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May 17, 2017


Penn State men’s mile strut

An annual event motivated nearly 35 men at the Penn State Lehigh Valley campus to hit the pavement in hot red high heels. “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is an event in support of women and against sexual assault, violence  and abuse. RISE, Response in Sexual Exploitation, is a campus club which hosts the yearly event that took place April 24. Photo: Penn State Lehigh Valley students lined up to get ready for the walk. Many participants chose to sport socks and heels in the interest of comfort.

By Allizon Poczak



‘Transforming the lives of students’

Emeril Lagasse, New Orleans celebrity chef and restauranteur, will be the headliner at the eighth annual Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival at the Sands Event Center in South Bethlehem, June 2-4. The owner of three restaurants at Sands Bethlehem, Lagasse will kick off  the event on Friday, June 2 at 2 p.m. with a demonstration of his world-renowned culinary skill. The chef will also announce the names of the six students from Northampton Community College’s Culinary and Hospitality Management program who have won the highly competitive, all-expense-paid externships to train in Lagasse’s New Orleans kitchens. Photo: Northampton Community College President Mark Erickson, speaking at a news conference, said culinary students from NCC are involved in every aspect of the Food & Wine Festival.  “Cooking alongside the region’s best chefs and Emeril, hospitality students [are] learning what it takes to pull off an event of this magnitude.”

By Carole Gorney



Rotarians work together to reduce hunger

Five area Rotary Clubs joined forces March 11 to help reduce hunger in the Lehigh Valley as they set up a production line operation in Moravian College’s Haupert Union Building. Over 100  Rotarians from the Bethlehem, Morning Star, Easton, Nazareth and Saucon clubs packed rice and bean and apple cinnamon oatmeal meals for distribution to area food banks.Packing 20,000 dry meals in several shifts, the effort marked the first time that all five clubs in Rotary District 7430 had partnered on a community service project. Photo: Presidents of the five local Rotary Clubs comprising Rotary District 7430 participated in the packing event: George Morrison from Saucon Rotary; Brian Hartlaub from Nazareth Rotary; Sharon Fontana from Morning Star Rotary; R.C. Smith from Easton Rotary; and Gail Evans from Bethlehem Rotary.

By Dana Grubb



Park dedicated to first responders

Most of the time, they are taken for granted. Sometimes they are maligned. But when you need them, they come without hesitation. These are our nation’s first responders. Our police officers, firefighters, emergency medical and management personnel. In their honor, Hanover Township dedicated First Responders Park on Airport Road Saturday, April 28. “Thank you, for turning towards things that most people run from,” said Hanover Township Supervisor Michael Prendeville, who conceived the idea of naming this park after them. As he spoke, sirens wailed in the distance as first responders elsewhere drilled for an airport disaster that hopefully will never occur. Photo: First Responders Park is the product of the efforts of, from left to right, Supervisors John Diacogiannis, Michael Prendeville, Mark Tanczos and Jack Nagle, as well as Manager Jay Finnigan. Supervisor Steve Salvesen was unable to attend.

By Bernie O’Hare



Media tours new high-tech science building

Anyone passing Moravian College’s main campus has noticed the quick rise of a huge new building. Celebrating the near-completion of the Sally Breidegam Maiksiewicz Center for Health Sciences April 13, the college invited media to take a tour before the $23 million facility opens in June. Photo: Workers secure the glass atrium atop the corner of the health sciences building. The tower features a furnished study area on each floor, the top unofficially called the No-Shoes Lounge, from which the light of an eight-foot, 500-pound glass Moravian star will shine.

By Nate Jastrzemski



An educational celebration

The Cops ‘n’ Kid’s Literacy Program enjoyed its 11th annual Celebration of Reading … and the Arts and Sciences at the Northampton Community College Fowler Family South Side Center April 22. The events kicked off at 10:30 a.m. with a small parade of the Liberty HS bagpipers, Broughal MS Marching Band, and the City of Bethlehem Mounted Police Unit. The musical entertainment lasted until 3 p.m., continuing every half-hour under the outdoor performance venue and on the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors in the NCC Fowler Center. Photo: Larry Sceurman, storyteller and member of the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild, captivates children during his presentation, “Tales, Laughs…and a bit of Magic.”

By Allison Poczak



Mommy’s Market marks 4th year

It was a great time to get some bargains at the Governor Wolf ES’s annual Mommy Market.

Vendors selling used and new goods rented space and/or tables in the school cafeteria/gym, as well as in the corridor outside the gym. They were able to set up their merchandise on Friday evening. The sale ran from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 25. Merchandise included toys and games, clothing for children and adults, household items, plants, and decorative objects. Business was brisk. Outside the gym, coffee, tea and baked goods were on sale. Proceeds from the sale of refreshments, as well as the rental of tables, benefit programs of the Governor Wolf PTA. Photo: House for sale! In addition to clothing, Robin Hojnocki of Bethlehem was selling a beautiful doll house built by her grandfather. The house was originally wired for lights.

By Dorothy and Dennis Glew



Fire arms do not belong in the hands of school teachers, personnel

The Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee recently approved Senate Bill 383, sponsored by Sen. Don White, R-41st, of Indiana County. This bill, which would allow school directors to establish a policy for allowing personnel access to firearms in school buildings or on school grounds, would amend the Public School Code of 1949. Senate Bill 383, which passed the committee with a 9-3 vote, will now go to the full Senate for final approval. A 2014 Council of State Government Justice Center article titled, “Arming Teachers and K-12 School Staff: A Snapshot of Legislative Action” states: “Prior to 2013 state legislative sessions, the National Conference of State Legislatures was not aware of any state laws that specifically authorized teachers or other school staff to carry firearms on K-12 school campuses.”

By Susan Bryant

Illustration by Ed Courrier



Double the fun

Liberty’s number one doubles team of Dan Lynn and Louis Gruber became District 11 doubles tennis champions after winning their match against Hurricane teammates Luke Conrad and David Lynn 6-4, 6-1 last Friday at Winning Touch in Allentown. “It feels great,” said Dan Lynn. “We’re a good combination, and we gelled. Louis was great, and he always finds a way to make the shot.” Accustomed to playing more singles than doubles, Lynn and Gruber had to play with a different strategy.

By Katie McDonald



Humming along with the hummingbird

Spring has definitely sprung with birds coming and going. Many bird species visit for a specific period of time each year. The slate-colored juncos arrive in November, stay for the winter and head north in April. The juncos leave about the same time as when the ruby-throated hummingbirds come from the south to spend spring, summer and early fall here. The final day we saw juncos in our yard was April 25. White-throated sparrows are also winter visitors that head north in early spring.

By Bud Cole



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