June 20, 2018
Celebrating Portuguese culture
The Portuguese community of Bethlehem hosted the annual “Dia de Portugal,” Portuguese Heritage Day, the weekend of June 8 and 9. Featuring a colorful parade of participants who marched from city hall, the event attracted an overflow crowd to the hall and yard of Holy Infancy Church on the Southside. A highlight of this year’s festival was the presence of three groups of dancers and musicians from different parts of Portugal. Photo: Dancers from the Al Garve region of southern Portugal twirl in a dance traditional to their part of the country.
By Dorothy and Dennis Glew
Community wellness center opens
Following three years of work and $2 million in fundraising, a broad partnership of various city and Southside organizations finally celebrated the opening of a new Community Wellness Center on East Fourth Street. “This is a vision for a renaissance in the Southside,” said Hispanic Center board President Donna Taggart, who listed St. Luke’s University Hospital, Pinebrook Family Solutions, Lehigh University, the Fowler Foundation and the city’s Health Department as but a sample of the cooperative effort in play. Photo: The Center’s side entrance off Fourth Street.
By Nate Jastrzemski
‘It’s good to be alive’
There was no time like the present for 184 proud seniors at Saucon Valley HS June 8, when the class of 2018 took the auditorium stage for one final exercise – commencement. The graduates’ chosen faculty presenter, Gerald Demko, encouraged them to relish their commencement in accordance with the students’ chosen theme for the ceremony, “In the Moment.” “After all your hard work, take a deep breath and relax. You made it,” Demko joyfully relayed to the graduates. Photo: Saucon Valley’s Class of 2018 stands on stage at the beginning on the commencement ceremony. The class consisted of 190 students, with 39 of whom receiving student awards.
By Liz Kemmerer and Mark Kirlin
‘Life is not all about you’
With the world going one way, the Lehigh Valley Christian HS’s class of 2018 was told to go another. “Our culture is mostly focused on promoting ourselves,” Royce Seifert, a teacher at the institution, told graduates during the school’s 30th year commencement June 9 at Calvary Temple Church in South Whitehall Township. “Even on this day of accomplishment, life is not about you,” he said. Rather the 15 graduates were told ultimately their lives should center around God’s vision and not theirs. Photo: “We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, but mostly we’ve grown,” said salutatorian Emily Mikhaiel during Lehigh Valley Christian HS’s 2018 Commencement held June 9 at Calvary Temple Church in South Whitehall Township.
By Stephen Althouse
‘A rose to be cherished’
With decorated caps and broad smiles, the 149 members of the Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts class of 2018 marched down the aisles of Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown and up to their seats on the stage. The June 11 ceremony celebrated the largest graduating class in Charter Arts’ history. “You now have the joy of seeing your kids graduate from what U.S. News & World Report has proclaimed the best school in the Lehigh Valley,” Board of Trustees President Mario Acerra told parents in the audience, “But you guys already know that, because you have experienced it firsthand.” Photo: After commencement these Charter Arts graduates happily show off some of their diplomas. Each graduate also received a rose.
By Katya Hrichak and Dana Grubb
Hawks fall in state final
Punxsatawney pitcher Kylee Lingenfelter was able to keep Bethlehem Catholic’s batters off balance just enough for the Chucks to defeat the Hawks, 2-0, in the PIAA State Class 4A Softball final last Friday at Penn State. Kylee Lingenfelter, who will attend Penn State this fall, had 15 strikeouts. “She was everything we heard she was,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza. “Penn State doesn’t offer a full scholarship as a pitcher if she’s not pretty good.” The Chucks scored both of their runs in the third inning, one on an RBI double by Lingenfelter and one on an RBI single by Madison Stonbraker.
By Katie McDonald
Dancing in the seats
Maybe you saw the movie “Dirty Dancing” with your friends when it opened in theaters in 1987, or maybe you became a fan when you saw it on television one night. However you came to love “Dirty Dancing,” and you know who you are, there’s no denying the power of the iconic love story and the hold it has on fans’ hearts. “Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage,” with all of the music, romance and dancing of the movie, plus more, stops during its 30th anniversary North American Tour, 7:30 p.m. June 21 and 22, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.
By Dawn Ouellette
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Lehigh County: Consultant contract amended despite public contention
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