State Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, joined his colleagues Jan. 1 in taking the oath of office as a state representative for the 2019-20 legislative session.
This is his second term representing the residents of the 183rd Legislative District.
Mako, was appointed one of 10 deputy policy chairmen for the legislative session.
Lehigh County’s Office of Aging and Adult Services is accepting nominations for its 2019 Unsung Heroes program.
The program is part of Older Americans Month celebrated in May.
“To be eligible for consideration, applicants must meet the following criteria:
•Must be at least 60 years of age.
•Must be a Lehigh County resident.
•Achievements, accomplishments or service must be performed on a volunteer basis, not paid.
•Have performed outstanding contributions or services that promoted, enhanced and enriched the quality of life for others.
·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 610-398-9272.
·Model Railroad Explorer Post 101 at Coplay Municipal Building, Room 201, 96 S. Fourth St., 7-9 p.m. Call 610-965-2598 or 610-262-7013.
·Al-Anon Family Support group for adult children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families at First Presbyterian Church, Tilghman St. and Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, 7-9 p.m.; Alcoholics Anonymous meets 8-9 p.m.
State Rep. Peter Schweyer began his third term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he will represent the people living in the 22nd Legislative District during the 2019-20 legislative session.
Schweyer’s legislative priorities include protecting and expanding access to health insurance, appropriately funding Pennsylvania’s public schools and supporting the creation of more family-sustaining jobs in the Lehigh Valley.
State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-132nd, took the oath of office Jan. 1 to begin his fourth term representing the 132nd Legislative District.
“I am honored to again represent the 132nd Legislative District in the General Assembly,” Schlossberg said. “I look forward to continuing to fight for the issues important to Allentown and South Whitehall so we can build a stronger Pennsylvania.”
The state House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, taking place every two years.
Irma S. Buchman, 88, formerly of Center Valley and Coopersburg, died Jan. 1, 2019, in Phoebe Home, Allentown.
She was the wife of the late George F. Buchman.
Born Oct. 22, 1930, in Whitehall, she was the daughter of the late Howard J. and Beatrice S. (Yocum) Rhoads.
She was employed at the former Emmaus Telephone Co. and M.S. Young, Allentown, before retiring.
She was a member of Faith United Church of Christ, Center Valley.
She will always be remembered for her care for animals and in particular, dogs.
Rodnie L. Gruber, 45, from Slatington, died on Dec. 20, 2018, in his home.
Born Oct. 21, 1973, in Allentown, he was the son of Allen C. Gruber Sr. with whom he resided and the late Ruth L. (Jones) Gruber, who died last April.
He owned and operated Gruber Concrete Inc. for the last 25 years.
An avid outdoorsman, he especially enjoying hunting, and formerly drove a racing car at Mahoning Speedway.
Elaine Rowlands, 87, of Slatington, died Jan. 6, 2019, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill.
She and her husband Charles E. Rowlands were married 67 years last Oct. 20.
Born Sept. 22, 1931, in Slatington, she was the daughter of the late Charles J. and Evelyn Mae (Krause) Fenstermacher.
She was a member of United Presbyterian Church, Slatington.