Under the hot July sun, families and friends gathered this past July 14 at Daniel Rice Field in Bethlehem during the eighth annual VegFest Street and Food Festival. The festival theme was vegetarian and vegan food accompanied by non-profit organizations and retail vendors.
A heart-warming celebration of Christmas took place Dec. 1 in the Tranquility Park of South Side Bethlehem. Dozens of people attended the event which included a few hours of holiday songs, warm popcorn, carol singing and the lighting of a Christmas tree.
Platinum recording artist Jason Aldean’s set was tragically interrupted at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas Oct. 1 when a gunman opened fire on the crowd, killing 59 people and injuring roughly 600 more.
Saucon Valley HS’s Meghan Altemose has a promising future ahead of her in theatre. Starting her senior year, she already is a multiple time Freddy Award nominee, a two-time finalist in the Classical Singers Competition and has a scholarship offer from West Virginia University worth $89,000.
With a love for the arts beginning at a very early age, Meghan has continued to pursue her path with much success.
Jennie Lynn Alexina Miller, a member of Bethlehem Catholic’s Class of 2017, has overcome many physical disabilities while challenging herself to greater heights.
Jennie was born with a small right ear, a small right thumb and only a foot where her right leg was supposed to be and no right hip. She wears a prosthetic right leg and scoliosis affects her lower back. In addition, Jennie has suffered two concussions and undergone roughly 15 surgeries.
Cub Scout Pack 317 celebrated this year’s Blue and Gold banquet at Farmersville ES March 4 to signify the transition of nine young Webelos to the more advanced Boy Scout Troop. The time-honored tradition, during which the Scouts carry a lit candle across a “bridge” and light another candle on the other side, symbolizes a new chapter in their lives and growth in the scouting ranks.
Bethlehem’s own NAACP, which was founded in 1945, held its 72nd annual Freedom Fund banquet in order to celebrate with and commenced its community partners.
High-spirited President Esther Lee, on behalf of the chapter, started the banquet with sharing how happy she is to have such tremendous supporters. “Our issue is civil rights and making our representatives responsible for just that. They are not doing all that they can. I am glad our mayor is here as he is very good about coming through and showing his support,” Lee said.
In-home personal training company GYMGUYZ is lifting its national franchise and dropping a confidence campaign right in the Lehigh Valley. With GYMGUYZ now in the valley for a year, Aaron Behrens, Lehigh Valley franchise owner, and his trainers are excited to expand their business and start working with children and parents.
The confidence campaign will result in one lucky winner receiving three free months, once a week, of physical training and nutritional advice in the comfort of their own home by local head coach, Joe Hofstetter.
Just last year the infamous Buddy Valastro chanced his legacy in Bethlehem, but now he is back for more. Just one year after planting Buddy V’s Ristorante, Buddy Valastro and his famiglia have officially opened the doors of their 15th Carlo’s Bakery location.
Thanksgiving Day was a great experience, paired with a very proud day for the Bethlehem Area School District as the East Hills MS Marching Band participated in the ABC Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The band auditioned for a spot in the parade last year by sending in a video of its appearance in the Nazareth parade and was the only band from Bethlehem chosen to participate.
Under the direction of instructor of instrumental music Christy Davies, the band practiced by marching in formation through the neighborhoods surrounding the school for several months.