The Cathedral Church of the Nativity is celebrating its sesquicentennial this fall with a series of events including a 5K Run on Sept. 30 to benefit the New Bethany Ministries, and a "Celebration Dinner" Nov. 2 at Iacocca Hall, Lehigh University Mountaintop Campus. The last event of the series is a celebration breakfast Nov. 4 at the church. The "William Sayre Prayer Book Reading with Wine and Cheese Reception" at the Sayre Mansion Inn Nov. 30 is very appropriate. Read on for the early history of the church to see the Sayre connection.
Wednesday, September 12
Bethlehem Area Public Library back to school book sale, noon to 8 p.m., 11 W. Church St. Visit www.bestbooksale.org or call 610 867-3761, ext. 259.
The Gluten-Free/Celiac Sprue Support Group, 7:30 p.m., Lower level board room of St. Luke's – Warren Hospital. Call 610-865-3543 or 732-207-6666.
Saturday, September 15
Barn tour, Saucon Valley Conservancy, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Beethoven Waldheim Club, 1984 Waldheim Road, Hellertown. Call 610-216-0566 or visit www.sauconvalleyconservancy.org for schedule of events.
Pierce and East Third streets in South Bethlehem is the site of a 102-year-old homicide. Today, the intersection is bordered by parking lots and the National Museum of Industrial History. But on Feb. 26, 1910, thousands of angry Bethlehem Steel strikers, upset about 12-hour days and 12-cent per hour wages, rioted at that site. Despite local police and hundreds of deputy sheriffs, Southside Bethlehem descended into chaos. Twenty-five state troopers from Philadelphia were requested and greeted with rocks and bottles when they arrived.
The state Supreme Court tomorrow will debate the new legislative redistricting plan – an updated version of the one rejected in January – and the new Voter ID law – which was upheld recently in Harrisburg.
The proceedings in Philadelphia will be viewable live on Pennsylvania Cable Network.
While redistricting is, by its very nature, a topic for debate, the Voter ID law has already been effectively enacted, but is under serious pressure with the coming of the November elections.
This is the 28th year for Southside Ministries Vacation Bible School, which met July 9 through 20 at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity. The free program was open to anyone in preschool through eighth grade. Participants could attend any one or all of the sessions.
The evenings began with a brief biblical story and discussion lead by one of the churches in the ministry. Then, participants rotated through four stations each evening.
Where do people really want to be during a heat wave?
Some folks chose to celebrate the rising temperatures atop the North Street Parking Garage at the corner of North and Walnut streets for Bethlehem's third annual Rooftop Beach Party recently.
Griffin Land is a Connecticut-based land development company that has recently expanded into the Lehigh Valley, both in Upper Macungie and Bethlehem townships. Its eyes are now fixed on a 49-acre site along the north side of Jaindl Boulevard in Hanover Township. On Aug. 28, Griffin representatives unveiled plans for two flexible use buildings that will be located directly across the street from a Traditions of America residential community.
Animals are available for adoption at the Center for Animal Health & Welfare no-kill shelter, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton. The shelter is working to end pet overpopulation by running a clinic so animals can be spayed or neutered before they go home. For more information, call 610-252-7722 or visit www.healthyanimalcenter.org.