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Saturday, March 21, 2015

March 18, 2015
BREAKING NEWS
  Bethlehem Press top small PA weekly
For the second year in a row, the Bethlehem Press is the Sweepstakes winner in the Pa. News Association’s annual Keystone Competition capturing five first place awards and four second place honors. The winners and their entries are:
• Karen Samuels –Second place – Columns - Ivy Lee; Hall of Fame soccer players; Past visions of town hall
• Bernie O’Hare – First place – General news - 'We owe it to our kids'
• Bernie O’Hare, Nate Jastrzemski, Dawn Nixon – Second place – Ongoing news - Karen Dolan issue several stories are part of this package Begins with "What happened to our money?"
• Katya Hrichak (our summer intern) – First place – Series – Student loan crisis
• Carol Smith – First place – Business or consumer story – Keeping his dream alive
• Paul Willistein – Second place - Feature beat writing - Turtle Island Quartet, Nellie McKay; A life of art; Ninth annual ABEs salute LV Stage
• Nate Jastrezewmski – Second place – Photo story – The Freddys
• Paul Willistein – First place – Headline writing - 'Smaug' alert for 'The Hobbit'; Well, hello, Dali, at Baum School auction; In 'Heaven,' there is no bier
• Ed Courrier – First place – Graphic/photo illustrations - VA Wait List Scandal



COVER STORY
  Celebrating St. Patrick in the Christmas City
A pair of Goldendoodles are led by Jerry and Sue Hartle of Kutztown during the Celtic Doggie Parade along Main Street Sunday. The Golden retriever/poodle hybrids and their masters dressed up in green won the best dog and master look-alike award. More photos from the weekend appear on page A2.
By Tim Gilman


LEHIGH VALLEY
  Veterans education fair debuts
Army veteran David Canady of Emmaus listens to Melissa McCollum from the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs during the first Academics for Veterans Educational Fair at Moravian College Feb. 28. “I’m here to get the word out that there are benefits available for veterans,” McCollum said.
By Tim Gilman

BLACK HISTORY MONTH
  Best of times, worst of times
With the zeal of a Baptist preacher, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson spoke to his audience at Moravian College’s Foy hall. Incidentally, Dr. Dyson is an ordained Baptist minister.
By Bernie O’Hare

  Where do we go from here?
Dr. Brian Alnutt, assistant professor of history at Northampton Community College, presented a Black History Month lecture at The Bethlehem Public Library. Martin L. King Jr.’s 1967 book, “Where Do We Go From Here?: Chaos or Community,” was the topic of discussion.
By Nathan Brathwaite








CLASSROOM
  ‘Hairspray’ opens Thursday
Freedom HS’s Theatre Company presents the musical “Hairspray” March 19, 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. and at a March 22 matinee at 2 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. Based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name, “Hairspray” features music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Whitman. Jennifer Wescoe directs the Freedom production, which includes a cast and crew of over 50 and orchestra accompaniment under the direction of Michael Moran. Contact the school at 610-867-5843 for tickets.
By Dana Grubb


  Moravian offers ‘Hello Dolly’
The Moravian Academy department of theater presented the musical “Hello Dolly” recently with performances Feb. 27 and 28 and March 1, in Dyer Auditorium on the school’s Merle-Smith Campus. Based on Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker,” “Hello Dolly” features the music and lyrics of Jerry Herman. Moravian Academy’s performance was directed by Jarrod Yuskauskas and music director was Dr. Yvonne Robinson. Dr. Richard Fanning conducted the 15- piece orchestra.
By Dana Grubb


NEWS&VIEWS
  Celebrate government transparency
Imagine you are the parent of an infant who tragically died and you wanted to see the results of your baby’s autopsy, but you were denied access to those records.
Or ask yourself how – as a taxpayer in a Pennsylvania school district – you would respond to being denied access to district records of a severance package paid to a terminated public school administrator.
By Corinna Vecsey Wilson
Pa. Freedom of Information Coalition


THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM HISTORY
  Lehigh Canal Odyssey
On their way back to work after a hearty lunch, a number of graphic designers of The Morning Call art department stopped at Hess’s Department Store in Allentown and looked at the latest electronic devices for sale. One highly advertised item was a keyboard in front of a small television screen from which a thin cable was attached. At the end was a small oval object called a “mouse.” When it was moved, a “cursor” appeared on the screen. The saleslady called it a “personal computer.” It seemed a curiosity, which no one thought would amount to anything. That was back in 1985. What followed became known as the “dotcom” era of the Internet and the World Wide Web.
By Ken Raniere

THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  Finally golden: Magnan takes first
Freedom High School senior, Sam Magnan, clinched the gold medal in the 500 freestyle at the PIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships last weekend at Bucknell University.
By Katie McDonald

FOCUS
  Deer grateful for winter’s end, too
The winter of 2014-’15 was a mighty cold one. Last month was the coldest for average February temperatures (18.9 degrees fahrenheit, 12 degrees below normal) in the Lehigh Valley since Feburary 1934 (16.6 degrees). Spring, which arrives March 20, can’t come too soon.
By Bud Cole

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem Area SD: Cheap energy saves money
Bethlehem Township: Housenick project under wau
Fountain Hill: Exchange Club honors Liberty HS students
Hanover Township: ‘Snow’ job honored
Northampton County: Gaming board gets late start
Saucon Valley: Board considers facilities study

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

March 11, 2015


COVER STORY
  Connecting classroom and community
A Team NOVA classroom works on constructing boxes for the sneaker drive and creates sneaker artwork. The sneakers and shoes collected by students will be donated to the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program and New Bethany Ministries. Students will create sneaker artwork to represent every donor to the sneaker and shoe drive, which will then be displayed outside of Team NOVA classrooms.
By Ellie McGuire


SOUTH BETHLEHEM
  Lehigh to get new police station
When two police chiefs, a fire chief and Mayor Bob Donchez ask for something, it’s hard to say no. At its Feb. 25 meeting, Bethlehem’s Zoning Hearing Board said yes. In a 5-0 vote, members granted a use variance that will allow Lehigh University to build a new police station at the site of the 100-year-old Windish hall, located at 321 E. Packer Ave.
By Bernie O’Hare

           
THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  Hawks crown 2 state champs
After all was said and done for Bethlehem Catholic following the PIAA wrestling championships, the conclusion was evident that moving up to 3A was, and will remain, the right move for Golden Hawks going forward. Becahi crowned two state champions, placed five wrestlers and came home with the runner-up trophy in the team title race as a winter of competition concluded Saturday night at the Giant Center in Hershey.
By Peter Car



CLASSROOM
  Backing up Foreigner
Directed by vocal department chair David Macbeth, the Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts Touring Choir is fast becoming a go-to group for backing vocals when shows are booked at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center.
By Dana Grubb

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: Several Main St. upgrades planned
Bethlehem: Finance committee plans debt reduction
Bethlehem Area SD: Trainers argument continues
Fountain Hill: Council at odds over harsh words
Lehigh County: Advisory team commissioned
Lehigh Valley: The declining importance of SAT scores
Northampton County: Gradedale update: Repairs needed
Northampton County: Zembo new council clerk
South Bethlehem: Repairsin store for Fahy Bridge

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Saturday, March 7, 2015


March 4, 2015

COVER
  To vax or not to vax
While the vast majority of parents in the United States have their children inoculated against measles, a small but growing number are saying no to vaccines.
Those who refuse the immunization cite concerns about the vaccines causing illness, allergic reactions or neurological problems. Government agencies and most doctors, however, say the risk is minimal, and is overshadowed by the risks of contracting the disease.
By Chris Parker


BUSINESS
  Bridal Showcase fills Hotel Bethlehem
The 10th annual Winter Bridal Showcase at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem attracted hundreds of brides-to-be with their future spouses and parents, mostly mothers, to the three-hour ticketed event on January 18.in the Christmas City’s downtown. The Bridal expo featured some 40 wedding vendors which included bakers, photographers, hair stylists, make-up artists, travel consultants, wedding gown models, musicians, DJs,  jewelers, and wedding planners. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres and refreshments from the hotel kitchen and a large bridal couple ice-sculpture was a popular centerpiece in one of several Hotel Bethlehem’s elegant dining rooms converted for the prestigious bridal fair. Above: Engaged couple Joshua Smelko and Cassandra Rosario of Bethlehem listen to pastry chef Colleen Laky from Piece ‘a Cake in Macungie during the Bridal Showcase at the Hotel Bethlehem. The 10th annual winter bridal show featured some 40 vendors with a variety of wedding offerings.
By Tim Gilman


