When Kevin Habick, 29, traveled to West Point for a football game with his family in ninth grade, he fell in love with the school.
“I loved the atmosphere and traditions,” this 2005 Freedom HS graduate says. “The school’s motto was something different than I’d known.”
The decision to choose a college was easy. One of Habick’s grandfathers had fought in World War II, the other in Korea.
“I wanted to hold myself to a higher standard,” Habick says. “I knew that I’d have to sacrifice parties and other ‘traditions,’ but it was a real privilege going to that institution.”
On a cold, snowy night in November, a group of 17 children from Uganda celebrated and shared their country and heritage through song, dance and drumming at the First Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem.
The group, changing three times into the colorful costumes of their country, filled the packed sanctuary with voices raised in joyful harmony, singing traditional Ugandan and Christian songs of praise. Few audience members could resist the toe-tapping rhythms and pure harmonies created by the smiling, energetic performers.
In 1984, Uganda’s civil war had been raging for several years, with hundreds of people killed in the rebellion against the Ugandan government and over 400,000 left homeless. Ray Barnett, who first visited the country in 1977, saw extreme poverty, starvation, injustice, disease and violence.
On July 21, Silver Spring Country Club hosted about 130 members of the Bethlehem Garden Club (BGC), which is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year. Dedicated to educating members and the community about gardening, sharing tips and experiences, and supporting civic planting to beautify areas around Bethlehem, the club meets on the third Thursday of every month at Advent Moravian Church.
Guests, patrons, staff and beneficiaries of New Bethany Ministries gathered at Lehigh University’s Zoellner Arts Center March 18 to celebrate 30 years of helping over 100,000 hungry, homeless, poor, and mentally ill clients find new opportunities and more secure futures.
“We serve between 3,000 and 6,000 people a year. We live in this food desert, where access to nutritious food is a real challenge,” said Executive Director Diane Elliott. “There are only 14 of us [on staff], and we couldn’t do it all ourselves.
“Tonight is a thank you for all of your support.”
Over 30 years ago, in 1982, several churches in Bethlehem’s Southside collaborated to form a shared worship and social ministry. Recognizing a community need for support services for homeless families and individuals, the churches, which included First United Church of Christ, Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Holy Ghost Roman Catholic, St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran, and Fritz Memorial United Methodist created a thrift shop and soup kitchen, provided mentoring and counseling services, and offered rental and housing assistance programs.
Carp_ cib_ et vin_! Friends and residents of Fountain Hill wined and dined at the Comfort Suites Hotel April 11 to raise money for the Fountain Hill playground and surrounding recreational area.
The Bacchanalia is an annual charity event whose sole purpose is to raise funds to benefit the Fountain Hill Playground and Recreation Improvement Fund.
"This is the 12th year we've done this," said Angela Sinkler, chief organizer and Fountain Hill committee member.
"We donate 100 percent of the money raised to the borough," she said.
Exchange students and their host families celebrated the Chinese New Year recently at Wesleyan Methodist Church, on Center Street in Bethlehem. The event, hosted by New Oasis International Education, Allentown Central Catholic HS, and Bethlehem Catholic HS, and also attended by Pius X Catholic HS students, provided an opportunity for Chinese and American students to engage in a cultural exchange and perhaps stave off a bit of homesickness the exchange students might have felt.
In the late 1970s, Bethlehem artist Nancy Shelly, home with her chicken pox-infected three children, decided to make homemade Valentine's Day cards.
"I got out the paper and cut out some hearts," Shelly says. "I had no art training, but one of the hearts I'd created looked really interesting. I couldn't figure out what it was about that heart and it bothered me.
"So I kept looking and monkeying about - maybe I became a bit obsessed - and I played around making hearts for the next few years."
Lehigh University's Rauch Fieldhouse hosted the 13th Annual Eastern Pennsylvania Bridal Expo Jan. 10 and 11 where brides, grooms and their families perused four aisles stocked with over 110 vendors offering everything to a couple needs to create their most magical day.
Wesley Jenks, vice president of Marketing for Jenks Productions, the company that's produced and sponsored the event since 2002, said he's grateful for the show's growth and success over the years.