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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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Thursday, January 29, 2015


January 28, 2015
COVER STORY
  Friends, peers mourn DiGiacinto’s passing
Known as a watchdog whose interest in running the city transcended political biases, David DiGiacinto was elected to city council in 2009 and resigned his seat when he was elected controller in 2013. DiGiacinto, 61, died at his home Sunday morning.
By Nate Jastrzemski







LEHIGH VALLEY
  Free community college?
Earlier this month, President Barack Obama proposed to make the first two years of community college “free for everybody who is willing to work for it.” He said states would provide a quarter of the funding and the remaining 75 percent of the cost would be covered by the federal government.
By Nate Jastrzemski and Ron Gower


COMMUNITY
  Exchange Club brightens Christmas Day
Fountain Hill Exchange Club members made their annual visit to Saint Luke's Hospital Christmas morning. Every year members and Fountain Hill police officers invite Santa along to visit sick children. This year, six children enjoyed a visit from Santa. “Being in the hospital is rough on children, especially at Christmas time and hope they will be going home soon,” said club member Ned Fink. Photo: Officer Anthony Cruz, Mike Redding, Santa (Jeff Fink), Ned Fink and Officer Jose Vasquez.
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PEOPLE
  Eagle fanatic looks to 2015
Despite a winning season of 10 and 6, the Eagles failed to make the playoffs. Local fans such as the Richard Thomas family in Northeast Bethlehem continue to have faith in the future of the Philadelphia team. “They have a good coach who is focused and they’re gonna get there sooner or later, “ said Richard Thomas, who has been an Eagle fanatic since his father got him started at an early age.
By Tim Gilman

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
  Marking Dr. King’s birthday
Left: Frankie West, president of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Movement march, leads the annual commemorative event Jan. 19 in South Bethlehem from the Bethel Lodge Order of Elks to Martin Luther King Park for a customary observance of Dr. King’s birthday. West, a Bethlehem Township resident who has been involved in the annual event since he was about seven years old, sings “We shall overcome” as he walks with his two grandsons, Samad and Al-Zahir Thorne. The Liberty HS Grenadier Band color guard was also at the front of the parade honoring Dr. King.
By Tim Gilman


  ‘The call to serve’
Moravian College hosted a memorial breakfast Jan. 19 honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with more than 50 people in attendance. Joining Moravian staff and students were fifth graders from the nearby William Penn ES, principal Nathan Stannard teachers and some parents. Photo: William Penn ES fifth grade students Anastasia Ramirez, Jalysa Rivera and Mykayla Stark enjoy a hearty breakfast.
By Dana Grubb


BETHLEHEM
  ‘Be an agent of change’
In recent months protests across the nation against police brutality and racial bias have underscored the need for a national dialog regarding law enforcement. To meet that need and in anticipation of the appearance of acclaimed civil rights lawyer and advocate Michelle Alexander at Lehigh University Jan. 28, the Bethlehem Public Library organized a panel discussion called “A Public Conversation: Race, Crime and Justice,” on Jan. 14 at the library. Photo: Liberty HS teacher Gail Nolf urges fellow audience members to take action in response to the panel discussion.
By Dorothy Glew



ST LUKE’S NURSING SCHOOL
  130 years of excellence
When Dr. William Estes established the St. Luke’s School of Nursing in 1884, he modeled it after the nursing school at Bellevue Hospital in New York, N.Y.  At Bellevue, he observed superior nursing service and generally superior patient treatment compared with other New York City hospitals.  At the time, St. Luke’s was the fourth hospital in the country to establish a school of nursing. Photo: Dr. William Estes (front, center) poses with his associates and the St. Luke’s School of Nursing, Class of 1886.
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THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  A historic run
It has unquestionably been a historic season for Freedom wrestling. Sitting at 24-0 following weekend victories over Easton and Liberty concluded an undefeated regular season for the Patriots. But despite what they’ve accomplished, the Patriots still have more to do as they enter the District 11 3A team tournament Thursday night.
By Pete Car

FOCUS
  Snow and plenty of snow geese
It’s only been about a month since winter officially arrived, but it’s been a strange one thus far in the Lehigh Valley. It appeared we would be inundated with snow by now when 5.17 inches of wet snow fell Thanksgiving eve and the Farmer’s Almanac was predicting a winter to rival the one we experienced last year.
By Bud Cole

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: Habitat dedicates new home
Bethlehem: Valley mayors discuss rail service
Northampton County: Stationary become issue for DAs office
Northampton County: Third citizens’ class passes
Northampton County: Former worker awarded damages
Lehigh Valley: Tips for safe snow shoveling

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January 21, 2015

COVER STORY
  The folk art of Scherenschnitte
Nancy Shelly created this self-portrait for the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission Show. The commission invites an assortment of Bethlehem residents to participate. “I don’t do representational figures, and I didn’t know what I was going to do or how I was going to do it,” Shelley said. “This piece took lots of planning.”
By Joanna Ireland


PEOPLE
  Area resident celebrates century
and current resident at the King’s Daughters Home, is surrounded by immediate family for a  photo session during her recent birthday party. Sitting next to Gertude are her son Tom Smull and her oldest sister Betty Sterrett, 97, from Cape Cod. Standing behind the birthday celebrant are her three daughters: Louise Smull Negley, of Maine; Maggie Smull Hopper from South Carolina; and Mary Smull Arguelles, of Reading. Some 50 family and friends attended the milestone celebration for “Gertie,” as she is affectionately known. Gertrude, the first centenarian in the Smull family, was born Nov. 25, 1914 and lived on High Street in Bethlehem. She quietly marked her milestone birthday several days later in the West Market Street personal care home where she resides. She is a lifelong member of West Side Moravian Church and a graduate of Moravian Academy and also the Bethlehem Business College. According to Gertie’s daughter, Louise Smull Negley, “Mrs. Smull attributes her long life to her Christian faith.”
By Tim Gilman