CLASSROOM
  Nitchmann team takes 2nd place
shaan Lal, a 7th grade student at Eyer MS in Emmaus and  Daniel Li,  a 6th grade student at  Nitschmann MS took first and second place honors at the 31st Annual Lehigh Valley MATHCOUNTS ® at Springhouse MS, Allentown, recently. Photo:
Nitschmann MS team members Ruiqi Wang, Julia Zheng, Chris Secula and Daniel Li with coach Nadine Novatnak and Kevin Campbell, president of Lehigh Valley PSPE.
Press photo courtesy Barry Isett & Associates


CLASSROOM
  Marking the 100th day
Donegan ES staff and students marked the first one hundred days of the 2014-2015 school year recently by dressing like they were 100 years old. White hair, canes and walkers, hair curlers, false noses and old style dresses were among the many disguises employed by those who participated. One teacher even donned Depends. As part of the celebration, students discussed topics relevant to aging, such as what they might be doing as centenarians and how they would be feeling. Reading specialist Karen Kaar said that the top three costumes would receive a prize, which Donegan Principal Sonia Vazquez kiddingly said might include a visit to a day spa at a home for senior citizens. Photo: Reading specialist Karen Kaar and ESL teacher Lorie Schwarzbach gathered with a bunch of their ‘senior citizen’ students from the third grade. Students pictured are Alyssa Nonnemacher, Mikail Trinidad, Gionni Rosado Gianalys Cardenas, Kyla Shears and Azari Irvin.
By Dana Grubb

THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  Becahi girls claim District title
It seems as though Bethlehem Catholic girls basketball coach Jose Medina always has a bottom line.
And on Saturday, that bottom line of responsiveness won the Hawks the District 11 Class AAA championship over Allentown Central Catholic, 44-31 at Freedom High School. It was the Hawks third-straight District 11 3A title.
By Katie McDonald

  Becahi wrestlers claim Regional title
When things were all said and done for Bethlehem Catholic’s wrestling team at the Northeast Regional 3A championships last weekend, the Hawks may have exceeded their own expectations.
Becahi ran away with the team title for the second-straight week, crowned three champions, but more importantly, qualified 11 wrestlers to this week’s PIAA state championships in Hershey.
By Petr Car

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: George Yasso new city controller
Bethlehem Township: Board to hire pipeline consultant
Bethlehem Township: Board deadlocked on increased benefits
Bethlehem Township: Going through the salt
Northampton County: The good, the Bad and the Ugly
Northampton County: Brown warns of tough times
Northampton County: Emmaus lawyer new solicitor
Lehigh Valley: State Troopers recieve service awards

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

February 25, 2015

COVER STORY
  Fastnacht  treats
Tina Hanuschak does two bakery tasks at once during a busy Fastnacht morning Feb. 17 as she takes care of phone inquiries and pulls a cart of glazed doughnuts from the elevator which regularly transports the baked goods from the bakery in the basement. Tina and her husband Scott are co-owners of Bethlehem’s Vallos bakery, which dates back in her family to 1926. She added that the fastnachts are a “fluffy” yeast doughnut recipe originated by her grandfather Nicholas Skoutelas.
By Tim Gilman and Dorothy Glew

LEHIGH VALLEY
  Racing contest begins
Last weekend’s Daytona 500, NASCAR’s season-opening race, is just in time for the “start your engines” command, sign-ups are underway for the Times News 2015 Auto Racing Challenge. At the end of the 37-race season, one contestant will win a chance at a local grand prize of a new vehicle from Rentschler Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Slatington.
By Jarrad Hedes



BETHLEHEM
  Luck of the Irish
“We’re close to the million dollar mark!” says Liza Holzinger, public relations manager for the Bethlehem Area Public Library  The library raised $3,762 in 1977 with its first book sales. Photo: BAPL book sale volunteer Carol DeMets assists Forks Township resident Karen Parella at the January book sale. “I come all of the time and I love it,” Parella said.
By Dana Grubb


