Bethlehem Food Co-Op members and supporters gathered Nov. 15 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the organization's inception. With their invitation to the Bethlehem area community at large, the group wanted to say "thank you" to many community partners who have given support as the co-op nears its formal incorporation as a nonprofit, according to steering committee co-chair Colleen Marsh.
Dignitaries, support staff and volunteers,attended the official ribbon cutting recently for the Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley's food pantry grand opening. Located in the basement at the center's 520 East Fourth St. facility, it is anticipated that the pantry will assist 30 to 50 people initially, according to Hispanic Center Executive Director Lorna Velazquez.
At a brief dedication ceremony recently the Fountain Hill Cemetery dedicated a new natural burial section, Green Meadow, before a small gathering. Ed Vogrins, president of the cemetery, said that the organization had been looking at incorporating this concept into the cemetery for some time, and that a lot of plots had already been sold.
At the dedication, natural burial advocate Mark Harris spoke about the process of a green burial, saying "let's just let Mother Nature run her natural course."
Congressman Charlie Dent, German Ambassador Peter Ammon and the ambassador's wife, Marliese, spent Nov. 19 in eastern Pennsylvania visiting a number of communities and attending a business roundtable discussion.
Their whirlwind day trip ended with a visit to and walking tour through Historic Bethlehem and was punctuated with a presentation by the Bach Choir.
Cars and homes were crushed, streets were blocked and yards were filled with branches and trees as Hurricane Sandy battered the Bethlehem area Oct. 29 and into the wee hours of Oct. 30.
Power outages had area residents flocking to WaWa, Seven-Eleven, Dunkin' Donuts and anywhere else that a hot drink could be served and newspapers purchased.
The storm delivered less rain than anticipated, but the relentless winds pounded nearly everything in their path, even ripping siding from buildings in the city.
The Broughal MS community wrote some more school history recently as BASD Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy and School Board President Michael Faccinetto joined Broughal's Principal Ed Docalovich in commemorating the installation of the new school's time capsule in the Broughal lobby.
The Broughal Rockets marching band and the school cheerleaders provided a fanfare for fellow students, parents and BASD officials as anticipation of the time capsule placement built.
"We're now a part of the history of Broughal and the City of Bethlehem," said Roy.
As a child guitarist, Laurence Juber dreamed of performing with the Beatles. As an adult and accomplished guitar player his dreams came true. A virtuoso guitarist and composer, Juber appeared at the Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Performing Arts courtesy of C.F. Martin Guitar Company, with whom he has a signature guitar, at the school's 10th anniversary season opening performance before a sold out audience Oct. 4.