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Thursday, March 19, 2020 by MAKENZIE CHRISTMAN in Local News

Residents express concern

Alburtis residents Gary and Julie DeRoner attended the Feb. 24 Alburtis Borough Council meeting to express concerns for damage done to their home.

Gary DeRoner said on Jan. 17 a contractor repairing sewer lines pulled an electrical line off of their house, leaving a hole in the side. The DeRoners were upset after they failed to receive notification from the contractor of the hole when their neighbor instead told them.


Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by MAKENZIE CHRISTMAN in Local News

Members focus on reports and statistics

Borough reports captured most of the Alburtis Borough Council’s attention at the Jan. 29 meeting.

Council evaluated the Lower Macungie Fire Department’s “Statistical Year in Review: 2019,” a report by Ott Consulting Inc. and several ordinances.

Fire Chief Dave Nosal of the Lower Macungie Fire Department attended the meeting to brief council on important numbers such as incident reports, incident types and mutual aid.

With Nosal, Alburtis Police Chief Robert Palmer and another officer in attendance, Mayor Kathleen Palmer swore in Ryan Geist as a part-time officer.

St. John’s annual German church service celebrates German heritage

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by MAKENZIE CHRISTMAN in Local News

Bells sound overhead at St. John’s Lutheran Church, signaling the beginning of their annual German Christmas church service.

Recently, churchgoers gathered in celebration of their heritage, partaking in a relatively new tradition to the church. The service started 6 p.m. and ended around 7 p.m. to move into the cookie reception, showcasing a variety of traditional German cookies.

Both the liturgy and hymns are read in German, while the sermon is spoken in English. The integration of German into the church service allows attendees to feel closer to their ancestry.


Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by MAKENZIE CHRISTMAN in Local News

Board discusses finances and gives employee and student recognition

Superintendent Kristen Campbell and Business Administrator Robert Saul kick-started the Jan. 27 East Penn School District board meeting with a presentation on the 2020-2021 preliminary budget.

Campbell began the presentation by explaining the common goal expressed throughout the preliminary budget is “to expand educational opportunities for all East Penn students, while balancing ... the financial health of the organization.”


Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by MAKENZIE CHRISTMAN in Local News

Council hears personal appeals, requests and reports

Emmaus Borough Council dove straight into their Jan. 20 meeting consisting of personal appeals, requests and reports.

Anne Zayaitz, board member of East Penn Neighbors Helping Neighbors, attended the meeting to thank council for their support. Zayaitz also invited council on behalf of the East Penn Neighbors Helping Neighbor’s board to their second spaghetti dinner.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by MAKENZIE CHRISTMAN in Local News

Council reappoints borough positions and talks payments, safety concerns and contracts

At the Jan. 6 Alburtis Borough Council meeting, members appointed and designated numerous borough positions, in addition to discussing reports and payments.

First, Mayor Kathleen Palmer swore in council members Vanessa Taggart, Stephen Kaufman, John Aleszczyk and council President Ron DeIaco.

Next, council carried a motion to approve Resolution No. 2020-1 which appointed the officers of borough council and Steven Mehl, chair of the vacancy board. Borough officers remained the same with Steven Hill appointed vice president and Kathleen Raines serving as second vice president.


Thursday, January 2, 2020 by MAKENZIE CHRISTMAN in Local News

Tax rate for 2020 approved

Alburtis Borough Council began the Dec. 23, 2019 meeting by carrying motions to approve previous meeting minutes, bills for payment and several reports.

With a lack of public comments, council proceeded to discuss Resolution No. 2019-13, the police pension plan, ordinances and a proposal to raise pay rates.

Resolution No. 2019-13 reduces pension plan contributions by police officers from five percent to four percent.


Friday, December 20, 2019 by MAKENZIE CHRISTMAN in Local News

Police Officer Broc Termini completes probationary period

Alburtis Borough Council discussed topics including borough maintenance, resolutions and holiday activities at its Dec. 11 meeting

Council began the meeting with discussion of Officer Broc Termini’s employment status. Chief of Police Robert Palmer wrote to council explaining that as of Nov. 19, Termini completed his probationary period as a full-time police officer. Palmer requested council declare his full-time status as permanent. Council carried a motion to approve this request and asked Termini to visit borough hall for a proper congratulations.

WILLOW LANE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Gifted specialist introduces students to 3-D printing technology

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by MAKENZIE CHRISTMAN in School

In Room 309 of Willow Lane Elementary School, Julia Dweck teaches her fourth-grade gifted class about 3-D printing technology.

At nearly 9 and 10 years old, these students possess a hunger for more knowledge and eagerly await more information about the innovative technology.

At the end of November, Dweck introduced her students to the concept. They moved on to design, print and color their own 3-D printed characters as bookmarks.