Editor’s Note: Audrey S. Penn, 78, of Bethlehem, was found Sept. 17 in Lower Macungie, after being reported missing Aug. 23 from Woodland Terrace at the Oaks in Salisbury Township.
After multiple searches by numerous volunteers and law enforcement agencies, it was a sad ending for many, especially her family, who had hoped to find Penn alive.
Penn’s children, Karl Kent and LaFond McRae, Karl’s wife Tracey and Penn’s grandchildren Taylor Kent and Armond McRae sat with The Press Sept. 23 to talk about their loved one.
The family of Audrey Penn has many unanswered questions regarding the death of their relative after she was reported missing from Woodland Terrace at the Oaks, a senior living and memory care facility in Salisbury Township.
According to the Woodland Terrace at the Oaks website, the “secured memory care residence provides an atmosphere that is relaxing, comfortable and safe.”
Which is exactly what Penn’s children were looking for when searching for a facility for their mother.
Salisbury Township School District Board President Frank Frankenfield opened the Sept. 13 meeting with a moment of silence to recognize the passing of State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-133rd, Sept. 8. Frankenfield noted the support McNeill showed to the district which was very much appreciated.
Superintendent Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss provided an update on the opening of school, current and upcoming events in the district.
Administrators planto schedule meetings with state and federal policymakers and to create a student social media advisory council.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said he was so impressed with the grant application from Salisbury High School, he wanted to meet the people in the community supporting the Students Against Destructive Decisions program at the school.
Salisbury Township School District Superintendent Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss and Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Lynn Fuini-Hetton planned an opening convocation Aug. 23 for every employee of the school district.
Monty Staggs, a 1992 Salisbury High School graduate and president of Southwest Foodservice Excellence, has returned to Salisbury to provide a new food experience for the district.
In a recent interview with The Press, Staggs said he never took any cooking classes in high school; his goal was to be a lawyer.
While in college, he found himself cooking for friends and providing catering services.
“Cooking made me happy and provided an immediate response,” Staggs said.
Members of the Salisbury Township School District board met Aug. 16 to approve a number of personnel items and conduct other business.
Salisbury Township Recreation Director Genny Baillie provided a report on the summer playground program at the July 17 recreation advisory committee meeting.
Baillie said the attendance is good and up approximately 10 percent from last year.
Although there have been some challenges such as a tree which fell at Laubach Park on first base of the softball field just as Head Counselor Pat Jacoby was headed there for a soccer clinic, Baillie said the program has been going well. The movie night was also well attended.
The final 2017-2018 budget was approved at the June 14 meeting with a 2.18 percent tax increase for residents or approximately $82 per year on a home valued at $206,356. The budget reflects total expenditures in the amount of $37,574,320. The budget passed 8-0 with director Samuel DeFank absent.
The board held a moment of silence at the beginning of the meeting for Patricia Dillman, a strong supporter of the Salisbury twirlers, who died June 10.
At the June 5 operations committee meeting, the board approved a 2.5 percent tax increase for residents to balance the 2017-2018 budget. To lessen the burden on residents, the board voted to use $548,722 from the fund balance to fund the shortfall.
Business Administrator Robert Bruchak told board members, “The state has not finalized the budget yet, no programs have been cut, we are adding some staff and eliminating one bus.”
Board President Frank Frankenfield thanked Bruchak and the administration for work on the budget.