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Weissport plans Christmas festivities in borough park

Christmas is about 12 weeks away so if you’re doing anything major, it’s not too early to start planning.

Monday night, plans for the Christmas season were discussed at a meeting of the Weissport Borough Council.

The Lights in the Park will again be an attraction, said Duane Dellecker, a member of the borough Recreation Commission.

He said the commission will host a special program in which Santa Claus will be present and lights will be lit at 5 p.m. Dec. 2.

There will be free refreshments for children, he said.

In years past, Santa visited children in the borough hall. Dellecker said that will be discontinued this year because of the park program.

He also said the Recreation Commission will use its resources to decorate the trees in the park.

In other business

• Dellecker said the Recreation Commission is seeking quotes to refurbish the statue of Col. Jacob Weiss, the namesake of Weissport. The statue stands in the borough park.

He said the commission would help to finance the restoration.

He urged that such work be done as soon as possible. “Let’s see what we can do to make Jacob Weiss look great again,” he said.

• Dr. Keith “Jake” Boyer, Sandy Putkowski and Thomas Mullen, three of the members who put together a program recently for the unveiling of the statue of Olympic swimmer Betty Mullen Brey, thanked the council for its assistance with the program.

“We hope it does something for Weissport,” Mullen, Brey’s brother, told the council. “It shows kids how you can do something with nothing.”

Brey was a native of Weissport who, through perseverance, became one of the greatest swimmers in the world.

The statue was placed in the Weissport Park.

More than 300 people attended the program.

• Council member Arland Moyer said lighting is being considered for the Brey statue. Mullen offered for his family to pay for the lighting.

Dellecker said electric lines must first be installed in the area of the statue.

• Dellecker said he expects a 16-by-20-foot pavilion planned for the Weissport Playground to be constructed by the end of this month.

• Chief of Police Denna Krammes said the speed monitoring device for the borough has been calibrated and used to time traffic in the borough.

She also reported that in the past month, she issued three parking tickets, issued six citations, handled one neighbor dispute and investigated one missing juvenile report, who was then found.

• The borough now has disposal equipment for used needles found in the town. Any resident coming across needles from drug transactions should place them in a coffee can or bottle and place them at the door of the borough hall for proper disposal.

• Trick-or-treat night is from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25 in the borough. Krammes said all the borough’s police officers will be present during the trick-or-treating.

• Moyer said the first budget meeting for the borough will be held on Oct. 23.