Each year the Bethlehem Press reflects on the events, big and small, good and bad, that affected our community. Here are a few of the many stories and images we’ve covered in 2019:
• New local celebrity Einstein the Snow Camel visited the Bethlehem Police Mounted Unit to introduce himself to the community. Einstein became famous following a disastrous November snowstorm in which traffic throughout the valley was at a standstill and his Peaceable Kingdom zoo owners took him from his trailer for a walk along Route 22.
In a half-full auditorium at East Hill MS Dec. 16, Lehigh Valley Academy (LVA) CEO Susan Mauser represented the regional charter school in its application for a new charter. However, no new educational programming is specified in the application; in effect, the only change LVA proposes is to move its K–12 operations to a planned 200,000-square- foot campus on nearly 200 acres in Bethlehem Township. Sixty acres would be occupied by the initial phase of construction; more than 100 acres is reserved for future development on the Alloy 5 Architecture plan shared with the media.
Flatiron renovations Art Exhibit, behind the scenes tour of Seven Sirens Brewery highlight First Friday reception
An art exhibit opening reception featuring work from Bethlehem photographer Glenn Koehler and special behind-the-scenes tour of one of Bethlehem’s newest cornerstone businesses highlight an evening celebrating new beginnings at Bethlehem’s historic Flatiron Building during the SouthSide Arts District’s January First Friday.
The Historical and Architectural Review Board granted approval for signage to two businesses at the Dec. 4 hearing.
Restaurant owners William and Marylou Seixas were granted a certificate of appropriateness from the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission for signage, awnings and exterior light fixtures for Couchpota.doh! Kitchen at 306 Brodhead Ave. at the Nov. 28 meeting held in the Rotunda.
Plans for the ArtsQuest Cultural Center in Bethlehem continue to move forward thanks to a $45,000 Community Improvement Grant awarded to ArtsQuest by Northampton County. The matching grant from the County of Northampton’s Community Investment Partnership Program (CIPP) will be used toward the construction of the new Cultural Center, which is currently in the planning phases.