Nazareth Borough Council met on Tuesday, January 2, 2017 as Mayor Samus had our Borough's Fire Chiefs and Special Fire Police, take their Oaths of Office. Council then appointed various members of the community to serve on its Boards and Commissions to include Rick Kocher to the Planning Commission for a four year term, Christopher Crook to serve a three year term on the Library Board, incumbent Cathy Huber to serve another three year term on the Zoning Hearing Board, Robert Krause to return for another five year term on the Municipal Authority, Gail Kromer to serve a one year term on the Vacancy Board and Larry Stoudt and Carl R. Strye Jr. to return for terms on the Ambulance Board. Council also passed Ordinance #825 which did away with the Recreation Commission only to replace it with the new Nazareth Day Commission which will be led by Donald Broad. Council also passed motions to hire another full time police officer for a one year probationary period and similarly hired two other part time police officers.
The Council of the Borough of Nazareth has established the following times and
dates for its monthly meetings. Monthly Workshop Meetings will be held on the
last Thursday before the first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Nazareth
Borough Council Chambers, 159 West Center Street. Monthly Business Meetings will be held on the first Monday of each month except when Monday is a holiday. In the case of a Monday holiday, the regular Business Meeting will be held on the first Tuesday of the month. The Business Meeting will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. Any change to the above meeting schedule, times or location will be preceded by a written notice specifying cancellation, postponement or change of time or venue.
The Borough of Nazareth
Due to the Holiday week and all its activities, Council has cancelled its January 2017 Thursday evening Workshop Meeting which normally would have been held on December 29, 2016. Council has also rescheduled the Monday Business Meeting which normally would have occurred on January 2, 2017 and moved that Meeting to Tuesday evening, January 3, 2017 because the New Year's Holiday is being officially celebrated on Monday January 2, 2017. Both the rescheduling and the Workshop cancellation were advertised in the Nazareth Key weekly newspaper and the Home News.
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At its December 2016 Business Meeting, Nazareth Borough Council passed a "balanced" $4.7 million Operating Budget to address all of its 2017 needs. At the annual Budget Workshop in late October, Council initially faced Budget requests from Department heads which forced them to reject a million and a half dollars of expenditures for equipment like milling machines, pavers and Pool Sun Shades. Instead, Council chose to address its needs rather than its wants as many projects were eliminated and equipment rental was the option selected over actual purchase. At the December 5th Meeting, Mayor Samus also recognized and honored Borough resident Kathleen Lauria for summoning Police and Emergency Services when a neighbor was not seen for days. Lauria's awareness and concern resulted in the saving of a life and Officers Jeremy Kahle and Randall Pompei answered the call for help, forced entry into the home where the resident had been immobile lying on a floor for over four days. Their actions saved a life and they were duly honored at the Meeting with a commendation presented by Mayor Samus and Police Commissioner Randall Miller. Mayor Samus also commended Police Officer Stephen Schlieg for helping to deliver a baby while on duty. Surrounded by family members and the newborn and mother, Schlieg accepted congratulations and a Police commendation as the meeting attendees applauded. In other news, Council also passed Ordinance #823 which prohibits truck traffic on various Borough streets to include North Street between Main Street and Broad Street, Main Street between North Street and Belvidere Street, Center Street between Green Street and Broad Street, South Street between Broad Street and Franklin Street and Franklin Street between Walnut Street and South Street.
Mayor John Samus will help to kick off another Holiday Season in Nazareth by welcoming revelers to the Borough's Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Circle. The event is held annually through the auspices of the Nazareth/Bath Area Chamber of Commerce and the Vigilance Hose Fire Company who co-sponsor the festivities. Two days later, on Saturday, December 3, 2016, from 11:00 am till 4:00 pm, the Moravian Historical Society will hold Christmas in Nazareth in the Borough's downtown. There will be free meter parking that day. The Moravian Historical Society will also stage their annual Walking Tour on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Go to the Moravian Historical Society website, www.moravianhistoricalsociety.org
for more details. The Borough's Moravian Church on the Circle will also serve as the 12 noon starting point for the 57th annual Nazareth to Bethlehem Peace Pilgrimage on Saturday, December 10th.
