August 16, 2017
Administrators against armed staff
The states senate last month passed bill 383, which allows school district staff and faculty who possess concealed-carry permits to carry firearms on school property. Educators across the state have spoken against the bill. Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Dr.Joseph Roy said he’d be uncomfortable with guns in the hands of anyone other than trained professionals. He told Lehigh Valley Live anything else raises the risk that some innocent person is going to get hurt,
By Nate Jastrzemski and Ed Courrier
Fab Lab: ‘Fabulous Fabrication’
Northampton Community College’s Fab Lab in South Bethlehem will double its space and learning opportunities when NCC’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship opens in May 2018. The initiative is being made possible by a $7 million grant to renovate the first floor of the Fowler Family Southside Center on East Third Street, where the Fab Lab will expand to half of the new space for innovation, and the remaining space will be devoted to entrepreneurship. Photo: Tobor the Great, named after the robot in the eponymous 1954 film, was designed and built by Fab Lab instructors working together for a total of 10,000 hours. The robotic arm acts under the control of the special glove shown on the arm of the man in the background.
By Carole Gorney
Fest comes to a close
Joining hundreds of other Santana fans in lawn chairs or on blankets along First Street, are Kathleen Wentz from Bethlehem Township and Kathy Brown from Bethlehem. They agreed that listening just outside the gated Sands Steel Stage venue is a lot of fun.
Photos by Dana Grubb, Lori Patrick and Tim Gilman
Cub Scout day camp adventures
The occasional cloudbursts couldn’t dampen spirits at the Cub Scout Day Camp at Louise Moore Park in Easton July 14, the last day of a week-long adventure. Fortunately, it was sunny for most of the week while the nearly 100 Cub Scouts from area packs moved among various activity stations to have fun and learn. Staffed by 60 scout leaders and volunteers, these included stations for scouting skills, science, sports, water sports, archery and BB gun marksmanship. Photo: On their last day of the week-long Cub Scout Day Camp at Louise Moore Park, the kids and their leaders still ‘have a ball’ despite some drippy weather.
By Ed Courrier
Tooth Fairy visits National Night Out
National Night Out, held on the first Tuesday of August, is a chance for police and other first responders to get together with the local residents they serve and show them that they all care. Bethlehem Township has one of best of these community gatherings at its municipal park. In addition to a moon bounce, water slide and all kinds of educational exhibits, there’s also plenty of free food donated by area businesses and restaurants for a crowd of nearly 1,000 people. But the star of the night would have to be the tooth fairy, who flew in before she started work that evening to hand out toothbrushes and pencils to area children. Photo: The Tooth fairy is actually Gabrielle Matejcik, whose toothbrush might be a bit too big for Sophia Bermudez.
By Bernie O’Hare
Tony’s To-Cat wins TOC
The 28th version of Catasauqua’s Tournament of Champions proved to be an old-fashioned basketball barnburner. Top-Cat, the champion of the nearby Stiles League, defended its title with a tight-knit, 62-59 win over Ohlson’s Landscaping to capture the crown. Derek Hall hit John Amoroso for a layup with roughly 15 seconds remaining in the game to help Top-Cat to the title. It was a close contest throughout the night, as the tournament featured its share of interesting games. Teams from Allentown, Allentown JCC, Bangor, Catasauqua, Catty Over 35, North Catasauqua, Stiles and Summit Hill participated.
By Jeff Moeller
A cool award
Douglas Wiltraut received a Ruth G. Rosenau Silver Medallion in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors for “A Cool Sip” (dry brush watercolor, 35 in. x 54 in.).
Wiltraut’s long-time friend, Bob Schaffer, posed for the watercolor near the “Poughkeepsie Bridge,” a 19th-century railroad trestle south of Slatington along the Lehigh River. This is the third time Schaffer modeled for an award-winning work by Wiltraut. The award presentation for “A Cool Sip” was Aug. 4 in Old Forge, N.Y.
By Ed Courrier
Bethlehem Area SD: Sage new Freedom assistant principal
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Lehigh Valley: Task Force thanked for helping veterans
Lehigh Valley: Daycare own pleads in infant’s death
Lehigh Valley: UGI donation benefits are children
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Fountain Hill: Firemen, police thanks for blaze response
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