Bethlehem Press

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Clerk honored for years of civil service

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Barbara Merkle was given the “Cecil K. Leberknight Award for 10 or more years of service” as Fountain Hill’s clerk by Finance Director Bethany Sebesta at the borough council meeting Aug. 1. “She’s been just a pleasure to work with. She has given a lot of her life to this borough and the residents here,” Sebesta said of Merkle during the presentation. The award is sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs.

HARB moves forward, despite lack of quorum

Monday, July 25, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The Bethlehem Historical and Architectural Review Board hearing got off to a late start July 6 at the Rotunda when it was apparent that no additional board members would be there to form a quorum.

All six applicants accepted Chairman Fred Bonsall’s offer to present their proposals with the knowledge that HARB lacked a quorum. None were interested in waiting until the next month’s meeting.

A healthy cup of Dixie memorabilia in National Canal Museum exhibit

Friday, July 15, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Dixie: Easton’s Cup of Health and Happiness,” through Oct. 2, National Canal Museum, Easton, is an exhibition of vintage paper cups, advertisements and ephemera that tells the remarkable story of how marketing genius Hugh Moore replaced germ-ridden communal tin dippers with innovative healthy disposable paper drinking cups.

Bethlehem--Holy Infancy enjoys ‘banner day’

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Local News

With city inspector Philip Roeder serving as chairman, the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission began its regularly scheduled hearing June 20 by granting Joseph McCarthy, representing Holy Infancy Roman Catholic Church a certificate of appropriateness for two large vinyl-coated banners to be hung from the Holy Infancy School at 127 E. Fourth St.

‘Zen’ and the art of painting color

Friday, July 1, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Michelle Neifert’s exploration of color and light grace the walls of the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, The Baum School of Art, 510 W. Linden St., Allentown.

“The Zen of Seeing,” an exhibit of her calming, colorful creations, continues through July 7 at Baum.

“I wanted to be a painter since when I was five,” said Neifert. She was inspired by her father’s best friend, Mark, a graphic designer who would draw for her whenever he visited. “I was hooked,” Neifert said. “My gosh! It’s magic! You can make something appear that didn’t exist before!”

Ackerman-Lalik exhibit relatable at Civic 514

Friday, July 1, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The father and daughter exhibition, “Related Impressions: Rudy Ackerman and Ann Lalik,” continues through July 5 at Civic Theatre of Allentown Gallery514, 514 N. 19th St., Allentown.

“I always thought my dad and I would have a show together and I am sad he passed away before we did,” stated Ann Lalik in her artist’s statement.

Dr. Rudy Ackerman, award-winning sculptor, painter, printmaker who founded the Moravian College art department and was executive director and gallery director of the Baum School of Art, Allentown, died in May 2015 at age 82.

Global refugee crisis topic of LEPOCO event - Desperate families seeking refuge

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Twenty-five-year-old Troy E. Spier brought his experiences as a volunteer humanitarian aid worker to two dozen LEPOCO members and guests recently at the Lehigh Valley Friends Meetinghouse on Bath Pike. Spier, a second-year doctoral student in Linguistics at Tulane University and Berks County native, spent three months in the Republic of Macedonia and on Lesvos Island, Greece, providing assistance to refugees fleeing war-torn areas in the Middle East and Africa.

Bethlehem - Southside parking garage moves forward

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Local News

After skipping a month, the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission’s hearing fell on Monday, May 16. With the proposed Southside parking garage on the agenda, the meeting was held at City Hall instead of its regular venue of the Fowler Center, but the Rotunda’s empty gallery seats demonstrated that the public wasn’t as interested as had been expected.

Panas photographs students in ‘Middle School Project’

Saturday, May 28, 2016 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Award-winning portrait photographer Lydia Panas recently partnered with Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley (CIS) on “The Middle School Project.” With funding from a 2015-16 Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Grant, obtained through The Lehigh Valley Arts Council, Panas shot fine-art portraits of 10 South Mountain Middle School students, then had them displayed on several Lehigh Valley area bus shelters.