Commissioners conducted routine business Dec. 12, approving the appointment of Kyle A. Russell to the position of warden of the county jail. Last week the board signaled approval of the appointment by voting for Russell’s appointment in a preliminary or first hearing vote.
Sarah Andrew was reappointed to the Aging and Adult Services Advisory Council while Patrick Palmer was appointed to the council. The votes were unanimous except for Commissioner Percy Dougherty, who was absent.
Lehigh County commissioners have appointed Dennis Nemes to serve on the county board of elections.
Nemes, a former principal at Northwestern Lehigh High School, was later principal at Allentown Central Catholic High School.
He replaces Gail Coffin on the election board.
Commissioner Percy Dougherty was back in his seat after a hospital stay resulting from a fall at his home.
He had missed at least two meetings due to his accident and subsequent recovery time.
Joe Hanna has announced his bid for re-election for Sheriff of Lehigh County.
He will seek the nomination of the Republican Party in May.
Hanna was elected to office in 2015 after a 34 year career with the Allentown Police, retiring as Chief of Police, and as a former Lehigh County Detective.
St. John’s Lutheran Church in Emmaus recently celebrated “Weihnachtszeit,” a Christmas worship service in which the hymns, lessons and liturgy are presented in German.
Attended this year by over 150 participants, the service attracts native German speakers, people of Pennsylvania German origin and those interested in a variation of the traditional worship service from throughout the Lehigh Valley.
The East Penn Board of School Directors learned all about branding a school district and the reasons for doing so at their regular meeting Jan. 14.
Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin announced Jan. 3 he will run for re-election to the Office of District Attorney of Lehigh County in 2019.
He will seek the nomination of the Republican Party at the primary election in May.
Martin has been District Attorney of Lehigh County since January 1998 when he was appointed by the Lehigh County Commissioners to succeed Judge Robert L. Steinberg. He was elected to four-year terms in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 and is the longest serving district attorney in county history.
In a letter to Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong Jan. 10, Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim, D-ABMDI, announced his retirement.
“It is with a heavy heart that I respectively inform you that effective Thursday, February 28, 2019, after 26 years on the job, I will be retiring my position as Lehigh County Coroner,” Grim wrote in his resignation letter.
Grim said he has been offered “a very interesting opportunity and I am up for the challenge.”
Alburtis Borough Council met Jan. 9 and held a hearing about water usage at the home of Stephen Roth in the 500 block of Thomas Street.
During the third quarter of 2018 (July, Aug. and Sept.) Roth’s water meter registered 153,000 gallons of water used, which was excessively higher than the usual amount. When excessive use registers on a meter, it is red-flagged and noticing Roth’s was 4,000 gallons higher than usual in two days, Borough Manager Sharon Trexler asked Gary Hartman in the maintenance department to visit the residence to investigate.
On Dec. 23, 2018, longtime Emmaus resident Harold Eyer marked his 100th birthday.
A centennial birthday deserves a “bash,” and Eyer’s family, friends and admirers pulled out all the stops. The festivities began earlier this summer with a picnic hosted by the family in Emmaus Community Park. In the event December weather would prevent Eyer’s son Jeff, who lives out of state, from attending, the initial celebration took place on a balmy summer weekend. In Eyer’s words, “It was quite a party,” and it was just the beginning.