September 14, 2016
A kiss on the cheek
There are very few people who have ever been able to say they kissed a real saint, but retired Bethlehem teacher Nancy Kembel is someone who can. Forty-four years ago she kissed Mother Teresa of Calcutta on the cheek, then called the world-famous missionary “a living saint in our midst.” How right Kembel was. On Sept. 4, just 19 years after her death, Mother Teresa was officially canonized a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. Photo: At home in Bethlehem, Nancy Kembel displays the framed photos of her 1972 meeting with Mother Teresa in Philadelphia.
By Carole Gorney
Just Born strike: ‘It’s corporate greed’
After months of inconclusive negotiations the hourly workers of Just Born Inc., the popular candy company, went on strike last week. Dozens of picketers can be seen outside the Stefko Boulevard building each day, braving the heat while encouraged by honking motorists. About 400 of the company’s 600 employees, members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union Local #6, voted unanimously to strike after rejecting the company’s latest offer, which they say would eliminate the workers’ pension plan, offer substandard wage increases and increase healthcare costs. Photo: Hourly workers protest the company’s last proposed deal as cars pass by, honking encouragement.
By Nate Jastrzemski
Families, food and festival fun
The 55th annual Muhlenberg Summer Festival attracted familes and senior citizens to the popular seasonal celebration which offers live music, a juried arts and crafts show, food, children’s activities and midway games and rides. The four-day extravaganza on the grounds of the Lehigh Valley Hospital - Muhlenberg in Bethlehem features free admission and parking. The annual event is a major fundraiser for the hospital to support projects, programs and services for its patients. The festival customarily follows Musikfest, with a Wednesday through Saturday schedule. Photo: Gabby Rodriguez is all smiles after winning an inflatable monkey prize. The youngster was with her grandmother Lydia Barreto of Northampton, who said it was their first time at the festival.
By Tim Gilman
Knights sale benefits needy
Despite the high heat and humidity, the fourth annual Knights of Columbus yard sale at St. Anne’s Church Aug. 20 drew a steady stream of customers. In addition to members of the parish, people driving along Washington Avenue between Linden Street and Easton Avenue spotted the sale and pulled over to shop. Items on sale were practical, including kitchen utensils, furniture, and tools; and decorative, such as vases, framed pictures, and Christmas ornaments. There were toys, pocketbooks, lamps, flower pots and luggage. Beneficiaries of the sale include Mary’s Shelter, Coats for Kids, ARC of the Lehigh Valley, Special Olympics, St. Anne’s Parish, and homeless shelters in Bethlehem and Allentown. In addition, the Knights have made donations to meet urgent needs as they have arisen, such as the $500 they donated to fire victims.
By Dorothy and Dennis Glew
New Career Link office opens
Lorna Velasquez, executive director of the Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley, welcomed Nancy Dischinat (left), executive director of the Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board Inc. to its new location at the Hispanic Center’s facility. Other speakers included Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez, Northampton County Executive John Brown, Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley vice chair Donna Taggart and Luis Campos, board chair of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
By Dana Grubb
Northeast MS marks 9/11 anniversary
Each year Northeast MS remembers the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 with a short ceremony for students and neighbors. This 15th anniversary of 9/11 was marked by early morning remarks and music, and at least one considered reflection about what that day meant and how these young men and women should approach the future. Principal Joseph Rahs said, “Bringing you out here today in this heat, and with these bugs, is to tell you it’s important that you learn the lessons of the past. We as your adults have failed to bring peace to this Earth. We don’t want you to fail. You must never forget the horrific events of 9/11 and other tragedies that have occurred since. Someday we can live together as one.” Photo: The entire student body, faculty, administrators, family and local volunteers crowd the bus port during the performance of the “Star Spangled Banner.”
By Nate Jastrzemski
Gerrymandering: Elections really are rigged
Before the 2014 Pennsylvania state and congressional races, Democrats outnumbered Republicans in voter registration by a 50 to 37 percent margin. But when the election was over, Republicans occupied 60 percent of the seats in the state legislature and controlled 13 of the state’s congressional seats. How can a minority rule in a representative democracy? That can be answered with one word. Gerrymandering.
Part 1 of a 4-part series by Bernie O’Hare
Pocket park blooms on Third
The Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts’ new pocket park was finished at the Third Street building’s front corner near the end of last school year. Several clubs and classes – such as the Environmental Club and AP Biology course students – worked with administrators and even attended municipal meetings to observe the processes of getting something done with local government.
By Nate Jastrzemski
Week 3: Football results
Easton 27, Freedom 20; Liberty 14, Parkland 6; Emmaus 34, Bethlehem Catholic 24
By Peter Car and CJ Hemerly
The mission expands
Miller Symphony Hall has been around a long time, long enough to go back to a time when it was probably the only game in town, and not only in Allentown, but the Lehigh Valley. Allentown Symphony Association Executive Director Sheila K. Evans is well aware that Miller Symphony Hall is now just one in a crowded field of Valley venues competing for the concert- and theater-going ticket-buying public.
By Paul Willistein
Bethlehem: Book sale opens today
Bethlehem: 275th celebration event this weekend
Bethlehem: LERTA incentive zone approved
Bethlehem: Public poverty conversation Sept. 19
Bethlehem Township: Board dives into storm water fight
Fountain Hill: St. Luke’s, Geisinger partner to improve care access
Hanover Township: Supervisors honor first responders
Hanover Township: Event benefits Alzheimer’s Assoc.
Valley: Panel presses for redistricting reform
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