The top 10 academic scholars from both Freedom and Liberty high schools were recognized at the fifth annual academic signing ceremony June 5, which was held in the Bethlehem Area School District’s Education Center. Students in attendance and their parents heard words of appreciation and encouragement from both Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy and Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jack Silva, and received some advice from Dr. Robert Flowers, provost of faculty affairs at Lehigh University, who related some of his own experiences when he headed off to college.
“I am very proud of your high level of service and professionalism,” said Mayor Bob Donchez as he kicked off an EMS week celebration May 21 by reading a proclamation declaring it EMS week in Bethlehem. The ceremony was held at the Bethlehem EMS facility on Dewberry Avenue, with paramedics, St. Luke’s and Lehigh Valley hospitals officials in attendance.
About 35 graduates of the Liberty HS class of 1948 and their guests celebrated their 70th graduation reunion May 5 at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel and Conference Center in Hanover Township. Class emcee Jerry Yob said that only about 224 classmates remain out of the over 600 graduates of the combined Liberty and Bethlehem Vocational Technical Class, whose graduation commencement was held at Lehigh University’s Grace Hall.
Prizes were awarded in categories such as greatest distance traveled, longest marriage, most children and most grandchildren.
Despite the uncertainty of an overcast morning, Bethlehem’s Memorial Day parade and remembrance service in Memorial Park Cemetery returned outdoors to honor those who paid for freedom and liberty with their lives.
United Veterans of Bethlehem president Ken Nichol conducted the service which featured patriotic messages from Mayor Bob Donchez, Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure and Pennsylvania state Representative Steve Samuelson.
The Bethlehem Garden Club, in partnership with the City of Bethlehem, recently held a Blue Star Memorial Highway Maker dedication with the unveiling of a marker installed in the City’s Rose Garden. The initiative began with a bequest to the Garden Club from the estate of Marion Clewell nearly six years before, according to project chair Liz Lorenz.
Hollywood actor, producer and writer Dan Roebuck paid a visit to the Boutique at the Rink May 11 to help promote the 2018 cancer fundraiser. Roebuck, a Bethlehem native, filmed a promotional piece with co-chairs Karen Hein and Sharon Kunsman, visited with volunteers, posed for photos and he recounted his visits to the Boutique as a teenager when he would purchase tuxedos to wear as an aspiring young magician.