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Tuesday, July 18, 2017


July 19, 2017

COVER STORY

‘They can just be horses now’

At a June 1 ribbon cutting ceremony and a July 8 open house that featured a special visit by the Budweiser Clydesdales, the Bethlehem Police Department, nonprofit Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Police, and the community celebrated the completion of the new Bethlehem Mounted Police stable. Constructed on 10 acres of land generously leased from the Allentown Diocese, and immediately adjacent to Holy Savior Cemetery, the new structure has housed mounts from the unit, Pharoah, George, Asa and Grey since mid-May. Photo: The big attraction was the Budweiser Clydesdales, but the event was held to celebrate an open house for the new Bethlehem Mounted Patrol stables. Thousands of area residents attended and toured the facility.

By Dana Grubb

 

COMMUNITY

Festive July 4th in Old Edgeboro

On July 4th, current and former residents of the Old Edgeboro section of Bethlehem did what they have been doing for the past 43 years: they gathered on Sycamore Street for the annual Independence Day celebration.Neighbors line the block  with tables and chairs. Overhead are two large American flags suspended over the ends of the block by Marty Plyler. This year, as always, the event began with a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Readers were Vivien Appel and Nick Englesson. As always, the audience enthusiastically applauded lines expressing defiance of England by the colonists. Photo: A long table of entrees and salads is complemented by a table of desserts. Guests brought their own drinks.

By Dennis Glew

 

FESTIVALS

‘An offer you can’t refuse’

Sponsored by the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, the Second Annual Bethlehem Italian Festival was held June 17 on Main Street and in the Sun Inn Courtyard. The event featured a “Wine Trail,” with 14 wines curated by South Italy Imports were available for tasting. An “Italian Food Trail” featured culinary delights sampling at nearby participating restaurants like The Brick, Tapas On Main, Twisted Olive, and The Colony Meadery at the Book Shop. Photo: Accompanied by Nick Franco on accordion, actor and singer Gianni Russo serenades diners at Corked on Main Street. Russo, who played Carlo Rizzi in 1972’s “The Godfather,” was in town to promote Don Corleone Organic Italian Vodka with the motto, “An offer you can‘t refuse.”

By Ed Courrier

 

OPIOID CRISIS

‘Warm handoff’ aids addicts

Physician General of Pennsylvania Dr. Rachel Levine gave a press conference at Lehigh Valley Hospital June 12 on new programs which aim at getting drug addicted patients – notably, opioid and heroin abusers – the care they need. Several representatives from the hospital and other local organizations were on hand to give insight on their efforts. Photo: Paige Walsh, addiction recovery liaison, Dr. David Burmeister, D.O., Dr. Rachel Levine, Dr. Robert Cannon, D.O. and Layne Turner speak during the presentation on warm handoffs at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

By Christopher Dryfoos

 

ANOTHER VIEW
What to do if your doctor prescribes an opioid

A TV commercial for a network of treatment centers encourages drug addicts to contact them for rehab. Another has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie warning there is an epidemic of opioid addiction, but addicts have a way out. “Help is within reach,” he says. You might have seen these commercials, but perhaps you have not been – as I have – swallowing an oxycodone tablet while watching them.

By Linda Wojcichowski

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Bethlehem Catholic Athletes of the Year

Tessa Zamolyi: As high school sports seasons go, Bethlehem Catholic High School senior Tessa Zamolyi would play volleyball at the beginning of the school year and compete in track and field at the end, but in the middle, the heart of the season, it was basketball that would take center stage in her athletic career.

By Katie McDonald

Mikey Labriola: When Mikey Labriola first got to Bethlehem Catholic his freshman year, it would be fair to say that wrestling coach Jeff Karam was not one of his favorite people.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

Afternoon and night delight

July 22 promises to be a jazz lover’s delight in the Lehigh Valley. The Pennsylvania Jazz Collective presents its second annual “Christmas City Summer Jazz Festival,” 12:30 - 10  p.m. July 22 at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink, 345 Illick’s Mill Road, Bethlehem. There will be 12 groups on two stages. Festival headliner is Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra. Schuman and Jazz Collective Artistic Director Alan Gaumer go back to the late 1970s when a twenty-something Gaumer needed a sub for a gig in upstate New York. The drummer recommended a teen-aged Schuman and Gaumer was “blown away by his playing.” The two have kept in touch since, including after Schuman relocated to Las Vegas. Spyro Gyra plays the Blue Note in New York City on July 25, allowing for Schuman’s Bethlehem festival appearance.