HELLERTOWN
  Cookie sellers defy cold
Girl Scout cookie buyer Shelley Barchanowitz-Goldberg of Hellertown purchases baked treats from Troop 8013 outside the Hellertown Post  Office. Bundled up for the recent below-freezing spell of wintry weather are Girl Scouts Ava Kalember and Olivia Kacerik and their troop leader Natalie Faroun, who supervises cookie sales.
By Tim Gilman

ANOTHER VIEW
  Why Wolf’s ‘moratorium’ will fail
Governor Tom Wolf did not impose a “moratorium” on Pennsylvania’s death penalty. He has no such authority, and he knows that. The governor was properly advised by Judge Timothy K. Lewis, former U.S. Court of Appeals Judge, that there exists no authority in the office of Pennsylvania governor to declare a moratorium or suspend the death penalty. What the governor did was to grant a reprieve to one death row inmate who was scheduled for an imminent execution.

By John Morganelli



THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  Becahi wins D-11 team title
The message that Andrew Dunn sent the Pennsylvania wrestling world over the weekend was pretty clear—it’s going to be tough to beat him. Dunn displayed those sentiments with his actions following a dominating display at the District 11 3A wrestling championships. Photo: Adam Soldridge was one of five Becahi champs crowned last week.
By Peter Car

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: Council welcome new restaurant
Bethlehem: Forestry successes, pipeline headaches face water authority
Bethlehem Twp.: Board terminates police officer
Fountain Hill: Council suggests late fee leniency
Northampton County: Bipartisan effort to limit spending fails
Lehigh Valley: Scout leaders, alumni honored for service

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February 18, 2015

THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  Hawks win EPC title
The East Penn Conference girls basketball final between Bethlehem Catholic and Allentown Central Catholic was the game coaches, players, and fans had been waiting for all season. And after a 45-42 nail-biting victory for the Hawks, Becahi has the honor of being the last champion in the LVC and now the first champion in the EPC. Photo: The Bethlehem Catholic girls basketball team won the last Lehigh Valley Conference title and now became the first East Penn Conference champs. For more photos, see bethlehem.thelehighvalleypress.com.
By Katie McDonald/Photos by Rob Merchant


COVER STORY
  Missing the boat
Most of our nation’s schools use letter grades to measure students’ performance levels. With a grade of D-plus, a new index on early-childhood education indicates the United States and Pennsylvania have much room for improvement. Based on the Early Education Index, 40 states received a grade of C-minus or lower. Pennsylvania’s overall score was 67.1 points out of 100. The Index’s top performer with a B-plus, or 89.5 points, was the District of Columbia.
By Carol Smith/Illustration by Ed Courrier

RELATED STORY
  State report card released; Pa. places 8th overall
A new Quality Counts 2015 report card takes a fresh approach to grading the nation’s education policy. With a focus on outcomes rather than policy and processes, the State of the State’s grading report issues an overall grade of C, or 74.3 points out of 100, to the nation. Pennsylvania schools received an overall grade of B-minus, which placed it eighth in the nation.
By Carol Smith






BETHLEHEM
  Foundation awards local grants
R.K. Laros foundation trustee Laura Bennett Shelton presents a $20,000 donation from the foundation to Public Relations Manager Liza Holzinger and Executive Director Josh Berk. This presentation brought total contributions by the Foundation in support of the “Room to Grow” capital project to $88,704.
By Dana Grubb


MILESTONES
  Earl Laub: A garment maker’s best friend
In 1953 Earl Laub was a 20-year-old weaver at the Marvel Maid Manufacturers at 370 Conestoga St. in Bethlehem. That year the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGUW) identified Laub as someone who knew how to get along with everyone. He was likable, a quick learner and a great candidate for the union’s management training program.
By Karen Samuels


CLASSROOM
  Students serve breakfast
The eighth grade class at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School topped off the recent Catholic School’s Week by giving thanks to parishioners who support the school throughout the year. “It’s one of our favorite activities,” says eighth grade teacher Ann Chiappinelli. “I get very positive feedback about our kids being helpful, respectful and polite – and that makes my day.” Photo: Frank and June Castellano with grandson Braeden Farrell of Bethlehem and Jim and Nancy Moser of Easton with grandson Alex Garrido of Bethlehem.
By Diane Pelaggi


