Macungie Borough Council adopted its preliminary budget Dec. 3 and with it a proposed new tax ordinance and an increase in the police department's budget allowing for a new 32-hour officer.
Alburtis Borough Council appointed Sherryann Oels and David Lehr as councilpersons Nov. 29 to fill vacancies created when Kyle Bower and Kathleen Palmer, now mayor, resigned their positions.
Council adopted Resolutions No. 2012-6 approving Oels' appointment to replace Bower and No. 2012-7 approving Lehr's appointment to replace Palmer.
Palmer administered the Oaths of Office and Oels and Lehr immediately assumed their places on council.
Recent rumor of PPL's replacing local residential electric meters by government edict are both completely false and somewhat true.
PPL Spokesman Joe Nixon said in a telephone interview replacement of old meters in favor of new, advanced meters has been ongoing since 2002. About 160,000 old dial meters have been replaced with digital meters, he said, and no longer require nearby radio monitoring because they send information directly back through the electrical system.
Members of Troop 86 and Pack 86, of Alburtis, pose in front of a truck getting ready to haul 831 pounds of food collected for the Zionsville Area Food Bank.
The Central Catholic boys football team defeated Selinsgrove High School Nov. 30 by a margin of 41-13, in the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs.
Led by senior captains Anthony Beck, Andrew Englebert, Colin McDermott and Anthony Lynch, the team hopes to continue their success in the upcoming semifinal game against Archbishop Wood High School. The game will be held 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Bethlehem School District's stadium.
Allentown AARP Chapter #5415 will meet noon at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, 140 South Ott Street, Allentown. They will hold their annual membership recognition luncheon and the program will be led by Singer Claude Shappell. A business meeting will follow the program. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable item for the food bank.
Lower Macungie AARP Chapter 4150 will meet noon in the community room of the Lower Macungie Library Building. The meeting features the entertainment of KALEIDOSCOPE.
PRESS PHOTOS BY C. RICHARD CHARTRAND
The borough of Emmaus held their annual old-fashioned Christmas Dec. 1.
Decorated pumpkins took over the waiting room at Ai Orthodontics, 550 Harrison St., Emmaus, recently in honor of National Orthodontic Month.
Pumpkins were delivered to Ai's referring dentists who were asked to decorate and return them. There were no rules other than to have a good time, according to orthodontist Dr. Aejaaz A. Issa and practice administrator Melissa McCalley.
Emmaus Borough Council approved the advertisement of their proposed 2013 budget with no tax increase at the Dec. 3 meeting.
An ordinance setting the millage rate at 4.2 for the 2013 fiscal year was approved for first reading at the meeting. In discussion, council members said the rate equates to a zero tax increase even though some residents might see a rise in the amount they pay if the Lehigh County reassessment increased the value of their home.
A rock dropped on a sewer line while the contractor was backfilling during installation of the line was the probable cause of a leak discovered Nov. 25, according to Upper Milford Township Manager Daniel DeLong.
The leak occurred in a lateral which connected a home on East Main Street to the new Vera Cruz sewer project. It was reported to township Public Works Coordinator Steve Ackerman late Sunday afternoon and he immediately contacted the Lehigh County Authority, which sent a crew out to stop the leak, then repaired it Nov. 27.