County: Male bison transferred from Trexler

Lehigh Valley: Nothstein weathers false claim, sues

Northampton County: McClure says taxes to remain unchaged

Northampton County: Ken Kraft going to jail?

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018


October 10, 2018

COVER STORY

Kaiser ‘House of Horrors’ marks 17th year

On the last weekend of September, Jeff Kaiser is spotted mowing in between all of the displays at his family’s annual Halloween ‘Kaiser’s House of Horror’s’ at the corner of North Boulevard and Lafayette Avenue in northeast Bethlehem. All that remains to ready the exhibit before it opens Oct. 1 are the electrical connections. Kaiser, his mother Janet, sister Jennifer Yeakel and a few friends had been working since before Labor Day to get everything ready for what has become an October and Halloween tradition now in its 17th year. Photo: Jeff Kaiser kneels among some of the original gravestones that were crafted from the slats of a waterbed frame.

By Dana Grubb

 

LIVING BY FAITH

A dad’s perspective

Her original plan was to teach in Montana for a few years and then apply back this way as an experienced teacher, but she now calls Montana “home” and is thinking about purchasing a house.

As much as it scares me, I may have to live with this adjustment for the long term. But if my baby girl can manage this, I guess I’ll have to “man-up” and accept it myself. So Mom and I, too, are living by faith, that this is the right place for Cari to be. Photo: The third time around was a charm for the Stoves family. Father Jim Stoves with Carina in the hospital not long after her birth.

By Jim Stoves

 

BETHLEHEM PRESS

Starting our 14th year

Some of the people who help produce the Bethlehem Press met recently for breakfast at Perkins on Third Street in South Bethlehem to celebrate the start of the paper’s 14th year of publishing. From left are, Joanna Ireland, Ed Courrier, editorial assistant Nate Jastrzemski, editor George Taylor, Lori Patrick, Dana Grubb, Douglas Graves, Paul Willistein and Carole Gorney. The Bethlehem Press serves all municipalities in the Bethlehem Area School District, as well as Hellertown. It is one of the publications of The Lehigh Valley Press.

Press photo by Deb Galbraith

 

APPLE DAYS 2018

Everything apple … except iPhones

To celebrate the arrival of the apple harvest and the beginning of fall, Historic Bethlehem Museum and Sites sponsored its fifth annual Apple Days festival in early September.

The Burnside Plantation, location of a colonial farm during Bethlehem’s earliest years, was the site of activities of all sorts that attracted a large audience. Kids crowded into the petting zoo and played in a small maze, many with their faces painted. Older guests listened to talks and demonstrations of early farm technology or enjoyed fiddlers who played traditional music. Photo: “Whoa!” A well-meaning lad gets the surprise of his young life when a sheep wants to be fed, now.  The petting zoo featured sheep, rabbits, a donkey and a goose with feathers that looked to be custom-designed for Broadway.

By Dorothy and Dennis Glew

 

SPORTS

Freedom wins again

Nobody expected Freedom to mercy rule Easton last week, but you can’t put anything past this year’s group of Patriots following another impressive performance in last week’s 35-7 thumping over the Rovers at BASD Stadium. The win pushed the Pates to 7-0 heading into a massive showdown with undefeated Emmaus (7-0) this week on the road Friday night, but there was no looking ahead of Easton last week, as Freedom raced to the game’s first 35 points in dominating fashion to put the game into the mercy rule by halftime.

By Peter Car

 

FOCUS

'Billie Elliot' - Jumping for joy

When William Sanders looked around to select the play for the reopening of Civic Theatre of Allentown’s $5.5-million renovation and restoration of its historic Nineteenth Street Theatre, he needed to look no further than his favorite musical. “Billy Elliot.” “Billy Elliot” premiered in London’s West End in 2005 and was nominated for nine Laurence Olivier Awards, receiving four, including best new musical. Sanders saw “Billy Elliot” six times on Broadway. The musical, which opened in 2008 and continued into 2012, was nominated for a then record-tying 15 Tonys, receiving 10, including best musical. From London’s West End to Allentown’s West End Theater District, “Billy Elliot” is the opening act for “The Next Act: Setting the Stage for the Future” capital campaign to refurbish the theater.

