A delightful evening of country, gospel and old time music was shared at Wesley United Methodist Church recently, when Bethlehem native Merv Shiner returned from Tampa for his Homecoming Concert Part II - The Journey Continues.
Not only is the 93-year old a talented musician, he's also a gifted storyteller, captivating his audience with precious memories and anecdotal stories which he weaved throughout his 18-song set. With a musical career that has spanned more than seven decades, much of it spent in Nashville, Shiner has a lot to draw from.
Bethlehem's Historic Conservation Commission, a group appointed by the city to help preserve and promote the integrity of historic buildings, discussed three properties at its monthly meeting May 17 at the Banana Factory.
All three properties fall within the South Bethlehem Historic Conservation District, requiring property owners to submit plans of exterior modifications to the commission for review.
On May 21, 1963 Bishop Joseph McShea formally established the first new parish in the new Diocese of Allentown.
Founded as a daughter parish of St. Anne's Church in Bethlehem, the new parish was given the name "Our Lady of Perpetual Help." This was an appropriate title for according to church tradition, St. Anne is the mother of the Blessed Lady.
At the time of its establishment, the parish located at 3219 Santee Road, Bethlehem, consisted of 450 families.
Fifty years later, that number has grown to over 2,400 families and 7,500 people.
When the thermometer hit the 90s this summer, it was quite common for the tired and heat-weary to seek respite in the cool waters of the Lehigh River.
Vu Nyugen, 34, of Bethlehem made it a regular routine. In fact, he's swum in the river countless times over the years. But for Nyugen, it was a recent dip that he won't soon forget, for it was then that he made his discovery.
While he was wading in the river opposite Sand Island, something caught Nyugen's eye.
Mac's Hobby Hall has become a landmark of sorts in the community.
Within Bethlehem's ever-changing retail landscape, the mom-and-pop shop has been a steady anchor for hobbyists and fishermen alike. One could always depend on Mac's to find just the right train, paint, lure or line.
But after 66 years in business, the longtime fixture at 721 Linden St. will be closing its doors.
With the recent passing of owner Elva L. Shuck, keeping the store afloat has become an overwhelming task for son Robert Shuck, as well as daughters Lisa Ebner and Annette Frack.