The April 12 meeting of Alburtis Borough Council began with the reappointment of two members to the Alburtis Planning Commission. The terms of office of Sharon Trexler and Steven Mehl expired March 4; council re-appointed Trexler and Mehl to a four-year term as members expiring March 4, 2021.
There was a discussion regarding possible tax credits for volunteer firefighters, but it was tabled because the fire chief could not be present at the meeting.
During the April 17 meeting of Macungie Borough Council, there was a discussion about the festivities occurring over Easter weekend.
This year, the borough celebrated 75 years of holding an Easter egg hunt. Unfortunately, this year might be the last since David Saylor, who has organized the event for many years, has said this was his last year. The borough is currently looking for a volunteer to step up and organize this event for next year. Council said it is important the Easter egg hunt tradition continue in Macungie because it makes the borough unique.
In a partnered effort between the League of Women Voters and Fair Districts PA, a citizens’ group discussed gerrymandering recently at the Stroud Community Library.
Frederick “Fritz” Walker told the group Pennsylvania’s practices are in desperate need of a change.
“We are, according to this analysis, the worst state for gerrymandering of our congressional districts,” Walker said.
He was referencing the state’s score of 11 for the Efficiency Gap Standard, which determines if a party had a systemic advantage by evaluating and analyzing votes.
By MARGARET FLECK
The annual National Honor Society Coffeehouse fundraiser took place April 5. Students had the chance to perform musical and other talent based acts for the crowd, either individually or in a group. The award for best individual act went to Yuehao Liu for his piano performance of “Fantasia Impromptu” and best duo or group went to Abby Garza and Claudia Rosado for their vocal/piano performance of “She Used to be Mine” from the musical “Waitress.”
Over the past 10 years, more than 1,600 people have died in domestic violence-related incidents in Pennsylvania.
On Tuesday, state senators and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence stepped up to defend victims of abuse.
The coalition and senators unveiled four pieces of proposed legislation aimed at curbing domestic violence and better protecting its victims by strengthening the state’s Protection from Abuse Act.
Vera Cruz Fire Department volunteers joined with volunteers with the local chapter of the American Red Cross to install free fire alarms for Vera Cruz residents. Thirteen firefighters and 15 Red Cross volunteers visited 23 homes to install 54 smoke detectors April 1.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners now have an idea of potential design plans and upgrades to Cedarbrook Nursing Home.
The board at its March 22 meeting were presented drafts for six options by the architectural firm Roth Marz Partnership, PC.
According to Rick Molchany, county director of general services, the study covers construction and the costs for building a variety of choices for Cedarbrook.