SALISBURY TOWNSHIP ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
While the 2013 Winter Solstice, Dec. 20, and first day of winter, Dec. 21, have not happened, the Salisbury Environmental Advisory Council is already thinking spring.
Specifically, the STEAC is planning its second annual Earth Day Celebration, 10 a.m. to noon April 26, 2014, at Lindberg Park, where the event was held earlier this year.
The 2014 event is expected to include the participation of Lehigh Valley Health Network.
"I think they [the public] should know how 'green' the hospital is," said Commissioner Joanne Ackerman, township board of commissioners STEAC representative.
"Lehigh Valley Hospital is the largest employer and they recycle," Ackerman added.
Katherine Velekei, LVHN sustainability specialist, attending the Nov. 20 STEAC meeting, said she could be one of the presenters at the Earth Day Celebration.
"What we decided to do is focus on everything Earth Day," Kreg Ulery, STEAC member, said of the Earth Day Celebration.
Four presenters are planned for the event at Lindberg Park, including Waste Management, Inc., on recycling; Audubon, on the Bird Town program, of which Salisbury is a participant; and a Lehigh County Penn State Extension Master Gardener, on composting.
"The sooner we get confirmations from the presenters, the sooner we can get this done," Sandra Thomas said, referring to a flyer about the event.
MaryAnne Stinner, STEAC vice chair, said she has received a positive response from St. Thomas More, and hopes for similar enthusiasm from The Swain School, Arts Academy, Salisbury Youth Association and Salisbury Township School District.
Children's activities and games are foreseen at the Earth Day event.
The STEAC voted 4-1 at its Oct. 16 meeting to hold the event April 26 in Lindberg Park.
In other business, Township Director of Planning and Zoning Cynthia Sopka reported on a positive meeting between herself, STEAC officials and Salisbury Township School District officials.
"Our focus was on Trout Creek," Sopka noted. One of the student environmental awareness projects discussed could involve improvements to Trout Creek.
No STEAC meeting is planned for December.
The STEAC is next expected to meet, 7 p.m. Jan. 15, 2014, in the township municipal building, 2900 S. Pike Avenue.
STEAC meetings are the third Wednesday of the month.