At its November 7, 2016 Borough Business Meeting, Council passed a proposed "balanced" 2017 Operating Budget. Escalating healthcare costs for employees and higher general Borough insurance premiums along with an increase in overall operating expenses forced Council to increase taxes by one-half Mill for 2017 costing the average Borough homeowner approximately $25 for the year in extra taxes. The Budget will be available for public inspection at the Borough Office, 134 S. Main Street during regular business hours, 8:30 - 4:30 pm each day, Monday through Friday from November 14th through November 26, 2016. In other Business Meeting news, rates for the 2017 Pool season were passed with "early bird" sales to end on March 15, 2017. Early buyers can save approximately $10 by purchasing Pool Passes by March 15th. Council also will advertise an ordinance change restricting truck traffic on certain streets. Final passage of that ordinance should come at the December 5, 2016 Business Meeting.
Four candidates submitted resumes and letters of interest to be named Councilperson to fill the vacancy left when John N. Samus was named Mayor on September 6, 2016. At its September 29, 2016 Workshop Meeting, Maurice Heller, Steve Narracci and Jessica Teel all told those in attendance of their interest in the position and how they could serve our Borough. Former Councilman Jeffrey Corpora was unable to attend the Workshop but his correspondence told everyone of his willingness to serve. At the Borough Business Meeting on Monday, October 3, 2016, Vice President Larry Stoudt moved to appoint Nazareth native Jessica Teel and a unanimous vote of approval followed. Teel was sworn in that evening to serve a term which ends on December 31, 2017.
Nazareth has never had an Olympic participant until Joe Kovacs recently won a Silver Medal in the Shot Put event. Kovacs' success in Rio, on a world stage, is unprecedented for our Borough which passed a Resolution in his honor in July of this year. Council will welcome Kovacs to its October 2016 Business Meeting on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 6:00 pm where he will be presented with a leather-bound Resolution honoring him for his achievement. Council will also vote to appoint a candidate to serve the balance of the Second Ward term as Councilperson resulting from the appointment of John Samus as Mayor. Four candidates submitted their credentials to Council and three of them appeared at the recent Borough Workshop Meeting to present their personal interest in the position.
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John Samus first came to Council in 1986 representing the Borough's Second Ward as a Councilman. After three four year terms on Council, Samus left because of a shift change at his employer, Hercules Cement Company and to follow his daughter's softball career at Ohio University. Samus was again elected in 2004 to serve another term before a second work scheduling situation required him not to return to Council. John was active for the 250th Anniversary celebration in 1990 and over his years on Council has chaired the Ecology, Law and Fire Committees while serving on the Borough's Police and Public Works Committees. Samus also served on the Board of the Nazareth Municipal Authority. John and wife Susan have a son and a daughter and grandchildren, all of whom reside in central Pennsylvania. John was unanimously approved as appointed Mayor to serve through the first Monday of January 2018 on September 6, 2016.
The Borough of Nazareth is seeking a candidate for the office of Councilperson to serve until the first Monday of January 2018. Specifics and requirements follow below. Deadline for applications is September 24, 2016. One Council vacancy is to be filled.
Vacancy To Be Filled: Councilperson - Second Ward
Term of Office: October 3, 2016 appointment until the first Monday of January 2018
(1) Candidate must be a resident of the Borough's Second Ward to apply for the opening.
(2) Candidate must be registered to vote at the time of the appointment and must be resident of the Borough's Second Ward for one (1 yr) year at the time of appointment
(3) A general resume of the applicant's qualifications for the office must be presented to the Borough Secretary by 4:30 pm on September 24, 2016. This document can be mailed to the 134 S. Main Street Office or dropped off at that location during business hours 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday.
(4) Include a short statement/letter of interest giving reasons why the applicant seeks appointment. You may include any particular skills or experience you could hope to offer. Drop off or send with resume.
(5) Candidates must appear at the Workshop Meeting on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm for a meeting with the current Council. The meeting will be at Council Chambers 159 West Center St.
Other questions...call 610-759-0202.
