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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

August 10, 2016


‘A catalyst that brings us together’
Musikfest commenced its 33rd year with an opening ceremony at Wells Fargo Festplatz on the north side of Bethlehem Aug. 5. Declared the “largest Musikfest ever” by ArtsQuest President and CEO Kassie Hilgert, this year’s festival will feature 387 artists from 20 states and seven countries and will bring in $60 million for the city and region. Photo: Annual Musikfest Founders Awards are presented by ArtsQuest Chairman of the board of trustees Gregg Feinberg of Allentown. Barry Fisher of WLVT 69 News and Julia Corwin, director of brand marketing for the Bethlehem Sands Casino/Resort accept awards specially crafted at the Banana Factory. Neville and Linda Gardner, of Donegal Square and the Red Stag Pub in Bethlehem, were unable to attend to receive their awards.
By Katya Hrichak
Photos by Tim Gilman


Clerk honored for years of service

Douglas Trotter Jr. and Larry Rapp watch as Director of Finance, Bethany Sebesta presents Borough Clerk Barbara Merkle with the “Cecil K. Leberknight Award for 10 or more years of service” at the Fountain Hill Borough council meeting,

By Ed Courrier



Luncheon celebrates Boutique’s success

At the volunteer luncheon held following the Boutique at the Rink, 2016 co-chairs Jane Schaffer, Sharon Kunsman and Karen Hein are presented with floral bouquets in recognition of their strong commitment to the fundraising event. Presenting the bouquets are representatives of the three charitable organizations that benefit, executive director of the Cancer Support Community, Paula Sue Ream, president of St. Luke’s Hospice and Home Care, Lisa Giovanni, and St. Luke’s University Health Network vice president of development, Patrick Bower.

By Dana Grubb



Tournament’s 37th year

The Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem’s 37th annual golf tournament was held at the Silver Creek Country Club June 13 and the 80 golfers who supported the event couldn’t have enjoyed better weather with blue skies, temperatures in the 70s and a gentle breeze. Photo: As Bruce Palmer tees off on the first hole, the rest of his foursome, Gerry Long, Jeff Zettlemoyer and Jill Long await their turn.

By Dana Grubb



Sweet treats

This summer’s Blueberry Festival was held July 16 and 17 at the historic Burnside Plantation along the Monocacy Creek. The popular 28th annual festival is organized by Historic Bethlehem Museum and Sites as a community service and fundraiser, and features a variety of predominantly family-friendly activities, including live musical entertainment, children’s arts and crafts, and blueberry delicacies. An expanded brewery tent with a restricted section for adults to sample blueberry beer, wine, mead and vodka attracted a steady flow of visitors. The popular pie-eating contests were held both days. A variety of food vendors and regional crafters kept fest-goers busy. Above: A Chihuahua unexpectedly reaches to sample a plateful of blueberry pie, vanilla blueberry swirl ice cream and fresh blueberries purchased by Jennifer Budd from the dessert tent. Jennifer’s daughter Erica is next to her mother holding their dog for a photo. The plateful of dessert delicacies was saved by a quick reaction by Jennifer.     

By Tim Gilman



Bethlehem’s first house

Because of the detailed records written by the first Moravian settlers, we know quite a bit about the first house in Bethlehem, except its exact location. Ric Rupnik, born and raised in Bethlehem and holding degrees in education, computer science and natural resource management, was intrigued by this puzzle. He came upon this mystery as he was researching historical events for his 2017 Christmas City Palette calendar. Also, Rupnik, a retired internal quality and environmental auditor who continues serving as a pastoral music minister, volunteers each year for the Christmas vespers at Central Moravian Church. At that time of year, he is always reminded of how Bethlehem was named. Photo: The yellow box on the 1885/2016 composite map shows the location of the livery stable of the Eagle Hotel, which was where the first house stood within its footprint.

By Karen M. Samuels



Developing a passion for reading

Students at Lehigh Valley Academy and Donegan ES were recent beneficiaries of 1,300 new books, courtesy of C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. and the nonprofit First Book. During a reading celebration this past spring about 30 employees joined First Book representative Ellen Thomson in a visit to Donegan to deliver the donations and share reading experiences with Donegan kindergarten and first grade students. Donegan Principal Sonia Vasquez thanked C&S and First Book for getting books into the hands of students at her school. Thomson explained that First Book partnerships with businesses have donated 140 million books since the nonprofit’s founding in 1992. C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. is the largest wholesale food distributor in the United States and employs over 1,500 at its Lehigh Valley location. Photo: First grader Angel Rosa is all ears as Giovanni Rivera reads from “Curious About Zoo Vets.”

By Dana Grubb



Bethlehem softball camp’s a success

Future softball hopefuls from Freedom and Liberty feeder schools attended the first annual Bethlehem Sports Camps softball camp the week of July 18-22 at Freedom High School. “Joe Stellato and I did a gym class together for softball, and he said, ‘Do you want to do a camp?’” said Patriot softball coach Nora Borger, and I said, ‘Sure.’” Stellato and Borger teamed up with Liberty softball coach Sam Carrodo and signed up 48 seven through 14-year-olds, a total beyond their expectations.

By Katie McDonald



Young Allentown actor lands bug Disney role

In a preview for the new Disney movie, “Pete’s Dragon,” Oakes Fegley leaps off a cliff, only to be immediately swept up on the back of Elliott the Dragon. Fegley leaped off Civic Theatre of Allentown’s stage, where he appeared twice in the annual “A Christmas Carol,” including playing Tiny Tim, with his parents, actors Michael Fegley and Mercedes Tonne as Bob and Mrs. Cratchit, right onto the big screen at Civic, where a special screening of “Pete’s Dragon,” his first feature film starring role, is Aug. 11, prior to the family fantasy adventure film’s Aug. 12 opening there and at other movie theaters in the Lehigh Valley and nationwide.

By Paul Willistein



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