By George Vandoren

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: Casinos, locals at odds with state

Bethlehem: Steeples  & Steel tour dates announced

Bethlehem: School band members recognized

Valley: Officers recognized for DUI/traffic enforcement

Valley: Area residents complete management program

Lehigh County: Commissions dole out casino hosting funds

 

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017


July 12, 2017

COVER STORY-JULY 4TH IN THE CITY

Community reads the Declaration

The sixth annual Fourth of July reading of the Declaration of Independence took place at Bethlehem’s Payrow Plaza in the late morning of Independence Day with over one hundred area residents in attendance. Readers for 2017 were Northampton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Emil Giordano, Lehigh Valley dentist Tom Gyory, Bethlehem Councilman Eric Evans, Northampton County Councilmen Glenn Geissinger, Matthew Deitz, Hayden Phillips and Seth Vaughn, Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez, Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio and former Lehigh County Commissioner Dean Browning. The Gilbert family provided vocal accompaniment on the singing of the national anthem and “God Bless America,” and Bethlehem based Boy Scout Troop #59 led the Pledge of Allegiance. Photo: The Fourth of July in Bethlehem concluded with the city’s traditional fireworks display. Launched from the centrally located Sand Island along the Lehigh River, the pyrotechnics give residents many vantage points from which to enjoy the sounds and colorful bursts as the nation celebrates its independence. This view is from St. Michael’s Cemetery.

By Dana Grubb

 


PEOPLE

Becahi principal goes home

Bethlehem Catholic’s principal for the past seven years, John Petruzzelli, has taken the next step of his career, returning to his hometown of Philadelphia as principal of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, where he once worked as dean of students. Petruzelli made an impression and was well liked by the students. From his quirky morning announcements to taking cameos in school plays to setting up opportunities for the student body to hoot out SpongeBob Squarepants references during assemblies, he helped change the culture and attitude at the school. Despite the excitement about starting the new job, “I’m very sad about leaving,” he said in an email from Philly. “It’s tough to leave a place that you have loved and invested so much time and energy into. The kids have been amazing. I will really miss them.”

By Nate Jastrzemski

 

COMMUNITY

Moravian Day celebrates city’s founding

Moravian Day, a festival for Moravians and the community, was held June 17 on the grounds of Central Moravian Church and the nearby Moravian community in historic downtown Bethlehem. The event featured entertainment, food, music and family-oriented activities. The admission-free celebration was sponsored by the Bethlehem Area Moravians (BAM) and other Moravian entities as part of a 2016-17 schedule of special events marking the 275th anniversary of the Moravian founding of Bethlehem in 1741. A 275th anniversary Moravian Lovefeast followed on June 25 in Johnston Hall, Moravian College. Photo: Madeleine Atwood, a Central Moravian Church member and Liberty HS graduate, attempts a 19th century wooden hoop and stick game. The Moravian Historical Society provided the game “Graces,” especially for girls “to teach them poise and grace,” said Suzanne Keller of the MHS.

By Tim Gilman

 

BETHLEHEM

Sister City program marks 21st year

Gray skies and drizzle forced the annual Slovenian flag-raising ceremony from Payrow Plaza into the Rotunda on June 23, but the spirit of those in attendance was not dampened. Bethlehem-Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association founder Stephen Antalics Jr. acted as master of ceremonies, and Robi Poredos of the Slovenian Press Agency gave the invocation and benediction. The guest speaker was Deputy Chief of Mission at the Republic of Slovenia Embassy, Vladimir Kolmanic, who attended with his wife Vesna and son, Amir. Kolmanic noted the 26th anniversary of Slovenian independence and 21st anniversary of the Sister City relationship between Bethlehem and Murska Sobota. Photo: Attendees at the ceremony join in singing “God Bless America” at its conclusion.

