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Thursday, February 22, 2018 by LORETTA FENSTERMACHER in Local News

It’s a no for a dog park in Alburtis

At the Feb. 12 Alburtis Borough Council meeting, it was announced there will be no dog park in Alburtis.

Councilperson Kathleen Raines reported she and Kyle Bower visited the tot lot, but there is no parking on Robert Street or Lockridge Lane. Raines visited the end of the baseball field and was told nobody uses the volleyball court but the area was too small. Raines also checked with Maintenance Supervisor Donnie Derr about the land at the end of Church Street and he said the area floods.


Thursday, February 8, 2018 by LORETTA FENSTERMACHER in Local News

A new part-time police officer is sworn in

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.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by LORETTA FENSTERMACHER in Local News

Motion passes for part-time police officer

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.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by LORETTA FENSTERMACHER in Local News

Borough council reorganizes

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.


Thursday, October 12, 2017 by LORETTA FENSTERMACHER in Local News

Sgt. Jay Ruff celebrates his retirement with a dinner

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.


Thursday, July 20, 2017 by LORETTA FENSTERMACHER in Local News

Alburtis Police Department and Alburtis Area Community Center host a first responder/military appreciation day

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.


Thursday, June 29, 2017 by LORETTA FENSTERMACHER in Local News

Bortz Log House hosts open house tours

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 brings the Johnny Cash Experience to Alburtis

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by LORETTA FENSTERMACHER in Local News

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.

Garth Brooks tribute show draws country music fans

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by LORETTA FENSTERMACHER in Local News

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.