Members of Muslims and Christians United (MCU) are shocked and horrified by the cowardly bombing at the Boston Marathon. MCU, based in the Lehigh Valley, condemns the attack in the strongest possible terms. The individuals who carried out the attacks do not represent Muslims, nor do their actions represent Islam.
The Chinese just finished celebrating Spring Festival, the most important holiday of the year when families get together from throughout the country to feast on special foods and rekindle relationships. Commemorating the start of the Lunar New Year, the holiday closely resembles our Thanksgiving, but it lasts for at least two weeks, usually in February, when almost all business grinds to a screeching halt.
Bethlehem residents have long memories and are fiercely proud of the years they worked at Bethlehem Steel. They remember that, without the employment of 30,000 native-born and immigrant workers over the last century, they could never have afforded their homes - or could have educated their children. Many of those steel workers survive today.
John M. Mack
Mack (1715-1784) was born in Wurttemberg, Germany. He arrived in America in 1735 to assist with the Moravian settlement in Georgia. Mack traveled with the group to Bethlehem in 1741, when the Georgia site had to be abandoned. He founded Nain and Gnadenhutten, two Native American Christian settlements near Bethlehem.
Known as "the first lady of dance," Fink (1900-1989) taught dance for 50 years. She was the founder of the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley and operated her school and the guild from her Main Street location until retiring in 1973.
Fink was born in Bethlehem, married Russell Fleming and they had a son. She made her first stage appearance at age 6 in "Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Moravian Seminary for Girls, Bethlehem. She portrayed Martha Washington for several seasons at the Sun Inn Strawberry Festival.