By Dana Grubb

 


CLASSROOM

Charter Arts students present ‘Dance Quilt’

The Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts stitched together a graceful “Dance Quilt” of ballet, modern, and tap styles with the help of visiting alumnus Nicholas Heffelfinger May 19 and 20. Heffelfinger, recently graduated from Boston Conservatory. According to artistic director of dance Kim Maniscalco, “For me a quilt represents many hours of work put forth from the hands of many people. The outcome is always a thing of beauty …” “Our quilt was not only to please the eye and soul, but for its own practical purpose; to serve as a training ground for our young dance students.”

For more information on the school, visit charterarts.org. Photo: From left, Karina McKenna, Josh Frumkin and Hailey Fleming join Malcolm Burton and Emerson Ahn during “Le Papillon,” a student-choreographed work by Kaitlyn Fritz.

By Ed Courrier

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Larimar new Liberty boys soccer coach

Former Liberty High School soccer player and Moravian College graduate Ian Larimer is the new head coach for the Hurricanes’ boys’ soccer team. Shortly after he was hired earlier this year and shortly after the team’s strength and conditioning work had been done, Larimer held a group meeting with Liberty soccer players to outline his philosophy, among other things.

By Katie McDonald

 

LV FOCUS

‘Cirque It’ City

Touchstone Artistic Director JP Jordan was in Peru when he first decided to create the Jakopa’s Punch Band. “I was in Peru when I got word that David Bowie had passed,” Jordan explains, “and I was told that The Lesson Center planned to host a benefit for leukemia patients in honor of Bowie. “Now, I didn’t have a band at the time, but I asked if I could play a set if I could pull a band together in time, and they said sure. So we ended up getting together this group of musicians.” The name of the band stems from Jordan asking his niece what she thought “JP” stood for. “It just fit. I like to think that the band itself, the music, is the punch.”

By Luke Muench

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: Little progress made advancing ethics proposal

Bethlehem: Summer book sale opens July 19

Bethlehem: BASD longtime ESOL teach retires

Fountain Hill: Borough performs summer cleaning

Northampton County: Council passers on greater contract oversight

Lehigh Valley: 31 added to are volunteer fire depts.

Lehigh Valley: PCFLV dedicates ‘Ray of Sunshine’

 

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Thursday, July 6, 2017


July 5, 2017

COVER STORY

Something to smile about

The Pediatric Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV) held a week-long camp for pediatric cancer patients and their siblings on the campus of Cedar Crest College June 19 to 23. Camp Smile, just one the many free services and opportunities PCFLV offers to its cancer warriors and their families, gave campers a chance to explore art classes, theater, sports and swimming, and visit with many special guests from the community. Emma Rawlings, a senior at California University of Pa. majoring in public relations, interned with the camp this year.  “It really is amazing how quickly everyone here becomes a family,” she said. Photo: Maggie Telesha of Allentown (left) attends Our Lady Help of Christians. She’s the sibling of a cancer warrior and is absolutely loving her fifth year at the camp. Jillian Sayre will attend Eyer MS in Macungie this fall. She’s a cancer warrior who’s fighting medulloblastoma and says the best thing about Camp Smile is all the other campers. Jared Dowling,  a student at Freedom HS, is a cancer warrior in his third year at Camp Smile. For the past two years, he’s been a counselor-in-training. He’s also PCFLV’s Teen Board president.

By Joanna Ireland

 

ALLENTOWN DIOCESE

Monsignor Schlert named bishop

The Vatican announced last week that Pope Francis has appointed a priest of the Diocese of Allentown, Reverend Monsignor Alfred A. Schlert, as the Fifth Bishop of Allentown. Bishop-elect Schlert is the first priest of the Diocese to be appointed to serve as its Bishop. He has been serving as the Diocesan Administrator since his election by the Diocesan College of Consultors on Feb. 1, 2017 following the Jan. 31 installation of his predecessor Most Reverend John Barres as the Bishop of Rockville Centre, New York.

