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Graduation - Moravian Academy - ‘Leave lasting legacy’

Friday, June 7, 2019 by JULIA F. SWAN in School

“Never forget to leave a lasting legacy,” class of 2019 President Michael Schellenberg concluded his remarks to his graduating classmates at Moravian Academy’s commencement June 1.

The ceremony had been moved indoors to the gymnasium due to the threat of evening showers. The showers never materialized, but the move didn’t seem to dampen the high spirits of the 82 graduates and the packed house of their friends and families.

How the country’s organized

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by JULIA F. SWAN in Opinion

Single women have had impact, feminist author asserts

There has been a dramatic shift in this country in the past couple of decades toward more people being single, and if and when they marry, marrying at a much later age. But when journalist Rebecca Traister began studying this trend, she found there have been large numbers of single women at periods in the past, and they have often had a profound impact on social change.

Bethlehem women inspired by march

Monday, January 30, 2017 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

Among the thousands of people who flocked to the Mall in Washington, D.C. the day after President Trump’s inauguration to take part in the Women’s March were several busloads from the Lehigh Valley.

The people the Press talked to echoed the general consensus among marchers that the event was inspiring and emphasized the peacefulness of the event and the respect among marchers and with law enforcement officers patrolling the throngs.

Just in time for Christmas Local author explores possible ‘Santa’s Day Jobs’

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

December, of course, is an extremely busy month for Santa Claus, but what does he do for the rest of the year?

Hellertown author Larry Deibert has tried to answer that question in his first children’s book, “Santa’s Day Jobs,” which has just been released on

The book is quite a departure for Deibert, whose previous books have been on topics as wide-ranging as vampires, time travel and Vietnam. The idea came to him a few months ago, he said, when he was delivering mail (his day job) at Lehigh Valley Hospital, and a little girl pointed at him and cried, “Santa!”

‘We should do our jobs’ -- Real-life ‘Spotlight’ editor addresses packed house at Lehigh

Monday, February 29, 2016 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

Lehigh graduate Martin Baron returned to the Southside Feb. 18, and was welcomed warmly by the Bethlehem and Lehigh community at a packed Baker Auditorium.

Baron, a 1976 graduate, was editor of the Boston Globe who helped lead the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the cover-up of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy. He led a discussion about the investigation, and the role of journalism, following a screening of “Spotlight,” the compelling Oscar-nominated film about that investigation.

'Sounding The Alarm'

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by JULIA F. SWAN in Focus

Upper Milford Township supervisor's book recounts 30 years as fireman and the need for more volunteers

"It's a story that needs to be told," Upper Milford Township Supervisor George DeVault says of his recently published book, "Fire Call!"

While the book is largely a memoir of DeVault's three decades as a volunteer firefighter, the important story is the threat to communities nationwide posed by the decline in the number of volunteers who are taking on this vital work. Appropriately, the book's subtitle is "Sounding The Alarm To Save Our Vanishing Volunteers."

'From Darkness to Light' -- Hellertown author returns to supernatural in latest work

Thursday, February 12, 2015 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

Hellertown author Larry Deibert is fascinated by the supernatural.

"I guess horror, paranormal and time travel are my favorite things to do," Deibert said in a recent interview.

Like his three or four previous works, including the locally based "Christmas City Vampire," his new novel, "From Darkness to Light," revolves around supernatural events. He describes it as a "Christian paranormal" work.