Some 160 people, young and old, from many cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds, gathered in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Bethlehem to celebrate an institution that serves all young people and binds them together, the Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem, now 88 years old. Built next to the Marvine/Pembroke Village Housing Development, the club is open to kids ages 6-18.
In ancient Greek mythology and art, the butterfly frequently represents the spirit of a dying person, escaping the body. The Greek word “psyche,” or soul, also meant butterfly. On a beautiful Saturday morning, this historical link was the focal point of a memorial service organized by Aseracare Hospice Allentown in honor of individuals for whom they cared this past year. Called “A Butterfly to Remember,” the event offered prayer, encouragement, song and, finally, butterflies set free in the sunshine.
Did you know that 500 American soldiers once died in Bethlehem while in service and were buried here?
Did you know that a few of them -- four, to be specific -- are still interred in the city, while the others’ bones were scattered who knows where? Does it matter?
It matters to Robert Henry, a rising senior at Bethlehem Catholic High School, and he did something about it. A Boy Scout since kindergarten and a member of Troop 352 of Notre Dame Catholic Church of Bethlehem, Robert completed scouting’s final challenge, the Eagle Project, on the Fourth of July.
For the second year in a row, fifth grade students at Donegan ES in Bethlehem became ornithologists for a day recently.
Thanks to preparation by their teachers and a special art project, during the first weeks of spring approximately 80 kids learned about the bird population of Bethlehem generally and one sp ecies in particular for each student.
Clients of the Bethlehem YWCA’s Adult Day Services Center enjoyed a lively St Patrick’s Day party thanks to a guest performance by dancers from the O’Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance. The festivities occurred a day early to accommodate the Center’s schedule.
Representatives of Moravian College -- from the president to incoming first-year students -- gathered at the corner of Main and Laurel streets Aug. 20 to take part in the informal opening of the the Sally Breidegam Miskiewicz Center for Health Sciences. Built over the last year, the 55,000-square-foot center will support Moravian’s programs in health-related fields including nursing and public health, among others.
English beer. Belgian beer in many varieties. German-style beer. Even Chocolate Peanut-butter Stout.
Beers of every sort were available to sample July 8 at the Second Annual Homebrew Fest organized by WDIY, the Lehigh Valley’s Community NPR station. Twenty-six homebrewers contributed their wares; nearly 300 guests sampled among the many offerings. One guest described the event as “heaven for beer lovers.” It was also a very successful fund-raiser for WDIY.
On July 4th, current and former residents of the Old Edgeboro section of Bethlehem did what they have been doing for the past 43 years: they gathered on Sycamore Street for the annual Independence Day celebration.
Neighbors line the block with tables and chairs. Overhead are two large American flags suspended over the ends of the block by Marty Plyler.