The evening of Dec. 9 marked the 20th anniversary of a beloved tradition in Bethlehem and throughout the Lehigh Valley, Luminaria Night. On that night rows of white paper bags holding a lighted candle anchored in sand are arranged in rows up and down streets, creating a magnificent sight. All of the money collected for the Luminaria kits goes to New Bethany Ministries, which serves the needs of the poor.
For many in the audience it was the proverbial “blast from the past,” the past being President Nixon, Watergate, Woodward and Bernstein. What brought it all back to the packed audience in the Moravian College gym on Oct. 24 was the presentation by this year’s Cohen Arts and Lecture speaker, Carl Bernstein. It was Bernstein and Bob Woodward, his colleague at the Washington Post, who broke the Watergate scandal that resulted in President Nixon’s resignation.
Though we rarely hear any mention of the Peace Corps, which was founded by President Kennedy in 1961, 7,213 Americans are currently serving in seventy countries. This year Pennsylvania ranks seventh in the nation in the number of volunteers it has produced, and Moravian College is one of the 27 colleges whose graduates have volunteered. Fifty-six Moravian alumni have served, and three graduates are currently serving. On Sept.
Red and green, the Portuguese flag’s dominant colors, were on display at every turn as the Portuguese community of Bethlehem celebrated the 38th annual “Portuguese Heritage Day” at Holy Infancy School June 9 and 10 on East 4th Street in South Bethlehem. The festival benefits the Brotherhood of Our Lady of Fatima.
Though overcast skies drove Bethlehem’s annual Memorial Day Service indoors again this year, it was both a moving and spirited tribute to the men and women who have served the nation in the military and, in some cases, gave their lives for their country.
Ken Nichol, president of the United Veterans of Bethlehem, was master of ceremonies at the event, which was held in the Liberty HS gym. The opening prayer and Pledge of Allegiance were followed by a rousing version of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
It was a great time to get some bargains at the Governor Wolf ES’s annual Mommy Market.
With Tax Day approaching on April 18 this year, Americans in cities across the nation participated in a Tax March April 15 to demand that President Donald Trump release his most recent tax returns.
Though no president is required to release his tax income returns, every major party nominee since the 1970s has done so.
In Bethlehem, around 200 people gathered in Payrow Plaza next to Bethlehem City Hall to have their voices heard. The local rally was sponsored by the Bethlehem City Democratic Committee.
Looking from the window of his Moravian House apartment on a cold December morning, Bethlehem native Forrest Taylor commented to a guest that the rapidly falling temperature reminded him of the Christmas of 1944, which he spent in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium.
This year 64 dads and daughters signed up to attend the 11th annual Daddy-Daughter Dance at the Bethlehem Township Community Center. Young attendees at the dance, called the Boots & Bling Ball, ranged in age from three to eight. Not surprisingly, it was a lively affair.