By Mart Gouger

 

R.K. LAROS MEMORIAL

Celebrating a life well-lived

Friends and family gathered last Saturday morning to celebrate the life of one of Bethlehem’s illustrious sons, Dr. Russel K. Laros Jr. They came together June 24 at Rosemont Lutheran Church on West Broad Street just as the morning’s cloudy start gave way to brilliant blue skies. The memorial service was attended by family which included his son, Russell Keller Laros III of Hawaii and his daughter Ann Laros-Weaver of Dubai both of whom spoke to the attendees.  Several grandchildren and other family members also attended. Russell Laros shared several humorous stories about his father and his father’s life-long friend, former Bethlehem Mayor Gordon Mowrer. Photo: Dr. Russel K. Laros had a life time relationship with the Rosemont Lutheran Church and had been on the building committee that built the current church building.

By Doug Graves

 

SOUTH BETHLEHEM

Celebrating community diversity

A mural currently being produced on the north facing wall of 414 Hayes Street is one part of the neighborhood improvement project currently underway under the auspices of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV) and Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust, with financial support from Wells Fargo Bank, according to CACLV associate executive director of community development Ellen Larmer. Holly Fields-Scott of Bella Pintura Inc. is working on the mural, which she says “celebrates diversity of the community” and which should be finished by the end of July. After the brick exterior wall received repairs, Fields-Scott was spotted outlining and painting the mural with her daughter, Nevada’s, assistance on June 23. Their work will continue to the end of July she estimates. Photo: Working from a lower section of scaffolding, artist Holly Fields-Scott paints a section of the mural on the north wall of 414 Hayes St.

By Dana Grubb

 

PORTUGUESE FESTIVAL

Pride, hospitality on display

Red and green, the Portuguese flag’s dominant colors, were on display at every turn as the Portuguese community of Bethlehem celebrated the 38th annual “Portuguese Heritage Day” at Holy Infancy School June 9 and 10 on East 4th Street in South Bethlehem. The festival benefits the Brotherhood of Our Lady of Fatima. “Pride in being Portuguese” was the festival’s theme as many people, young and old, dressed in traditional Portuguese costumes. The food, prepared by volunteers from the community, featured everything from heart-healthy sardines, grilled whole, to Portuguese donuts (maybe not so heart-healthy). Entertainment included groups of dancers performing traditional circle dances. Photo: Dancers whirl in a traditional Portuguese dance.

By Dorothy and Dennis Glew

 

COMMUNITY

‘An important part of who we are’

More than 50 members of the Liberty HS Hurricanes varsity football team devoted a warm and sunny Saturday to cleaning up the Steelworkers Memorial at the foot of the Fahy Bridge on June 10. The student athletes pulled weeds by hand and then used screwdrivers to painstakingly remove roots and debris from between each commemorative brick. The football players finished the job by sweeping the area with leaf blowers so that the inscriptions on the memorial bricks could be read clearly. “We’ve got about 52 kids here,” said John Truby, Hurricanes head football coach. “They’re all of various ages, freshmen up to those who will be seniors, so it’s a good mix for this crew. They also cleaned up leaves on the side (of the memorial). It was pretty bad. This is probably the worst we’ve seen it, with the growth in between each stone. It was overrun.” Photo: Liberty HS Hurricanes lift screwdrivers in the air to signify completion of their annual cleanup at the Steelworkers Memorial. The players will get credit for community service as required by the school district.

By Peter Brekus

 

CLASSROOM

Charter Arts spring concert

The Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts presented its spring instrumental concert May 25, performing in three acts. The wind ensemble, percussion ensemble and full orchestra performed 11 selections. The performance was directed by artistic director and percussion instructor Matthew Wells and woodwinds instructor Kim Seifert. Seniors performing in their last concert wore a red rose to signify their final performance at Charter Arts. Above: The full orchestra under the direction of Kim Seifert performs Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.”

