January 11, 2017
The New Year’s Eve Peep Drop has become a popular event. Just Born’s Peep mascot, wearing a tuxedo, ‘hosts’ the New Year’s Eve activities at the Steelstack’s Levitt Pavilion, where Peeps visors are handed out to the celebrants. A new and larger plastic Peeps Chick with changing colors was the focal point of the early evening celebration. The Peep’s descent from a crane high above Steelstacks concludes each year with a colorful fireworks show.
By Tim Gilman
S’more family friendly fun
The eighth annual PeepsFest was a family-friendly two-day event Dec. 30 and 31 at the Steelstacks Campus in South Bethlehem. Photo: The PeepsFest 5k race started at Steelstacks in South Bethlehem Saturday morning, the second day of the festival. Running together are race friends in noticeable Peeps-related yellow attire, sisters Ellen and Nancy Bartuska of Wilmington, Susan Gurley of San Francisco, and Peepsfest 5K newcomer Dawn Madzaral of Trexler Hill, who was visiting her family in Fountain Hill. The Peeps 5k companions were among the winners in the “Peepsonality” costume contest, chosen from the 600 runners.
By Tim Gilman
Ringing in the New Year
Business owner J. R. Williams this year treats his staff to a holiday party each year and decided to bring them to the Vision Nightclub for a New Year’s Eve celebration. Williams owns Ultimate Auto Detailing and Window Tint in Easton. About 1,300 revelers chose the Sands Bethlehem Event Center’s Vision Nightclub to ring in the New Year with drink, dance, confetti and balloons. DJ N9NE provided the beat leading up to a midnight balloon drop and confetti shoot into the crowd.
By Dana Grubb
Graphic commentary by award-winning artist Ed Courrier
Bethlehem Twp. Resident returns to his roots
When Kevin Habick traveled to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY for a football game with his family in ninth grade, he fell in love with the school. “I loved the atmosphere and traditions,” this 2005 Freedom HS graduate says. “The school’s motto was something different than I’d known.” That motto is “Duty. Honor. Country.” Photo: Army Ranger School, called the “toughest combat course in the world,” and one of the most mentally and physically demanding leadership schools in the military, provides an intense 61-day combat leadership course focused on small-unit tactics.
By Joanna Ireland
Yasso-Rothrock tourney set
The Yasso-Rothrock Christmas City Classic basketball tournament will take place this Saturday at Freedom with a slate of matchups featuring each of Bethlehem’s boys’ programs. The varsity action tips off at 4 p.m. when Bethlehem Catholic takes on Lincoln Leadership Academy, followed by a 6 p.m. slate between Liberty and Blue Mountain. The nightcap will feature Freedom taking on Bangor at 8 p.m.
By Peter Car
‘Give me goosebumps’
One doesn’t usually associate a symphony concert with pop music, but when the Allentown Symphony Orchestra is paired with the Grammy Award-nominated piano genius Jim Brickman, it’s sure to be a night to remember. “Jim Brickman Pure Piano with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra,” conducted by Ronald Demkee, Allentown Symphony associate conductor, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
By Ashleigh Strange
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