Long-time council member steps down

By on December 20, 2017

Mike Wetherhold, long-time community leader, has stepped down from Adamstown Borough Council.

“I was having some pain in my upper arm and dismissed it to being any number of things,” said Wetherhold. “When I saw the doctor, we decided to have a stress test, and that showed that I had some major blockage and the next thing you know, I was going in for a triple-bypass surgery.”

Wetherhold served the past two years, as well as twelve years, “all through the 90s.” He decided to “cut back” on his activities to lower his stress level.

“I think we have a very strong council, and they are very active,” said Wetherhold. “Everything I’m involved in right now, I think council could afford to lose me, maybe more so than the library board.”

Wetherhold has served on the board of Adamstown Area Library for 14 years.

“The main thing the library board is doing is having a fundraiser trying to raise enough money to renovate the old VFW building,” said Wetherhold. “It’s important we raise that money that we can do both the renovations and have money for operation costs in the building, be able to keep the lights on.”

Wetherhold also is active with Adamstown Community Days which puts on popular social events in the borough.

Wetherhold graduated from Wilson High School in 1961 and discovered Adamstown by “dumb luck.”

“We were lost, we didn’t know where we were,” said Wetherhold, referring being on a “Sunday drive” with his wife and kids.

“I was raised only six miles from here, but everything we did was towards Reading,” said Wetherhold. “We thought it looked like a nice place. We were looking for a smaller town to live in.”

That was 44 years ago.

“Adamstown is a real gem,” said Wetherhold. “It’s kind of a shame we don’t get more attention. It’s a sleepy little town, but a lot going on here.”

Wetherhold graduated from Albright College and worked for Carpenter Technology Corporation in Reading for 35 years in accounting.

Wetherhold thinks it’s “extremely” important for people go get involved and volunteer.

“As we all know, there’s less and less funding from the government for many of these programs, and they are dependent on volunteers,” said Wetherhold. “In all fairness to them, I don’t think the younger generation is getting that involved or volunteering as my generation did, but in the same breath, they have many, many families, you have both husband and wife working, which is different than my generation.”

Wetherhold and his wife, Donna, have two children and seven grandchildren. They became great-grandparents last month.

Wetherhold leads by example.

“We have a son and daughter who are very involved in activities in their own communities, and I see it with the grandkids, too, they are getting very involved,” said Wetherhold.

Wetherhold can’t think of any regrets over the years, on council or otherwise, and feels it’s “sad in a way to leave” council.

“It’s been fun working with them,” said Wetherhold. “Everyone brings their own set of talent to the group, everyone is engaged.”

Council is looking for someone to fill Wetherhold’s place.

“To someone who’s not been around council or the meetings, it might be a little overwhelming at first till they get their arms around the budget and learn the rules that govern the rules of municipal affairs,” said Wetherhold. “I don’t profess to understand them well.

They will need to give themselves a little time and I think it’s important they don’t become intimidated by others on council because they have more experience. I think it’s important they listen, but give their opinion. Speak up and be yourself. That’s why you’re on council,” said Wetherhold.

Wetherhold gave some parting advice.

“Slow down a little and appreciate what you have,” said Wetherhold. “Volunteer a little and help someone else.”

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