ANOTHER VIEW
  Ed’s World
By Ed Courrier


PEOPLE
  Robert Spillman honored at luncheon
Robert “Bob” A. Spillman is surprised by friends and longtime associates as he enters the Blast Furnace Room with his daughter, Sarah Spillman-Bryar. “I thought until 10 minutes ago I was going to the office to meet the partners,” says a grinning honoree.
By Nate Jastrzemski


BUSINESS
  13th bridal expo-something for everyone
Jolene Fritchey from the Village Bake Shoppe, talks cake with Vanessa McWhite, of Allentown, bride Arielle Brown, of Catasauqua, groom Sean Rodriguez, and mother of the bride, Fayette Brown, of Catasauqua. “I’m just the voice,” says Fritchey, in her third year representing the bakery at the expo.
By Joanna Ireland


CLASSROOM
  Sharing the love of reading
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School opened its doors to area educators, administrators and professionals for “National Young Readers’ Day” recently. Guests read selections from favorite books and discussed the importance of literacy in their lives.  Above: Kindergarten student Jason Frederick (seated left) is all ears as his grandfather, DeSales University baseball coach Tim Neiman, chats with Frederick’s class about sports and the importance of being good readers.
By Diane Pelaggi


COMMUNITY
  A gift from the heart
When Natasha Velez of Bethlehem asked her daughter Anaya, a student at Leigh Valley Academy, who she wanted to help during the holidays with the money collected in her change jar all year, the young girl suggested giving the money to an organization that cares for people who have cancer. This hit home for Natasha, who lost her own father to brain cancer when she was 10. They decided to make the donation to St. Luke’s Cancer Center. Photo: St. Luke’s surgical oncologist Dr. Darius Desai accepts the piggy bank from Anaya Velez and her cousin, Aliyah Colon.

THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  ‘Canes get by Becahi
You can say that Chad Landis exhaled a sigh of relief following last Friday’s 60-58 victory over Bethlehem Catholic. That’s because despite Becahi suffering through a 3-11 season, Landis knew that records don’t matter when it comes to city rivalries.
By Pete Car


OTHER STORIES
State: School funding study started
Lehigh County: Osborn slected board chair
Bethlehem: Library book sale opens Jan. 28
Bethlehem: City, AttsQuest enhancing safety
Bethlehem: Local AAUW chapter celebrates 85th
Hellertown: Council approves garbage fee
Northampton County: Grand jury cites Easton school district
Emmaus: Former resident working on Eagle
News& Views: Dent returns to Congress
News&Views: McNeill sowrn in for second term
News&Views: Investigating attorney general
News&Views: 2014 workhoreses, showhorses and no-show horses

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Thursday, January 15, 2015


January 14, 2015

COVER STORY
  Project HOPE: Sharing Christmas joy
More than 600 children and adults from throughout the Lehigh Valley were treated to an early Christmas with all the trimmings this year, thanks to the efforts of Project Hope of Easton and Our Lady of Lebanon Catholic Church. In its 27th year, Project Hope provides everyone attending not only a traditional Christmas dinner, but also coats and other items of clothing, take-home bags of food, a wrapped gift and several books for each child, and of course, a visit from Santa Claus.
By Carole Gorney


LGBT WEDDING EXPO
  ‘We love to help people shine’
ArtsQuest Center’s Blast Furnace Room hosted the Lehigh Valley’s first LGBT Wedding Expo recently. The LGBT Business Council teamed up with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce to host more than 40 businesses and vendors, each of which is celebrating the passing of marriage equality in Pennsylvania. Photo:
Visitors chat with vendors at the Lehigh Valley’s First LGBT Wedding Expo, hosted in the Blast Furnace Room at the ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem.
By Jonna Ireland


LEHIGH UNIVERSITY
  ‘May peace prevail’
Lehigh University kicked off its annual Fall International Week with a flag parade. The week is run by the Global Union, which is a collaboration of more than 50 student clubs and organizations that promote global understanding and cultural awareness around campus. Photo: Students come together in front of the Lehigh University flagpole on the University Center front lawn while holding flags from an assortment of countries.
By Lisa Kocay


MORAVIAN COLLEGE
  Serving the community
Moravian College president’s oldest daughter Eliza Grigsby serves dessert to Bethlehem native George Lowery. The BASD student was volunteering at the annual Moravian College Holiday Meal and was accompanying her father, Bryon Grigsby, at the community event.
By Tim Gilman

COMMUNITY
  Three Kings Day attracts all ages
Joscelyn Rose holds a gift from King Balthasar, portrayed by William Cintron of Holy Infancy Church in Bethlehem. The Three Kings celebration at SteelStacks recently is a popular Hispanic event.
By Tim Gilman


THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  Soccer Scholar Athletes honored
Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athletes Brian Heckman of Whitehall and Abigail Cerciello of Southern Lehigh, above, hold their plaques after the annual banquet which recognizes the top academic soccer players of the region. Rodney and Susan Heckman stand with their son while Lori and John Cerciello stand with their daughter in the Northampton Memorial Community Center on January 11.
By Tim Gilman

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: BAPL book sales top $56,000 for 2014
Bethlehem: HOM retireee Vincent Riestra honored
Bethlehem: 2015’s first snow
Bethlehem Township: Wards need retooling
Northampton County: Gracedale’s status better, but not great
Northampton County: Glitch halts healthcare coverage

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