Doris Horner, who has been collecting Macungie residents' water bills and oh, so much more since 1991, has decided to call it a career and retire as of today, Dec. 1.
At a party in her honor at Borough Hall on Friday the Macungie Public Works Department presented her with a water meter -- stopped at the number 22 -- on a plaque to immortalize the thousands of water bills she processed over the past 88 fiscal quarters.
During her tenure she has seen five mayors (including her husband Jack) and three borough managers through Macungie's administration along with changes that include the addition to Borough Hall that expanded both the borough offices and the Police Department.
Until she began working for Macungie in November 1991, she said she used to only stay a year or two at a job.
"The reason I stayed here this long is that every day is new, and you never knew what kind of a day it was going to be going into it," she said.
She wants people to remember her sense of humor, she said with a sly "knows-where-the-bodies-are-buried" smile and the easy giggle that anyone who has had any dealings with the borough over the last 22 years knows well.
Her retirement plans include decorating her home for Christmas, something she has done less and less of the past few years.
"I hated taking them down when it was time to go back to work," she said.
After the holidays comes her birthday, and after that, well, who knows. The grandmother of six is confident, however, that she will not be bored. And she will comment more on Patch stories, she said, now that she is not part of the Borough's administration.
What will she miss most?
"The people," she said.
What will she miss least?
"The people," she quipped.
And there's that giggle again.