EASTERN SALISBURY COLUMN Beyond a shadow of a doubt Groundhog Day is around the corner
By EMILY THIEL
Special to The Press
Winter cold brings clear light blue skies, beautiful white winter snow and the bone chilling cold most of us dread. But in just 10 days we will find out if there will be six more weeks of winter.
The beginning of February marks when Pennsylvania native Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his little burrow on Gobbler's Knob to predict the forecast for the rest of the season. If Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter; if he doesn't see his shadow, we will have an early spring. This year will be the 127th year Punxsutawney Phil will make his weather prediction.
While we wait for Phil's annual tradition, life in Salisbury must go on.
Harry S Truman Elementary School will have T-shirt day Jan. 24. Harry S Truman's third grade invitation to lunch is from 11:55 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. Feb. 4. Parents or grandparents will have the opportunity to come enjoy lunch with their HST student.
Western Salisbury PA 2013 ACCESS for ELLs testing window is from Jan. 28 to March 8.
Western's PTA will hold their yoga sessions 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Jan. 29 and Feb. 5 and will enjoy a roller skating party 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Independence Family Fun Center, 4345 Independence Dr., Schnecksville. Western's third grade invitation to lunch will be Feb. 5. Western will have PSSA writing field tests for third, fourth and fifth graders Feb. 6.
Jan. 24 marks the end of the second marking period for students at both the high and middle schools.
There will be a Salisbury school board meeting 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Administration Building, 1140 Salisbury Road, Allentown.
A District Curriculum and Technology meeting will be held 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at Salisbury Middle School. An Operations Committee meeting will be held 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in the administration building.
A Board of Commissioners meeting for Salisbury Township is scheduled to be held 7 p.m. Jan. 24.
The Swain School will have their exams for grades six, seven and eight Jan. 23 through 25. The admissions information session for prospective families scheduled for Jan. 23 has been cancelled. A ski trip for grades five through eight is scheduled for Jan. 25. A faculty meeting will occur 3:30 p.m. Jan. 28. There will be a Board of Trustees meeting 4:30 p.m. Jan. 28.
SSAT testing will start 8:15 a.m. Feb. 2. Eighth grade parent coffee will be held at Swain 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Feb. 6. "Walk-In Wednesdays" will start Feb. 6 and visitors can come to the school from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a visit and tour, no appointments are needed.
The Covered Device Recycling Act took effect in Pennsylvania at the beginning of the year. The act bans televisions and computer equipment from being disposed of through curbside pickup. Waste Management will no longer take televisions, laptops, monitors, CPU's, printers, scanners, keyboards, mouses, speakers, cables and battery backups. If you have these items to be recycled, Best Buy takes electronic items and will recycle them at no charge.
The St. Thomas More "Out to Dinner Group" will have dinner at the Texas Roadhouse, Hamilton Blvd., Trexlertown, after the 5:30 p.m. Mass in the chapel Jan. 24. There will be a STM trip to the NYC Ballet All Balanchine program Jan. 26; brunch will be included. Another trip to the Franklin Institute to see the Titanic artifacts exhibit and stories of Faith, with lunch at Ralph's and a visit to the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia is scheduled forFeb. 21.
St. Thomas More will host a "bloodmobile" at the Family Center 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 27 for those interested in donating blood. Call Marion Gewartowski at 610-437-9583 to schedule an appointment. Child care will be available.
St. Thomas More will have kindergarten and transfer student registration 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 27 in the colonnade. You will need a copy of your child's birth certificate, baptismal certificate and immunizations record.
It is the time of year for Girl Scout Cookie sales once again. Make sure to be on the lookout for the delicious treats in the grocery stores and drive-thru events to help support the local Salisbury troops.