The Borough of Nazareth
The Nazareth Borough Police Department is accepting applications for the position of Full Time Police Officer. Applicants must be a US citizen, possess a high school diploma or equivalent, be at least 21 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license, and have successfully completed Act 120 Academy and be able to be MPOETC certified.
For more information please visit our Civil Service
The Nazareth Park Pool will be open on Friday, September 2, 2016 for regular business hours because area schools are not open that day as part of the Labor Day weekend. Pool pass entry and regular admission rates will apply for that day. The Pool will enjoy its last day of 2016 business on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016 and then will officially close for this season. Nazareth Borough thanks all patrons for their attendance and welcomes comments, suggestions and criticisms on this website's "questions and comments" section.
Triple B will be in the park (Band Stand) on Saturday, Sept 3rd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
The Borough's August 2016 Business Meeting was held on Monday evening, August 1, 2016. Among Council's many decisions was the setting of a date and time for Trick or Treat Night in the Borough which will be held on Monday evening, October 31, 2016 from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. Council also passed an Ordinance making Pine Street "One Way" north from Center to Chestnut Street and Cedar Street will become a "two way" street from Belvidere to Walnut Street. Council also passed a motion to direct the Civil Service Commission to establish a civil service list of potential candidates for the position of police patrol officer and passed a resolution honoring thirty five year crossing guard Darlene Peters upon her retirement.
Back on July 5, 2016 Nazareth Borough Council approved Resolution No. 7 - 16, honoring, by all accounts, our Borough's very first Olympic competitor....Joe Kovacs Jr.. Kovacs qualified to compete in the Shot Put and with the world watching the Games in Rio de Janeiro, Joe will hopefully bring home the gold and will most certainly put the name of our Borough out there for all to see and hear. Twenty five years ago, our Refreshment Stand in the Park was run by Kovacs' father and his mother. His father passed away in the late 1990's and his mother, JoAnna Rampulla Kovacs, was a pretty good Track and Field athlete herself for Nazareth High School. This is historic for the Borough and should rank up there with Mario Andretti's 1969 Indianapolis 500 victory, especially should Kovacs earn a medal. Council hopes to have Joe come to a future meeting after the games have been completed to accept the Resolution and all of our thanks and best wishes.
Pool passes will be sold for one half (1/2) their regular price on August 1st and thereafter. Family passes...family of four... will be reduced from $165 to $82.50, Junior Passes (Ages 6 - 17) to $37.50, Senior Passes (Age 18 and over) to $45.00 and Senior Citizen Passes (Age 62 and older) will be $37.50. Purchasers will have the use of the Pool for daily admission until the start of school on Monday, August 29, 2016 and weekends through Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016. Daily admission rates will not change for the balance of the 2016 Pool season.
Nazareth Borough Council has passed and advertised a change to the start of future monthly meetings. All regularly scheduled Borough Workshop Meetings, held on the last Thursday before the first Monday of each month will begin promptly at 6:00 pm at Council Chambers, 159 West Center Street. Similarly, all regularly scheduled Business Meetings held on the first Monday of each month will also begin promptly at 6:00 pm also at Council Chambers, 159 West Center Street. The Borough Budget Workshop held on the last Wednesday of October each year, will also begin at 6:00 pm.
Excitement is in the air as Year Two is set to begin as the Nazareth Pool will reopen at noon on Saturday, May 28, 2016. With temperatures expected to be near 90 degrees for all three holiday weekend days, a huge turnout looks to be likely. Patrons can buy day tickets on a "walk-up" basis or purchase season passes on any of the three weekend/holiday days. School is still in session so weekend-only hours will continue until the last day of classes on June 8, 2016. The Refreshment Stand is expected to be open so swimmers can have drinks, sandwiches or snacks during regular Pool hours, noon till 7:00 pm.
Our 2016 Pool Pass Agreement is now available online.
You can download the application HERE
Applications should be completed in its entirety and taken to the PARK.
This CIPP grant is an opportunity limited to owners of businesses in Nazareth's downtown business dristrict.
For more information please click HERE
The Borough of Nazareth is accepting applications for the position of Full Time Police Officer. This is a Civil Service position. Applicants must be a US citizen, at least 21 years of age, and possess a high school diploma or equivalent. As part of the civil service process, candidates are required to pass written, oral, and polygraph examinations. Candidates must be physically capable of performing the essential functions and tasks of a police officer. Candidates will be subject to a comprehensive background investigation.
