The bicycles and their riders started to gather about 7 a. m.; bright sun was starting to warm the air. It was a cloudless day with brilliant blue sky.
The "Pat Ytsma Ride Safe Bike Tour" Sunday, June 2 was getting underway at the Earl Adams Memorial Park in Breinigsville where organizers were expecting about 200 riders to register.
For Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin it was nice to hear of young people doing community service for altruistic reasons-not because a judge ordered them to do as part of their sentencing procedure.
"It's a refreshing thing to be with students who are doing well and have a bright future," said Martin, the guest of honor at the annual Altruism Awards ceremony where high school seniors from across Lehigh Valley were honored for performing altruistic acts in their schools or communities.
About 150 guests at the SkillsUSA chef's Culinary Challenge competition enjoyed a five-course meal recently in the fourth annual meeting of some of the Lehigh Valley's best chefs mentoring student chefs from local high schools.
Chef Randy Zerfass, the chef at Northampton Country Club led Freedom HS students Tyler Shulman and Jaclyn VanBilliard to a team victory with their winning dish, "Tres Comida de Latina - Trio of Latin Foods."
The first three medal-winning men crossed the finish line within three seconds of each other in the annual "Race Against Racism" five kilometer race in Bethlehem April 27. They ran in perfect temperate weather under blue skies.
The race, sponsored by the YWCA, is to raise money for the Young Women's Christian Association's Racial Justice Program, according to Corrina Passaro, the association's director of development.
St. Joseph's Slovenian Church on Fifth Street in South Bethlehem opened its doors March 16 for the second annual celebratory Mass honoring Saint Joseph.
Ethnic Slovenians from Bethlehem and from as far away as Annapolis, Md., attended. One of those, Sharon Messics of Annapolis was there with her niece, Erica Messics. Erica's grandmother, Jennie Messics, also attended.
About 15 local high school students competed recently for medals in the ACT - SO fifth annual academic competition sponsored by the Bethlehem Chapter of the NAACP. Liberty HS was the venue for the event.
Ka'yon Ross won a gold medal for poetry while Immani Gaye took home a silver medal for poetry.
Rachel Anson received a bronze medal for poetry.
Gaye also took a bronze medal for dramatics and Anson got a silver medal in contemporary vocal music.
Jamid Knight won a bronze medal for his performance in the instrumental contemporary music competition.
Hundreds gathered March 6 to pay tribute to Priscilla Payne Hurd at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity on Wyandotte Street in Bethlehem March ??. Some remembered her service to the community. Others recalled her leadership.
The 650-seat church was nearly full of friends, family and others who came to celebrate the life of one of Lehigh Valley's most well-known philanthropists, who died last month.
In spite of a winter chill and gray skies that matched the color of the stone walls of the church, the mood of the crowd was upbeat.
"Reverend Jackson will bring a new vision to our church," said Felicite Gibson, a trustee for St. Paul Baptist Church in Bethlehem. She was at the installation service that introduced the Rev. James I. Jackson Jr. to his new congregation Oct. 14.
The brick church on East Goepp Street overflowed with guests, visiting pastors and members, all attending the afternoon service to welcome Rev. Jackson and his family to what Gibson described as a "multi-cultural." congregation
It was Bethlehem's version of the United Nations when teachers and scholars from all over the world spent three days at the Hotel Bethlehem attending the 15th World Conference of the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP).
Bethlehem Area School District (BASD) approved an agreement 9-0 on Aug. 10 to accept a $1.4 million out-of-court settlement in return for dropping further claims for losses in the district's failed attempt at investing in derivative transactions by a previous board.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. and other financial firms had been sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for making improper swaption deals.
"There were other claims against Wachovia…now Wells Fargo…" said BASD Business Manager, Stacy Gober in a recent interview. "There may be more settlements."