June 14, 2017
‘Investing in people changes the world’
Lodge director Ian Panyko looks forward to expanding Café the Lodge’s restaurant and catering services. For the past five years, the Southside Bethlehem enterprise has continued to thrive. A $5,000 Wells Fargo Foundation gift will allow the Café to hire additional staff to balance the increased demand at the restaurant, which is open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, as well as fulfill its catering orders. Staffed almost entirely by adults with mental illness, the Café can customize its catering menu for almost any event and can provide servers and chefs. In addition to employment opportunities, the grant will help to fund the Café’s training and workforce development programs, increase sales and generate new customer contacts. Photo: Opened in March 2012, the Café is open to the public with easy access off the South Bethlehem Greenway. Previous Wells Fargo gifts have allowed the Café to remodel its outdoor dining area. Photo: Café the Lodge receives a $5,000 Wells Fargo Foundation gift at a June 1 presentation at Café the Lodge, 427 E. Fourth St., Southside Bethlehem: From left: Rich Adams, Wells Fargo Foundation Committee member; Allen Singer, Café the Lodge chef; Ian Panyko, The Lodge director; Café barista Gregory Dutt; Mike Pany, Wells Fargo senior community development director; Laura Haffner, Wells Fargo area vice president for the Lehigh Valley; Steve Evans, development director for Resources for Human Development; Kristy Minier, Wells Fargo district manager; and Molly Fleming, Wells Fargo Foundation committee member.
By Carol Smith
R.K. Laros memorial service June 24
Bethlehem-based R.K. Laros Foundation, established in 1952 by Laros Industries Silk Mill founder and owner R.K. Laros, announces the memorial service for his son, R.K. Laros Jr., past Trustee, chair, board member and Member Emeritus of the Foundation, who served since 1965. Dr. Laros passed away Feb. 17 at Hospice in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He was 81 years old and had struggled with dementia for several years.
Top students get star treatment
For the fourth year, Bethlehem Area School District honored its top academic graduates at an event reflective of the media-friendly sports team drafts: The Academic Signing. The 10 top students from both Liberty and Freedom high schools were treated to a luncheon with parents, administrators and supporters June 5, at which they introduced themselves, their college, and prospective major. They then signed proxy documents for the audience to witness; a ceremonial confirmation of their accomplishments and dedication to their continued education. Twenty of Bethlehem’s top students sit at the Education Center to signify their readiness to move on to the next stage of their lives. They are: (bottom row) Liberty HS graduates Madeleine Atwood, Nina Beltrami, Leah Bogert, Jessica Boyer, Elizabeth Escott, Samuel Kaufman, Joyce Kim, JaiMei Li, Valentine Perevalov and Seinn S. Wai; and (top row) Freedom HS graduates Christina Concilio, Sarah Dunn, Michael Harding, Sarah Hussain, Kathryn Lee, Carol Lin, Sahitya Mandalapu, Abigail Rowan, Aliceann Trostle and Ally Young.
By Nate Jastrzemski
‘Just the starting point’
Parents, family members and friends of Liberty HS’s class of 2017 filled Stabler Arena to the brim for the graduation ceremony June 6. The crowd cheered and applauded as the 643 graduating seniors filed into the arena in their navy and maroon caps and gowns, ready to receive their diplomas and declare themselves alumni. At the beginning of the evening, Principal Harrison Bailey III introduced the theme of the 95th commencement ceremony which permeated each of the speeches delivered throughout the course of the night: a quote by e.e. cummings that read, “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
Photo: District champions in baseball, softball, swimming and cheerleading take a bite out of their gold medals prior to the start of Liberty High School’s 95th annual commencement exercises.
By Katya Hrishak and Dana Grubb
Like no other in the LV
Bethlehem Catholic HS graduated its 2017 class of 202 seniors in a commencement ceremony at the school auditorium June 7. Though the school is mostly known for its athletic prowess in the East Penn Conference and District XI, this graduating class received 176 scholarships and awards to 52 different colleges and universities.
Valedictorian Florencia Dayan will attend George Washington University and is the recipient of a Presidential Scholarship. Salutatorian Maria Macaluso will be attending Lehigh University. Both are among 45 seniors who received the President’s Award for Academic Excellence. Photo: Bethlehem Catholic High School Principal John Petruzzelli speaks with students for the last time before they begin graduation exercises. During this speech, Petruzzelli mentioned how proud he was of all the seniors and his shared his confidence in their continued success.
By Bernie O’Hare and Allison Poczak
‘Now it’s our turn’
It was a year to celebrate benchmarks, and the graduates of Freedom HS were flush with pride at Stabler Arena June 7. They entered knowing some of their class’ accomplishments would survive to inspire underclassmen for many years to come – the fulfillment of the evening’s theme: “Building Something That Will Outlive Us.” Signifying that by his mere presence was guest speaker Mark Sigmon, who was president of the school’s very first class of graduates, who began their senior year 50 years ago in 1967. Photo: Filled with the anticipation of graduation a group of classmates gather for one final photo before Freedom HS’s 50th commencement.
By Nate Jastrzemski and Dana Grubb
Food for thought and scholarships
It was like watching one of his more than 2,000 TV cooking shows on the Food Network, but this time Emeril Lagasse was up close and personable. The owner of three restaurants at the Sands Casino Resort in South Bethlehem, Lagasse was the star attraction at the start of the 2017 Food and Wine Festival, an annual fundraiser held at the Sands Event Center for Northampton Community College’s culinary arts program. Photo: Externship winners and their NCC culinary arts faculty meet for a group shot with Emeril Lagasse. In front (l-r) are: Rebecca Heid, hospitality faculty; Isabel DaCosta, hospitality management winner; Julissa Graziano, third-place culinary winner; Lagasse and Jacob Watson, first-place culinary winner. In the rear (l-r) are: NCC President Dr. Mark Erickson, Chef Susan Roth, culinary faculty; Kadija Fran, hospitality management winner; Keanith Quinones, fourth-place culinary winner; Chef Victor Bock, Sands Bethlehem; Samantha Lee, second-place culinary winner; and Chef Chris Wilson.
By Carole Gorney
End of the line for LHS
It started out as a bright and sunny afternoon for baseball, but quickly turned into storm of runs for Pennsbury during Monday’s PIAA 6A semifinal showdown with Liberty. The Falcons erupted in the top of the third inning for nine runs to douse any hope for the Hurricanes, as Liberty’s memorable season came to a close at Bear Stadium in Boyertown, falling in a five-inning 10-run rule by a final 12-0 score line.
By Peter Car
Here comes summer!
“Country Scenes … Blue Ribbon Dreams” is the theme for the 34th annual Schnecksville Community Fair, June 20 - 24, Schnecksville Fire Company, Route 309, near Lehigh Carbon Community College, North Whitehall Township. “There will be plenty of amusement rides, live entertainment, food and exhibits, so be sure to mark your calendars,” says Fair president Emory Minnich. The Fair opens at 5 p.m. June 20 - 23 and at 3 p.m. June 24 Judging day is June 19 when the Fair is not open to the public.
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