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December 21, 2016


Welcoming the Christ Child
The live Bethlehem Christmas Pageant, the re-enactment of historical and Biblical events surrounding the birth of Christ, marked its 38th annual presentation Dec. 10 and 11 at the Rose Garden Park band shell in northwest Bethlehem. Photo: Wise Men from the East visit the baby Jesus in the Bethlehem stable, specially built on the stage of the Rose Garden Park band shell at Union Boulevard and Eighth Avenue. The shepherds with their children and sheep gather in the hay outside the stable. The Christmas scene is completed with the holy family and Baby Jesus in a manger, surrounded by angels. The Bethany United Church of Christ choir, on the left, sings popular Christmas songs during the pageant.

By Tim Gilman



Bishop Barres leaves for Long Island

Bishop John. O. Barres, who has led the Allentown Diocese of the Catholic Church since 2009, will soon transfer his responsibilities to Long Island, as he was recently appointed by Pope Francis to lead the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., which consists of Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island. Barres, 56, is the first Bishop of Allentown in the diocese’s 55-year history to be transferred to another diocese. He will be officially installed in a ceremony Jan. 31.

By Nate Jastrzemski



‘Future’ NCC students enjoy holiday bazaar

Northampton Community College hosted its annual Holiday Bazaar for all NCC students and their families at the Fowler Family Southside Center at 511 East Third St. As in previous years, faculty and staff donated gently used items for students to give as gifts to family and friends for the Dec. 7 event.

For the first time, “future NCC students” were invited to participate this year. Kindergarten through third grade students from Holy Infancy School gathered in the Cops ’n’ Kids Reading Room for the NCC Future Student Bazaar to pick from donated gifts to give to loved ones. They also were treated to face painting, ornament making and storytelling. NCC dental hygienist students joined the other volunteers in helping with the festivities. Photo: Thomas Barnowski, CBI director of corporate and public safety education, reads “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clark Moore to kindergarteners from Holy Infancy in the Cops ’n’ Kids Reading Room.

By Ed Courrier



Partnership promotes innovative thinking

The coming new year will be full of academic opportunities and challenges for Lehigh University faculty and students when a new partnership takes effect between the university’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship and the Nasdaq Entrepreneurship Center in San Francisco. Finalized in September, the agreement makes Lehigh an exclusive year-round academic partner in residence at the Nasdaq Center. “2017 will be a prototype year for us to see how it works,” said to Baker Institute Executive Director Lisa Getzler. “We will have some anchor programs, but others might be rotated. We are contemplating something like a study abroad experience – instead to the far-off land of Silicon Valley.”

By Carole Gorney



Reflections on the Supreme Court

This year Moravian College’s Cohen Arts and Lecture speaker, Jeffrey Toobin, was both informative and entertaining. Toobin is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. In the course of his legal career, Toobin served as Assistant U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn. In 1993 he gave up practicing law and took up journalism. He is now a legal analyst for CNN and staff writer at The New Yorker. He is also the bestselling author of seven books, the most recent of which is “American Heiress,” about Patty Hearst. Photo: Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Toobin speculates on the future of the Supreme Court. Sometimes, a justice will prove to be less partisan than anticipated, he said.

By Dorothy and Dennis Glew



Troop 302 marks 100 years with sponsor

Scouts, scout leaders and scouting families gathered recently to commemorate Boy Scout Troop 302’s 100th year of being chartered through a single entity, First Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem. Photo: Troop 302 members recite the Scout Oath during ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the troops sponsorship by Bethlehem First Presbyterian Church.

By Dana Grubb



Becahi boys battle for division lead

Bethlehem Catholic was on the watch list of EPC teams that could surprise this year, but the secret is out for the Hawks two weeks through the regular season. Becahi is off to a 4-0 start and head coach Ray Barbosa feels that his team has been deserving of their unblemished start.

“I think we knew we would be capable of this,” said Barbosa. “We knew this was a talented group and as of now they’ve been playing well.”

By Peter Car



Not a creature was stirring …

I began writing as a hobby about a year before I retired as an elementary school teacher. The following has been tweaked over the past 15 years or so. I’ve had requests each holiday season from readers and friends to see it again. It contains new information. I adapted the holiday story poem, “The Night before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore, adding natural history information about the winter habits of Keystone State’s mammals.

By Bud Cole



Bethlehem: District investigation reveals non-compliant students

Bethlehem Township: Dads and daughters dance the night away

Bethlehem Township: Gingerbread Night

Northampton County: Council condemns Cunningham



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