Local Color

Q & A with Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D.

By Christine A. Krahling Katherine Ramsland and I met nearly 10 years ago at the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers’ Group. A former psychotherapist and philosophy professor, she has a master’s degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a Ph.D. in philosophy from Rutgers University, and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Duquesne Univers... »

Bob McLeod

By J.F. Pirro On his living room wall in Emmaus, Bob McLeod has painted white, puffy clouds set against a blue sky. His wife Lucy continues to wonder why Superman hasn’t appeared from behind those clouds. “Not yet,” he jests. Like Superman, a character that helped cinch his career, McLeod (pronounced Mac-Loud) is caught between two worlds: He’s a highly successful comic bo... »

The "Ice Screamers"

By J.F. Pirro If you want the scoop on ice cream, one Coopersburg collector is a veritable soda fountain of information. Rich Grumer* shares his passion with his fellow “Ice Screamers,” a fanatical, history-minded international collectors club. Members specialize in collecting – and celebrating – ice cream parlor and soda fountain memorabilia. The group of 450 or so member... »

SouthSide Film Festival

By J.F. Pirro Bethlehem is a city of festivals. Of course, there’s the granddaddy, Musikfest, a summer calendar must. And there’s the Celtic Classic in the fall; however, late spring welcomes the SouthSide Film Festival, a combination of art and culture. “It’s really a testament to Bethlehem that it can have such a variety of festivals, and that Bethlehem never tires of it... »


By Sara Hodon Belly-dancing is typically seen as something exotic and seductive—forbidden, even. The word itself conjures images of sultry, mysterious women with a certain something—that strong sense of who they are and their own feminine power.  Belly-dancing isn’t something that many women can picture themselves doing, but Lehigh Valley-based belly-dancing instructor Tah... »

Alex House

By Sara Hodon For a stand-up comic, there are a few things Alex House takes pretty seriously. Her family, for one (she’s a proud wife and mother). Making people laugh for another. And third is her latest gig—she teaches Zumba® at the Human Performance Center in Allentown. It wouldn’t seem as though House’s comedic and fitness careers had anything in common, but she would d... »

Mike Kopp ~ Allentown Central Catholic

By J.F. Pirro At 5-foot-7, just about everything that’s important in Rockne Hall Gymnasium towers above Mike Kopp, Allentown Central Catholic High School’s legendary girls basketball coach and the school’s athletic director, especially when he’s in his underground office. There are all those colorful green and gold championship banners hung so high. There’s a volleyball te... »

Moravian College Music Institute

By Christine A. Krahling This month, I talked with Blair Flintom, facilities manager for The Moravian College Music Institute about his role there, his goal for the Institute, as well as what the Institute offers those in the community who might be interested in pursuing music lessons. The Moravian College Music Institute (MCMI) was created over 25 years ago to provide com... »

Mean & Clean: Football Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik

By J.F. Pirro Numbers are important in sports — but perhaps no jersey number in history is a better match than the No. 60 Chuck Bednarik wore. First at the University of Pennsylvania and then with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1949-62, Bethlehem’s South Side native became the last of the two-way, 60-minute men of his era. He played center on offense and linebacker on defens... »

A Passion For Collecting

By J.F. Pirro A Horse Is A Horse It’s purely a coincidence that Ted Knieriem lives on Taylor Drive in Center Valley. His woodcarving idol, William G. Taylor, lived in nearby Upper Black Eddy, but a good proportion of his folk art carved wooden horses reside in an old Dutch cupboard at Knieriem’s. There, they look out the 12 windowpanes as if they’re barn windows. “When the... »

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