For more information, documents, and requirements, please visit the Civil Service
Nazareth Area Midget Baseball Sign Ups will be held at the Nazareth Council Chambers at the following times:
January 30th 12:30 - 3:00
February 6th 12:30 - 3:00
February 20th 12:00pm - 3:00pm
For more information please call 610-759-7746
to download the application.
The Borough of Nazareth is seeking qualified police officers for part-time employment with the Nazareth Police Department. Interested persons must be Act 120 certified. All previous applicants must submit new applications for consideration as all previously filed applications for part-time police employment and previously approved hires have been rescinded. Please apply in person at the Borough Office, 134 South Main Street during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am till 4:30 pm. Applications will be received by the Borough Clerk, top floor of the building only. There is no deadline for applications. Please call 610-759-0202 with any questions.
Carl A. Fischl, Chairman,
Nazareth Borough Police Committee
Nazareth Borough Council met on Monday, January 4, 2016 for its biannual Reorganization Meeting. The Fall 2015 elections returned First Ward Councilmen Frank Maurek and Michael Kopach for four year terms and Brian Regn for a two year term. In the Second Ward, Larry Stoudt and Carl Fischl each were returned to Council for four year terms while Dan Chiavaroli will serve his eighth four year term and Lance Colondo was elected to a two year term in the Third Ward. Mayor Carl Strye Jr. began the proceedings by swearing in all seven re-elected Councilmen followed by oaths for returning Fire Chiefs Danny Keenhold, John Deutsch and Chris Keenhold. Officers and members of the Borough's Special Fire Police were next to be sworn before Council again nominated Dan Chiavaroli as its President and Larry Stoudt as Vice President of our governing body.
The November 3, 2015 election saw all seven current Councilmen who were up for re-election retain their spots on Council. In the Borough's First Ward, Michael Kopach won a fifth consecutive four year term while Frank Maurek won a third consecutive term. First term Councilman Brian Regn also retained his seat but for a two year term. In the Borough's Second Ward, Carl Fischl was re-elected to his second term on Council while Larry Stoudt was victorious and will serve his ninth four year term on Council. Council President Daniel Chiavaroli also won for the ninth time while Lance Colondo was re-elected to a two year term. The two year terms of Regn and Colondo are the result of mid-term appointments to Council and those seats will return to four year terms in 2018.
Following a year which seemed to pass at breakneck speed with the Pool Dedication, a summer of fun in our Park and all of the 275th Anniversary hoopla, there's still plenty to do in Nazareth as Fall 2015 marches toward the dark days of winter. All of the Borough's parks and outdoor facilities remain open and at no cost to users. There's plenty of playground equipment at each venue for young and even old to use or try the West End Walking Trails for some healthy outdoor exercise. Our Dog Park remains open and not only offers a great place for your favorite pet to romp and play but the facility is picturesque and offers stunning Fall foliage views from its hilltop location. Our Borough Park on North Broad Street has basketball, tennis and volleyball courts and the Skatepark remains open until its seasonal closing on December 1st. Trick or Treat Night as always falls on October 31st and children can show off their costumes and fill their bags with candy from 6 to 8 pm that evening. Thanksgiving Day offers Nazareth's biggest "in town" Race/Walk, the YMCA's Pumpkin Pie 5K and one week later, on Thursday December 3rd, the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place in our Circle at 7:00 pm. One of the highlights of the year, Christmas in Nazareth, will be held throughout the downtown, in the Circle and at the Moravian historical sites on December 12, 2015. This immensely successful all day event features displays, Christmas Carolers, and tours of the Borough's downtown and gets everyone into the Christmas spirit. There's plenty to do and see in our Borough even when the cold weather approaches...it's a great time to get out and enjoy all that our town offers.
