June 7, 2017
Bikin’ around Bethlehem
City officials, representatives from the Coalition for Appropriate Transportation (CAT) and bicycling enthusiasts took time May 19 to recognize Lehigh Valley Bike to Work Week 2017 (May 13-21). Gathering at Bethlehem City Hall, a group of about 30 were reminded that biking can be “fun, healthy, green and economical” by Mayor Bob Donchez’s representative Alex Karras. Photo: A group of about 15 cyclists led by CAT director Scott Slingerland took a 20-minute ride through the Northside to commemorate Bike to Work Week 2017.
By Dana Grubb
Keep the story alive
When the National Museum of Industrial History opened last August, it was after years of bureaucracy, fundraising and even controversy. But today it’s becoming known as a tourist destination and is expanding its community involvement and educational programming. Interim President and CEO Kara Cenni is thrilled to be running the show as NMIH gets on its feet. “Everybody is really committed to the mission, to the museum and to each other,” she said. “We have a great time working together and we’re really excited to see it succeed.” Photo: Marketing and Outreach Coordinator Glenn Koehler and interim President and CEO Kara Cenni are excited about the programs and growth they have in store for the NMIH.
By Nate Jastrzemski
Memorial Day was celebrated by both youths and seniors in Fountain Hill May 26. The Broughal MS band and chorus performed at the Stanley Avenue Triangle mini-park, decorated for Memorial Day. The Fountain Hill ES had second-graders waving American flags. Three fifth grade finalists read their American Legion Memorial Day essays and received $50 prizes. The three remaining members of the Fountain Hill American Legion Post 406 led the patriotic program for the last time since the ceremony began in 1932. Photo: Three remaining members from American Legion Post 406 gather at the podium following the ceremony. John Spadaccia, Commander Gerhart Bassett and James Taglang will be stepping down as dedicated leaders of the annual community event which was started in 1932 by Post 406.
By Tim Gilman
Ceremony moves indoors
Though overcast skies drove Bethlehem’s annual Memorial Day Service indoors again this year, it was both a moving and spirited tribute to the men and women who have served the nation in the military and, in some cases, gave their lives for their country. Photo: Dieruff HS’s Air Force Jr. ROTC unit marches to the Liberty gym for the Memorial Day service.
By Dorothy and Dennis Glew
‘You are writing your own story’
Living the dream and living for others: The Lehigh Valley Academy class of 2017 is prepared to do both.
At the May 30 commencement, CEO Susan Mauser told the 59 graduates, “You have what it takes to be what you dream of being.” She reminded them that making dreams come true will take grit, which she defined as “the ability to manage your fear of failure.” Failure is a part of the process, not the end, Mauser said. She quoted Eleanor Roosevelt, “Do something that scares you every day.” Photo: Student Council President Jonathan Skee addresses classmates at the LVA commencement exercises. Holding up a sheet of paper he had crumpled up, then flattened out, Skee said it represented “Our World, and the wrinkles – its imperfections …” then advised, “Together we can do our best to iron out these wrinkles.”
By Michelle Meeh and Ed Courrier
‘Use your powers wisely’
Blue skies and sunshine greeted the 71 members of Moravian Academy’s class of 2017 as they marched two-by-two across the lawn at the Merle-Smith Campus in Bethlehem. The commencement took place June 3, marking and celebrating the new graduates as well as the school’s 275th year. All-School Chaplain the Reverend Jennifer Nichols began by recognizing the character of the students, whom she called a “unique collection of joy-filled, thoughtful souls, hard workers and decent human beings.” Photo: Michael Gibson Jr., class of 2017 president, is the student speaker at the ceremony. “I walked to school almost every day for four years,” said Gibson, who lives near Northampton Community College.
By Katya Hrichaki and Tim Gilman
Oh, what a beautiful evening!
For the 15th year, thespians from area high schools got a chance to shine in the spotlights of the State Theatre at the 2017 Freddy Awards. High school musical productions from the Lehigh Valley dominated the event on May 25, including wins for Freedom, Liberty, Saucon Valley, Bethlehem Catholic, Notre Dame and Moravian Academy. Photo: Four cast members from each area high school don their various costumes to perform at the opening number for the 2017 Freddy Awards at the State Theatre on May 25.
By Ed Courrier
Science Fun Night marks 5th year
Science Fun Night at East Hills MS marked its fifth year this spring with a variety of science- related demonstrations and activities. Afternoon showers curtailed a few outdoor events like “sky gazing” by the Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society. The admission free three-hour event for families and students featured more than 20 science-related guests and organizations from the Lehigh Valley area and some special presentations by East Hills MS participants. The event is coordinated by Tom Tancin, a seventh grade science teacher at East Hills MS. For more information contact: email@example.com. Photo: A microscope fascinates Cub Scouts Evan Stitt, Logan Ritter and Evan Schultz of Pack 306 from St. Ann’s School in Bethlehem. Several microscope demonstrations were popular at the Science Fun Night - “Watersheds: Live Macro-Invertebrates and Microscopes” and “Microscopy: See an Invisible World.”
By Tim Gilman
District champs …x2!
Gabe Albino knew he had to make up for an eighth inning error in last Wednesday’s District 11 6A championship against Parkland. His ninth inning lead off triple put the pressure on Parkland in a deadlocked 1-1 ballgame and a shallow sac fly by Caleb Tereska gave Albino the shot to push ahead the winning run. As he tagged back to third base, the play at the plate was a microcosm of a championship bout, as the throw home was on time, but Albino slid just to the side, under the arm of the catcher’s mitt, to give Liberty a 2-1 lead that would stick.
By Peter Car
The Lehigh Valley will be experiencing a sense of déjà vu when the 1980s return this summer to Allentown. “Vision-Sound Revisited: Allentown’s ’80s Art Scene,” June 14 - Aug. 2, is a collaboration between the Muhlenberg College Martin Art Gallery, The Baum School of Art, The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, and The Cigar Factory Alternative Gallery.
By Ed Courrier
Bethlehem: Moravian College plans another eatery
Bethlehem: Parks, polls study results announced
Bethlehem: Bridging the general gap at Traditions of Hanover
South Bethlehem SSTF: Sands Casino sale is off
Lehigh Valley: Memorial holiday traffic incidents reported
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