The Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts' Executive Director Diane LaBelle received a certificate of appropriateness from the Historic Conservation District board July 21 approving LaBelle's choice of glass panels for a canopy at the new building currently under construction.
The 87,000-square-foot, three-story building is being built at East Third and Polk streets in South Bethlehem. The double-paned glass panels will be used for the canopy instead of the pre-cast concrete called for in previous plans.
Northampton Executive John Brown, speaking at a PBS 39 studio in South Bethlehem, told a group of five Northampton County residents, reporters and part of his Northampton County staff that the 2,200 county employees "do a phenomenal job.
"We exist for one reason; to be of service," Brown said July 28 at one of several planned town hall meetings.
"My primary job is to be of service. It's not what I say and do, but what the employees do day to day. Get the employees to come along with you. They're the ones who do the work," Brown said.
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"It was seamless," the boss told Miller-Keystone Blood Center Director of Development Sandra Thomas. A board member also complimented Thomas' work. "Job well done!"
Thomas said the compliments were similar to the praise she has been hearing about the recent fund raising gala held at Steel Stacks.
"It makes me feel that all the work was worthwhile."
Over 450 people attended "Cruise Aboard the Lifeline," a Roaring 20s -themed event that, besides raising money for Miller-Keystone, gave everyone a chance to dress up in their best 1920s look.
The Eagle Scouts of the Minsi Trails Council gathered recently in Fogelsville to be recognized and honored for the many Eagle Scout projects they have completed in the several areas where Minsi Trails scouts call home.
Even though over 220 Eagle Scouts were at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor and Recognition Dinner, they are still, statistically speaking, rare birds. Only 4 percent of boys enrolled in Boy Scouts nationwide earn the coveted ranking.
"It's not easy," said Master of Ceremonies Matthew Planer. "You need a tenacious mother!"
Outstanding students in the area's technical schools received scholarships at the Elmer Gates Enterprise Awards in May at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Conference Center in Bethlehem.
"We recognized 27 years ago that we had an asset that needs to be developed and nurtured," said Elmer Gates speaking to students, relatives and school officials.
"Golden threaded-coral denim," "radical free draping," "amethyst-dyed mink vest," all exotic phrases to describe the fabulous couture clothes designed by Pamela Ptak that draped beautiful models at a lunch-time show at the Hotel Bethlehem. The spring show was the Society of the Arts' (SOTA) first fashion show to raise money for the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley.
That was some of the advice the area's competitive young scholars in the Lehigh Valley and the Hunterdon, N.J., area got from the Dean of Temple University University's Beasley School of Law.
She wasn't talking about something for breakfast. JoAnne A. Epps. Ph.D.. was talking about that characteristic of sticking to the pursuit of the goal even when it gets tough.
"Focus on your pursuit of success - however you define it - with passion and perseverance. In other words, cultivate grit," she said.
Students from schools around Lehigh Valley received recognition for acts of kindness done when they had no expectation of getting a reward or even a "thank you."
The awards, given by Travelers Protective Association Post L Lehigh Valley this spring, included certificates of achievement and cash scholarships for recipients.
Students with challenges and disabilities throughout the area were the real winners, as student body presidents, cheerleaders, and other students lead efforts to help them.
Walk for a Healthy Community, an annual fund-raising walk, expects to increase its total over the past 10 year to more than $1 million.
On April 23, Highmark Blue Shield celebrated the company's 10th annual Walk for a Healthy Community at the Blue Event Center in Bethlehem Township.
Organizers expect this year's June walk in South Bethlehem to put the total money raised over the past 10 years at more than $1 million.
The Hotel Bethlehem hosted a military reception recently for members of the Honorary First Defenders and their guest of honor, U. S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Anthony A. Spadaro, who traveled from his post in New Orleans to speak to the group.
In the Tap Room of the Hotel Bethlehem, surrounded by photographs of other famous guests such as Winston Churchill, Spadaro met some of the local military men and women who had invited him to speak later that evening at their "dining in," or military banquet, at the Econo Lodge Conference Center in Allentown.