You usually see my by-line next to all kinds of local government and political gatherings. Hot stuff. But I must have screwed up. Instead of a mayor or county exec, my editor recently sent me to cover the Lehigh Valley Bridal Expo at Lehigh's Rauch Fieldhouse. On a Sunday during NFL playoffs. "You'll love it," he assured me. If I had won the five-day honeymoon to St. Lucia, I might agree. But for a guy, this is about as popular as a colonoscopy.
I had the pleasure of listening to my grandfather, Elwood "Woody" Rehm, reminisce about his days spent at Nitschmann JHS from 1943-46. Times certainly were different then.
For many of us, it would be hard to even recognize the area north of Nitsch-mann as it appeared during my grandfather's youth. The surroundings have changed drastically. What we're familiar with today - neighborhoods, offices, and businesses - were once fields as far as the eye could see.
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In 1857, a 12-year-old girl by the name of Emma Thursby was enrolled in the Moravian Seminary in Bethlehem. Her parents, John B. and Jane Thursby, selected the school for their excellent academic curriculum and, most importantly, for the outstanding musical training program. Emma's education in the great German composers such as Handel, Mozart and Beethoven, came under the supervision of Sylvester Wolle, the school principal, his brother and assistant Francis Wolle and the singing instructor Mary Weiss. Emma never forgot her happy experiences in the Bethlehem school.