Eastern Salisbury column St. Thomas More School walkathon Oct. 19
The month of October brings brisk weather, cool winds, the changing of the leaves and great horror films to television. Students and staff are back into the swing of things.
At St. Thomas More School, Western Salisbury Fire Department will visit for a fire prevention program 1 p.m. Oct. 11.
The STM Walkathon will be held 1 p.m Oct. 19. The raindate is Oct. 22.
There will be a 2012 St. Thomas More anniversary luncheon after the 10:30 a.m. mass Oct. 7. If your wedding anniversary in the year 2012 is a multiple of five or 50 years or more, you are invited. For questions, call Tracy McFillin at 610-248-6652 or Erin Lawler at 252-675-2388.
H.O.S.T of St. Thomas More needs teen volunteers 3 to 6 p.m Oct. 6. to help fellow parishioners in need of yard work and cleanup.
The high school Student Government is selling Yankee Candles® to raise money for homecoming. If you are interested in purchasing a candle contact student government advisor Michael Anderson at 610-797-4107, ext. 2532. Orders are due by Oct. 19 and the brochure can be viewed online at http://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com.
The Salisbury Middle School book fair is continuing through this week, ending Oct. 5.
SMS will have parent visitation day 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Oct. 5. Parents are permitted to follow their children and observe their classes.
All of the schools will be closed Oct. 8 due to a professional development day for staff. Oct. 8 is also Columbus Day, which commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in "The New World."
The middle school students will be movin' and a-groovin' at the dance 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12.
The Salisbury Music Association Meeting will be held 7 p.m. Oct. 9 in the middle school library.
Operations Committee Meeting held at the Administration Building 7 p.m. Oct. 3.
The regular school board meeting will be 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10.
The middle school and high school will dismiss 12:15 p.m. Oct. 12.
If you are interested in your son being in Boy or Cub Scouts, join at the Eastern Salisbury Jerusalem Church. Boy Scout Troop 146 welcomes any boy in sixth through 12th grades. Boy Scouts meet 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Cub Scout Troop 146 welcomes boys in first through fifth grades. Cub Scouts meet at the Jerusalem Church 7 to 8:15 p.m. Thursdays. Contact David or Pat Yemm at 610 791-0983 for additional information.
The Jerusalem Church of Eastern Salisbury will have a basket social 7 p.m. Nov. 2. To donate or fill a basket, contact Louise at 610-866-1611. Tickets are available now.
Devonshire drop-off dates are Oct. 6, 16. Franko Farm drop off will be open Oct. 9 and 13. Both facilities are open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Leaves are only accepted at Franko.
The township is hosting a bus trip to Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular Dec. 8. There are still tickets available. Contact Salisbury Township at 610-797-4000.
There will be a planning commission meeting 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9, held at the Municipal Building, 2900 S. Pike Ave. The Board of Commissioners meeting will be held 7 p.m. Oct. 11, also held at the Municipal Building.
Swain School will be closed Oct. 8 for Columbus Day. There will be a Swain Association meeting 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Oct. 9 and 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10. Every parent, faculty and staff member at Swain is a member of the Swain Association. Meetings will be held in Rogers' Commons.
Eighth grade secondary coffee will be 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Oct. 12. SSAT Testing is Oct. 13. Oct. 15 marks outdoor education day for Swain students in grades five through eight. Yearbook photo day is Oct. 16 for the Swain School.
The Lehigh County Humane Society needs donations to furnish the shelter including copy paper, flat screen computer monitors, TV/VCR, file cabinets, cages for animals, gas gift cards for the ambulance, lockers, gift cards for Sam's Club, Home Depot, etc., study tables for examinations, commercial dryer for groomer and truck or van for animal pickups. Dog and cat food, blankets, towels and grooming items are always needed. The Humane Society needs volunteers to walk the dogs 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. You must be 18 years old, bring your identification and wear long pants. The Humane Society is located at 640 Dixon St., Allentown. For more information contact 610-797-1205. Animal adoptions are life changing for both the owners and pet. Consider adopting a dog or cat for a cute addition to your family.
If you enjoy seeing red- tailed hawks flying around the Lehigh Valley, this is the perfect time of year to expand your horizons in birdwatching at Hawk Mountain located at 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton. Hawk Mountain is open year round for hiking and birdwatching. There are several paths within the trail system at the sanctuary. Hiking up to the North Lookout is the best spot to observe scenic views, fall foliage, hawks, eagles and wildlife. It is a three-quarter mile hike, taking around 20 to 30 minutes. The season lasts August through December for hawk migration. This time of year is perfect to spend an afternoon at Hawk Mountain because you have a chance of seeing any type of the species.
October is the ideal time to see sharped-shinned hawks, red-tailed hawks pass by toward the end of the month. Last season 3,547 sharped-shinned hawks were spotted and 810 red-tailed hawks.
Bald eagles pass regularly, usually being spotted later in the day around 4 p.m. Last year 235 were spotted.
During October, Cooper's hawks, and falcons such as the American kestrel, merlin and peregrine falcon numbers increase. Aside from hawks, flocks of purple and gold finches, blue jays and robins are seen. While the months get colder, you can start to see waterfowl, black birds and other migrants.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during the fall months. There is an admission charge.
This is a great time of year to see migrating birds, observe leaves changing colors and to get outside while the weather is still mild and enjoyable. Make sure to dress in layers, bring water, a snack, daypack, binoculars and a camera to capture the moments! Enjoy life in the outdoors.