February 15, 2017
Trinity Episcopal Church of Bethlehem has operated its soup kitchen for 35 years and today provides a nutritious hot lunches for 150 people Monday through Friday. Unfortunately, the heavily used 25-year-old stove and ovens are in dire need of replacement, and the Trinity Soup Kitchen has undertaken a campaign to raise the $16,000 necessary to replace them with a modern Vulcan stove and several convection ovens. That effort has been bolstered by an anonymous matching pledge of $8,000.
By Dana Grubb
LV Winter Classic’s uncertain future
Sixteen hockey teams from Pennsylvania and New Jersey braved some flurries and brisk 30 degree temperatures to converge at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink on Illick’s Mill Road Jan. 28 for the fourth annual Lehigh Valley Winter Classic. The Winter Classic is a hockey tournament, played outside in the elements, which helps support the Lehigh Valley Polar Bears, a local, special hockey team, part of the American Special Hockey Association. The event has doubled in size the last two years, growing from eight teams to 16 teams. All money raised from the tournament goes directly to the Polar Bears, a team of 25 children with varying degrees of disabilities. But organizer Adam Bortz and others are concerned for the future of the classic, due to a possible restructuring of the building department in the city of Bethlehem which would move two workers at the rink away from the ice. Photo: Using the Zamboni, parks maintenance workers Mike McGraw and Adam Wagner drew high marks from event organizers for their efforts to keep the ice surface perfect during the tournament and throughout the ice skating season at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink. McGraw has been doing the job for seven years and Wagner for four years. Winter Classic organizer Adam Bortz called it “the most preferred ice in the Lehigh Valley.”
By Tom Broas
Minsi Trails Court of Honor
Ten Scouters were honored with Silver Beaver Awards at a Minsi Trails Council court of honor Jan. 27. Recognized for distinguished service were (back row from left) Scott Best of Coplay, Jim Klunk of Kutztown, Jim Korcienski Sr. of Saylorsburg, Rev. Gary Marsh of Bethlehem, and William Schwab of Lehighton. Also honored were (front row from left) Bill Coles of Emmaus, Michael Caffrey of Bethlehem, Charlie Chase of Bethlehem, Francis Oquendo of East Stroudsburg, and Dawn Phillips of Effort.
By Ed Courrier
LV Wedding Expo 2017
Mother Nature contributed a good dusting of white to complement the sparkling iced cakes and glittering gowns featured in the Bridal Expo hosted at Lehigh University’s Rauch Field House Jan. 7 and 8. Wesley Jenks, of Jenks Productions, said it’s the company’s 15th year coordinating and running the event. “I like the people in the Lehigh Valley,” he said. “Everyone is friendly and easy to work with.” Photo: Crowds browse a variety of vendors at the Bridal Expo, held at Rauch Business Center.
By Joanna Ireland
A typical tropic night at the library
A Hawaiian Beach Party with storytelling, dancing, crafts and games was held in mid- January at the Bethlehem Area Public Library on Church Street. About 25 children attended the family-friendly tropical event in the library’s new youth section on the second floor. The library’s Teenage Advisory Board assists with many of the family-friendly events. The free activities are listed on the library’s website, www.bapl.org, or call 610-867-3761, ext. 499. The Southside branch at 400 Webster St. also features free events for children – more info at BAPL website and 610-867-7852. Photo: Miles Kwiatek of the Lehigh Valley Academy Charter School reads “Pig Boy,” an illustrated tropical beach book. “I love reading to the kids and volunteering here at the library. It’s a great way to take part in public service,” said the Bethlehem resident and president of the Teenage Advisory Board which helps with the Bethlehem Public Library community services program.
By Tim Gilman
Eagles top BC in epic state wrestling final
Were you entertained? Saturday’s PIAA 3A state wrestling championship between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth came down to the final bout, where the winner took all and Zac Kiefer instantly became a Nazareth legend, following his 2-1 victory over Tavion Banks in the 170-pound finale to give the Blue Eagles a 30-29 criteria victory over Bethlehem Catholic.
By Peter Car
Blue returns and a poem for a departed pet
Editor’s note: This is the second of three columns based on abridged versions of readers’ stories about their pets in response to a “Bud’s View” column about the emotional stresses individuals and families face when a pet dies. That column, “The Pets That Rescue Us,” is available on The Focus page of The Press web site, Aug. 31, 2016.
By Bud Cole
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Valley: Fire marshal offers winter storm tips
Bethlehem: Council targets bamboo
Bethlehem: First library booksale a good one
Bethlehem: HCC approves Martin Furniture sign move
Bethlehem: HARB approves awnings for 2 buildings
Northampton County: Gracedale profit less than first stated
Bethlehem Township: Big Box distribution site considered
Fountain Hill: Fire department officers sworn in
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