LEHIGH VALLEY
  Wear Red for Women: Celebrating area pioneers
According to the American Heart Association, one in three women’s deaths is due to heart disease and stroke each year. In 2003, the AHA and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took acton against a disease claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year - disease women were not paying attention to. The National Wear Red Day was born and is held on the first Friday in February every year to raise awareness about heart disease being the number one killer of women. Photo: Attending the Wear Red for Women Day at Lehigh Valley Health Network are: back row, left to right, Gregory Chin, Dr. Raymond Singer, Dr. Deborah Sundlof, Dr. Timothy Misselbeck, James Chrin and Dr. Ronald Freudenberger; front row, left to right, Grace Miller, Dolores Schumann, Robin Mathias and Sandra Wolf.
By Debbie Galbraith

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: End of year budget adjustments made
Bethlehem: Neighborhood to be redistricted
Bethlehem: First sae of year productive for BAPL
South Bethlehem: Charter Arts project hits the roof
Bethlehem Township: Monthly department reports
Lehigh Valley: Penn State offers writing project opportunities

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Thursday, February 12, 2015


February 11, 2015
COVER STORY
  Love. Military style
On Valentine’s Day, we celebrate special people in our lives. Flowers, candy, jewelry, dinner out on the town. It’s the one day of the year dedicated to romance and of course, love. For a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and an American Red Cross Donut Dolly, their romance started on the other side of the world in Southeast Asia, during the Vietnam War. Lehigh Valley residents John and Kit Cotton share a lifetime of adventure, travel and true love: Love for each other, love for others and love for their country. Their story could easily be turned into a motion picture and Kit’s got 45 photo albums to prove it.
By Jennifer LoConte

STATE
  Measles spread into Pa.
The outbreak of measles across the country is spreading into Pennsylvania.
The disease was believed to have been eradicated in the United States in 2000, thanks to routine vaccinations. But it has begun to crop up again after parents became wary that the inoculations may hurt their children and refused to have them vaccinated.
By Chris Parker


PEOPLE
  ‘From Darkness to Light’
Hellertown author Larry Deibert is fascinated by the supernatural. “I guess horror, paranormal and time travel are my favorite things to do,” Deibert said in a recent interview. Like his three or four previous works, including the locally based “Christmas City Vampire,” his new novel, “From Darkness to Light,” revolves around supernatural events. He describes it as a “Christian paranormal” work.
By Julia Swan


BUSINESS
  Chocolate train leaves Valentine’s Day taste
Megan Malavolta, a sales associate at the Seasons shop in downtown Bethlehem, holds a tray of samples from a unique chocolate cake made with olive oil and balsamic vinegar from the Main Street taproom, which participated the Chocolate Trail this past Saturday. The annual downtown event sponsored by the Downtown Business Association of the Bethlehem Area Chamber of Commerce featured more than 20 restaurants and shops with sweet treats for $20 passport bearers to taste. The popular event kicked off Bethlehem’s Week of Romance which culminates on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.
By Tim Gilman


COMMUNITY
  Happy faces
The sixth annual Christmas Celebration hosted by the Bethlehem Women of Excellence put smiles on the faces of some 500 children. Photo: Women in Excellence volunteers Mamie Williams, Rose Mincy and Prudence Burhell man the hot dog station in the Broughal MS cafeteria.
By Tim Gilman

BETHLEHEM
  Co-op inviting new partners
Amid the Battle of the Pantry, in which Big Box stores vie with national retailers to control our shopping habits while local farms and organic growers retain the interests of the health-conscious, one group in Bethlehem has been working diligently to plan its own future. Photo: Co-op Board President Santiago Rivera asks the audience members to keep an eye out for co-op participation at any number of public events.
By Nate Jastrzemski

CLASSROOM
  ‘There is no coming back’
Ryan Halligan of Essex Junction, Vt., was just 13 when he committed suicide. The victim of vicious bullying, Ryan endured years of humiliation by his peers, both in the classroom and online. Despite a loving family, the humiliation proved to be too much for Ryan, and he took his own life. Ryan’s father, John Halligan, visited Bethlehem’s Nitschmann MS recently to share his son’s story.
By Dawn Nixon

THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM HISTORY
  Our heritage in plain sight
In 1986, the Wilbur Mansion and Masonic Temple property was placed on the Old Fountain Hill National Register. At present, members of the Bethlehem Temple Association are negotiating the sale of the property, which includes the visually iconic Mansion and Temple buildings – and the rich unseen heritage that made South Bethlehem history.
By Ken Raniere


LEHIGH VALLEY
  A spirit-free holiday mixer
Apollo Grill employee Alysia Benson serves some Candy Cane Lemonade to Healthworks employee Florence Kern, a Northampton resident. Apollo Grill’s spirit free drink was declared the winner, garnering 31 out of 88 votes cast.
By Dana Grubb

THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  Hawks take third place
Bethlehem Catholic’s journey towards an unprecedented fifth straight state championship in wrestling came to an end over the weekend at the Giant center in Hershey. The Hawks, for the first-time since February of 2011, found themselves on the wrong side of the win column, succumbing to District 7 power Franklin Regional 30-26 in the PIAA 3A semifinals last Friday night.
By Peter Car

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: Council pays tribute to late controller
Bethlehem: City seeks new controller
Bethlehem: Ticket fees to increase
Lehigh Valley: A spirit-free holiday mixer
Fountain Hill: Hallman seeks to better borough’s image
Saucon Valley: Kindergarten registration may soon be Sept. 1

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

February 4, 2015

BETHLEHEM
  ‘A wonderful gift’
Parked in front of St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, the horse-drawn caisson carrying the flag draped casket of City Controller David DiGiacinto prepares to join the funeral procession to Holy Savior Cemetery. Several of DiGiacinto’s long-time friends arranged this military honor for DiGiacinto, who was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
By Bernie O’Hare

COMMUNITY
  Coping with snow
Brinkley keeps an eye on the outdoor commotion caused by the  recent snowfall in the neighborhood of  the Tom Sarley home in Bethlehem.
By Tim Gilman


CLASSROOM
  ‘Buddy’ program in 17th year
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School kindergarten and eighth grade students paired up again this year as part of the school’s buddy program. The arrangement provides responsibility and leadership opportunities for the older students. Younger students get an eighth grade buddy to call their own for the whole school year. Photo: Our Lady eighth grade student Ryan Irr enjoys coloring and conversation with his kindergarten buddy, Rocco Silvestri. “It’s a cool experience and a privilege to be paired with a little buddy,” explains Irr. “I hope Rocco gets a lot out of our time together. I know I will.”
By Dianne Pelaggi

THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  Hawks win 3A duals
It turns out the move from 2A to 3A wasn’t really that much different for Bethlehem Catholic’s wrestling team this year.
The Golden Hawks kept that theme going Saturday evening at Freedom High School, stomping their way through the competition en route to a 48-13 victory over Easton in the District 11 3A team championship. Photo: Mike Labriola and the Hawks won the 3A district dual title after switching over from 2A last year. Now they advance to states and look to make history.
By Peter Car/Nancy Scholz

FOCUS
  Once again, the circus comes to town
I vividly remember my very first circus experience. It was the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus three-ring big-top circus. Everything was so colorful and the acrobatic acts were so spectacular and engaging. I was entranced from the very first moment the show began. A circus just wouldn’t be as exciting if you didn’t have some great music to go with it. Heart-warming melodies, toe-tapping rhythms, and fast, furious musical passages show off the skill of the orchestra as well as the circus performer.
By Diane Wittry

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: Full-day kindergarten a go district-wide
Bethlehem: Elias wins another round in never-ending case
Bethlehem Water Authority: News offices, new plan see daylight
Bethlehem: Lehigh University leads regional consortium
Bethlehem: ‘Topping off’ at Moravian Village
Bethlehem Township: Board urged to repeal park gun ban
Bethlehem Township: EMS team gets St. Luke’s ‘Golden Boot’
Lehigh County: Med collection boxes a success
Fountain Hill: March of Dimes honors St. Luke’s staff members

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