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April 19, 2017

Hyacinths mark Moravian Easter dawn service

The Moravian Easter dawn service, which dates back to the city’s founding by the Moravians, was held Sunday at 6 a.m. in Central Moravian Church. According to tradition, the Easter worshipers walked to nearby God’s Acre Cemetery

for an outdoor continuation of the Easter celebration. God’s Acre consists of flat grave markers of the early Moravian Community members in Bethlehem.

By Tim Gilman



Cancer warrior gives back to community

Newhard in the “Ray of Sunshine” room in the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV) offices at the Banana Factory. Recently diagnosed with his fourth relapse, Newhard, a 12-year-old cancer warrior, created 75 Easter bags from donations he collected. The plucky New Tripoli resident distributed them to other pediatric cancer warriors and their siblings at the April 12 event. “A lot of people did a lot for me and I want to give back to the community,” said Newhard. He was also grateful for the help he received from family and friends in putting together the gift baskets. Luchansky and Kresge, from Coplay, lost their four and-one-half-year-old sister Ella Luchansky to neuroblastoma three years ago.

By Ed Courrier




The April 15 Eggstravaganza at College Hill Moravian Church in Bethlehem attracted about 200 children and their families to a variety of special events. The afternoon activities for 3-9 year-olds included arts and crafts, snacks, story-time and a visit by the Easter Bunny. The finale took the children outdoors for the Easter egg hunts, in three age groups, which featured 1,700 candy-filled eggs. The special Easter event for younger children is coordinated by Rev. David C. Meyer and a team of volunteers which include his son, Leo, as the Easter Bunny. Above: The Egg hunt scramble is the finale of the Eggstravaganza on Easter Saturday at College Hill Moravian Church in Bethlehem. 

By Tim Gilman



Tax Day rally in Bethlehem

With Tax Day approaching on April 18 this year, Americans in cities across the nation participated in a Tax March April 15 to demand that President Donald Trump release his most recent tax returns. Though no president is required to release his tax income returns, every major party nominee since the 1970s has done so.  In Bethlehem, around 200 people gathered in Payrow Plaza next to Bethlehem City Hall to have their voices heard. The local rally was sponsored by the Bethlehem City Democratic Committee. “The American  people deserve to know what corporations, banks, and foreign investors Donald Trump is beholden to,” said Clyde Thomas, chairman of the committee. Photo: Steve and Barbara Diamond of Bethlehem came to the demonstration in eye-catching, patriotic garb.

By Dorothy and Dennis Glew



Freedom presents ‘Peter Pan’

“Peter Pan,” a lively musical, was performed at Freedom HS from April 5 through 9. A cast of 42 students worked together to present the popular play, featuring characters Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Wendy. Director Jennifer Wescoe created a fast-moving production with imaginative sets, colorful costumes and remarkable student performances. She was assisted by music director Nancy Shumaker, choreographer Jerri Brown and pit conductor Michael Moran, with mostly student musicians. Peter Pan originated as J.M. Barrie’s 1904 play, and 50 years later, the Broadway musical production won three Tony Awards. Broadway revivals in 1979 and 1990 also received Tony nominations. A remarkable feature of the Freedom “Peter Pan” production are the flying effects provided by ZFX Inc. which outdid Tinkerbell’s fairy dust, used by Peter Pan. Photo: Flying to Neverland with Peter Pan leading the way in a star-filled sky are the Darling family children Wendy (Grace Taylor), Michael (Aaron Rivas) with his teddy bear and John (Joshua Konschnik) from their home in London.

By Tim Gilman



Cops n Kids reaches Lincoln

Cops ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literacy Program completed yet another fantastic event of giving, this time for the children of Lincoln ES. Students packed the auditorium on the morning of March 31, anticipating a day filled with reading and fun. During the assembly, students learned how the Liberty HS National Honor Society raised over $800 to be used to purchase brand new books for each student at Lincoln. They additionally heard from speakers including Lincoln Principal Benita Draper, and Cops ‘n’ Kids President Beverly Bradley. The  women encouraged the students to keep reading, learning and dreaming, so they can grow up to reach their goals. Bradley led a student pledge, telling students, “as long as you’re dreaming, you’re moving forward.” Photo: Lincoln elementary students listen to Liberty HS National Honor Society volunteers share their hometown, favorite book and biggest dream. Photo: Cops ‘n’ Kids President Beverley Bradley leads the children in a pledge to follow their dreams and to keep reading.

By Alli Poszak


Traditions, Green Pond site arguments hear

Developer Traditions of America (TOA) wants to build an active senior community at Green Pond Country Club. What makes this development controversial is its location. It’s adjacent to environmentally sensitive wetlands, in the middle of an Audubon-designated “Important Bird Area” called Green Pond Marsh. Because nearly every Bethlehem Township commissioner has publicly expressed an opinion either for or against the proposal, the board decided to appoint David Brooman, a Norristown-based attorney, as an independent hearing officer to decide whether to grant or deny tentative plan approval. He has conducted several hearings with technical testimony offered by both Traditions of America and “Save Green Pond.” But the April 11 hearing was different. It was a last opportunity for the people to speak. They did. He heard from 29 of the 80 people who packed into the municipal building on an unusually warm April night.

By Bernie O’Hare



‘Canes, Pares off to hot starts

It appears to be a two horse race in the East Penn Conference’s Steel Division, as Liberty (7-1, 4-0) and Freedom (7-0, 4-0) headed into this week in poll position atop the division. With a full slate of games this week, both teams could enter their Saturday showdown (1 p.m. at Liberty) with more at stake than their rivalry.

By Peter Car




Woodland plants bloom quickly

Spring arrived March 20, but some days I wonder if it is really here. We’ve had temperatures vary from the high-30s to some days in the mid-80s. If it weren’t for seeing harbingers of the season such as birds gathering building materials for nests, trees pushing out their leaf buds, ephemeral wildflowers appearing among the old leaves of fall, and male spring peepers calling for mates, I at times would question whether s

By Bud Cole



Bethlehem: Council approves 1st LERTA expansion reading

Bethlehem: AAUW book sale opens April 20

Lehigh Valley: Female Civil Rights leaders to be honored April 28

Northampton: Cusik strikes out again on car fees

South Bethlehem: Book sale report

Lehigh County: $5 car registration fee considered

Lehigh Valley: Grants available for rural community fire equipment



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