PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSHWestern Salisbury Fire Department firefighter William Fisher makes sure the Salisbury Community Day activities July 16 are held under the stars and stripes as he positions the American flag from the top of the fire company’s aerial ladder truck.
Recently retired Salisbury Township heavy equipment operator Kevin Urban rides his miniature home-built fire truck around the Salisbury Middle School grounds at the township’s Community Day July 16.
Salisbury Middle School student Mahmoud Bader tosses a ball in an effort to send Salisbury Police Department Det. Christopher Casey into the dunk tank at the township’s Community Day.
Salisbury Township Manager Cathy Bonaskiewich and Salisbury Police Department Det. Kevin Kress enjoy watching the activities. around the dunk tank at Community Day.
Nancy Ringhoffer serves a homemade dessert to Robin Daw at Community Day. Visitors could sample desserts submitted for competition and then vote on the one they enjoyed most by placing a marble in a jar to signify their choice.
Salisbury Township Recreation Director Genny Baille, third from left, stands with some of the recreation program summer employees who helped staff the township’s first annual Community Day held July 16. They are: from left; Olivia Hoeing, Rylee Donaldson, Amanda Benko, Maja Sejdic and Anna Bishop.Press photos by Jim Marsh
Dana Thompson, a student at Salisbury Township Middle School, coached by Salisbury High School senior Paige Mathieu, tries her hand at winning a prize by tossing a Salisbury Press newspaper onto a simulated front porch at The Press tent at the township’s July 16 Community Day.
Bounce house games are a big draw at the township’s July 16 Community Day.
Mom Jenni Rach stands with daughters Caroline and Julianna, Western Salisbury Elementary School students, inside the middle school cafeteria during Community Day July 16.
Youngsters who attend summer playground activities at Devonshire Park present a dance routine they developed during their days in the playground program.
Salisbury Township Recreation Advisory Committee member and summer playground program employee Kim Ringhoffer presents the baking competition prize to Olivia Segata, a student at Western Salisbury Elementary School and her baking companion Jess McElroy. The two have enjoyed baking activities together for three years. This is the second year they have won the prize, after taking honors at last year
Residents come together to celebrate community
Hundreds of parents, grandparents, kids and teenagers enjoyed the activities at the first annual Salisbury Township Community Day held July 16 at the Salisbury Township Middle School campus. The gathering is the successor to the National Night Out gatherings held in previous years hosted by the Salisbury Township Police Department.
This year’s activities were organized by Salisbury Recreation Director Genny Balle, director of the township’s summer playground program held in the township’s three parks and the recreation advisory committee. She was assisted by about a dozen playground program summer employees and the Salisbury Township police department.
Both township fire companies had equipment on display and games inside and outside supplemented the hot dog and soda available to visitors. Inflatables were popular and DJs kept the grounds supplied with music. Township police officers and playground program employees took turns in the dunk tank as youngsters tried to send them into the tub of cold water.
Bingo inside provided tickets as prizes that could be used to enter the basket raffle.
Township bakers brought their homemade specialties for sampling, and visitors got to vote for the best selections. Baking friends Olivia Segata, a Western Salisbury Elementary School student and Jess McElroy won for the second year running, having garnered first baking prize at last year’s National Night Out gathering.
Baille pronounced the evening a success and she is already looking forward to next year.