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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Pa. Music & Arts Celebration back at Allentown Fairgrounds

Friday, May 24, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration returns with its focus on veterans and music with local roots, May 25-27, Allentown Fairgrounds.

Highlighting the second annual festival is veterans-related programming Memorial Day, including “The USO Tribute Show,” featuring Bob Hope impersonator Bill Johnson, and Michele DelaFave, who performed with Hope on his USO tours in Vietnam and was one of The Golddiggers dancers on “The Dean Martin Show” TV show (1965-1974).

Growing Mayfair: Festival builds on success in second year at Cedar Crest College

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A newly-invigorated Mayfair returns to Cedar Crest College for its second year with twice as many artists and food vendors, expanded hours and some new faces.

After more than 22,000 filled the Allentown campus for the three-day festival last year, Lauren Condon, director of Student Union and Engagement for Cedar Crest, says organizers were “empowered” to move ahead with this year’s festival.

“The feedback was overwhelmingly positive about bringing back this beloved tradition to our beautiful campus,” she says. “We are hoping to build on last year’s numbers.”

Board votes to deny liquor license request

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Township commissioners name Ann Freyman to fill vacant seat

Whitehall Township commissioners reaffirmed their denial May 13 of the request for a liquor license at the Sheetz in Whitehall.

After hearing residents from a 55-and-up residential community located behind Sheetz who oppose the transfer, the board voted to approve a resolution confirming the denial of the request.

Sheetz is appealing the township’s decision in Lehigh County court.

Sheetz persists with liquor license

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Board remains steadfast in denying request; store appeals to county court

Despite being denied by Whitehall Township commissioners last month, the quest for a liquor license at the Sheetz in Whitehall may not be over.

Sheetz, the gas station and convenience store at 5001 MacArthur Road, had requested approval of a liquor license transfer from Homeslate Sports Bar & Grill in Slatington, at the township’s April 8 board meeting. However, the request was turned down when commissioners voted 5-1 to deny the resolution for the liquor license transfer.

Emmaus High School Chorale to sing in Sistine Chapel

Friday, April 12, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

On April 23, two days after Easter, the Emmaus High School Chorale will become one of the select few choirs to sing at the renowned Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Italy.

The rare opportunity will take place during the Chorale’s concert tour to Italy during Holy Week.

“There is not a place in Italy that is more significant,” says Chorale director Rita Cortez. “You’re not even supposed to talk when you go there because it’s such a holy place and it’s visually stunning. I can’t wait for the Chorale to sing in there.”

Lona Farr, David Voellinger chair Community Music School Gala

Friday, April 12, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The move to a new home and a remembrance of the late founding director is the focus of Community Music School Lehigh Valley & Berks’ (CMS) annual Spring Brunch and Silent Auction fundraiser, noon-3 p.m. April 28, Lehigh Country Club, Lower Macungie Township.

CMS will present an afternoon of music and reflections on the transformational move to the school’s new location, 1544 Hamilton St., Allentown, and honoring the memory of Martha Maletz, the inspirational founding director of the school, who died March 22.

‘Billboard’ going national

Friday, April 12, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A locally-produced film, inspired by a 1982 billboard-sitting contest in Whitehall Township, is getting its national release.

Forks Township filmmaker Zeke Zelker’s “Billboard,” more than 10 years in the making, opened April 5 at Frank Banko Cinemas, Steelstacks, Bethlehem, as part of the Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival, where it’s scheduled to continue through April 11, and at Movie Tavern, Trexlertown, Upper Macungie Township, where it’s scheduled to continue through April 10.

Township commissioners deny Sheetz liquor license transfer

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners voted 5-1 April 8 to deny a resolution that would transfer a liquor license to Sheetz.

Sheetz, the gas station and convenience store at 5001 MacArthur Road, was asking for approval of a liquor license transfer from Homeslate Sports Bar & Grille in Slatington.

The board can vote to approve a liquor license being transferred from outside the township. A liquor license transferred from within the municipality does not require board approval.

Sinfonia says hello Dali in first-ever collaboration

Friday, April 5, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The renowned Dali Quartet accompanies the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra in the ensembles’ first-ever collaboration, “Dazzling Dalí,” 7:30 p.m. April 6, First Presbyterian Church, Cedar Crest Boulevard and Tilghman Street, Allentown.

It is the first time the two organizations have worked together, according to Bethlehem native and Dali first violinist Domenic Salerni.

Sign is dedicated at Fort Deshler site

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

A sign commemorating the archaeological dig of the Fort Deshler site in Whitehall Township was unveiled by township officials and community members at a dedication ceremony March 29.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission interpretive marker was installed along the Ironton Rail Trail to recognize the only Colonial fort used for refuge during the 1763 Native American uprising.