March 1, 2017
During the Mini-THON Feb. 18, the recently renovated Notre Dame HS gymnasium rocked with music for the 350 dancers and the bleachers were filled with their families and patrons of the annual fundraiser event. Cheryl Fenton, coordinator of the Notre Dame Mini-THON and the school’s advancement director, led the celebration from the gymnasium stage and was dressed for the dance in a green tutu. Photo: A roar erupted from the packed gymnasium when the total of $74,320 raised was revealed by Mini-THON participants hoding up individual placards with the long-awaited numerals. Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the Notre Dame Mini-THON.
By Tim Gilman
Miss Amazing redefines beauty
There are many different kinds of beauty pageants, but only one very special Pennsylvania Miss Amazing contest, where this year 20 girls and women with disabilities vied for recognition and prizes in the second annual event at the Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts in South Bethlehem. The contestants, ranging in age from 6 to 37 years old, came from throughout the state. Photo: The 2016 Miss Amazing Junior Teen Kassie Mundhenk gets some hair-styling help from her mother, Jenette Mundhenk. Mom says her daughter “has gained so much confidence since participating in last year’s pageant.” Kassie helped give out awards at the 2017 pageant.
By Carole Gorney
NAACP marks 72nd Freedom Fund banquet
Bethlehem’s own NAACP, which was founded in 1945, held its 72nd annual Freedom Fund banquet in order to celebrate with and commenced its community partners. High-spirited President Esther Lee, on behalf of the chapter, started the banquet with sharing how happy she is to have such tremendous supporters. “Our issue is civil rights and making our representatives responsible for just that. They are not doing all that they can. I am glad our mayor is here as he is very good about coming through and showing his support,” Lee said. Photo: The room was full of a multitude of churches, the Bethlehem police force, non-profit organizations, Representative Steve Samuelson, Mayor Robert Donchez, school officials from both Liberty and Freedom high schools, keynote speaker Senator Vanessa Brown, and life-long supporters.
By Selena Cintron
Graphic commentary by award-winning artist Ed Courrier
Collecting for Paul’s House
Students in preschool through eighth grade at Notre Dame School of Bethlehem recently held a Thankful Thursday collection to benefit the Major Paul Syverson Sanctuary for Veterans, or Paul’s House. Paul’s House, also known as VALOR Clinic, is a transition home in Brodheadsville that aids homeless veterans with a mentor, life skills classes, information about the VA, and peer to peer groups of the Veterans Unstoppable program, all while providing them with a warm place to call home. Photo: Notre Dame School of Bethlehem students Dalton and Olivia Wickel help pack the donated items into the car for delivery.
By Amy Miller
Hawks win District team title
Mikey Labriola became a four-time District 11 champion Saturday night at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium, but it wasn’t the joyous moment you would expect. When you’ve won a district title in every season you’ve competed, perhaps the feat becomes expected, if not, monotonous.
By Peter Car
Diverse views, diverse artists
Three separate exhibitions are on view in Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown. These are diverse views and diverse artists, each with a distinct perspective. AM DeBrincat’s “Speculative Fiction” is on display in the Galleria Lobby. Patricia Satterlee’s “Already Gone” is also in the Galleria. George Afedzi Hughes’ “Urban Allusions” is in Martin Art Gallery. In “Speculative Fiction,” continuing through March 27, DeBrincat assembles mixed media paintings with images taken from analog and digital archives and blends them together.
By Ed Courrier
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