January 18, 2017
Kids, kings and fellowship
The sixth annual Three Kings Celebration Jan. 8 at SteelStacks was presented by ArtsQuest in cooperation with the Bethlehem area Hispanic community. The religious and cultural tradition of many Latin American countries featured the three wisemen, or Magi, in regal costumes who came to visit with families and distribute gifts to their children. Hand-crafted paper crowns were worn by many children in honor of the three kings. Holy Infancy Catholic Church of South Bethlehem provided Hispanic food and local Latin bands Herencia Jibara and Los Pleneros USA performed on the Musikfest Cafe stage to a large crowd. Photo: King Gaspar holds Madeleine and Dominic Grim during the gift-giving session. The young children were with Jason and Blanca Grim of Orefield, who were attending the Hispanic Christmas season event for their first time. Ramon Rodriguez of Bethlehem played Gaspar, one of the three kings handing out gifts to the children.
By Tim Gilman
County entangled in gruesome murder case
A fellow at the losing end of a custody battle used to stand outside the Northampton County courthouse every morning. He carried handwritten signs lambasting several county judges, as well as Children, Youth and Families (CYF) Division. From time to time, child abuse awareness groups also protest on the courthouse steps. All are regarded with healthy skepticism. But now Sara Packer, a former adoption supervisor in Northampton County, has been charged with participating in the rape, murder and dismemberment of her own adopted daughter, Grace. Will the public feel less confident in CYF caseworkers?
By Bernie O’Hare
A colonial-inspired dining experience
The Tavern at the Sun Inn, which opened in December, is a unique addition to downtown Bethlehem’s impressive list of restaurants. What makes it special is its colonial-inspired menu, extensive wine list from local vineyards, and Ales of the Revolution produced by craft brewers in eastern Pennsylvania. Executive Chef Billy Grunenwald (photo) says his menu pays homage to the true farm-to-table aspect of early tavern fare by keeping ingredients fresh, seasonal and based for the most part on what early Bethlehem settlers would have had available. “We’re keeping things simple, with minimal ingredients and lot of herbs.”
By Carole Gorney
Preparing for vespers
Moravian Academy students began preparing in early December for the annual holiday season Vespers services at Central Moravian Church in downtown Bethlehem. The Middle and Upper School Vespers were held Dec. 8 and the Lower School services were the next day. This year’s Vespers were of special significance for the local private school, which is celebrating its 275th anniversary during the 2016-17 academic year. Photo: Tristen Rodney and Reith Lutostansky ring large bells during a seventh grade hand bell choir rehearsal. Lutostansky’s bell has a large clapper - the tongue of a bell.
By Tim Gilman
Landis registers career win 150
When it comes to taking part in basketball events, there’s one that stands out above the rest for Liberty head coach Chad Landis. Taking part in the Yasso-Rothrock Christmas City Classic has a deeper meaning for the Hurricane coach, who worked under Todd Rothrock as an assistant at Liberty before taking over as head coach of the program nine years ago. That’s why Saturday’s 76-54 victory over Blue Mountain gave Landis smiles for several reasons outside of winning. It was one of the best offensive outputs by the Hurricanes all season, as they compiled 20 assists as a team en route to keeping Blue Mountain at bay.
By Peter Car
There is a natural schedule of signature color changes that our native trees follow each fall season. We are all familiar with the vivid autumn colors. The flowers that trees produce, however, bloom from early spring, like the tulip tree, to the unusual witch-hazel, which blooms from October often into March. Witch-hazel is also known in some areas as snapping hazelnut, spotted alder and winter-bloom. They grow throughout northeast and southeast North America from Florida to Nova Scotia and the Great Lakes to Texas.
By Bud Cole
Bethlehem: Reynolds proposes moves for more open governance
Bethlehem: BAPL book sale begin Jan. 25
Bethlehem HARB approves 3 project plans
Bethlehem: Authority to study infrastructure safety
Northampton County: Cusick remains council president
Northampton County: Council questions dog licensing change
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