LOWER MACUNGIE COLUMN
The Lower Macungie Library remains closed to the public during the green phase. Contactless pickup service is available. Computer services by appointment are available. All in-house programs are canceled for the summer. The book drop will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday The library will be fine free through Sept. 8. Staff will be available by email and phone.
The library’s virtual summer fun program “Imagine Your Story” is now underway. There is a weekly Page Turner Adventures Virtual Program that offers videos, crafts, games and activities. The program is accessed through Facebook registration. The adult summer reading program continues through Aug. 8. Registration for the summer reading program for children ages 2 through fifth grade is available online. There is a teen reads raffle - read a book and fill out a form to be entered in the raffle. There is a Facebook Friday Storytime through Aug. 14.
Library patrons can still access digital services including Overdrive. Other digital resources are available for free during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, go to the library website at www.lowermaclib.org or call 610-966-6864.
Lower Macungie Township has canceled July concerts. Information on August concerts will be posted at a later date.
The Lower Macungie Township Administration Building is now open to the public following the Centers for Disease Control guidelines. Staff is available by phone at 610-966-4343 or email email@example.com for information.
Regular trash and recycling collections continue as scheduled. Waste Management has resumed bulk collection services.
Curbside yard waste collection continues. The next collection weeks are July 20-24; Aug. 3-7 and Aug. 17-21. The calendar is available at www.lowermac.com.
The tax office is open with regular business hours. A mask is required.
All parks are now open. Playground equipment and basketball hoops are now available for use. Tennis courts and skate parks are open. Restroom facilities at Creamery Park, Wild Cherry Park and the bottom of the barn at Camp Olympic Park are now open. Walking trails are open. Park equipment is not sanitized so visitors should exercise caution.
The Lower Macungie Community Center is now open to the general public while following CDC guidelines. The center will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Public restrooms will not be available. There will be facility rentals, gym rentals and Tuesday morning “Walk and Talk” for adults 8-10 a.m. Class participants and renters will be contacted with more information. Some weeklong camps will be offered for children. Contact the community center for more information. Staff will be available by phone 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 610-966-6924. Updates will also be posted on Facebook and www.lowermac.com.
Concordia Lutheran Church, 2623 Brookside Road, offers video links for Sunday morning services. The church has opened for services with limited attendance and registration through Facebook. The services can be accessed at www.facebook.com/concordiamacungie. To be added to the contact list for updates, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact the church at 610-965-3265.
The Lower Macungie Garden Club will not have meetings or programs through the summer. A crew of members has been working behind the scenes mulching and tending the community center gardens.
The yard waste center hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 31. Yard waste permits are required for drop-off.
Our dogs Daisy and Lizzy are fearless bunny hunters. Lizzy has already killed one this summer. It always amazes us that, despite the danger, the rabbits persist in hopping through the fence pickets in search of food. One day, while watching three rabbits frolicking in our backyard, I joked, “The bunnies must dare each other to come into our yard. One rabbit says to another, ‘I dare you to go in the yard.’ And his friend replies, ‘Oh yeah, well I double dog dare you!’” Pun intended!
The next township column will be published Aug. 19; copy deadline is Aug. 13.