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Tuesday, March 28, 2017



March 29, 2017


ON THE COVER


Spring cleanup
Ron Lang takes advantage of Saturday’s mild weather to clean leftover snow off his driveway from the nearly 14 inches March 14. Lang, in a T-shirt and shorts, said the icy snow had piled up at the end of his driveway on Linden Street in northeast Bethlehem. "It’s good to be working outside on a warm day," Lang said. Saturday’s temperature peaked at 68 degrees, according to an AccuWeather report. Spring officially arrived March 20 and the winter season’s total snowfall has been less than 30 inches.


By Tim Gilman





BETHLEHEM


City officers promoted, sworn in


City administrators lauded four police officers and welcomed two new department members in remarks during a brief ceremony in the Rotunda Thursday. Mayor Bob Donchez and Chief Mark DiLuzio each stressed the importance and success of public safety to Bethlehem, often looked upon as one of the safest cities in the state, and thanked the officers for potentially placing themselves in harm’s way to protect their fellow citizens. Photo: Officer Christopher Ward receives his badge from his girlfriend, Stephanie Hopkins. Mayor Bob Donchez presided over the ceremony and swore the new officers in.


By Nate Jastrzemski


 


ST. PATRICK’S DAY


Best Legs marks 12th year


The Best Legs in a Kilt contest was forced indoors due to the unusually cold temperatures March 11. Despite the weather, 11 contestants wore their kilts for the popular event in downtown Bethlehem as a prelude to the St. Patrick’s Parade of Shamrocks. Neville Gardner, owner of the adjoining McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Donegal Square, is the coordinator of the 12th annual contest. According to tradition, the first-place prize is a kilt, and this year’s winner was Blaise Polentes of Bethlehem. Photo: Aven Werner gets encouragement from his uncle, Jeff Rambo of Pottstown, before the Best Legs in a Kilt Contest March 11 at Donegal Square and McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub before Bethlehem’s Parade of Shamrocks. The young contestant, son of Erika Werner of Bethlehem, won an honorable mention award.


By Tim Gilman


 


BETHLEHEM HISTORY


As the crow flies


One evening in early February this year, while I was driving over the Hill-to-Hill Bridge with a right turn onto the Main Street ramp, a huge bare tree on the left appeared to be covered with huge black leaves. Not until I was past the tree was it apparent the leaves were actually crows. Why do crows roost in Bethlehem and what keeps them here at night?


By Ken Raniere


 


PEOPLE


‘Thank you for giving me my life back’


Mary Clancey, 71, of St. Clair, Schuylkill County, couldn’t speak two words without having trouble breathing. She was having trouble walking with blood clots in her legs combined with carrying 365 pounds on her 5 foot 1 1/2 inch frame.  “Things started getting harder to do – harder to walk, harder to stand – and then one day in November 2016 I couldn’t get out of bed,” Clancey said. Her son, Ed, called an ambulance and had her taken to her local hospital, where they performed a CAT scan and determined a cyst in one of Clancey’s ovaries had grown into a 140-pound, stage one cancer tumor, equal to almost half her weight. She was immediately transferred to Lehigh Valley Health Network -Cedar Crest where she met Richard Boulay, M.D., LVHN’s chief of gynecologic oncology. Photo: Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Chief of Gynecologic Oncology Dr. Richard Boulay, Mary Clancey, Ed Clancey and LVHN’s Chief of Plastic Surgery Dr. Randolph Wojcik at a news conference March 9.


By Deb Galbraith


 


CLASSROOM


‘There aren’t enough words’


Bethlehem Catholic HS students and staff welcomed their heroes, family members who have served in the military, at their sixth annual veterans appreciation breakfast Feb. 7. Over 60 students, family and veterans enjoyed a light breakfast consisting of coffee, juice, fresh fruit and pastries while veterans spoke of their service with their student hosts in the cafeteria. Photo: There is no question who Sydney Yarsevich’s favorite veteran is. Her grandfather, Brian Yarsevich, served in the United States Coast Guard as a Second Class Boatswain’s Mate.


By Dana Grubb


 


OPINION/GUEST VIEW


Area Meals on Wheels directors respond to proposed budget cuts


The first budget blueprint sent to Congress by the president’s administration has caused a great deal of concern and confusion. Many media outlets, for instance, incorrectly reported initially that the government was defunding Meals on Wheels programs. We received a lot of unexpected attention as a result – and a lot of concern from the people we serve, our dedicated volunteers and the public at large. We need to separate fact from fiction so people understand the ramifications that proposed federal budget cuts could have.