By Dana Grubb

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Legion playoffs to begin

It looks like all three of Bethlehem’s NORCO Legion baseball teams qualified for the postseason, as they look to make a run to the championship with the playoffs set to begin on Tuesday. The first round of the tournament was slated to begin on Monday, which comes after our July Fourth holiday deadline, but the league had to push back it’s final day of the regular season a day, moving three opening ribs dates to July 4, 5 and 6. Freemansburg (11-6) was the winners of six-straight games heading into Monday and had locked up one of the top-four seeds.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

Miller Symphony Hall leader sees renewed opportunity

Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, home to the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, had a “great season” for 2016-17, and Allentown Symphony Association Executive Director Sheila K. Evans has an even better season in store for 2017-18. “It was a great season. We had an amazing season last year,” Evans says. Maestra Diane Wittry is in her 22nd season as Allentown Symphony Orchestra Music Director-Conductor, bringing world-class artists to Miller Symphony Hall, enhancing the cultural community in the Lehigh Valley.

By Paul Willistein

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: Proposed city council ethics ordinance ‘too unwieldy’

Bethlehem: City police announce new child porn unit/Arrest made

Fountain Hill: Public works project gets under way

Lower Saucon Township: Officer receives Ogden award

Bethlehem Township: Commissioners take aim at ATV use

Valley: Local students among Swain School graduates

 

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017



June 28, 2017


COVER STORY


Celebrating our graduates


Our annual graduation supplement is included in this issue of the Bethlehem Press. Additional photos appear on the School page.


 


‘Doors that open to us’


Liberty and BAVTS graduate learns to control the ‘sleeping beast’


Sometimes Pomp and Circumstance is the sweetest song in the world because the student hearing it worked hard to overcome obstacles on his way to graduation. The 2017 Liberty HS graduate Sam Lopez recalls a difficult road on his way through school as he learned how to control what he calls a “sleeping beast” – anger. “I’ve always been an angry kid,” he said. “From fifth grade all the way until my 12th grade year, anger has been one of my biggest battles, and still is!” Photo: Sam Lopez celebrates his graduation from Liberty HS with his mother Lydia Lopez and his father Samuel Lopez Sr.


By Michelle Meeh


 


‘You are not alone’


Becahi graduate’s life has been full of many challenges


Jennie Lynn Alexina Miller, a member of Bethlehem Catholic’s class of 2017, has overcome many physical disabilities while challenging herself to greater heights. Jennie was born with a small right ear, a small right thumb and only a foot where her right leg was supposed to be, and no right hip. She wears a prosthetic right leg and scoliosis affects her lower back. In addition, Jennie has suffered two concussions and undergone roughly 15 surgeries. Photo: Bethlehem Catholic 2017 graduate Jennie Miller will begin classes at the University of New Haven Aug. 28 majoring in marine biology. Jennie’s life has been full of challenges which she has met and conquered.


By Selena Cintron


 


BUSINESS


Quadrant moves into Historic House #1


The investment by Quadrant Private Wealth in the historic property at 2 West Market St. has paid off handsomely. The structure, which was constructed in the 1840s by immigrant Ernst Lehman, has been renovated to allow Quadrant to relocate its offices from One West Broad St. According to earlier documentation about the site’s history, trombones manufactured for the Moravian Trombone Choir were once manufactured by Ernst Lehman and his son Bernard in the clapboard building behind the residence. Photo: The new home of Quadrant Private Wealth at 2 West Market St. was built in the 1840s by immigrant Ernst Lehman. Quadrant moved into the building on June 2.


By Dana Grubb


 


CLASSROOM


Charters Arts club supports Haiti Health Trust


Members of the Youth for Christ Club at the LV Charter HS for the Arts present their check for $1,000 to Carol Van Artsdalen, secretary and treasurer of the Haiti Health Trust and Andrea Nichols, Haiti Health Trust board member. The trust supports a hospital in Haiti.