By Paul Willistein

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: Parking ticket increase suggested

Bethlehem: City takes action on feral cat issue

Bethlehem Township: Hudak on Noaln-‘God speed, Tom’

Fountain Hill: Cat overpopulation issue licked

Lehigh County: County makes move for lead safety

Northampton County: Cope named new Park & Rec head

Opinion: Newspapers needed now more than ever

Saucon Valley: School receives bronze medal ranking

South Bethlehem: Lehigh, city seek input on streetscape

Student profile: Maddie Schaffer, Saucon Valley HS

High school news: Saucon Valley

State: Local school safety grants announced

State: State police bolster schools support

 

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Thursday, October 4, 2018


October 2, 2018

COVER STORY      

Second Baptist Church marks
100 year of service to community

This year, the Second Baptist Church at 1016 Wood St. in Bethlehem is celebrating the centennial of its founding as the second African-American house of worship in Bethlehem. In September, it marked the occasion with a special worship service and catered luncheon. The congregation also celebrated the life and contributions of long-time senior pastor Edward Arnold Thompson, who passed away in January. Thompson served as interim pastor from 1986-1988, and pastor from 1988 until his death.

By Carole Gorney

 

LIBERTY-FREEDOM CLASS OF 1968

Memories made at 50th reunion

Nearly 300 graduates and their guests gathered on the weekend of Sept. 15 to mark 50 years since their class graduated from Liberty and Freedom high schools in 1968. Their senior class had been divided with the opening of Freedom HS for the 1967-68 school year, with over 500 remaining at Liberty and the rest transferred to the then brand new high school campus in Bethlehem Township. An informal gathering on Friday night at the Bethlehem Brew Works gave those who were unable to attend the Saturday event a chance to mingle with classmates they hadn’t seen in some time, and catch up on all of life’s events over food and drink. Photo: New memories were made as photos were taken throughout the day.

By Dana Grubb

 

LIVING BY FAITH

I am where I am meant to be

What is my take-away? I encourage you, if you have a chance, to explore a new area when a job pops up outside of your comfort zone, take the risk even though it’s away from family, but you feel led to go, and you know it’s legal and safe. If you give your best, you may find yourself in a spot that you can’t believe. The day I finished this article, I had just said good-bye to my mother and younger sister, but I know that I am not alone. I find myself enjoying and treasuring my time with family more than I ever have. I know I won’t see or hug them except for Christmas and next summer. If you find yourself being led, go. This journey started based on faith, and I am still relying on my faith every day.

Thank you for reading about my journey. Nii tak ko to mat tsi no, I will see you again. Photo: Carina Stoves outside the school where she teaches in Browning, Montana. Carina began her second year there recently, teaching second grade.

By Carina Stoves

 

SPORTS

Hawks top Whitehall

A win always makes a team feel good, but last week’s 56-21 victory over Whitehall was especially what Bethlehem Catholic needed. Coming off an upset loss to Nazareth the week before, Becahi relied on its ground game with 343 yards rushing to overtake the Zephyrs. Tavion Banks had his first monster game of the season, running for 124 yards and four touchdowns to lead the way.

By Peter Car

 

FOCUS

State Theatre mixes old with new

Coming off a season that boasted the highest numbers in seven years, the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, is trying a couple of new things, as well as bringing back some surefire hits in 2018-2019. “We’re pumped.” says State Theatre president and CEO Shelley Brown. “We had a really good year. Since our 90th anniversary we have seen an uptick in attendance. The anniversary gave the theater a lot of visibility and the enthusiasm is contagious. When people are excited about being here it gives us a real shot in the arm.” The State Theatre season includes Steven Wright, who opened the 2018-19 with his show Sept. 7; Diana Krall, Oct. 14, and Kenny G, Dec. 6. plus six Broadway touring shows.

