May 31, 2017
Rehabilitation of the 130-year-old monument cost nearly $30,000 according to city recreation director Jane Persa, with $3,000 in private donations and the balance coming from developers recreation fees received by the City of Bethlehem. It was removed in early 2016 and transported to Conservation Solutions Inc. in Maryland last October to be refurbished. Facchiano Iron Works in Bethlehem fabricated the support structure inside the monument to stabilize it.
By Dana Grubb
‘A celebration of the future’
Fountain Hill Shade Tree Commission members Jason Quarry, Mike Klo and Suzanne Poroszlai hold the flag presented by State Forester John Nissen. “Arbor Day is a different day than any other holiday,” Nissen told the gathering. “Other holidays celebrate the past, but Arbor Day is a celebration of the future.”
By Selena Cintron
‘Friends’ host ‘April in Paris’ library benefit
The Bethlehem Area Public Library was transformed into a lovely Parisian setting for a fundraiser April 25. The Friends of the Library raised nearly $13,000 for the library. This is the Friends’ third fundraising event and the theme, April in Paris, resonated with the 140 guests. As the guests sipped champagne from glasses etched with the Eiffel Tower for the occasion, they were treated to mouth-watering crepes from Cachette, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres from Apollo Grill, and a delicious selection of cheese from The Cheese Shop at Seasons. A signature French martini made with vodka, Chambord (black raspberry liqueur) and pineapple juice was also enjoyed. Photo: Touchstone Theatre mime Joe Ferraro with Tom Wendahl and Tess Blum. Ferrraro slipped silently in and among the guests, creating a shared sense of camaraderie among the attendees.
A celebration of excellence
Eighteen vocational students were honored at the Bridges Foundation’s Celebration of Excellence ceremony at the Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School May 4. The high-achievers were chosen from 60 applicants for scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000.
Photo: Bridges honorees (bottom row) Brooke Adams, Alyssa Trudniak, Mackenzie Strunk, Kayla Marsdale, Kayla Hart, (top) Andrew Sottilare, Dawson Silfies, Judson Freidl, Kevin Michels, Olvin Espinosa, Ruth Sharga, Genna Wetzel, Alexandra DaRoja, Ouhua Yan, Tyrus Bahrman, Eric Hernandez and Jason Zimmerman.
By Ed Courrier
Arbor Day at Marvine ES
Tatianna Maldonado shows off the Sour Patch candy treat she got during the tree climbing course. Professional climber John Lascelle of Joshua Tree seems amused by the fourth grader’s reaction during her descent. The children were awarded with candy during the supervised tree climbing.
By Tim Gilman
Rachel Tanczos takes 3rd at States
Bethlehem Catholic thrower Rachel Tanczos won a third place state medal in discus at the PIAA State Class 3A Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Shippensburg University.“I was thinking it would be nice to get in the 140’s, but I was happy,” Tanczos said. “It was a little tricky because it was raining, and we had to wipe our feet off before every throw, but it was something we all had to work against.” Tanczos threw a 138-7 at states and a 144-9 at districts.
By Katie McDonald
Shakespeare for everyone
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF), with its Main Stage Theatre production of “Evita” opening June 14, bodes to be bigger and better than ever for its 26th season. Already, the 2017 season has set a record. PSF set a new one-day sales record Feb. 15, opening day of single-ticket sales for the summer 2017 season. In one day, 938 tickets were sold for a more than $43,000 total. That’s a 64 percent increase, compared to the first day of single ticket sales in 2016, the Festival’s record-breaking 25th anniversary season.
By Paul Willistein
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