When John Christian Malthaner was a teacher at the Young Ladies’ Seminary in the mid-19th Century Moravian community of Bethlehem, he commissioned fellow teacher Gustav Grunewald to paint portraits of himself and his wife Catherine.
The portraits, after hanging for more than a century and a half in the homes of Malthaner’s descendants throughout the United States, have come home to Bethlehem, where they are now part of the permanent art collection of the Moravian Archives.
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross honored 41 of its volunteers at its annual Celebration of Volunteers Banquet in February. Special awards were presented to four individuals for their exceptional service in helping the Red Cross fulfill its mission to assist survivors of disasters, and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
For the second year in a row, Ishaan Lal, a student at Eyer MS in Macungie, did the incredible. He beat out 200 other intermediate and junior high school students to take first place in the 32nd annual Lehigh Valley MATHCOUNTS Regional Competition, sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers. Daniel Li, representing Bethlehem’s Nitschmann MS, took second-place honors, also for the second time.
A number of new restaurants have opened in the historic area of Bethlehem in the past few years. This is the story of one of them – the Sweet Indulgence Café – located on Broad Street just a few blocks from downtown, but definitely far from the run-of-the-mill eatery.
A panel of cancer specialists from St. Luke’s University Health Network discussed the latest research findings and cancer treatment breakthroughs during the taping of a pilot for what is hoped will be a new St. Luke’s health series to run on PBS WLVT-39 called “Health Now.” The pre-taping was done in two half-hour segments before a live studio audience that included cancer survivors.
Everything that a bride-to-be would want to fulfill her wedding dreams was available to choose from at the 14th annual Eastern Pennsylvania Bridal Expo in January – the most glamorous gowns, gorgeous floral arrangements, creatively decorated cakes and perfect venues for the reception. More than 100 vendors selling products and services from the engagement to the honeymoon were represented at the two-day event, making it the largest bridal show in the Lehigh Valley.
'We challenged the system' - Local Community Action Committee marks half a century in its fight to end poverty
T his year-2015-we are commemorating several momentous historical anniversaries. One-hundred-fifty years ago the Civil War ended and President Lincoln was assassinated. One hundred years later, the country embarked on yet another war - the "War on Poverty."
In his State of the Union address to Congress in January 1964, President Lyndon Johnson called for legislation that expanded on the policy ideas initiated by President John F. Kennedy before his assassination only months before.
Accessibility: An asset, core value -- Arts Council honors community supporters of access to the arts
Three community cultural leaders were honored recently by the Lehigh Valley Arts Council for their efforts to provide access to the performing and visual arts for persons with hearing, visual and physical disabilities. During the annual Arts Council membership reception at the Good Shepherd Health and Technology Center, Executive Director Randall Forte praised the work that is being done, and then presented certificates of congratulation to the honorees from the Pa. Senate.
It was dog day Sunday - literally - at the first-ever Wimmer Wag Fest held recently at the Animal Therapy Center in Bethlehem. The outdoor animal adoption event celebrated the work of 25 non-profit shelters, rescue centers and advocacy groups that participated with a variety of adorable adoptable pets from puppies and kittens to more mature animals.
One purpose of the fest was to provide information on adoptions and to give prospective pet owners the chance to observe and interact with the animals, according event coordinator Brianna Russo.
'Pay attention to your dreams' Proponent of self-healing, Dr. Bernie Siegel, delivers annual bereavement lecture
Love, feelings, God, dreams and self-healing were among the many topics explored by best-selling motivational author Dr. Bernie S. Siegel, speaking recently on "The Psychology of Illness and the Art of Healing" before a near-capacity audience at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem. His presentation marked the fifth anniversary of annual lectures sponsored by the Dr. and Mrs. Max Littner Memorial Lecture Series for Bereavement and the St. Luke's University Health Network.