November 16, 2016
African Children’s Choir in town Nov. 19
In the 32 years since its inception, over 52,000 children from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana have received financial support for their education through the African Children’s Choir. The choir’s main goal is to ensure that Africa’s children receive educations because its founders know that helping Africa’s most vulnerable children today will provide them with the skills to help Africa tomorrow. Photo: The African Children’s Choir has performed at major events and venues worldwide, including the British House of Commons, the Pentagon, Royal Albert Hall, the London Palladium, and the Palais des Beaux Arts. The Children’s African Choir is performing on Saturday at 7:15, at the First Presbyterian Church on Center Street in Bethlehem.
By Joanna Ireland
Local officials comment on results
Following the most contentious and ugly U.S. election cycle in recent times, officials around the Lehigh Valley from both major parties are calling for unity above all else. Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez said he had suspected it would be a close election considering the candidates’ flaws. “I didn’t think Mr. Trump would crack the blue wall… I sensed talking with people that there was a quiet Trump vote. People just didn’t want to admit they were voting for him. But now that the election is over we really have to unite and support President Trump because that’s what makes democracy great.”
By Nate Jastrzemski and Bernie O’Hare
Graphic commentary by artist Ed Courrier
Miller Heights ES marks 16th ceremony
Miller Heights ES students and faculty presented their 16th annual Veterans Day program Nov. 10 honoring dozens of military veterans in attendance. Veterans from the five service branches attended and included 91--year-old U.S. Navy and World War II veteran Edward Crocus and 85-year-old U.S. Army and Korean Conflict veteran Richard Sloyer. Both are from the Bethlehem area. Photo: Miller Heights students and veterans in attendance recite the ‘Pledge of Allegiance.’
By Dana Grubb
Hanover students honor veterans
Hanover ES hosted a well-attended Veterans Day celebration Nov. 10. Veterans and students participated in the seventh annual patriotic event, which started outside with a flag-raising and music by some of the students. The major part of the program honoring local veterans was held in a crowded all-purpose room. The hourlong event was spearheaded by Hanover Principal Timothy Lynch and a committee of teachers. Students’ families were a noticeable part of the audience, which enjoyed musical entertainment by their talented children. Photo: A Veterans Day greeting is spelled out by older students on stage.
By Tim Gilman
Press editor honored
Bethlehem Press editor George Taylor was among 10 journalism educators honored with the Journalism Education Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award presented recently in Indianapolis. JEA, a nationwide organization of scholastic and collegiate journalism educators, gives this award to retirees for lifetime dedication to journalism education. Before starting to work for the Times News in Lehighton and eventually the Bethlehem Press, Taylor advised Tamaqua Area HS’s student newspaper, the Blue and White, for 15 years. That publication in a small coal-region school was often named among the top student publications in the nation. Many of his students won numerous state and national awards.
Charter Arts students take Halloween hike
The Charter HS for the Arts’ student body walked Third Street Oct. 28 in celebration of Halloween, and both kids and faculty were in costume. After their walk past downtown businesses they proceeded to the Levitt Pavilion, where there was music and judged costume contest. Above: Charter Arts Director Diane LaBelle leads students past neighboring Third Street businesses.
By Nate Jastrzemski
Becahi beats Saucon Valley for district title
Bethlehem Catholic has dealt with adversity all football season, so it was fitting that the Hawks had another dose of it last Friday night in the District 11 4A champion ship against Saucon Valley. But just like they have responded all season long, the Hawks answered the call for a 27-21 victory at J. Birney Crum Stadium to give the program its 11th district championship in school history.
By Peter Car
Roomful of Teeth at Foy Nov. 19
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s annual gala is usually a bevy of delights and the 2016 lineup is no different. This year’s performers, Roomful of Teeth, are captivating and authentic, bringing original compositions and their own brand of musical instruments: their voices.
Roomful of Teeth performs the Gala Concert at 4 p.m. Nov. 19, Foy Hall, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Moravian College, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem. The Benefactor Cocktails, Dinner and Auction fundraiser is at 6 p.m. Nov. 19, Hotel Bethlehem, 437 Main St., Bethlehem.
By Ashley Strange
Bethlehem: BASD saves $9M in energy costs over last 6 years
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