Sgt. Jay Ruff retired from the Alburtis Police Department after 43 years of service in the community he has lived in all of his life. In honor of his service, a retirement dinner was held recently at Lehigh Lodge on Route 100 in Macungie.
Approximately 50 people attended the dinner including Alburtis Police Chief Robert Palmer and his wife Jill, all Alburtis police officers, Mayor Kathleen Palmer, Retired Police Chief Kenneth Solomon, several council members, William Royer from the office of Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, and Ruff’s family members.
Sarah Seimes and her neighbors Marian Tremmel, Karen Semet and Chris Lubenetski ,of Alburtis wanted to do something to thank the first responders and those who serve in the military for what they do. The friends got together and came up with the idea of having a first responder/military appreciation day and blood drive in Alburtis.
The event recently was held at the borough pool and hosted by the Alburtis Police Department and the Alburtis Area Community Center.
As word spread, volunteers from the community came forward to help and sponsors donated 33 prizes for a raffle.
Tours of the Bortz Log House and kitchen garden, Hamilton Boulevard, Wescosville, included a special treat of free strawberries and ice cream June 11.
Built around 1790 on Route 222 in Wescosville, the Lower Macungie Township Historical Society saved the house from demolition in 1989 when a developer wanted to raze the historical building. And that is when the Lower Macungie Township Historical Society was officially founded, Ann Bartholomew, one of the founding members, said.
David Stone, of Media, recently performed a unique portrayal of entertainer Johnny Cash at Alburtis Tavern and Lodge.
In addition to singing, Stone told the life story of Johnny Cash throughout his performance by telling a story about every song before he sang it. Stone also included the love story of Johnny Cash and June Carter and Leighann Burke from the Wilkes-Barre area joined him on the stage as June Carter.
Stone has been a Cash fan and admirer since his childhood. He made up his mind to learn every Cash song and learn all he could about his life.
Country music fans enjoyed a Garth Brooks tribute show at Alburtis Tavern Jan. 21.
Garth Guy, starring Dean Simmons, gave an outstanding performance. Audience members were clapping, whooping and singing along during the 90-minute show.
With high energy, Simmons really worked the crowd. He looked like, moved like, sang like and even talked like Garth Brooks. A gracious performer, he honored requests from the audience, even a song by another country singer, to please the crowd. Following his last song, “Friends in Low Places,” Simmons returned for an encore.
Santa was in Alburtis Borough for the holiday festival Dec. 4 and could be seen throughout many of the venues during the day. Children had breakfast and photos taken with Santa at the community Center in the morning. Santa also had photos taken with pets at Cold Nose Lodge.
Riding around town on top of a fire truck, Santa was easily spotted by everyone.
It was a fun day at Alburtis pool recently where approximately 300 people attended the annual Hawaiian luau and pig roast for crime prevention hosted by the Alburtis Police Department.
The pig roasted this year weighed 200 pounds, much bigger than the pig for 2015.
Guests enjoyed free hot dogs and freshly roasted pork barbecue sandwiches. The day also featured games, music, door prizes and basket raffles.
Fun, food and fireworks were a good combination for celebrating Independence Day at Longswamp Park July 2.
Entertainment was provided by Mike Hertzog and the Blue Mountain Gang.
The warm weather and park setting were perfect for this event as children on the playground were in full view of parents and guardians.
Music coming from the pavilion could be heard in the surrounding area.
David Kutzor of Keystone Consulting requested an answer from Alburtis Borough Council about vacating Ore Alley at the meeting June 29.
Property owners on both sides of Ore Alley have notified the borough they would like Ore Alley to be closed. Borough resident Cory Schmaldinst said he was against vacating a publicly-used alley to benefit one person and a business.
Also against vacating was Mayor Kathleen Palmer, who questioned how the closure would benefit the borough.
Greeting someone with a warm smile and treating him or her as the most important person in the room is something Terry Bender knows how to do well.
Bender grew in Breinigsville and, after graduating from Parkland High School, he worked at Melville Corp. where he was trained in sales.
He was transferred to New York but soon decided he did not like the city life so he moved back to Pennsylvania and, like an explorer on a mission, ventured out on his own.