By Kathy Lauer-Williams

 

OTHER STORIES

BASD: Board hears Nitchmann wrap-up report

BASD: Kindness is Magic comes to Bethlehem

Bethlehem HARB: Board approves new signage, roofing

Bethlehem HCC: East 4th St. demolition approved

Bethlehem Township: Tom Nolan: ‘Will remember him well’

Bethlehem Township: Fun at Community Days

Hellertown: Neighbors protest new works building

Lehigh County: Board honors 3 residents

Northampton County: Council approved $33.7M IT deal

South Bethlehem: St. Luke’s ‘Night of Heroes’

Valley: Candidates speak at CACLV annual event

Valley: Wage coalition builds support

 

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018


September 26, 2018

COVER STORY

Banana Factory’s expansion

ArtsQuest representatives approached the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission Sept. 12 for input on plans to dramatically alter the block of buildings that make up the Banana Factory Arts & Education Center at the Sept. 17 meeting. ArtsQuest CEO Kassie Hilgert, MKSD architect Todd Chambers, and Joe Klocek of Boyle Construction provided the board with a detailed presentation on the project for 25 West Third St. The proposal calls for the demolition of five of the six buildings in the complex and construction of a new four-story structure on the site of the current plaza and parking lot. The representatives explained that the programming the organization provides has outgrown the facilities. Instead of relocating elsewhere, they said ArtsQuest is determined to remain there in order to serve the needs of the nearby community.

By Ed Courrier

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Oktoberfest introduces new events

The inaugural Stein Hoisting Championships, Weiner Dog Parade, DRAGTOBERFEST drag show, Flame Nouveau belly dancers and 3-on-3 Beer-Tag are among the many new highlights guests can enjoy for free when they attend the eighth annual Oktoberfest at SteelStacks, presented by Lehigh Valley International Airport Oct. 5-7 and 12-14.

By Nate Jastrzemski

 

LIVING BY FAITH

I thought I was done with Sunday school

Oki! As I sit here, I wonder what I should share. Should I share my current thoughts, feelings and fears? Or should I go the safer route and share more from my first few months? I know the purpose of writing this column is to share the challenges I face, in addition to the culture, but the challenges from this month are still problematic and still too close to the surface. Instead of the current events, I think I will take you back in time to when I first moved here.

By Carina Stoves

 

PEOPLE

Ross: ‘Data is the raw material’

Technology policy expert Alec Ross spoke on “Innovation Education and the Industries of the Future” as part of the Cohen Arts & Lecture Series at Moravian College Sept. 12. An expert on innovation, cybersecurity, and internet freedom, he is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “The Industries of the Future.”Ross is the former Senior Advisor for Innovation for the State Department and was named one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine and Huffington Post’s “10 Game Changers in Politics.”

By Michelle Meeh

 

SPORTS

Pates still undefeated

A goal-line stand late in the third quarter helped reignite Freedom’s offense, setting the stage for its win over Whitehall as their offense erupted for 21 points in the final period to remain undefeated. With Whitehall knocking on the door after stringing together an 18-play drive that ate up most of the third quarter, the Patriots held firm at their own 2-yard-line, stopping running back Allen Negrete short on fourth-and-two as he attempted to draw the Zephyrs within one score.

By Steve Andres

 

FOCUS

It’s all happening at the Lehigh Valley Zoo

Smart fun is to be found this fall at the Lehigh Valley Zoo, Schnecksville, Lowhill and North Whitehall townships, Lehigh County. There is an event or exhibit for every member of the family to enjoy nearly year-round. The 29-acre zoo, located inside the 1,100-acre Trexler Nature Preserve, offers a safe and engaging wildlife experience for all ages who can get up close and personal with animals from around the world. The Lehigh Valley Zoo is home to approximately 300 animals representing 104 species, 36 of which are classified as endangered, threatened, or species of concern.

By Dawn Ouellette

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: Taste & Tunes Oct. 7 at new venue

Bethlehem: Donchez cracks down on rentals

Bethlehem: Turbin plan spins on despite legal hurdles

Bethlehem: HCC approves peel-off signage

Bethlehem Township: Anderson Campus to get helipad
fountain Hill: Residents speak against feral cat ordinance

Lehigh County: County may do away with cash bail

Lehigh County: Scenes from the Allentown Fair

Opinion: The same 10 people

Reflections: Opening day of school by Ed Gallagher

Saucon Valley: District finds ‘favorable’ class size

South Bethlehem: ‘City Light’s focus of task force meeting

 

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