October 18, 2017
Nitschmann 2.0: Not your grandfather’s middle school
Nitschmann MS hosted an open house Oct. 4 for the public to showcase the new $53.1 million, 180,000-square-foot building. The evening began with Principal Peter Mayes giving a brief introduction in the school’s auditorium before inviting everyone to explore the new school. Many teachers and students were posted around the campus and in classrooms to greet the public and answer questions.
By Mark Kirlin
Let’s talk civility
In the midst of recent tragedies and current events, the topic of civility comes to the forefront. By definition, civility is formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech, focusing on other people rather than our own self interests. George Washington wrote “Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior.” Today most of these rules seem outdated. However, the core message remains relevant; setting aside our self-interests and focusing on respecting others.
By Jacquelyn Youst
‘Preserv[ing] the connection’
After six years of being closed, the High Street Bridge was dedicated in a reopening ceremony Sept. 25.“As many of you know, this bridge used to be a single-lane wooden bridge that was owned and maintained by Norfolk Southern. Quite honestly, we’ve had issues with the bridge for at least the past 20 years in terms of deficiencies, and a couple of times it was closed,” said Michael Alkhal, city director of public works. Photo: Michael Waldron cuts the ribbon and officially reopens the High Street Bridge in Hellertown.
By Katya Hrichak
Framing what you love
After years in an Eastside studio, Girl on the Hill Framing has moved to a new shop in center city. Offering custom framing for home and business use, art preservation and the sale of vintage pieces, owner Dawn Moser said she relishes the chance to help people find creative answers to their questions about art and family relics. Photo: oves the history of downtown Bethlehem. She is a graduate of Saucon Valley HS, Northampton Community College and Kutztown University, and over the past 15 years has worked on art installations and framing projects for local artists, ArtsQuest, Lehigh University, Lehigh Valley Hospital and the Sands Casino.
By Nate Jastrzemski
‘Firefighting’ author to speak Nov. 8
The newly released book “Firefighting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1741–1917” tells the story of how a town battled the elements – and won. It is the first of its kind, with many never-before-seen photographs. The authors (right), Nancy Rutman, Chris Eline and Karen Samuels, will discuss their research for the book and present a slideshow about Bethlehem firefighting Nov. 8, 7 p.m., at Seidersville Hall, 3700 Old Philadelphia Pike. Nancy Rutman discovered an interest in American history as a teenager, during the nation’s bicentennial in 1976. Chris Eline is a local historian and firefighter for the Bethlehem Fire Department for 24 years. Karen Samuels is an author of seven books on Bethlehem area history and a Keystone Press Award-winning newspaper columnist.
Apples Fest single autumn’s arrival
There couldn’t have been a better way to say ‘goodbye’ to summer and ‘hello’ to autumn than Historic Bethlehem Museum and Sites’ 4th annual Family Fun Apple Days Festival. On Sept. 9 and 10, the Burnside Plantation hosted record numbers of over 3,500 apple lovers from locations all over the Lehigh Valley. Photo: A new addition to this year’s festival intrigued dog lovers such as Raelynn and her father, who read to Abby, a therapy dog from Therapy Dogs International. The therapy dogs were adored by all and Richard, left, Abby’s owner, noted the smiles the four-legged friends bring to everyone’s faces.
By Allison Poczak
Fighting pediatric cancer … together
rior to the Sept. 29 football game, students from Freedom and Emmaus teamed up to help raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer. Both student sections observed “gold-outs” to support the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV). FHS and EHS have both been selling the “gold-out” shirts in school, as this is the main way to obtain donations and participate in this event. PCFLV helps cover all of the medical expenses for kids with cancer in the Lehigh Valley who are registered with them and also have fun little events for the kids throughout the year. Photo: Freedom football player Alec Huertas runs onto the field with Mackenzie Cleffi, daughter of Michael Cleffi (a teacher at Freedom) who recently had her last chemotherapy treatment.
LHS wins D-11 golf title
The Liberty High School golf team once again brought home the hardware, capturing the District 11 team title after also winning the East Penn Conference title two weeks ago. The Hurricanes lost to teams like Emmaus and Parkland during the regular season, but leading up to the EPC tournament, felt they had an advantage with their top-five golfers and that certainly proved to be the case.
By Mike Haines and Scott Pagel
There has long been a connection between art and music, with one often inspiring the other. Many musicians are also artists and vice-versa. Years ago, when I first started conducting the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, someone asked me if I had ever heard any of the sound sculptures created by the artist Harry Bertoia. At that point I had not, so they invited me out to Harry’s barn and studio in Bally, Berks County, along Route 100, about 15 miles from Allentown.
By Diane Wittry
Valley: LANTA, union team up for Puerto Rican relief
Valley: Giant donates $250K for Hurricane Irma relief
133rd District: Jeanne McNeill accepts nomination
Bethlehem: City announces public meeting for parking review
Bethlehem: HCC members warm to cold storage plan
Northampton County: Audit reveals questionable P-card use
Northampton County: Gaming board reluctant to gamble with $745K in slots revenue
South Bethlehem: Charter Arts presents ‘Waiting for Godot’
Around town community calendar
Center for Animal Health and Welfare
High school news reports
MEET THE PRESS
The Bethlehem Press online
Where to buy the Bethlehem Press
To subscribe: New start
Send news to the Bethlehem Press
To advertise: Ad staff
Follow us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter