Bethlehem Press

Monday, December 10, 2018
Centerpieces on each table reminded classmates of important places, events and school organizations. Kostas Drug Store was a popular hang-out across Linden Street from then Bethlehem HS. Centerpieces on each table reminded classmates of important places, events and school organizations. Kostas Drug Store was a popular hang-out across Linden Street from then Bethlehem HS.
Fiftieth reunion committee member Ronald Ritchie hawked chances as his classmates and their guests arrived. Class member Robert Horvath and his wife Kate take a chance. Fiftieth reunion committee member Ronald Ritchie hawked chances as his classmates and their guests arrived. Class member Robert Horvath and his wife Kate take a chance.
Classmates Joe Kempfer and Craig Eby had a big hug after so many years. Classmates Joe Kempfer and Craig Eby had a big hug after so many years.
Classmates from so long ago, Chip and Beverly Bartik Walakovits posed for a photo with Class of 1967 president Fred Robertson. The Walakovits reside in the Bethlehem area and Robertson now resides in Florida. Classmates from so long ago, Chip and Beverly Bartik Walakovits posed for a photo with Class of 1967 president Fred Robertson. The Walakovits reside in the Bethlehem area and Robertson now resides in Florida.
Former major league pitcher Gary Lavelle addressed his classmates telling them “I pray that all of you are content with the life you’ve lived, and that you would live it all over again.” Lavelle had a stellar career as a left-handed relief pitcher mostly with the San Francisco Giants, and was a National League All-Star in 1977 and 1983. Former major league pitcher Gary Lavelle addressed his classmates telling them “I pray that all of you are content with the life you’ve lived, and that you would live it all over again.” Lavelle had a stellar career as a left-handed relief pitcher mostly with the San Francisco Giants, and was a National League All-Star in 1977 and 1983.
PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBBThe Bethlehem HS Class of 1967 joined in singing their Alma Mater at the conclusion of a power point video presentation entitled “Walk Down Memory Lane,” which was prepared by reunion committee member Karen Abel Wilt. PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBBThe Bethlehem HS Class of 1967 joined in singing their Alma Mater at the conclusion of a power point video presentation entitled “Walk Down Memory Lane,” which was prepared by reunion committee member Karen Abel Wilt.

Class of ’67 gather for 50th

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by Dana grubb Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Fifty years after they were the last full graduating class from then Bethlehem HS, nearly 200 graduates of the class of 1967 and their guests gathered for their 50th reunion in early August at the Best Western in Hanover Township. That year, 992 people received diplomas from what was Bethlehem’s only public high school. The following year Freedom HS would open, ushering in the era of two public high schools in the Bethlehem Area School District.

Dubbed “Walk Down Memory Lane,” the reunion featured a cocktail hour, dinner, live entertainment by Connie Edinger, a slide presentation of high school memories and addresses by classmates Gary Lavelle, a former professional baseball pitcher, class president Fred Robertson and student council president Craig Eby.

Lavelle, who went from high school into professional baseball and spent most of his career pitching for the San Francisco Giants, related the lessons he’d learned about life from baseball. “Hard work and teamwork pays off,” he said, while stressing that you must treat others the way you would like to be treated. “Live life without regrets,” Lavelle concluded.

The 50th reunion committee was comprised of Karen Abel Wilt, Susanne Bissey Nelson, Stephanie Horwath Rau, Carol Madzik Anders, Ronald Ritchie, Gerald Snyder and Jennie Weaver Danyi.

Information about future reunions is available at www.liberty67.com.