"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.
"Ladies and gentlemen, it's an honor to present you the Class of 2013." With these words, Lehigh Valley Academy regional Charter School CEO and Principal Susan Mauser proudly sent the small class of 34 students out to the world to continue the journey they began at the academy some years ago.
Just as it happens at any commencement ceremony, Mauser's presentation of the class took the Fifth Annual Commencement of the Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School to a cheerful culmination.
A four year-old zoning dispute, pitting a popular Bethlehem produce business against North Bethlehem residents, appears to be drawing to a close.
On June 7, a three-judge panel of the Commonwealth Court ruled that an embattled Zoning Hearing Board had it right all along. Elias Market, located on Linden Street, will be allowed to expand its warehouse and loading dock, replacing dilapidated outbuildings with a new, clean, modern and functional structure that will actually reduce the number of daily deliveries made to the busy business.