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Mosaic of art: 33rd annual Baum School of Art auction offers something for every art collector

Friday, May 18, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A colorful tile mosaic of a red barn complete with hex signs is one of the most exciting pieces that will go on the block at the The Baum School of Art’s 33rd Annual Art Auction May 19.

“Pennsylvania Dutch Barn No. 2” (tile mosaic, 29 in. x 30½ in.).

by William Weldon Swallow is one of more than 300 pieces of art from the era of school founder Walter Emerson Baum, as well as from contemporary regional artists, that will be featured in a silent and a live auction that will raise funds for the Allentown teaching and exhibiting art school.

Fire chief is backed by assistants

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Whitehall mayor says recent meeting showed support for Nelson

It was standing room only at the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting May 14 when firefighters filled the public meeting room to show their support for Whitehall Township Fire Chief David Nelson.

At April’s board meeting, several firefighters, who had left the department, blamed Nelson’s management style, which they said was causing low morale.

At the meeting Monday, four township assistant fire chiefs spoke during public comment in support of Nelson, saying morale is, in fact, high and policies he has enacted have improved the fire department.

Get your Bach on at 111th Bethlehem Bach Festival

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

There is Bach for every taste, as well as some exciting new concerts, at the 111th Bach Festival, May 11-12, 18-19, at various sites in Bethlehem.

The Festival features performances by the Bethlehem Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra, along with guest vocalists and musicians, conducted by Bach Choir artistic director Greg Funfgeld.

Festival soloists are Cassandra Lemoine and Rosa Lamoreaux, sopranos; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; William Sharp, baritone, and David Newman, bass.

Fire department is seeking reimbursement

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Chief says proposed ordinance could help defray costs of equipment

Whitehall Township residents could see their insurance billed for costs of fire equipment used to assist them in emergencies.

At the township board of commissioners workshop meeting May 7, board members discussed a proposed ordinance that would allow Whitehall Township Fire Department to seek reimbursement for some of the costs of responding to an emergency.

Get your Bach on at the 111th Bach Festival, Bethlehem

Friday, May 4, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

There is Bach for every taste, as well as some exciting new concerts, at the 111th Bach Festival, May 11-12, 18-19, at various sites in Bethlehem.

The Festival features performances by the Bethlehem Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra, along with guest vocalists and musicians, conducted by Bach Choir artistic director Greg Funfgeld.

The choir, celebrating its 120th anniversary, is the oldest Bach choir organization in the United States.

Thinking outside the Bach: There’s a ‘new guise’ in town for Bach Choir 111th Festival and its 120th anniversary year

Friday, May 4, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Bach is getting unbuttoned and heading outside this year for the 111th Bethlehem Bach Festival taking place over two weekends May 11-12 and 18-19 in Bethlehem.

New this year, the annual festival is presenting “Bach Outdoors!” a free performance kicking off the festivities at noon both Fridays on Payrow Plaza between the Bethlehem Public Library and City Hall. Organizers hope the new free event will engage people about the music of Bach in an entirely new way.

‘Hitting the ground running’

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Harakal looks forward to working with many staff he hired as executive

Returning to Whitehall Township is like a reunion for new Mayor Michael P. Harakal Jr.

According to Harakal, who served as the township’s executive from 1984 to 1991, in his first few weeks in office, he has been walking around the municipal building “smiling most of the day.”

Especially warm was the welcome from the township staff, more than 30 of whom he hired during his tenure as executive.

“I always loved what I did here and knew, if I had the opportunity, I would love to do it again,” he said.

Board gives conditional approval for new CVS

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners voted April 9 to give conditional approval for a new CVS Pharmacy that will be built at 1223-1225 Third St.

Frank Clark, township engineer, said all the concerns about trucks pulling in and out of the location have been addressed and developers agreed to widen the entrance and flare the curb, so the trucks can safely make the turn.

Survey shows support for historic district

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Hokendauqua property owners favor moving forward with preservation

A recently completed survey of property owners in the proposed Hokendauqua historic district has revealed a majority supports the project.

In a report from Howard Lieberman, director of the Whitehall Township Economic Development Authority, 171 property owners within the residential neighborhood around the former Thomas Iron Works in Hokendauqua were sent surveys asking for feedback about the proposed district.

Lieberman said nearly 67 percent of respondents said they favored moving forward on the project.

Harakal returns to lead township

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Former Whitehall executive sworn in as mayor to fill term vacated by Hozza

A former Whitehall Township executive, who served the township for eight years, was unanimously voted mayor by the township board of commissioners at its April 9 meeting.

Michael P. Harakal Jr., who was township executive from 1984 to 1991, was tapped to fill the position left vacant when longtime Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. left for a county position. Harakal was one of six candidates who applied for the position.

“Every one of them would have done a fantastic job,” board President Dennis Hower said. “It came down to experience, and Harakal has a boatload of experience.”