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Thursday, August 4, 2016

August 3, 2016


Celebrating ‘the Main Street Mayor’

Bethlehem said goodbye to Gordy Mowrer, known as The Main Street Mayor, in a memorial service July 26 at Bethlehem’s Central Moravian Church. Over 350 people braved 90-degree temperatures to pay their respects, but Mowrer, a former Moravian pastor known for his gentle humor, hadmanaged to prepare a surprise for them.  Photo: Guests at the celebration service for Gordon B. Mowrer inside Central Moravian Church stand for a hymn.

By Bernie O’Hare; Photos by Tim Gilman



Problem-solving courts saves money

Problem solving courts deal proactively with the underlying reasons for criminal behavior. A person with mental illness might harass his or her neighbors. A drug addict might steal from family and friends. Both can and are often sent to jail, but unless the addiction or mental illness is addressed, jails become revolving doors for repeat offenders. It does them or their victims no good. It costs the rest of us money. Photo: Judge Craig Dally has been on the bench since 2010. He formerly served as a state representative.

By Bernie O’Hare

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Ground broken for new police horse stable

Representatives from the City of Bethlehem, Allentown Diocese and nonprofit Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Police gathered July 15 to officially break ground for the construction of a new facility on Diocese-owned property in Bethlehem. The 10-acre site on East Longhorne Avenue will be leased long term. Construction of a new multipurpose barn that includes office space, seven stalls, shower facilities, public atrium and meeting room will begin almost immediately, with completion expected in October, according to Tom Tenges, the president of the Friends. Photo: Project architect Christofer Portner, Reverend Monsignor Alfred Schlert representing the Allentown Diocese, Mayor Bob Donchez, Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Police president Tom Tenges and Police Chief Mark DiLuzio are joined by officers Leaser, Waldich and Buskirk on Grey, George and Pharaoh to officially break ground.

By Dana Grubb



Musikfest  readies for 33rd opening

largest free music festival in the nation, kicks off Friday with more than 500 free performances and ticketed headline shows during its 10-day run. Celebrating its 33rd year, the festival reaches out to families and other visitors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and beyond. Photo: Food vendor Mark Suchter prepares his booth at Festplatz for opening day. Suchter operates Shookie’s desserts and “meals in a cup.”  “It’s been about 20 years that I’ve been involved with Musikfest as a vendor,” said the Clark Summit resident.

By Tim Gilman



Eagle Scout’s project benefits Sayre Child Center

Geoffery Baser’s Eagle Scout project included landscaping the front of Sayre Child Center. Baser puts the finishing touches on the fieldstone wall that he and other scouts from Troop 318 worked on. 

By Dana Grubb



‘Freshness, quality, simplicity’

Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse opened his 12th restaurant recently with the addition of Emeril’s Fish House at the Sands Bethlehem Casino. The new restaurant joins Lagasse’s Emeril’s Chop House and Burgers and More by Emeril at the casino resort, and repurposes the former Emeril’s Italian Table. Lagasse says the fish concept has been something he’s wanted to undertake for 22 years because of his connection to the sea and enjoyment of fishing. Photo: Sands president Mark Juliano welcomes Chef Emeril Lagasse during a recent media luncheon.

By Dana Grubb



Strut your Mutt

For the contestants and their owners, it was a chance to show off their good looks and talent. For the dog lovers in the audience, it was a chance to take in 100 dogs, large and small, of various breeds. The atmosphere was festive at the first At the Strut Your Mutt competition at the SteelStacks’ “Levitt Paw-vilion” June 30, dogs and owners could compete in one or more of six contest categories: Most Look-alike, Best Trick, Best Costume, Best Rescue Dog, Cutest Puppy, and Most Awesomest Dog Ever.

By Dorothy and Dennis Glew



Remembering the Black Tom explosion

In 1884, the last male heir of the Packer line, Harry E. Packer died at the age of 33. Leadership of all Asa Packer family interests passed to his nephew, Elisha Packer Wilbur, 51, who accepted the presidency at the Lehigh Valley Railroad headquarters on Brighton Street in South Bethlehem. With power came prestige and Wilbur’s ascent appeared in social columns of the Bethlehem Globe. In winter of 1892, the fifth son of E.P.Wilbur, 20-year old Ray joined his family at the “Titchfield,” a 400-room luxury hotel overlooking the harbor town of Port Antonio in Portland Parish, Jamaica. The hotel catered to patrons who could afford the time, the passage and the privilege of dining on the hotel’s spacious verandahs. At evening parties, a gentleman’s attire indicated his affluence and financial success – his wife wore the jewels to verify it. Photo: Within a mile of Black Tom center, the explosion practically leveled all warehouses and burned barges.

By Ken Raniere


BETHLEHEM SPORTS/Freedom HS Athletes of the Year

Yocum’s MVP year led team on the field

By Peter Car

Alexis Szaro carried workload with success

By Katie McDonald



It’s Musikfest Time!

Musikfest 2016 features more than 550 performances on 15 stages during 10 days on Bethlehem’s North and South Sides. More than 500 of the performances are free. Ten nights of ticketed headliner concerts at the festival’s Sands Steel Stage include: X-Ambassadors, Rachel Platten, Aug. 5; Run-DMC, Aug. 6; Dierks Bentley, Aug. 7; Boston, Aug. 9; Don Henley, Aug. 10; Bush, Chevelle, Aug. 11; Sabrina Carpenter, Aug. 12; Lady Antebellum, Aug. 13, and The Avett Brothers, Aug. 14.

By PaulWillistein



Bethlehem: Meeting introduces Citizens’ Police Academy

Bethlehem: Library book sale successful

Bethlehem: AAUW honors Blauth and Conneen

Bethlehem: Beat the heat

Northampton County: Car registration fee gets the ax

Northampton County: County fairs poorly in state grants

Saucon Valley: Board approves surplus books

Opinion: Helping children cope with unsettling times

Opinion: Despite tax issues, Allen confirmed

School: Nitschmann MS Geogrpahy Bee winners

School: Marvine ES students learn about business world



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