Eastern Salisbury column
Salisbury schools are full with students ready to engage in another year of thought provoking questions and education.
Harry S Truman Elementary School students will have their respect assemblies Sept. 6.
Open houses at HST will be held at the school for grades kindergarten through second grade 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and for third through fifth grade 7 p.m. Sept. 12.
HST will have a T-shirt day Sept. 13. Students are asked to wear their school T-shirts. The week of Sept. 17 through 21 will be Pack Week at the school. Each day of the week, a color is selected in which the students should wear clothing and bring a healthy snack for lunch that is the respective color; Monday is purple, Tuesday is white, Wednesday is red, Thursday is yellow/orange and Friday is green.
The PTO will have a welcome back dinner and dance at HST 6 p.m. Sept 14.
Salisbury High School will hold their open house 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 13. Portrait day for all high school students is Sept. 19.
Township meetings are held at the Municipal Building located at 2900 S. Pike Ave. The planning Commission meeting is 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11, the Board of Commissioners Meeting is 7 p.m. Sept 13 and the Environmental Advisory Council meeting is held 7 p.m. Sept. 19.
Salisbury School District meetings are held at the Administration Building, located at 1140 Salisbury Road. The Operations Committee meeting is 7 p.m. Sept. 12, and the school board meeting is held 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19.
The Allentown Public Library is holding a free film screening of "Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North" 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 13. No ticket is required, as admission is free. The library is located at 1210 Hamilton St. Allentown.
The Eastern Salisbury Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is holding their breast cancer awareness fundraiser by selling T-shirts. All proceeds from the sale will be sent to Cancer Support Community - Greater Lehigh Valley to help support families of cancer patients. Orders are due by Sept. 15 for an Oct. 13 pick-up date. For additional information, call 610-797-5227, ext. 214.
The last day for voter registration for the Nov. 6 General Election is Oct. 9. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot is Oct. 30. The absentee ballot must be received by the election office by 5 p.m. Nov. 2.
The Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Eastern Salisbury will hold Sunday School Rally Day 9 a.m. Sept 9. The church will be having a spaghetti supper 5 p.m. Sept. 29. For information and tickets for the event, call Louise at 610-866-1611.
Fun and Fitness exercise classes will be held Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings at Jerusalem church. For information about the classes, call Pat at 610-797-6871.
Cub Scout Troop 146 meets 7 to 8:15 p.m. Thursdays; Boy Scout Troop 146 meets 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Jerusalem church. For information, contact David or Patricia Yemm at 610-791-0983.
There will be a free Health Assessment and Education Fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Urology Specialists of the Lehigh Valley Radiation & Imaging Center, 5018 Medical Center Circle, First Floor, Allentown. For information, call 484-UROLOGY or visit uslv.net/register.
With summer coming to an end, and the school season beginning, it can often be difficult to make time for volunteering or giving back to the community. One easy way to become involved is to consider donating blood and/or platelets.
The Miller-Keystone Blood Center solely provides blood for 25 hospitals in the region. In order to supply blood on a regional level, there must be 500 donors a day to meet the needs of the patients. Seventy-five donors are needed daily to donate platelets.
"Over the summer, donations decrease dramatically," Joseph Yelo, vice president of Miller-Keystone said. "There's a constant need for blood everyday."
Blood types of B positive, O negative and AB negative are critically needed within the area. The process of a donation is about 45 minutes to an hour; this includes a medical history screening, the donation and a waiting period at the canteen. The actual blood donation takes around six to eight minutes.
"In the blood center, there is normally an inventory of 115 units of B positive blood; there are 23 right now," Yelo said. "O negative should have 120 units filled; we have 54. For AB negative blood, there should be 12 units, where we have one."
Yelo said if you are donating platelets, do not eat aspirin or aspirin products within 24 hours of the donation. For any donation, make sure to have eaten and be hydrated.
Anyone is eligible to donate who is in good health, at least 17 years old, and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds.
The Bethlehem blood center is located at 1465 Valley Center Parkway, Bethlehem. To make an appointment call 610-691-5850. The Allentown blood center is located at 1255 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown. To make an appointment to donate call 610-820-0962.
If you register to donate by Sept. 9, you will be entered to win one of two $100 gas gift cards or a set of tickets and parking passes to an upcoming Philadelphia Flyers hockey game. Every single donation of whole blood helps three patients. Blood donations are always needed, but if you are unable to donate, volunteers for the canteen are always needed. For information or to make a donation appointment, visit giveapint.org.