By JoAnn Bergeron Nenow and Pamela Bechtel


Caroon by Ed Courrier


 


BETHLEHEM SPORTS


Becahi wins first girls hoops title


Bethlehem Catholic senior forward Tessa Zamolyi could do to talk, cry, smile, and breathe after the Hawks were crowned PIAA State Class 4A girls’ basketball champions after defeating Villa Maria 46-27 last Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey. “Watching and playing for four years, I’m so thankful, and I’m so happy to share this experience with my team,” Zamolyi said. “I’ve been waiting so long, and I’ve wanted to play in this final.”


By Katie McDonald


 


LV FOCUS


High school musicals


By Ed Courrier


 


OTHER STORIES


Bethlehem: City keeps some 911 autonomy


Bethlehem: LERTA zone may expand


Bethlehem Township: Board paves way for medical marijuana


Lehigh County: DA announces staff change


Lehigh County: Commissioners support redistricting reform bill


Lehigh Valley: 10 face charges in drup operation


Lehigh Valley: New truck increases food access


Northampton County: Englesson nomination challenged


Northampton County: Gracedale rates ‘below average’


Opinion: What changes would bring more Sunshine to Pa?


 


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Around town community calendar


Police logs


Area obituaries


Center for Animal Health and Welfare


Volunteers


Student profiles


High school news reports


 


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Tuesday, March 7, 2017


March 8, 2017

COVER STORY

‘Caring for women his goal’

Russell K. Laros Jr. joined his father’s already long-running charitable foundation in 1965, and over more than 50 years, he served as trustee, chair and board member while pursuing an equally storied career in obstetric medicine.Born here at St. Luke’s Hospital in 1936, Laros was a pioneer of high-risk obstetrics – medicine involving childbirth and women giving birth – and earned local awards for his community support and philanthropy. But more than that, say people close to him for many years, was that his drive was tempered by his engagement. He didn’t only lead; he listened, and he wanted to see things and talk with people firsthand.

Photo: R.K. Laros and his longtime friend and former Mayor Gordon Mowrer at their last meeting in November 2014. Laros passed away Feb. 17, 2017, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

By Nate Jastrzemski

 

SOUTH BETHLEHEM

For sale: Sands Casino

Sands Bethlehem Casino employees received a company email last week indicating the complex may be sold. The Morning Call reported shortly thereafter that Las Vegas Sands Corporation had gotten an offer from competitor MGM Resorts International, but officials insist a sale, if it happens, will not take place immediately. The complex includes the Sands Bethlehem Casino flanked on the west by The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem, Sands Hotel and Sands Bethlehem Event Center and on the east by the casino parking garage. According to The Morning Call, the complex employs about 2,500 people, and a recently-announced $90 million expansion would continue under new ownership.

By Nate Jastrzemski/Dana Grubb

 

FOR THE KIDS

Bethlehem residents dance for a cure at Penn State’s THON

Forty-six hours of standing with no sleep, sitting, or stopping. Starting Friday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. and going until Sunday at 4 p.m., an amazing group of 708 Penn State students took to the Bryce Jordan Center for THON, and completed this difficult task. THON is the biggest student-run philanthropy in the world, organized by Penn State students to help find a cure for pediatric cancer. In addition to the 708, thousands of students work with countless organizations to collect donations and plan the large event each year. Out of those 708 students or “Dancers,” three of them come from Bethlehem: Kelly Winegar, Cody Meckes and Nicholas Karabin, graduates of three different Bethlehem high schools.

By Alli Poczak

 


VALLEY
Lucky’s great adventure ends well

Everyone loves a little adventure now and then, especially when you are a 3-1/2-year-old black and tan tabby named Lucky from Lower Macungie Township. Oh, and did I mention he is blind? On March 1, Lucky began his adventure around 1:15 a.m., somehow living the life of an escape artist and leaving the comforts of his home in the Ancient Oaks West development. A flier was placed on social media sites and sent to various news outlets asking for help in locating the escapee March 2.

