June 21, 2017
‘A grand tasting’
Thirty-two top restaurants from throughout the Lehigh Valley served up samples of everything from yellow fin tuna to lamb sliders to kourabiedes (Greek cookies) at the eighth annual Food and Wine Festival in June at the Sands Event Center. The weekend fundraiser for the Northampton Community College (NCC) Foundation attracted more than 3,000 food enthusiasts who bought tickets to taste some of the area’s unique cuisines, and sample wines from around the world. The event raised approximately $250,000 for scholarships for NCC students.“With our low tuition, that’s about 250 scholarships,” said NCC President Mark Erickson. Photo: Ticket holders for the Food and Wine Festival received a commemorative wine glass in which to sample the more than 40 different wine types from around the world.
by Carole Gorney
Municipal ethics reform in Pa.
The efforts of Councilwoman Olga Negron and Councilman Michael Colon to produce a strong comprehensive ethics ordinance for City of Bethlehem public officials have captured the attention of the League of Women Voters (LWV) throughout the Commonwealth. During the League’s statewide conference, held at Pocono Manor from June 2 to 4, a workshop titled “Municipal Ethics Reform in PA: Tales from the Trenches,” featured Negron, Lehigh University Associate Professor Breena Holland, and City of Reading Ethics Commission solicitor Edward Stock. The session was facilitated by outgoing Northampton County LWV President Beverly Hernandez and attended by incoming president Margaret Skaarup. In their presentation each touched on the different challenges of enacting ethics legislation to promote and ensure good government practices. Photo: Seated are Reading Attorney Edward Stock, Bethlehem City Councilwoman Olga Negron and Lehigh University Associate Professor Breena Holland, each of whom presented a talk on ethics issues in local government. Standing are Northampton County League of Women Voters incoming president Margaret Skaarup and outgoing president Beverly Hernandez, who arranged for the local government ethics workshop at the Pennsylvania League’s annual conference.
By Dana Grubb
‘A place where you belong’
It was a beautiful evening outside and inside Saucon Valley HS as 174 seniors took to the auditorium stage for their last official high school function. Family and friends watched June 9 as the senior class members of 2017 took their places among Saucon Valley alumni. The evening was full of laughter and bittersweet tears as student and faculty presenters shared cherished memories of the tight-knit class, going as far back as middle school, and fortifying words for the future. Photo: Dr. Michael Krentz ushers the graduates into the auditorium to an organ arrangement of “Pomp and Circumstance.” All in all, there were 174 graduates June 9 at Saucon Valley HS.
By Liz Kemmerer
‘A most powerful weapon’
Notre Dame Catholic HS of Green Pond graduated 122 seniors at its 51st commencement earlier this month in an outdoor ceremony attended by over 700 people at its Bethlehem Township campus. Unlike some previous years, in which periodic downpours soaked everyone, this year’s graduation was under sunny skies with no hint of rain. Class of 2017 honorees included Dannielle Hibshman, the school’s valedictorian, who will be attending Syracuse University, and Salutatorian Sophia Macchia, who will attend Drexel University. Photo: The processional of Notre Dame HS commencement as candidates enter the football stadium for the June 10 graduation ceremony.
By Bernie O’Hare and Tim Gilman
‘We hold each other up’
For the 14th and final time, Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts students, faculty and proud families endured the sweltering echo chamber of Packer Chapel to celebrate a graduation ceremony June 12. The successful and expanding school will require a larger venue next year, but for 116 young men and women, this was a joyous sendoff. “What a class,” began Executive Director Diane LaBelle. Photo: After commencement, members of the Charter Arts Class of 2017 leave the Packer Memorial Chapel to the applause and cheers of their families and teachers.
By Nate Jastrzemski and Dana Grubb
Marvine ES presents ‘Annie KIDS’
For the first time in Marvine ES history, students in the school’s drama club presented a musical, “Annie KIDS,” with a free performance June 1. Bolstered by support from Just Born Inc., which provided a sound system and the costs for the scripts and royalties, a cast of 50 began rehearsals in February with students from grades one through five participating. Photo: Surrounded by a chorus of orphans, Annie (Yerianiz Rosado) and Molly (Daisy Rodriquez) perform “Maybe” in the opening scene.
By Dana Grubb
Gold rallies for win in McDonald’s All-Star game
Nick Petros had a knack for making clutch catches during his senior season at Bethlehem Catholic and he came through again in his final high school football appearance during last week’s 47th annual McDonald’s All-Star Football Classic. Petros hauled in the winning 12-yard touchdown from Freedom quarterback Joe Young with 40 seconds left in the contest to push the Gold team to a 37-34 comeback victory over their Red counterparts at Nazareth’s Andrew S. Leh Stadium.
By Peter Car
Legacy of the Lenape
A new exhibit, “Native Americans: A Diverse & Evolving History,” opened recently at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, Allentown. “The history of American Indians is shrouded in folklore and stereotypes from Western movies,” says Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum. “Much of their history has been written by the cultures that conquered them and took their lands.” Museum officials contend that the new exhibit humanizes Native Americans, portraying them as people in the context of their cultures, families, and destroyed civilizations. The exhibit seeks to inspire visitors to reconsider the proud history of the Native Americans. They were the first to inhabit the Lehigh Valley and all of America. Indians’ love of the land and respect for nature made them North America’s first conservationists.
By Paul Willistein
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