The public is invited to attend a forum with the Democratic candidates for Congress in PA’s 15th district, 7 p.m. at Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 W. Elm St., Allentown. Candidates will discuss the current state of health care in America and what they believe needs to be done to fix it. Sponsored by Lehigh Valley Medicare for All www.lehighvalleymedicareforall.com.
Emmaus’ signature mule, Emma, has been restored to her former glory thanks to a collaborative restoration project by local artists, businesses and the Emmaus Main Street Partners board.
A beloved community fixture since 2003, Emma’s feet and base were damaged by a fall in December 2016. Additionally, due to Emma’s age, her signature patchwork paint job had begun to fade. The fiberglass mule was temporarily housed inside the Emmaus Run Inn due to her damage.
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.
Emmaus Police Chief Charles Palmer believes area residents are never too young to see the friendly side of a police officer.
The Jan. 9 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began with some reorganization.
Maury Robertson was appointed chairman and Ann Bartholomew was appointed secretary. The vice chairman position was left open because the commissioners wanted to wait until the vacancy on the commission is filled.
The second phase of the Stone Hill Meadows project was discussed. Thomas Dredge was the engineer for the project. The water basin on the property has been revised to be more natural. Dredge was looking for preliminary plan approval.
At their meeting of Dec. 27, 2017, Alburtis Borough Council approved Resolution No. 2017-8 adopting a new comprehensive plan for the borough of Alburtis in the form of the multi-municipal regional plan entitled “Southwestern Lehigh Comprehensive Plan-October 2017.”
It was stated at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting Jan 15, that the borough’s trash and refuse collector, Mascaro & Sons, is treading on very thin ice with their contract.
“I personally witnessed our garbage hauler combining recycling and refuse together,” Borough Manager Shane Pepe said.
Pepe said he followed the truck and counted 80 houses where this occurred. He said the borough is fining Mascaro $50 a house, which Pepe said will amount to a little over $4,000.
Gov. Tom Wolf visited Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, Jan. 9 to discuss trucking and manufacturing positions with local company team leaders and students.
Wolf was introduced by LCCC President Dr. Ann Bieber who helped lead discussion topics.
Upon his arrival at the college, Wolf, Bieber and LCCC Board of Trustees Chairwoman Roberta Marcus toured the commercial truck driver training facilities and the college’s new manufacturing mobile unit, which prepares workers for more higher level jobs in manufacturing.
On a chilly afternoon recently, active duty and Marine veterans gathered at the Marine Corps Monument at Cedar Beach Park, Allentown, to celebrate the 242nd birthday of the Marine Corps.
On hand were Marines stationed at the Marine Corps reserve center on Airport Road as well as members of the Marine Corps Leagues of Allentown and Bethlehem.