 


CLASSROOM


Tech/trade school students honored by SkillsUSA


SkillsUSA honored dozens of local students at its 31st annual Elmer Gates awards breakfast at the Best Western Conference Center recently. SkillsUSA Council founder Gates established a program to recognize students at local career and technical schools for exemplifying qualities desirable as both a student and prospective employee. The Elmer Gates Enterprise Awards are presented to students based on their scholastic achievement, school and community involvement, entrepreneurial spirit and involvement in SkillsUSA. Each winner is given a plaque and a $100 gift card from the Gates family. Photo: Freedom and Liberty HS Gates winners Joshua Crespo, Andrew Flynn, Kira McLendon, Chance Sigafoos, Alexander Ballek and Amr Asran.


By Nate Jastrzemski


 


BETHLEHEM SPORTS


Freedom girls reach Cedar Beech finals


The Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase gave fans a sneak peek of what they can look for this winter on the hardwood and for the Freedom girls, that appears to be another district run after reaching the finals on Sunday. The Patriots fell to University City (N.J.) 51-40 in the championship game, as their New Jersey counterparts were the only team to beat Freedom in the tournament.


By Peter Car


 


LV FOCUS


Something wild


When Noah Dach, a 2016 Muhlenberg College graduate, and fellow student Henry Evans  decided they wanted to run away and join the circus, they instead created their own. Dach, Evans and Tommy McCarthy co-founded the Atlas Circus Company, which has been developing performances in and around New York City since the trio graduated from Muhlenberg College. McCarthy is assistant director of “Wild.” In part, they wanted to offer new opportunities for circus performers in an era when once-popular circus companies like Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are shutting down. Ringling Bros., founded in 1871 and which billed itself as “The Greatest Show on Earth,” gave its final performance May 21 in Uniondale, Long Island, N.Y.


By Dawn Ouellette


 


OTHER STORIES


Lehigh Valley: YWCAs host ‘Stand Against Racism’


Bethlehem Authority: Moths out, carbon in


Bethlehem: School board oppose bill that halts spot assessments


Bethlehem: Soiree celebrates 25th Rooms to View


Bethlehem: DA says council’s ethics draft needs work


State: PennDOT releases audio manual for dyslexic teens


Lehigh Valley: Student art display opens at PSU/LV campus


Lehigh Valley: Scouts complete shoebox project


Lehigh Valley: Grants helps Meals on Wheels


Hanover Township: Veterans get the best (parking) spot


 


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017


June 21, 2017

COVER STORY

‘A grand tasting’

Thirty-two top restaurants from throughout the Lehigh Valley served up samples of everything from yellow fin tuna to lamb sliders to kourabiedes (Greek cookies) at the eighth annual Food and Wine Festival in June at the Sands Event Center.  The weekend fundraiser for the Northampton Community College (NCC) Foundation attracted more than 3,000 food enthusiasts who bought tickets to taste some of the area’s unique cuisines, and sample wines from around the world.  The event raised approximately $250,000 for scholarships for NCC students.“With our low tuition, that’s about 250 scholarships,” said NCC President Mark Erickson. Photo: Ticket holders for the Food and Wine Festival received a commemorative wine glass in which to sample the more than 40 different wine types from around the world.

by Carole Gorney

 

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS PANEL REVIEWS

Municipal ethics reform in Pa.

The efforts of Councilwoman Olga Negron and Councilman Michael Colon to produce a strong comprehensive ethics ordinance for City of Bethlehem public officials have captured the attention of the League of Women Voters (LWV) throughout the Commonwealth. During the League’s statewide conference, held at Pocono Manor from June 2 to 4, a workshop titled “Municipal Ethics Reform in PA: Tales from the Trenches,” featured Negron, Lehigh University Associate Professor Breena Holland, and City of Reading Ethics Commission solicitor Edward Stock. The session was facilitated by outgoing Northampton County LWV President Beverly Hernandez and attended by incoming president Margaret Skaarup. In their presentation each touched on the different challenges of enacting ethics legislation to promote and ensure good government practices. Photo: Seated are Reading Attorney Edward Stock, Bethlehem City Councilwoman Olga Negron and Lehigh University Associate Professor Breena Holland, each of whom presented a talk on ethics issues in local government. Standing are Northampton County League of Women Voters incoming president Margaret Skaarup and outgoing president Beverly Hernandez, who arranged for the local government ethics workshop at the Pennsylvania League’s annual conference.

