The Rev. Dr. Michael A. Drake retired from First Presbyterian Church of Allentown in September and sat down with The Press recently for an interview about his years of service.
Drake grew up in Greenville, Pa. with a Presbyterian father and a Methodist mother.
He studied piano and organ as a child and was involved in church school and youth groups.
Drake was a music major at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa.
It was during his college years he started to contemplate a career in the church perhaps as an associate pastor and minister of music.
At the Nov. 15 Salisbury Township School District board meeting, coaches and advisors were recognized for over 15 years of service to the district by Director Joseph Gnall and Director of Student Activities Monica Deeb.
Recognized were Mike Pochron with 35 years, Mark Allinson with 27 years, Stephen Hillaire with 24 years, Barry Frick with 22 years, Rick Babyak with 21 years, Mike Barna with 20 years, Stan Griffis with 18 years, Scott Heppenheimer with 18 years, Paul Koba with 17 years, Gregory Laub with 17 years and Rachel Reinecke with 16 years.
Salisbury Police Chief Allen W. Stiles and Sgt. Donald Sabo Jr. presented the Salisbury Township Police Department 2018 budget at the township workshop Nov. 9.
The police department is requesting to add a detective to the rank of personnel covering the township.
Currently the department has one chief, one sergeant who is a patrol commander, one sergeant who is responsible for training and administration, one sergeant responsible for investigations and special services, one detective, four corporals, one school resource officer, one traffic officer and eight patrolmen.
The Salisbury Township School District operations committee met Nov. 6 where William Brackett, director of maintenance and grounds provided a report on potential summer projects.
“There is nothing that is in critical failure mode,” Brackett said. “We could take a break this year.”
If the district wanted to work on some projects this summer, Brackett provided a list of capital projects, by priority, the board could consider to pursue.
The first was the varsity softball field including dugouts with storage room and steps leading to the tennis court at a cost of $60,000.
The Salisbury Police Department, specifically Cpl. Christopher Casey and Sgt. Ronald Patten, were recognized at the Nov. 9 Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners meeting by The Advocacy Alliance of Allentown.
“The ‘I’m the Evidence Award’ is given to acknowledge individuals who live with mental health issues and are in recovery as well as community agencies, etc. that support these individuals,” Connie J. Hammann, external advocate project manager, Community Support Services, The Advocacy Alliance, said.
The Salisbury Township School District curriculum and technology committee meeting was held Oct. 30 at Lehigh Carbon Community College. Members of the committee visit the college once a year for a dinner and tour of the facility.
Rachel Reinecke, chair, Department of Visual and Performing Arts in Salisbury, spoke with the committee regarding high school music elective offerings which are “current, interesting to the students, would allow the students to make music and would be aligned with best practices from the National Association for Music Education.”
The Salisbury High School Theatre Department will present “Almost, Maine” 7 p.m. Nov. 9, 10 and 11 and 3 p.m. Nov. 12 at the high school, 500 E. Montgomery St., Allentown.
The play, by John Cariani, is comprised of nine short plays involving love and loss in a small town in Maine called Almost, and premiered at the Portland Company in Portland, Maine in 2004.
At the Oct. 30 curriculum and technology committee meeting, building principals and administrators shared district testing results, data sources and an overview of systems and training modules in place to assist students.
At the high school level, Principal Heather Morningstar and Assistant Principal Brian Muschlitz said the Literature Keystone Performance showed a 73.43 percent proficiency and 82 percent of students are meeting annual academic growth expectations. Nine of the 31 learning support students are proficient.
National School Bus Safety Week is held during the third week of October each year. The annual campaign is a public education program to address the importance of school bus safety. This year the theme was “#STOPONRED!” celebrated Oct. 16 to 20.
School bus safety week is also a time to show gratitude to the bus drivers and staff for their hard work and professionalism.
Such is the case with the bus transportation company for Salisbury Township School District – Paragon Transit, Inc. and its President Russ A. Leibensperger.
Hearst has agreed to acquire the magazine and book businesses of Rodale Inc., based in Emmaus and New York.
The announcement was made Oct. 18 by Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz, Rodale CEO Maria Rodale and Hearst Magazines President David Carey.
The deal is expected to close in early 2018 after government approvals are received.
Terms have not been disclosed.