A hush followed by loud cheers filled the room when it was announced the 39th "Boutique at the Rink" brought in nearly $204,000 in the four-day sale starting May 28 of used and nearly new clothing and household items at the Bethlehem Ice Rink on Illick's Mill Road.
The funds will benefit St. Luke's Hospital's Cancer Center, St. Luke's Hospice and the Cancer Support Center of the Greater Lehigh Valley.
Lehigh Valley Health Network Burn Prevention Network recently sponsored a seminar titled "Wear You Gear or End Up Here."
The May 7 seminar at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, was aimed at local and regional fire and EMS personnel.
Keynote speakers were Mitch and Aimee Dryer of Oneida, N.Y. and Dr. Daniel Lozano, medical director of LVHN Regional Burn Center.
Mitch Dryer was a municipal firefighter in Oneida where he became trapped in a structure collapse and fire in 2007.
Rarely are medical personnel associated with musical performance, but the St. Luke's Singers successfully combined the two 20 years ago when the group was formed. In fact, it is the only hospital-based choir in Eastern Pennsylvania.
The group was created in 1991 so that singers and musicians who were also employees of St. Luke's Hospital could be involved in Bethlehem's 250th anniversary celebrations. Several members of the group wanted to continue performing, and that was how Floyd Schlegel became involved.
Bethlehem Area School Board directors already know which firms they will consider to tackle the new Nitschmann MS design and construction project.
Seven local firms have been chosen as the semi-finalist candidates. According to Mark Stein, facilities director for BASD, these firms were chosen because they are local and because they have extensive experience in school construction.
Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli at a June 12 news conference announced the end of an investigation into a the leak of a confidential concealed carry gun permit application. Criminal charges have been filed against one deputy sheriff. Two others have voluntarily resigned. No other charges will be filed.
Bethlehem has a new visitor center, next to the towering and rusting blast furnaces at SteelStacks. According to Mayor John Callahan, master of ceremonies at the grand opening on June 14, it's a gateway to the entire Lehigh Valley.
Nestled next to the furnaces that at one time produced hot molten iron, the 16,000-square-foot center is an adaptive reuse of the Steel Company's Stock House, built in 1863 to store the iron ore needed for hungry kilns.
The June meeting of TRIAD, an organization dedicated to improving quality of life and safety for seniors, featured an introduction to a little-known agency, Senior Corps RSVP. A national Senior Corps program administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, RSVP is sponsored locally by Share Care Faith in Action, serving Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties.
RSVP Director Diane Schrameyer addressed the meeting as guest speaker. She began by explaining the history of the organization.
At the culmination of their year of study, Lehigh Valley Academy Charter School second graders received a firsthand account of life nearly a century ago, as local resident Allan Fink told them of his experiences with their study subjects.
Fink, born in Allentown and raised in Macungie during the early 20th century, will see his 100th birthday July 3. Amid youngsters who've never known life without Wifi and touchscreen tablet devices, Fink described life without a telephone, without automobiles, without an indoor bathroom or electricity.
Matthew Croslis was appointed Lehigh County Executive by the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners at its June 12 meeting.
Croslis, an attorney, will serve out the remainder of Don Cunningham's term, which expires at the end of this year. Cunningham was initially replaced by Bill Hansell, who stepped down in May due to failing health. Hansell died June 4 after a battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Board President Lisa Scheller held a moment of silence for Hansell before the vote.