“The Blade” Returns, and Other Assorted Medals…

August 2nd, 2011 posted by

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Marty Scratch Win

Last week, I took some reading I’ve been meaning to do and left the office a little early to work offsite.

That site just happened to be the Valley Preferred Cycling Center (or the Velodrome as I still refer to it), which last week was home to the US Masters Track National Championships.

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Here Comes the Sun

July 14th, 2011 posted by

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Air Products and Chemicals

Innovation is alive and well in Lehigh Valley. Recently, I had the opportunity to see the ceremonial “flipping of the switch” for the brand new Air Products solar farm. The solar farm consists of 11,239 silicon thin-film panels on fifteen acres adjacent to their headquarters in Trexlertown, PA.

This is the largest silicon thin-film installation in the country. The installation is capable of producing 2 megawatts of renewable power and will cover as much as half of the power needs for the headquarters complex.

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Hidden Gems

June 28th, 2011 posted by

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Clover Hill Winery

About a week ago my wife and I had a free night so we asked friends of ours Rob and Kathy to come experience Lehigh Valley. Since I know of this great website, discoverlehighvalley.com, (sorry shameless plug) I said I would handle the particulars.

We first set out to Clover Hill Vineyard & Winery for a few bottles on their patio.  From the second we got there the scenery, sounds and smells were sure to make this a relaxing few hours. We headed into the showroom for a quick tasting where we were met with a huge smile from Kari Skirp, one of the owners.

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Opening Night at the World Series of Bicycling

June 24th, 2011 posted by

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Valley Preferred Cycling Center

It’s a Friday night in Lehigh Valley and one of my favorite summer past times is ready to roll. This past Friday was opening night for the World Series of Bicycling at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center.

This is racing at its best. But before I get to the elite international competition, I should mention that the all-organic concessions are wonderful. My dinner that night was a turkey club wrap, fries and a Coke, which could be a staple of mine there throughout the summer (I do have season tickets).

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Destination Lehigh Valley

May 27th, 2011 posted by

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This past wednesday I finished a 10.5 hour hospitality and tourism certification program called “Destination Lehigh Valley,” which is conducted semi-annually by Northampton Community College (NCC) and Discover Lehigh Valley. The course is intended to provide new hires to the tourism industry with a greater understanding of the importance that superior customer service and hospitality have in our industry. With roughly 23,000 jobs in Lehigh Valley revolving around tourism, this course could really be beneficial for a lot of service industry businesses in Lehigh Valley.

David Schweiger, the director of the Hotel and Restaurant Management Program and Hospitality Career Institute at NCC (he might also hold the Guinness World Record for longest job title ever), conducted this certification in conjunction with Mike Stershic, President of Discover Lehigh Valley.

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I Scream for Ice Cream

April 27th, 2011 posted by

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Carvel Ice Cream Cake

Ice cream has been on my mind since I saw the upcoming weather forecast for Lehigh Valley. In my opinion ice cream is a great compliment to any day with warm temperatures and sunny skies.

Since I have a lot of experience with ice cream in Lehigh Valley, I decided to share my 5 favorite shops (in no particular order):

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Lehigh Valley Heros

April 15th, 2011 posted by

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My Hero Zero

Last night I met a hero.

As a member of the Lehigh Valley Arts Council I was invited to attend their annual membership reception held at Penn State Lehigh Valley’s beautiful campus in Center Valley. There were a lot of cool Lehigh Valley events I could have attended last night, but I’m so glad I picked this one.

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Lehigh Valley on two wheels

July 30th, 2010 posted by

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OK, anyone who knows my husband, Don, from his Allentown days can picture him riding his road bike all over town. He even biked to Indiana in five days!

Fast forward to him moving up to Moore Township, a bicyclist’s dream. Don had his tandem tuned up, and together we set out to explore the area I’ve lived in since 1994.

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Lehigh Valley Baby Momma

May 7th, 2010 posted by

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Megan and rose

I made it to my first Mother’s Day! Honestly, it was questionable whether I was gonna to, especially during the late night feedings and not knowing that teething and screaming can go on for 4 hours straight. But the joys outweigh the bad and now I get to enjoy a day that is all about me (in and around Lehigh Valley, of course)!

When I was growing up, for Mother’s Day my mom usually got breakfast in bed, flowers, and then got to do whatever she wanted. This year instead of the normal Mother’s Day brunch with my in-laws, my mom and I are headed to the Home Town Diner in Breinigsville – even former president George W. has been to Home Town Diner, it’s that good. After lunch, we’ll be off to Coca-Cola Park in Allentown for a Lehigh Valley IronPigs game against the Columbus Clippers – the first 2,000 women get a pink visor in honor of Mother’s Day. We’ll finish off the day by collecting our Vera Bradley cosmetic cases and, hopefully, striking it rich at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem!

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Marty’s Nothstein’s Lehigh Valley Discovery

May 4th, 2010 posted by

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Last week we announced the kick-off of the Discover Lehigh Valley contest – share your Lehigh Valley discovery and you could win a $200 Visa gift card.

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