September 7, 2016
‘Thoughtful that you came to visit’
When Gertrude (Carl) Kunsman was born Aug. 26, 1911, the unsinkable ocean liner Titanic had not yet undertaken its fateful maiden voyage in 1912, and much of the twentieth century’s remarkable history was in her future. One hundred and five years later, “Gertie” was joined by family, friends, a police horse named George, and his officer partner Eric Waldeck at the portico of the Moravian Kings Daughters and Sons residence on West Market Street to celebrate her birthday.
By Dana Grubb
It’s back to school time!
The Bethlehem Area School District re-opened its classrooms Aug. 30 for the 2016-17 academic year. Many of the 22 schools held special back-to-school activities for the students, parents and teachers. BASD has approximately 14,000 students enrolled in the district, which strides both Northampton and Lehigh counties. The heart of the school district is in the city of Bethlehem, with other schools located in the boroughs of Fountain Hill and Freemansburg and Bethlehem and Hanover townships. The students are off for Labor Day.
By Tim Gilman
Off to a good start
“What a wonderful way to start off the new school year,” exclaimed Marvine ES Principal Dr. Karen Gomez. Her students were surprised at their first school year assembly with the gift of backpacks filled with school supplies courtesy of ArtSkills, an area manufacturer of arts and crafts school supplies. Photo: Aniyah Navarro is all smiles upon receiving her school supplies.
By Dana Grubb
Freedom celebrates new turf field
Bethlehem Area School District administrators and board members cut the ribbon in celebration of the new sports field at Freedom HS Aug. 19. Student band members and athletes were present to show school spirit. Left to right: Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy, board member Craig Neiman, board member Eugene McKeon, board President Mike Faccinetto, board member Shannon Patrick, Freedom Principal Michael LaPorta and board member Dean Donaher.
By Nate Jastrzemski
Council covers ordinances, codes and more
Robert Schlegel, new crossing guard for the 2016-17 school year. His post will be on the corner of Broadway and Delaware.
By Tracy Rice
VegFest: Good food, music, (vegan) beer
Though it’s much smaller than Musikfest and only lasts a day, Bethlehem’s sixth annual VegFest offers many of the same charms. Delicious food. Good music. And beer. Lots of it. Most beer is vegan. So crowds grow every year for this annual celebration along the Greenway. Photo: Twenty-four Carrot and her Green Chain were on hand from South Side’s Color Me Mine, but Carrot was eaten.
By Bernie O’Hare
Freedom, Liberty post football wins
From one big game to another, Liberty’s football team has and will be going through a series of mental and physical tests over a two weeks span. Fresh off their 28-21 victory over Easton last Friday night, Liberty now has to re-shift its focus to another test against one of District 11’s top powers, as a road trip to Parkland (2-0) is on the agenda Friday night.
Freedom had a week off from the rigorous confines of EPC South football, blasting Allen 48-0 in a mercy rule contest last week. Joe Young threw for 177 yards and three touchdowns, as the Patriots led 35-0 at halftime to enact the mercy rule. Now, the Patriots (2-0) will turn their focus to hosting Easton this Friday night, hoping to give the Rovers the same dose of defeat they endured at BASD Stadium a week ago in their loss to Liberty.
By Peter Car
Life and Love
After a season celebrating her 20th anniversary as artistic director and conductor of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Diane Wittry knew she wanted the 2016WW-17 season to be even more memorable. You couldn’t do better than “Lights, Camera, Oscars!” the opening Allentown Symphony Pops Series Concert, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, with ASO associate conductor Ronald Demkee and vocal soloists Marie Danvers and Destan Owens; the Symphony Classical Music Series Opening Gala, featuring Grammy winner jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis as soloist for Villa-Lobos’ “Fantasia for Saxophone and Orchestra,” Oct. 15, 16, and the Symphony’s Classical Series of Elgar’s “Enigma Variations,” Nov. 5, 6.
By Paul Willistein
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