Retired Salisbury Township Police Department K-9 Fonzie died Feb. 2 after a short illness. He had been residing with his best friend, Officer Jason Laky and his family since retiring from a distinguished career in law enforcement.
Police Chief Allen Stiles said Fonzie was more than just a dog to the department.
“He lived like a warrior and died like a hero,” Stiles said.
The Salisbury Township K-9 Unit is in its 15th year of service.
In honor of Board of School Directors’ Recognition Month, the Salisbury Township School District Board Members were thanked at the Jan. 16 meeting.
Superintendent Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss thanked the board members for their service to the district.
Board members were also given gifts from students.
Board member Robert Kulp was not in attendance.
Western Salisbury Elementary School students Lukas Bruaw and Kamryn Kaough provided a report on school happenings as did Kayleigh Gasdik and Izabella Gonzalez from Harry S Truman Elementary School.
The operations committee of the Salisbury Township School District school board heard a presentation by D’Huy Engineering, Inc. at its Jan. 7 meeting.
The capital plan is a districtwide plan identifying facility infrastructure and system repairs required for upkeep, establishes priorities, reflects current conditions and acts as a working document for the district.
D’Huy said the first capital improvement plan was created in 2007 and has been updated yearly until 2011.
In a letter to Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong Jan. 10, Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim, D-ABMDI, announced his retirement.
“It is with a heavy heart that I respectively inform you that effective Thursday, February 28, 2019, after 26 years on the job, I will be retiring my position as Lehigh County Coroner,” Grim wrote in his resignation letter.
Grim said he has been offered “a very interesting opportunity and I am up for the challenge.”
The Salisbury Township School District school directors got their first glimpse of the 2019-2020 preliminary budget at the Jan. 7 operations committee meeting.
Directors George Gatanis, Mary Ziegler, Sam DeFrank, Audrey Frick and Carol Klinger were in attendance.
Chief Financial Officer/Board Secretary Michael Taylor, CPA presented the preliminary budget which will need to be adopted at the Feb. 6 school board meeting. The deadline to adopt the preliminary budget is Feb. 20 as it is due to the Pennsylvania Department of Education by Feb. 25.
The Salisbury Township School District Board of Directors met Dec. 5 at the administration building, 1140 Salisbury Road.
Chief Financial Officer and Board Secretary Michael Taylor told the board he is working on the 2019-2020 budget. Regarding expenses, Taylor said salaries and benefits comprise 65 percent of the budget with salaries at 41 percent and benefits at 24 percent.
The increase in salaries comes at a cost of $460,000. Taylor said he is sure of one retirement but there could be more by the end of the year. Each retirement saves the district $40,000.
The Salisbury Township School District School Board held its annual reorganization meeting Dec. 5 with elections for president and vice president.
Frank Frankenfield was once again voted president of the school board and Samuel DeFrank was re-elected vice president.
“Thank you everyone for your confidence and support,” Frankenfield said following the vote.
Salisbury High School’s Theatre Department will perform a One Act Festival, which will include short scenes both directed and acted by Salisbury students. Two of the scenes are also written by students.
The festival replaces the fall production which was canceled. Show times are 7 p.m. Dec. 13 through 15 and 3 p.m. Dec. 16.
The Salisbury Township School District Board of Directors met for its regular meeting Nov. 14 in the administration building.
Student representatives from each of the four schools provided reports on both past and upcoming events.
Janet E. Smith was recognized on the occasion of her retirement after working in the administration building for over 12 years as a PIMS/ACCESS coordinator.
Coaches and advisors were also recognized for their years of service.
Each year, Dr. Aejaaz A. Issa and his staff at Ai Orthodontics, 550 Harrison St., Emmaus, delivers pumpkins to referring dentist offices and asks them to creatively decorate the pumpkins for the children at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest.
To make it fun, Issa holds a contest where community judges, staff and patients vote for their favorites.
The results are in. The winners of the 2018 Funny Fall Faces Pumpkin Competition, announced Nov. 12, get bragging rights until next year.
The live judge’s winners are: