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.
The Salisbury High School Scholastic Scrimmage team took the championship title in a competition against Parkland High School May 23.
The final score was Salisbury 245, Parkland 195. This is the first title for Salisbury since 1979.
Scholastic Scrimmage, PBS 39’s longest-running on-air program, has teams of four high school students face each other as the host quizzes them in all academic disciplines.
Scholastic Scrimmage is hosted by Dr. Karen Walton, vice president of academics at DeSales University.
Students at Salisbury High School were given the opportunity to experience distracted driving firsthand recently at the school.
Lehigh Valley Health Network, the Center for Humanistic Change, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Western Salisbury Fire Department, the Salisbury Township Police Department and the North Central Highway Safety Network participated in the event for students.
Members of the Recreation Advisory Committee met at Franko Park before the regular meeting May 15 to review three locations for the proposed Salisbury Youth Association batting cage at Franko Park.
Reviewing the batting cage locations were committee members Frank Adamcik, Pat Jacoby, Frank McCullough and Mark Wilson and staff representative Genny Baillie.
Students and an educator were honored at the May 10 board meeting of the Salisbury Township School District director’s meeting.
SkillsUSA District Competition Medal Winners were Zaki Al-Bajali, first place in carpentry, Cory Brunner, second place in tech computer applications, John Kochenberger, second place in electronics technology, Dustin Kramer, first place in technical drafting, Desiree Nester, first place in basic health care skills and Alyssa Wygand, second place in first aid/CPR.
After much anticipation, the Buckeye Tavern, 3741 Brookside Road, Macungie, has been raised from the ashes and will open its doors to customers May 22.
The original Buckeye Tavern, built in 1735, was destroyed in a fire May 12, 2015.
Buckeye Tavern owners Hope and Terry Bender are ready to reopen.
“It won’t be the same as before; it will be the new Buckeye,” Terry Bender said in an interview with The Press Dec. 7, 2016.
Members of the Lehigh Anomalous Phenomenon Investigation Society once again visited the Buckeye Tavern in April to check in on the “spiritual residents.”
The landmark opened as an inn and hotel in 1735 and operated through the late 1800s as the East Macungie Hotel and later as The Load of Mischief.
LAPIS visited the Buckeye Tavern in 2009 armed with equipment including electronic voice phenomenon recorders which use radio frequency. Spirits use this to form words and answer questions.