Last week in our graduation supplement, we inadertently published the wrong graduation list for Freedom High School.
We apologize for our error and are republshing the entire Freedom graduation package on pages A19 and A20 of this week's issue.
The Lehigh County Commissioners voted against a tax increment financing plan for the proposed Hamilton Crossings shopping center at its June 26 meeting.
In a 6-3 vote, Commissioners Michael Schware, Scott Ott, Vic Mazziotti, Brad Osborne, Lisa Scheller and Daniel McCarthy voted against the TIF. Commissioners Percy Dougherty, David Jones and Thomas Creighton voted in favor of the TIF.
Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative, the bicycling education hub of CAR-FREE CAT-Coalition for Appropriate Transport held a bike education day at Calypso Elementary School on May 25. Students and their families were able to enjoy helmet/bike fittings, mechanical checks and a basic skills obstacle course to test students' awareness and bike handling skills.
Moulton A. Kleckner's photographs of Bethlehem during the 1870s gives us a glimpse of recreation in Bethlehem during in those years. His photographs reveal a peaceful community whose residents enjoyed fishing, boating and men smoking pipes while appreciating beautiful vistas.
Groups of tourists are shown reading the gravestones in the Moravian God's Acre cemetery. The women in the photos wore hats and dresses with long skirts puffed out by layers of petticoats. The trees and lawns are neatly trimmed and the buildings and fences are well maintained.
If the audience at Lehigh University's Zoellner Arts Center is any indication, the Lehigh Valley does care about immigration reform. Pennsylvania may be no border state, but 16.1 percent of this area's 650,000 population is now Hispanic.
So on a hot summer night, over 40 people attended a June 24 screening of Davis Guggenheim's emotional "The Dream is Now" documentary, which advocates for what is called the Dream Act. Following this 30-minute movie, prominent immigration attorneys Jose Campos, Ray Lahoud and Kevin Santos shared some local war stories of what they see daily.
They met at a USO dance. He was a sailor from West Bethlehem serving on a submarine in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. She was a stenographer in a department store in her hometown of Brisbane, Australia. On July 3, 2013, that American sailor and his Australian stenographer war bride, George and Audrey Wolle of Bethlehem, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with family and friends.
Several state representatives have drafted legislation to allow undocumented immigrants residing in Pennsylvania to obtain a driver's license or a learner's permit. H.B. 1520, sponsored by State Rep. Angel Cruz of Philadelphia and co-sponsored by five other representatives, was introduced June 12 in the House of Representatives Transportation Committee.
The legislation would allow an undocumented person to apply for a driver's license or a learner's permit if that person has resided in Pennsylvania for at least 90 days.
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.
Four years ago, I attended a casting call held by The Pro Model & Casting Agency's Bethlehem office on Broad Street for the "Forensic Files" TruTV series. I figured that I had enough talent to play a corpse and it would be an interesting experience. Sometime afterward, I did get a call to audition for the part of someone I resembled for an upcoming episode of "Forensic Files" that was to be shot in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, a blizzard buried Philly and the show was taped in Florida. So much for my small-screen debut.
In 1771, Northampton County Deputy Sheriff Nathan Ogden was killed while attempting to execute an arrest warrant. He is the first known law enforcement officer to make the ultimate sacrifice for his community in America. Unfortunately, 120 police officers were killed while in the line of duty last year, including five from Pennsylvania.
In memory of these fallen peace officers, the Northampton County Chiefs of Police Association annually honors a police officer who distinguishes himself and his profession. This year's award recipient is Pen Argyl police officer Stephen Horvath.