East Penn Press

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Pip the Mouse returns to Liberty Bell Museum

Friday, December 6, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Pip: The Mouse Before Christmas” has returned to its fanciful stage for another run of vintage seasonal fun in the Liberty Bell Museum, Allentown.

Pip and his holiday puppet show premiered at Hess’s, Ninth and Hamilton streets, in 1962. After the iconic Allentown department store closed, puppets, props and stage found a home at the Liberty Bell Museum where the holiday show has been going on since 2003.

Once in a lifetime: Whitehall artist receives national exhibit top prize

Friday, November 29, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Douglas Wiltraut has received the Robert Sanstrom Prize, a Gold Medal, and $5,000, as an honorarium, for his painting, “Fading Away” (2018, egg tempera on panel, 22 in. x 33 in.) at the 65th Annual Exhibition of the National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic (NSPCA) held at the Salmagundi Club, New York City.


Thursday, November 14, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Local News

School board bids adieu to retiring Director Ballard

The East Penn School Directors fondly bid farewell to Charles Ballard at his last official meeting Nov. 11. Ballard is retiring from the board after 24 years of service. They also honored him with a retirement party 45 minutes prior to the board meeting.

Having been granted permission to address the board, Susan Arnold, teacher and president of the East Penn Education Association presented Ballard with “The Friend of Education Award” for his long tenure on the school board.

10th annual InVision is set

Friday, November 1, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The month-long 2019 InVision Photo Festival begins 6- 9 p.m. Nov. 1 as part of Southside Bethlehem’s “First Friday,” ArtsQuest’s Banana Factory Arts Center, with three exhibitions and opportunities to create artwork, view demonstrations and attend artists’ talks.

“The Lehigh Valley has an incredibly rich photographic community and artistic heritage, which InVision has celebrated for 10 years now,” says ArtsQuest Director of Visual Arts Hillary Harper.

Matthew Blum ‘Windows’ in Baum exhibit

Friday, October 25, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Photographer Matthew Blum’s “Windows of the Past: Lehigh County” opens Oct. 24 in the David E. Rodale Gallery, The Baum School of Art, Allentown.

Views of 17 historic buildings captured by Blum’s camera lens will be on view through Nov. 21 when a closing reception is scheduled 6 - 8 p.m. to coincide with Allentown’s “Third Thursday.”


Friday, October 18, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Student Intern Teacher program and curriculum updates presented

The East Penn Board of School Directors sat through a Student Intern Teacher presentation and two other curriculum updates at the 3-hour-plus board meeting Oct. 14. An enthusiastic team of educational department chairs, teachers and administrators provided the board with a bold new vision of how they would like to deliver knowledge to the students in their charge.

Kacper Abolik in Baum exhibition

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Celebrating celebrity and other subjects, Emmaus-based artist Kacper Abolik’s exhibition, “Year of the Dog,” continues through Oct. 18 in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, The Baum School of Art, Allentown.

The abstract painter’s work includes bouquets, stylized copies of famous artwork, and portraits of famous people.

His recently-created cityscape of Allentown is on display. “Allentown Center City,” (2019; mixed media on glass; 19.25 in. x 14.75 in.) provides an energetic nighttime view of the monument at Hamilton and Seventh streets.

Spotted Lanternfly pinned down in PSU LV community art project

Friday, September 27, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Dixon is recruiting area organizations to help with what’s billed as a “Community Public Art Project.”

Dixon, a Virginia-based multidiscipline artist, has a background in working with insects. She first considered using bees for her project.

After being told about the Spotted Lanternfly infestation in Pennsylvania and, more recently, in New Jersey and some other nearby states, Dixon concluded that the colorful, non-native pest should be the theme for the installation.

The project can be seen as raising awareness about the Spotted Lanterfly infestation in the region.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Audit finds former school supervisor erroneously overpaid at retirement

The East Penn Board of School Directors officially responded to a recent Pennsylvania Auditor General’s performance audit of the district. The July 8 report for the period of July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2017, found a former superintendent was overpaid a gross amount of $16,190 more than had been contractually obligated upon retirement.

According to the report, “The overpayment was caused by the district carrying over five unused leave days on July 1, 2013, in excess of the contractual limit and paying him for 20 unearned vacation days.”