Students from around Lehigh Valley and the Poconos met Jan. 30 at the Agri-Plex on the Allentown Fairgrounds to test their skills in a wide variety of skills ranging from masonry to public speaking.
Freedom HS students edged out their cross-town rivals from Liberty HS for first place wins; however, all of the Bethlehem Area School District contestants attend the Bethlehem Area Vocational Training School (BAVTS) located in Bethlehem Township.
Mikayla Bedics took first place in the nail care competition and Brandon Kutos took the gold in the residential plumbing competition.
Northampton Community College freshman Jona-than Khouly had an idea on how to create better diagnostic testing devices that he thought could make him a lot of money.
That's why he was at Startup Weekend in November at Lehigh University's Ben Franklin Techventures pitching his idea to the financiers, software engineers and manufacturers with the hope of forming a team, and emerging from the intensive three-day seminar with the $12,000 prize and a head start on a new business.
"The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice" said The Rev. Gracher Selby, pastor of St. John A. M. E. Zion Church, in ceremonies honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
Selby was quoting King's speech made in 1964 King when he delivered the baccalaureate sermon at the commencement exercises for Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.
It was King's restatement of a metaphor with a long history of being used by other leaders, beginning with Theodore Parker, a Unitarian minister who called for the abolition of slavery.
Steaks for the kids and hamburgers for the grown-ups. That's the menu that greeted children from the Boys & Girls Club of Bethlehem and their sponsors when they sat down for their supper at the Hotel Bethlehem.
The October fund raiser brought in about $50,000 to the club, according to the club's president, Daniel Nigito.
Nigito described the club's Chief Professional Officer Gary Martell as "A lunatic and the hardest working man in America." Nigito credited Martell for being a great leader of the organization.
Members of the Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King Foundation hosted a social gathering Jan. 18 in Allentown's Brenner Mansion in a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The foundation was responsible for the planning, funding and the installation of the Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King statue on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive near the Parkettes Gymnastics building 401 Martin Luther King Jr Drive in Allentown.
The evening gathering was organized by the foundation's Executive Director Kevin Easterling and other members of the organization.
The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Bethlehem held a short reorganization meeting Jan. 16 at City Hall. Members elected officers for the upcoming year.
The newly elected officers are Earl Bethel, treasurer; Jason Henninger, vice chairman; and Fran Doyle, chair. This will be Doyle's third term as chair.
Henninger moved from the position of reasurer to vice chair and Bethel moved from assistant secretary to his new job of treasurer.
Businesswoman Christina Little-Haus got tentative permission Dec. 16 to put historically appropriate window signs welcoming clients into her new business, Couture Salon & Spa, at 310 East Third St., in South Bethlehem.
The Historic Conservation District, meeting in the Banana Factory, approved her request and will recommend that Bethlehem City Council grant her a certificate of appropriateness for the signage.
The new business will open in January, according to Little-Haus. The new salon and spa will be across East Third Street from Looper's Grille and Bar.
Fountain Hill Borough Council held its 2014 reorganization meeting and swearing-in ceremonies Jan. 6 before the regular meeting of the council.
The council elected leadership from within its ranks; Lawrence Rapp was elected president, Norman Blatt Jr. was elected vice president, and Douglas Trotter Jr. was elected chairman pro tempore.
Starters at the Bethlehem Golf Club hosted the Bethlehem Fire Department in October as firefighters sold tee-shirts to raise money for St. Luke's Hospital's Cancer Center.
The "celebrity bartender" night at Starters Clubhouse featured disc jockey Chris Line of WZZO and firefighter Mary Alice Maguire behind the bar.
Citizens gathered in Easton recently to hear about communities where it is hard to buy food, dwindling farms and farmland, farmer training and community gardens in the Lehigh Valley.
Lynn Prior, the Director of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter of BuyFreshBuyLocal, spoke at the Nurture Center on Northampton Street to over 40 people.
They came to learn about the local food economy and to fill out post-presentation questionnaires designed to let Prior understand the priorities that listeners assigned to aspects of the various aspects of local food supply and distribution.