Senator Mario Scavello was a very welcome guest at the Borough's October 5th Business Meeting. The Senator appeared and presented the Borough with a Senatorial Proclamation congratulating our community on its 275th Anniversary. Scavello was loudly applauded for his remarks about the Borough of Nazareth before reading the Proclamation and receiving an even warmer welcome. President Daniel Chiavaroli accepted on behalf of the Borough and thanked the Senator for his involvement in helping to secure a 2014 Library Grant and for his involvement with the Borough's Economic Development Commission's latest grant for facade restoration in our Downtown.
Saturday, September 12, 2015 will serve as the grand finale for a summer of celebrating Nazareth’s 275th Anniversary and what a summer it was. Things got underway in early May with a kickoff party at the Whitfield House followed by Nazareth Day at an Iron Pigs game later in May. An Ecumenical Service in the Park highlighted the June activities and Historical Tours through the Borough in mid August provided a look at Nazareth's roots and its earlier times. But the real highlight should be the Parade and Birthday Bash over the September 12th weekend when residents, businesses, clubs, bands and schools get to show the Lehigh Valley and expected visitors from across the region, their finest and their love for this wonderful town we all love to call "Home". The Parade starts at Belvidere and Liberty Streets at 2:00 pm and takes the traditional parade route west on Belvidere Street to Main Street then turns north to the circle and right on Center Street. Following the parade's conclusion a Birthday Party will take place at the Whitfield House starting at 4:00 pm. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Who will cut the cake and lead the partiers as they sing "Happy Birthday" to our wonderful hometown? Find out for yourself and be sure to attend.
Saturday, July 18th will be another special day for our Borough as another version of Nazareth Day unfolds in our Park and our Downtown. The activities begin bright and early in the Borough Park with vendors and plenty of activities as the day unfolds. The Downtown too should be jumping as the final day of Sidewalk Sales continues and the Circle serves as the hub for a full slate of things to do and lots to see. The new Pool offers $1 swimming for all patrons on that day before the grand finale, the annual Fireworks Show concludes another memorable Nazareth Day. One thing is for sure...it's the best day of the year in our Borough. Don't miss any of it!
Beginning Wednesday, June 10, 2015, the Pool will be open seven days a week through August 23, 2015, then weekends through Labor Day...noon till 7:00 pm....weather and patronage permitting. Pool Pass rates include $150 per family of four (2 adults and 2 children) and $10 for each family member above the four person limit. Adult Senior Pool Passes...18years old and up... will be $75 and Junior Passes...ages 6 to 18 years of age...will be $60. The Senior Citizen rate...62 years old and older... will be $60 while Children under the age of 6 will be free when accompanied by a paying adult. Daily Pool Rates are $6 for adults and $5 for Juniors and Senior Citizens and Weekend Rates are $7 for Adults and $6 for Juniors and Senior Citizens. Pool and Pool Pass rates are the same for all patrons, regardless of residency. Rental of the Log Cabin will be $65 per day. The Borough will no longer offer individual picnic table rentals but instead will rent the pavilion in quadrants. The Large Pavilion will be rented in four areas with 12 tables in each for $50 per day while the Small Pavilion will be rented in two sectors with 12 tables each for $50 per day. Rental fees apply for all tables every day from Memorial Day thru Labor Day.
The new Nazareth Pool will reopen on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 12 noon again on Sunday, May 24th at noon and on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 at noon. Day and season passes will be sold at the front desk during all open hours. The Pool will open seven days a week following the official closing of Nazareth schools and remain open through Labor Day with weekend swimming only following the opening of school the third week of August. Pool and Park rates for 2015 follow: Pool Pass rates include $150 per family of four (2 adults + 2 children) and $10 for each family member above the four person limit. Adult Senior Pool Passes will be $75 and Junior Passes will be $60. The Senior Citizen rate will be $60 while Children under the age of 5 will be free when accompanied by a paying adult. Daily Pool Rates are $6 for adults and $5 for Juniors and Senior Citizens and Weekend Rates are $7 for Adults and $6 for Juniors and Senior Citizens. Pool and Pool Pass rates are the same for all patrons, regardless of residency. Rental of the Log Cabin will be $65 per day. The Borough will no longer offer individual picnic table rentals but instead will rent the pavilion in quadrants. The Large Pavilion will be rented in four areas with 12 tables in each for $50 per day while the Small Pavilion will be rented in two sectors of 12 tables each for $50 per day. Questions about Pool hours, passes and availability of pavilions can be directed to Pool Manager Dianne Mullen at 610-759-3522 following the opening of the Pool on Memorial Day weekend.
