At the Alburtis Borough Council meeting of Jan. 31, Police Chief Robert J. Palmer II introduced Alburtis Police Officer Daniel Weidemann to council as the new part-time police officer. Weidemann passed all the required tests. Alburtis Mayor Kathleen Palmer swore him in with his wife Felicia standing by his side.
Police Chief Palmer informed council applications were received for the full-time police officer position and Jan. 31 was the last day for applications. Testing is scheduled Feb. 10.
The Jan. 10 meeting of Alburtis Borough Council opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mayor Kathleen Palmer reported some residents’ garbage was left out during the recent frigid weather because it was not picked up. Residents asked if they will be getting a fine. President Ron DeIaco said they will not because some of the bags stuck to the pavement since it was so cold; the volume of garbage was more than usual so the trucks were full and the dump closed at 3:30 p.m. However, if it happens again, the residents will be fined.
At their meeting of Dec. 27, 2017, Alburtis Borough Council approved Resolution No. 2017-8 adopting a new comprehensive plan for the borough of Alburtis in the form of the multi-municipal regional plan entitled “Southwestern Lehigh Comprehensive Plan-October 2017.”
The annual reorganization meeting of Alburtis Borough Council began with Mayor and Council President Pro Tempore Kathleen Palmer administering the oath of office to recently elected incumbent councilpersons Kathleen Raines and Steven Hill and newly elected council members Vanessa Taggart and Hector Vasquez.
Following nominations, council voted Ron DeIaco – president; Hill – vice president; Raines – second vice president and Steve Mehl – chairperson of the vacancy board. Raines was approved as check signer, to replace John Aleszczyk.
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.