EASTERN SALISBURY COLUMN
Today is the first day of spring! The best time of the year; the grass is green, flowers are blooming, birds are active and singing their songs. Days will get longer and warmer and being outside is enjoyable.
It is a great time of year to see the trees start to bud, people come out from inside their homes to go running, take a walk, ride a bike and play in the parks. Don't forget Rita's offers free Italian Ice today for the first day of spring.
The seasons continue to change and the school year progresses on. Western Salisbury and Harry S Truman Elementary schools will continue to have 1 p.m. early dismissals through March 22 for parent/teacher conferences. PSSA writing make ups will also continue through March 22.
The Western PTA will meet 7 p.m. March 21.
Harry S Truman Elementary will have T-shirt day March 26.
The morning kindergarten bonnet parade at HST will be held 9 a.m. March 27; afternoon kindergarten bonnet parade will begin 1:15 p.m. March 27.
The fourth grade trip to Harrisburg is scheduled for April 3.
Salisbury Middle School and Salisbury High School will have an early dismissal 12:15 p.m. March 22.
The middle school Dance-a-thon will start 7 p.m. March 22.
The end of the third marking period for middle school students is April 4.
Dental exams will be held April 5 for the middle school.
The end of the third marking period for SHS is April 5.
There will be no school for the district students March 28 through April 1.
The Salisbury District Curriculum and Technology Committee will meet 7 p.m. March 25 at the high school.
An Environmental Advisory Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 20 at the Salisbury Township Municipal Building, 2900 S. Pike Ave., Allentown.
The Board of Commissioners will meet 7 p.m. March 28.
The township offices will be closed for Good Friday March 29.
The Salisbury drop-off centers are opening for the year. The Devonshire drop-off site is located across the street from the Western Salisbury Jerusalem Church and will be open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 2 and 6.
The Franko Farm drop-off site, located off E. Emmaus Ave., will be open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23, 26 and 30.
Yard waste, branches, and grass are accepted at the drop-off sites. Leaves are only accepted at Franko.
The Swain School will have early dismissal March 22 and will be closed March 25 through April 1 for the spring holiday. April 3 will be "Walk-In Wednesday" where visitors are invited to come tour the school.
The Allentown Art Museum, 31 N. 5th St., Allentown, is showing "Fabulous Flappers: Fashion from the Ellie Laubner Collection" and "Haitian Art" from the Rodale Family Collection through April 14. Admission is free on Sundays. Also, at the museum are exhibits by Stephen Althouse: "The Tools," Fabric of Life: Pennsylvania German Textiles and The Lerner Contemporary Glass Collection. The art museum is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon, where I love to admire the artistic talent displayed. The Lehigh Valley is a wonderful place to grow up, explore and expand.
I must sadly say this will be my last column for Eastern Salisbury; I have accepted a position as editor for Southern Berks News. As I further my career and expand my experience with journalism, I always will remember the district and community of Salisbury as where I got my start.
I have to thank the dedicated teachers and staff of the Salisbury schools, the loving support of my family and the wisdom and guidance from the most inspiring editor, Debbie Galbraith, all who have taught me so much and supported me while growing up in this wonderful community.
We live in a great place here in Salisbury. There is something for everyone; art, nature, the changing of the seasons, a variety of musical acts, history, education and culture.
What I will take with me as the most important aspect of life is to simply get involved, to participate in events that you find interesting, buy from local vendors, volunteer your time and become active in the community. And always remember to recycle and pick up litter; it's important we keep the community and environment clean.
To all my dedicated readers, enjoy the freshness of spring and embrace changes coming your way.