The Nazareth Skate Park reopened on Sunday, May 17, 2015 following months of renovations, repainting and upgrades by a volunteer Skate Park Committee under the leadership of Michael Fauerbach. The volunteer effort began last Fall with the group's formation and culminated on May 17th after finishing touches were applied to the eight year old facility. The May 17th reopening hosted lots of skaters and onlookers.
A new era has begun with the opening of the Borough's $2.3 million Pool at a gala gathering on Sunday May 17, 2015. Advertised for weeks as a "get to know us" event, the proceedings began at 1:00 pm with Master of Ceremonies Richard Anderson welcoming guests and onlookers. Former Councilman Reverend Bill Matz followed with the invocation and the Colonial Regional Police Department Color Guard then began the "patriotic tribute" portion with their presentation of the colors, the National Anthem and concluded with the Pledge of Allegiance. Lots of people contributed to the Pool rebuilding effort and they were honored for their role in the process. The Borough's Pool Focus Group, a citizen led collection of businessmen, retirees, Borough employees and concerned parents fueled the rebuilding process after surveying residents, visiting other local pools and finally deciding on the eventual Pool Architect and Pool Design firms. Also honored was the Nazareth Kiwanis Club for their donation of $42,000 which paid for several of the water features the new Pool sports. A memorial plaque was unveiled and will be mounted on the Bathhouse wall commemorating the Kiwanis contribution. A fireworks salute then signaled the official opening as Mayor Carl Strye and Councilman Brian Regn both used the diving boards to christen the facility and welcome anyone in attendance for a free afternoon of swimming. A Poolside Dance complete with a disc jockey entertained the estimated 600 swimmers who enjoyed a truly memorable afternoon for our Borough...one that few will soon forget.
The wonderful news came on Tax Day, April 15, 2015 in an announcement by the Pennsylvania Borough's Association...the Nazareth website had been voted #1 in Pennsylvania and tops in our state. The prestigious award honors our Borough's site for content, design, accessibility and overall function and rated it "Number One" over 1,700 other Borough municipal websites across our state. The Borough will receive a plaque commemorating this honor at the State Association of Boroughs Annual Conference at the Lancaster Marriott on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The website was designed by New Arrival Studios in conjunction with the Borough Secretary/Treasurer and the Borough Clerk. The Borough's Secretary/Treasurer composed all of the articles and information contained on the site including maps, historical information about the Borough, driving directions to Nazareth and the composites and background information about Borough Officials. Council President Dan Chiavaroli, an avid photographer, provided all of website scenic Borough pictures while Borough Clerk Chris Lilly, the site's "webmaster" posted all of the articles and pictures.
Welcome to the Borough of Nazareth website. The borough is named for the Biblical town of Nazareth. William Penn bequeathed this land to his daughter, Letitia, who under colonial law would have had to pay a single red rose each June 24, if so demanded by the trustees. People in Nazareth celebrate this every year on June 11 and 12 by various organizations selling single red roses throughout the town.
The Borough of Nazareth, founded in 1740 by Moravian settlers, is a quaint and charming community situated in central Northampton County just four miles north of Bethlehem and seven miles northwest of Easton. Nazareth can boast of quiet and attractive neighborhoods and easy living and its 5,746 residents enjoy the Borough's great parks, heralded school system, convenient downtown and one hour access to New York City and Philadelphia. Historically, Nazareth was an industrial town with the production of cement, textiles, yarn and fabricated steel at its heart but the town will always be linked with its best known and most popular product, the Martin Guitar.
Thousands of the prized guitars are still produced each year for worldwide distribution and each summer, the town proudly hosts the annual "Martin On Main Street Festival". Serviced by its own Police Department and Vigilance Hose Volunteer Fire Company, Nazareth offers a unique community spirit which manifests itself in several traditional events like Nazareth Day, The Block Party, parades and holiday tours. The Borough can be accessed by Routes 191 which passes through the heart of the downtown and Route 33 which skirts the Borough's eastern borders.