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.
"Once an Eagle, always an Eagle."
These words, spoken by keynote presenter Dr. Charles D. Peters Jr., are not an original statement, but instead a lasting mantra used over the years at Eagle Scout celebrations.
It was only appropriate he chose such a longstanding phrase for the 100th anniversary of the Eagle Scout Award, which began back in 1912.
This year, 213 Eagle Scouts from the class of 2012 were honored for their accomplishment of attaining the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America May 22 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, Fogelsville.
Thrilled to call Bethlehem home; arts charter school breaks ground for $27 million Southside complex
Sporting a slightly revised name that more accurately reflects its "current scope and future expansion of programs," the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts announced plans to build a new 87,000-square-foot $27 million state of the art educational facility. The announcement was made on Bethlehem's Southside at a ceremonial groundbreaking June 7.
It was 8:30 in the morning at Liberty High School, and members of the Marching Grenadier Band had already started rehearsing "Taps - Eternal Father," an emotional piece it will play at the nearby cemetery on Memorial Day.
"Can you play this without your music?" band leader Gregory MacGill challenges the young musicians. "Turn your music stands around and let's see."
A few sour notes later and MacGill waves his hands in the air to signal "stop" the music. "Turn your music stands back," he says while laughing.
In the mid-1970s, William Gale Gedney arrived in South Bethlehem to hunt for subjects to photograph. He was a slim 43-year-old with wavy brown hair. Gedney was dedicated to his art in a precise, quiet way, earning him the nickname "the invisible photographer."
He was traveling on a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Photography, on his way to San Francisco and Los Angeles. However South Bethlehem drew his attention in 1975 and 1976.
Although 193 seniors graduated from Bethlehem Catholic High School June 6, Principal John Petruzzelli awarded 194 diplomas. The last one was for Kasey Roman, who passed away after a sudden illness her freshman year. Her twin brother, Jesse, accepted the diploma on her behalf, after which the crowded auditorium thundered in applause. Seniors also established a scholarship fund in Kasey's honor.