The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival set attendance and ticket revenue records for the third consecutive year.
With nearly 150 performances in just under 10 weeks, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival season concluded with landmark attendance records, ticket revenues exceeding $1.2 million, an 8 percent increase in subscription sales and a main stage production playing to 103 percent capacity.
The Festival’s 26th season closed Aug. 6 in the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.
New to gardening? Want to plant native species to help our pollinators and other local wildlife?
Penn State Extension Master Gardeners and Master Watershed Stewards of Lehigh and Northampton counties are selling native plant kits that correspond with small garden designs by Lehigh Gap Nature Center to help take the guesswork out of gardening.
Bruce and Diana Hill, formerly of Heidelberg Township, gathered June 17 with family at Brickerville House, Lititz, to celebrate 60 years of marriage.
Their wedding took place at Egner Memorial Chapel, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, with the Rev. Dr. Russel Stine presiding.
Bruce retired from the Allentown Housing Authority as its director of social services and personnel.
Before that, he served the Lutheran Church in America as director of Christian education at congregations in Oreland, Montgomery County; Rockford, Ill.; and Massapequa Park, Long Island, New York.
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Anthony Hien, 88, of Lehigh Township, died Aug. 3, 2017, at home. He was the husband of the late Elvira R. (Weber) Hien.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Anton and Francisca (Streifeneder) Hien.
He was a brewer for over 33 years, working at Schaefer Brewery in Brooklyn and Fogelsville.
He served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant.
Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.
On Fairmont Avenue, police responded to a noise complaint.
An abandoned vehicle on Center Street was reported to the department.
A report of an assault on MacArthur Road brought out officers.
An animal complaint on Mauch Chunk Road was filed with the department.
On Pine Street, police investigated a disturbance.
Suspicious activity on Catasauqua Road was reported to police.
On Dogwood Circle, officers investigated a report of littering/dumping.
Thomas A. “Peach” Bowman, 61, of Hokendauqua, died Aug. 8, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital.
He was a son of Lila M. (Marks) Bowman and the late Richard “Dick” W. Bowman.
He was a 1974 graduate of Whitehall High School.
He was in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era.
He was a deliveryman for Allen Supply and a courier for FedEx.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua.
He was a former longtime football and house league basketball coach for Hokendauqua Athletic Association.
Bernard “Ben” F. Sagan Sr., 82, formerly of Bethlehem, died Aug. 14, 2017, at his daughter’s home in Palmyra, where he was residing. He was the husband of Mary D. (Budihas) Sagan for 58 years.
Born in Hokendauqua, he was a son of the late Stephen and Anna (Kovalchick) Saganowich.
He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves.
He was an electrician for the former Graphic Management Associates of Allentown for many years before he retired. Prior to that, he was a sewing machine mechanic for various businesses in the Lehigh Valley.
North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.
In the 1000 block of Third Street, officers conducted a welfare check.
At Fourth and Main streets, a traffic stop was conducted. Police investigated a possible DUI.
A civil matter brought police to the 1000 block of Howertown Road.
In the 1100 block of Sixth Street, police responded to a report of criminal mischief.
An animal complaint in the 800 block of Chapel Street brought out police.