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February 22, 2017


WGPA celebrates 70 years on the air

The owner of the Bethlehem Globe-Times newspaper, Rolland J. Adams, founded WGPA in 1947. He owned the Globe Times from 1933 until he retired in 1970. As a gift to the city of Bethlehem, the Globe Times erected a star on South Mountain for the Christmas season of 1938. Adams had difficulty finding local radio coverage to publicize the star. That convinced him that Bethlehem needed its own radio station. Adams made several visits to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, D.C., to request a radio broadcast license. When he finally secured it in 1945, it was only the third license to be granted in the Lehigh Valley. Photo: The ‘Bearman’ dropped by to congratulate WGPA owner Ronald Crumbliss on Sunny 1100’s 70th anniversary. At WZZO for many years, Bearman related how he had started his radio career 45 years ago at WGPA.

By Karen Samuels and Dana Grubb



Council Oks public works facility plan

For five years architect Mike Mayrosh has toiled over designs as residents waited, shaking their heads at dripping ceilings, equipment and extension cords lying about, and great unsecured fuel tanks rusting amid their Pool Street homes. But Feb. 15 it came to pass: Council voted to advertise for the construction of a new public works facility.

By Nate Jastrzemski



‘Great and wonderful’

According to Apollo Grill general manager Rachel Griffith, Historic Bethlehem’s Winter Restaurant Week 2017 was “great and wonderful. We’ve offered some creative menus,” said Griffith, who said the weather had cooperated, unlike in 2016 when a 32-inch snowstorm forced restaurants to extend the promotion. Apollo Grill was one of 12 historic district restaurants participating from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, each offering a variety of specials at fixed prices to encourage regular diners and those new to the downtown dining scene to enjoy a variety of culinary experiences. Restaurant Week is a Downtown Bethlehem Association promotion. Photo: It’s a Restaurant Week luncheon with young Luca DeAngelis as the center of attention. Donna Leon and Brittany DeAngelis of Bethlehem said they enjoy Restaurant Week options and Luca apparently enjoys attention from server Michele Valence, a 12-year employee at the Apollo Grill.

By Dana Grubb



Fitness team is here to build you up

In-home personal training company GYMGUYZ is lifting its national franchise and dropping a confidence campaign right in the Lehigh Valley. With GYMGUYZ now in the valley for a year, Aaron Behrens, Lehigh Valley franchise owner, and his trainers are excited to expand their business and start working with children and parents. Photo: GYMGUYZ Lehigh Valley’s Joe Hofstetter and Aaron Behrens team up for the Confidence Campaign. The two aim to strengthen the youth one child at a time.

By Selena Cintron



LHS Robotics Team qualified for national competition

While some students spend hours after school mastering a sport or an art, the nine students on the 2016 Robotics Team at Liberty HS spend their time designing, building and programming award-winning mechanical robots.  The LHS Robotics Team recently won the Parkland Starstruck HS Division Qualifier, a tournament at Springhouse MS against 36 other high schools Jan. 7 sponsored by VEX Robotics. The win earned them a spot at VEX’s national competition April 6-8 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and they are working to raise the $6,000 needed to get them to the competition. Photo: Felix Quintana and Raj Kundu practice driving the robot at their team meeting after school.

By Liz Kemmerer



Becahi girls win EPC title

Before winning the East Penn Conference Girls’ Basketball Championship last Friday, Bethlehem Catholic coach Jose Medina told his Hawks that last year’s silver medal was hanging in his car, a medal they could not get again. After a 45-40 victory over Easton at Freedom High School, Medina presented his team with medals of a different color. Gold.

By Katie McDonald



King of Instruments

“In my eyes and ears, the organ will forever be the King of Instruments.”

- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Allen Organ is the official organ of the Allentown Symphony and we have enjoyed a wonderful partnership for many years. Many people in the Lehigh Valley are not aware that Allen Organ, the largest digital organ company in the world, is located right here in Macungie, Pennsylvania. Allen Organ was on the front end of technology when in the 1960s the firm utilized binary-coding systems developed for NASA, and applied them to the sampling and replication of musical sounds.

By Diane Wittry



Bethlehem: School board Oks preliminary budget

Bethlehem: School officials critical of proposed tax plan

South Bethlehem: Lehigh plans new residence hall

Fountain Hill: Nancy Run firefighters assist at fire scene

Lehigh County: Grant will assist in heroin, opioid fight

Lehigh County: County making new parks, rec. plan

Northampton County: County, city plan 911 consolidation

Valley: Area school official voice concerns about tax proposal



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