Friday's tragic shooting at the Sandy Hook ES in Newtown, Conn., will leave an emotional scar on our country and permanent hole in the hearts of the families of that small community.
When Joseph and Mary traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem 2,000 years ago, as told in the Gospel of Luke, they covered approximately 80 miles. On Dec. 8, in memory of that journey, approximately 150 people made the shorter, 10-mile, trip between Nazareth and Bethlehem here in the Lehigh Valley. Called the Christmas Peace Pilgrimage, it's the 53rd time this group has made the trip, walking with simple star and peace signs. It's an annual reminder of the true meaning of Christmas - peace on earth.
In our Dec. 19 issue, we incorrectly identified Central Moravian Assistant Pastor Janel Rice as Janet Rice. We apologize for our error and any inconvenience it may have caused.
For the first time in Lehigh University's history, an outdoor menorah lighting ceremony was conducted at Asa Packer Campus in recognition of Hanukkah. Over 100 people, most of them students with Chabad at Lehigh, celebrated what is also called the "Festival of Lights."
Before three candles were lit atop a 12' high menorah strategically located next to the flagpole at the center of the campus, Rabbi Zalman Greenberg explained why he loves Hanukkah.
"No speeches, no synagogue, no sermons, no fasting. All in all, its just a beautiful holiday," he explained.
Thanks to 50 volunteers from Moravian College, over 200 people were treated to a "seasonal feast" at Bethlehem's Cathedral Church of the Nativity Dec. 1. Guests were treated to turkey with all the trimmings, and were serenaded by Delta Omicron, the College's Music Fraternity.
But for the kids, the best part was a visit from Amos, Moravian's Greyhound Mascot, along with the coloring books his helpers handed out.
Though he announced the idea with his proposed budget a month ago, Mayor John Callahan announced Dec. 13 an altered version of his "amusement tax" after talks with local major venue owners.
The tax was originally proposed as a flat, but small, percentage on all event ticket sales to help pay for the increased demands for police and emergency services in our event-rich city. Local venue owners were less than pleased at first, but came to the table to negotiate.