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October 19, 2016


‘It could have been worse’

What happens when a hurricane interrupts your family vacation? Scott Pagel, sports editor of the Bethlehem, Catasauqua, Northampton, and Whitehall editions of the Lehigh Valley Press, was on vacation with his family Oct. 5-12 at the Disney All-Star Sports Resort in Orlando during  the time Hurricane Matthew was projected to hit Florida before moving up the East Coast.

By Zach Hottinger



Eating a meal should not be a privilege

A nondescript maintenance building on the Miller Heights ES campus is the new home for Back Pack Pals, a program organized by Bethlehem Area School District parent Nikki Testa that aims to provide food for students in need over long weekends and extended holidays. Testa, who was raised by a single mother, said it was divine guidance that spurred her to pursue establishing the Back Pack Pals program. “I was tagged to pay it forward,” the upbeat wife and mother of two daughters says with a smile. Photo: Vivian Robledo-Shorey, the BASD’s director of student services and minority affairs, outlines the need for some students to receive assistance through the Back Pack Pals program so they do not go hungry when school is not in session.

By Dana Grubb



A women ahead of her time

On Sept. 21, Northampton Community College sponsored the keynote lecture on its 2016 Humanities Theme, “Flying Free: Birds and the Human Spirit.” The subject was Rosalie Edge, the founder of the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, Pa. Hawk Mountain is famous the world over, but Edge has slipped into undeserved obscurity. As the speaker, Dyana Z. Furmansky, made clear, she deserves our attention. Furmansky is the author of a prize-winning book on the topic of her lecture, “Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy: The Activist Who Saved Nature from the Conservationists.” Forceful and abrasive, Edge did not hesitate to step on toes to conserve nature. The treatment she received from the men she challenged, conservationists included, reminded the speaker, and some in the audience too, of the ways strong women in public life are still treated today. Photo: Joined by Rosalie Edge’s granddaughter, Deborah Edge, M.D., Dyana Furmansky displays her award-winning study of the founder of the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.

By Dorothy and Dennis Glew



Local pilot says ‘Sully’ highly accurate

The movie “Sully” focuses on a trained professional whom circumstances turn into a hero. Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III, a commercial pilot, faced a crisis with calm professionalism, saved the lives of those entrusted to him and endured intense unmerited criticism.  After viewing the film, Salisbury Township resident and former pilot Richard Fried gives it a thumbs up and states “[the movie] was very accurate.”  Fried’s assessment is particularly relevant because he and Sully flew slightly different versions of the same plane. Fried piloted the larger Airbus A300; Sully worked on the Airbus A320.

By Beverly Springer


Family fun at the Apple Fest

There was something for everyone at the third annual Apple Days Festival at the Burnside Plantation. Among other activities for children were rides on a pony or in a donkey-drawn cart, apple dunking, and having their faces painted. In the Kids Craft Tent young visitors could make a totem pole, a pinecone bird feeder or a paper Burnside model. They could also try their hand at sand art. Older attendees could watch and/or do some square dancing, witness a beekeeper demonstration and participate in a doughnut-eating contest. Yet another competition was the My Favorite Apple Pie Baking Contest in the Culinary Tent. Visitors could get a sense of life long ago by watching colonial crafters demonstrate their skills, sampling colonial apple dishes, or taking in the colonial garb of the volunteers. Proceeds from the event support Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites. Photo: Anita Gerrity, winner of the apple baking contest, displays her caramel apple cheese cakes.

By Dorothy and Dennis Glew


Hawks aim for city title

There is no question which football team is playing the best in District 11 heading into week nine and that’s Bethlehem Catholic. The Hawks appear to be unfazed by anything in this mini demolition course they’ve been able to tread recently and last Friday’s lopsided 40-20 road victory at Whitehall solidified that point.

By Peter Car



Variations on an ‘Enigma’

e·nig·ma /iˈniɡmə/ nun a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand. This is the word used by Sir Edward Elgar as part of the title for the set of variations that he wrote on a single theme, the “Enigma Variations.” The story goes that Elgar was improvising on his piano and came up with this nice melody that reminded him of his wife, Alice. As he experimented with the music, changing it around, he jokingly called out to his wife in the kitchen, “Who does this sound like?”

By Diane Wittry



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Bethlehem: School board ponders primary Spanish

Bethlehem: Planner move to seize a vacant lot

Northampton County: Council reviews 2017 spending plan

Valley: Walmart begins hunt for seasonal help

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