By Dana Grubb

 

GRADUATION: SAUCON VALLEY

‘A place where you belong’

It was a beautiful evening outside and inside Saucon Valley HS as 174 seniors took to the auditorium stage for their last official high school function. Family and friends watched June 9 as the senior class members of 2017 took their places among Saucon Valley alumni. The evening was full of laughter and bittersweet tears as student and faculty presenters shared cherished memories of the tight-knit class, going as far back as middle school, and fortifying words for the future. Photo: Dr. Michael Krentz ushers the graduates into the auditorium to an organ arrangement of “Pomp and Circumstance.” All in all, there were 174 graduates June 9 at Saucon Valley HS.

By Liz Kemmerer

 

GRADUATION: NOTREDAME CATHOLIC HS

‘A most powerful weapon’

Notre Dame Catholic HS of Green Pond graduated 122 seniors at its 51st commencement earlier this month in an outdoor ceremony attended by over 700 people at its Bethlehem Township campus. Unlike some previous years, in which periodic downpours soaked everyone, this year’s graduation was under sunny skies with no hint of rain. Class of 2017 honorees included Dannielle Hibshman, the school’s valedictorian, who will be attending Syracuse University, and Salutatorian Sophia Macchia, who will attend Drexel University. Photo: The processional of Notre Dame HS commencement as candidates enter the football stadium for the June 10 graduation ceremony.

By Bernie O’Hare and Tim Gilman

 

GRADUATION LV CHARTER HS FOR THE ARTS

‘We hold each other up’

For the 14th and final time, Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts students, faculty and proud families endured the sweltering echo chamber of Packer Chapel to celebrate a graduation ceremony June 12. The successful and expanding school will require a larger venue next year, but for 116 young men and women, this was a joyous sendoff. “What a class,” began Executive Director Diane LaBelle. Photo: After commencement, members of the Charter Arts Class of 2017 leave the Packer Memorial Chapel to the applause and cheers of their families and teachers.

By Nate Jastrzemski and Dana Grubb

 

CLASSROOM

Marvine ES presents ‘Annie KIDS’

For the first time in Marvine ES history, students in the school’s drama club presented a musical, “Annie KIDS,” with a free performance June 1. Bolstered by support from Just Born Inc., which provided a sound system and the costs for the scripts and royalties, a cast of 50 began rehearsals in February with students from grades one through five participating. Photo: Surrounded by a chorus of orphans, Annie (Yerianiz Rosado) and Molly (Daisy Rodriquez) perform “Maybe” in the opening scene.

By Dana Grubb

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Gold rallies for win in McDonald’s All-Star game

Nick Petros had a knack for making clutch catches during his senior season at Bethlehem Catholic and he came through again in his final high school football appearance during last week’s 47th annual McDonald’s All-Star Football Classic. Petros hauled in the winning 12-yard touchdown from Freedom quarterback Joe Young with 40 seconds left in the contest to push the Gold team to a 37-34 comeback victory over their Red counterparts at Nazareth’s Andrew S. Leh Stadium.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

Legacy of the Lenape

A new exhibit, “Native Americans: A Diverse & Evolving History,” opened recently at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, Allentown. “The history of American Indians is shrouded in folklore and stereotypes from Western movies,” says Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum. “Much of their history has been written by the cultures that conquered them and took their lands.” Museum officials contend that the new exhibit humanizes Native Americans, portraying them as people in the context of their cultures, families, and destroyed civilizations. The exhibit seeks to inspire visitors to reconsider the proud history of the Native Americans. They were the first to inhabit the Lehigh Valley and all of America. Indians’ love of the land and respect for nature made them North America’s first conservationists.

By Paul Willistein

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem Area: Summer work continues focus on early reading

Northampton County: Gracedale’s service rating tumbles

Bethlehem: Roofing proposal top HARB agenda

 

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