It wasn’t a long meeting for Upper Milford Township Supervisors June 21, but that might have been just as well for Boy Scout Grayson Killingsworth, who was there with his mom, Jessamy Killingsworth. The lesson was short. Grayson was at the municipal meeting as part of the requirements for a merit badge on communications. When completed, it will be his 11th merit badge.
July 1 is the deadline for final bid acceptance on the Emmaus Arts Commission’s birdhouses entered in the “Best of the Nest” Birdhouse Art Auction. Thanks to a generous local craftsman, the commission was able to give 22 handcrafted wooden birdhouses over to 22 artists/artist-teams so each piece could be transformed from the ordinary into the extraordinary. The entire collection can be seen at Herbein’s Garden Center, online at emmausarts.org or at the Emmaus Arts’ Facebook pages. The final bids will be accepted at the Emmaus Farmers Market until 1 p.m. July 1.
Recently, Raymond Mohr, of Macungie, treated the IronPigs fans at Coca-Cola Park to his rendition of “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch. Mohr is neither a professional singer nor a candidate running for office. He is a 99-year-old World War II veteran who sang in honor of United States veterans.
Mohr has become a local celebrity. As of the date of this interview, the video of his performance had received over 500,000 Internet views and gone viral. (To view Mohr’s presentation, Google 99 year old veteran sings God Bless America.)
First Place: Benjamin J. Knode
Lower Macungie Middle School
Teacher: Mr. Thad Smith
First Place: Logan Kuder
Willow Lane Elementary School
Teacher: Mr. Sean Finnegan
My Banner Yet Waves
My flag stands tall,
red, white and blue.
50 stars for me and you.
Waving high over our land.
Hand over heart as I stand.
The United States is what I call,
Freedom, liberty and justice for all.
Showing respect for our flag is what I know.
This was taught to me as I started to grow.
Today I’m a scout with Troop 431.
Honoring our flag is number one.
Ceremonies, parades and at all meetings,
Alburtis area 55+ seniors will meet noon at Alburtis Rod and Gun Club, 3818 Gun Club Road, Alburtis. The meeting includes a pot luck luncheon (hot dogs provided) plus bingo. Many bus trips are planned. For more information, call 610-966-4996.
Emmaus Historical Society annual member picnic 5:30 p.m. in the Moser Pavilion at Emmaus Community Park. If planning to attend, leave a message at the office at 610-966-6591 with the number of persons attending and whether you will bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert. Non-members are welcome by paying 2018 membership dues.
The June 5 workshop meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission focused on the zoning ordinances in East Texas Village District 3.
The main topic of the meeting was developing a parcel of the Weiner tract. A plan was introduced to turn the 16-acre plot at Lower Macungie and Brookside roads into a mixed use housing development.
The development would include a circle of townhouses with some small commercial buildings in middle. Engineer Bud Newtown described the development as village style and explained it would be very walkable.
The recent incident at Eyer Middle School with the discovery of a single round of ammunition found in the stairwell of the school, sparked a conversation at the June 18 Macungie Borough Council meeting to have a greater police presence at the schools. The police have a presence already but they want to be more active only not on a scheduled basis.
In other news, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation replaced curbing in some areas and the borough will begin the transformation of the sidewalks. Pavers will be used three feet from the curb.