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July 5, 2017


Something to smile about

The Pediatric Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV) held a week-long camp for pediatric cancer patients and their siblings on the campus of Cedar Crest College June 19 to 23. Camp Smile, just one the many free services and opportunities PCFLV offers to its cancer warriors and their families, gave campers a chance to explore art classes, theater, sports and swimming, and visit with many special guests from the community. Emma Rawlings, a senior at California University of Pa. majoring in public relations, interned with the camp this year.  “It really is amazing how quickly everyone here becomes a family,” she said. Photo: Maggie Telesha of Allentown (left) attends Our Lady Help of Christians. She’s the sibling of a cancer warrior and is absolutely loving her fifth year at the camp. Jillian Sayre will attend Eyer MS in Macungie this fall. She’s a cancer warrior who’s fighting medulloblastoma and says the best thing about Camp Smile is all the other campers. Jared Dowling,  a student at Freedom HS, is a cancer warrior in his third year at Camp Smile. For the past two years, he’s been a counselor-in-training. He’s also PCFLV’s Teen Board president.

By Joanna Ireland



Monsignor Schlert named bishop

The Vatican announced last week that Pope Francis has appointed a priest of the Diocese of Allentown, Reverend Monsignor Alfred A. Schlert, as the Fifth Bishop of Allentown. Bishop-elect Schlert is the first priest of the Diocese to be appointed to serve as its Bishop. He has been serving as the Diocesan Administrator since his election by the Diocesan College of Consultors on Feb. 1, 2017 following the Jan. 31 installation of his predecessor Most Reverend John Barres as the Bishop of Rockville Centre, New York.

By Mart Gouger



Celebrating a life well-lived

Friends and family gathered last Saturday morning to celebrate the life of one of Bethlehem’s illustrious sons, Dr. Russel K. Laros Jr. They came together June 24 at Rosemont Lutheran Church on West Broad Street just as the morning’s cloudy start gave way to brilliant blue skies. The memorial service was attended by family which included his son, Russell Keller Laros III of Hawaii and his daughter Ann Laros-Weaver of Dubai both of whom spoke to the attendees.  Several grandchildren and other family members also attended. Russell Laros shared several humorous stories about his father and his father’s life-long friend, former Bethlehem Mayor Gordon Mowrer. Photo: Dr. Russel K. Laros had a life time relationship with the Rosemont Lutheran Church and had been on the building committee that built the current church building.

By Doug Graves



Celebrating community diversity

A mural currently being produced on the north facing wall of 414 Hayes Street is one part of the neighborhood improvement project currently underway under the auspices of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV) and Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust, with financial support from Wells Fargo Bank, according to CACLV associate executive director of community development Ellen Larmer. Holly Fields-Scott of Bella Pintura Inc. is working on the mural, which she says “celebrates diversity of the community” and which should be finished by the end of July. After the brick exterior wall received repairs, Fields-Scott was spotted outlining and painting the mural with her daughter, Nevada’s, assistance on June 23. Their work will continue to the end of July she estimates. Photo: Working from a lower section of scaffolding, artist Holly Fields-Scott paints a section of the mural on the north wall of 414 Hayes St.

By Dana Grubb



Pride, hospitality on display

Red and green, the Portuguese flag’s dominant colors, were on display at every turn as the Portuguese community of Bethlehem celebrated the 38th annual “Portuguese Heritage Day” at Holy Infancy School June 9 and 10 on East 4th Street in South Bethlehem. The festival benefits the Brotherhood of Our Lady of Fatima. “Pride in being Portuguese” was the festival’s theme as many people, young and old, dressed in traditional Portuguese costumes. The food, prepared by volunteers from the community, featured everything from heart-healthy sardines, grilled whole, to Portuguese donuts (maybe not so heart-healthy). Entertainment included groups of dancers performing traditional circle dances. Photo: Dancers whirl in a traditional Portuguese dance.

By Dorothy and Dennis Glew



‘An important part of who we are’

More than 50 members of the Liberty HS Hurricanes varsity football team devoted a warm and sunny Saturday to cleaning up the Steelworkers Memorial at the foot of the Fahy Bridge on June 10. The student athletes pulled weeds by hand and then used screwdrivers to painstakingly remove roots and debris from between each commemorative brick. The football players finished the job by sweeping the area with leaf blowers so that the inscriptions on the memorial bricks could be read clearly. “We’ve got about 52 kids here,” said John Truby, Hurricanes head football coach. “They’re all of various ages, freshmen up to those who will be seniors, so it’s a good mix for this crew. They also cleaned up leaves on the side (of the memorial). It was pretty bad. This is probably the worst we’ve seen it, with the growth in between each stone. It was overrun.” Photo: Liberty HS Hurricanes lift screwdrivers in the air to signify completion of their annual cleanup at the Steelworkers Memorial. The players will get credit for community service as required by the school district.

By Peter Brekus



Charter Arts spring concert

The Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts presented its spring instrumental concert May 25, performing in three acts. The wind ensemble, percussion ensemble and full orchestra performed 11 selections. The performance was directed by artistic director and percussion instructor Matthew Wells and woodwinds instructor Kim Seifert. Seniors performing in their last concert wore a red rose to signify their final performance at Charter Arts. Above: The full orchestra under the direction of Kim Seifert performs Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.”

By Dana Grubb



Legion playoffs to begin

It looks like all three of Bethlehem’s NORCO Legion baseball teams qualified for the postseason, as they look to make a run to the championship with the playoffs set to begin on Tuesday. The first round of the tournament was slated to begin on Monday, which comes after our July Fourth holiday deadline, but the league had to push back it’s final day of the regular season a day, moving three opening ribs dates to July 4, 5 and 6. Freemansburg (11-6) was the winners of six-straight games heading into Monday and had locked up one of the top-four seeds.

By Peter Car



Miller Symphony Hall leader sees renewed opportunity

Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, home to the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, had a “great season” for 2016-17, and Allentown Symphony Association Executive Director Sheila K. Evans has an even better season in store for 2017-18. “It was a great season. We had an amazing season last year,” Evans says. Maestra Diane Wittry is in her 22nd season as Allentown Symphony Orchestra Music Director-Conductor, bringing world-class artists to Miller Symphony Hall, enhancing the cultural community in the Lehigh Valley.

By Paul Willistein



Bethlehem: Proposed city council ethics ordinance ‘too unwieldy’

Bethlehem: City police announce new child porn unit/Arrest made

Fountain Hill: Public works project gets under way

Lower Saucon Township: Officer receives Ogden award

Bethlehem Township: Commissioners take aim at ATV use

Valley: Local students among Swain School graduates



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