By Deb Galbraith

 

LEHIGH VALLEY

‘Like a big family’

Lehigh Valley families dealing with pediatric cancer were shown some lovin’ by the folks at Warner Art Glass Feb 11-12 in Whitehall Township. Children who are battling cancer and their siblings assembled glass Valentine’s Day mosaics and created paperweights from molten glass in the center’s “Hot Room.” This is the second year that business owner Charles Warner has offered to host this event for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV) at his combination showroom and activity center. Lisa Kappes of PCFLV said, “It started last Valentine’s Day and right after we were finished with it, the owner, Charles Warner, was already excited to plan the next one … so we just kept it as a Valentine’s Day theme.” Photo: “Hot Shot” manager Dan Polk teaches Mackenzie Cleffi and her dad, Mike, how to add bits of color to molten glass in the “Hot Room.” The glass had been heated in a furnace at 2150 degrees.

By Ed Courrier

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Dairy Store, Aramark take Cookie Crunch prizes

With 15 restaurants, 17 delicious dishes and more than 300 guests in attendance, the 3rd annual Girl Scout Cookie Crunch was a fabulous foodie experience from start to finish. The dynamic culinary event held at the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest CafĂ© in Bethlehem on Feb. 26 also featured 10-year-old chef and Girl Scout Lucy Chelton of Sellersville, who celebrated her recent win on “Chopped Jr.” by signing autographs for the crowd.Selected by popular vote, Bethlehem Dairy Store’s S’mores & Cream ice cream was named “Best Sweet Dish” and the Aramark culinary team at SteelStacks was awarded both “Best Savory Dish” and “Kids’ Choice Award” for its Bacon Macaroni and Cheese topped with Girl Scout Shortbreads. Winners received glass cookie jars crafted by the Banana Factory Glass Studio. Photo: Chef Michael Hoffman, Kids Choice and Savory Award winner, of Aramark serving his bacon macaroni and cheese with shortbread cookies.

By Mark Demko

 

MATHCOUNTS

Nitschmann student, team take honors

The Lehigh Valley MATHCOUNTS® regional competition was held at Southern Lehigh HS, Center Valley, Feb. 11. The event included 268 middle school students from 28 schools from across the region. This is the 33rd year for the program, which is sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the PA Society of Professional Engineers. The event’s goal is to promote a mathematical interest in middle school students. Photo: Nitschamann’s team -  (front) Sruti Tekumalla, Sean McGuire, Cole Frank, Brandyn D’Amico, Tyler Markovich, Ritvik Singh, Chris Giannaras; (back) Seth Coleman, Chris Secula, Blake George, Daniel Li, Miles Lunger, Jack Hansen, Max Brichta and coach Nadine Novatnak.

By Carla Jones

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Clean sweep: Becahi boys, girls take District titles

Coming into the District 11 4A boys championship game, the two teams involved have had a long dry spell of district gold. It had been since 2002 that Bethlehem Catholic last won districts, and even longer for their opponent, Jim Thorpe, which last won gold in 1972.  But something had to give. The Olympians fan base made the long trek to Easton Area Middle School in high volume and made their voices heard in support of their team. But it was the Golden Hawks that quickly quieted the crowd, and hoisted the trophy for the first time in 15 years, beating Jim Thorpe 64-31 last Friday night.

By Cj Hemerly

 

It seems that almost every year, Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic are battling for the District 11 title. It happened once again this year. After missing out on district gold last year, the Golden Hawks were back on top of District 11 in the new 4A classification, defeating the Vikettes 43-27 last Saturday afternoon at Easton Area Middle School.

By CJ Hemerly

 

LV FOCUS

Spring musical previews

Emmaus – ‘Miss Siagon’

“Miss Saigon” hovers over the stage at Emmaus High School in the school edition produced and directed by Jill Kuebler. The musical, by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, tells a tragic tale of love and abandonment during the close of the Vietnam War. The plot is based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera, “Madame Butterfly.”

By Ed Courrier

 

Catasauqua – ‘Grease’

Catasauqua High School travels back to the bygone days of greasers and geeks with “Grease.”

Music and lyrics are by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey with additional songs written by John Farrar. Show times are 7 p.m. March 17, 18 and 2 p.m. March 19 with a preview show March 16, auditorium, Catasauqua High School, 2500 W. Bullshead Road, Northampton.

By Ed Courrier

 

OTHER STORIES

South Bethlehem: A tale of two buildings

South Bethlehem: Better Buy Thrift Shop supports youth program

Northampton County: ‘What we di is not sexy,’ says Brown

Northampton County: Response to Brown’s speech mixed

Northampton County: Judge Koury sentences hit-run driver

Northampton County; DA says no to time clock

 

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Around town community calendar

Police logs

Area obituaries

Center for Animal Health and Welfare

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