Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite holiday. Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas and getting presents as much as the next person, but there is just something about Thanksgiving I enjoy.
The main reason is the emphasis is on food and family, two things that rank pretty high on my list. There is no hustle and bustle of opening gifts and traveling to relatives, just sit back, eat, nap, watch football, play games and enjoy each other's company.
It may be better to give than receive. One study suggests donating time or goods can benefit the giver and the recipient.
After observing volunteers do both, Providence Portland Medical Center, in Portland Oregon, Director of Behavioral Health Jim Mol, revealed his findings. In an interview to the Columbian newspaper, the psychologist found, "Even observing someone extend a kindness, improves a person's mood." He added it is more likely the onlooker will also perform an act of kindness after viewing this good deed. Mol noted there can be physical benefits from giving as well.
Salisbury High School senior, Chris Dryfoos is holding a winter coat drive for his Eagle Scout project for Boy Scout Troop 5. He is collecting new or clean, gently used winter coats to benefit the Allentown Rescue Mission through Dec. 6. Collection boxes for the coats are located at Salisbury High School, Holy Spirit Lutheran Church on Cedar Crest Boulevard in Emmaus, St. Timothy's Church on Ott Street and Hope United Church of Christ on Flexer Avenue.
The National Honor Society Induction will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14, in the Salisbury High School auditorium.
The second annual TEDx event will be held in the SHS auditorium 6 p.m. Nov. 16. The talks center on the theme of change.
Tickets for the musical, "Curtains," will be sold during Salisbury High School lunches Nov. 7. Show dates and times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9 and 2 p.m. Nov. 10. You may also purchase tickets by emailing email@example.com or calling Julie at 610-533-6630. Salisbury senior citizens are invited to the dress rehearsal 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7; contact Monica Deeb at mdeeb@ stsd.org or call 610-797-4107 if you plan to attend.
Nov. 5 is Election Day! It is the municipal election, which means voting for mayors, judges, city council, school board members and other local positions. They are very important to how our township and schools are run, so please go out and vote! Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Did you ever wonder why we vote on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November? I did, so I looked it up.
The third annual 100 Yards of Hope event took place prior to the Salisbury High School Homecoming game Oct. 11, a "Pink-Out" event.
People were asked to support breast cancer survivors and honor lost loved ones by purchasing pink ribbons at the Salisbury Football Booster Club apparel sale table. Additionally, the opportunity to honor a loved one in the game program was extended. All proceeds from ribbon sales were donated to the American Cancer Society.
The Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education Salisbury affiliate will host a presentation and open discussion 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Salisbury Middle School Library. Presenters are teachers Kristy Wied, Michelle DeOliveira and Jen Brinson. The presentation is open to all with an identified gifted student and anyone interested in learning more about gifted education within the district. Children are invited to work quietly. For questions or additional information, call 610-533-6630.
Western Salisbury Elementary PTA has a lot going on in the next couple of weeks.
One of the fun things planned is the Family Fun Night being held at the McDonalds on Lehigh Street 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30. A few teachers will be on hand to help serve and Ronald McDonald will be there between 5 and 7 p.m. There will also be a coloring contest.
Salisbury Booster Club will host its second annual car show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at Salisbury High School, 500 East Montgomery St., Allentown. Many different cars will be featured such as muscle cars, antiques, street rods, tuners, special interest vehicles and 4x4s. The top 30 cars will receive extra-large trophies. Eleven of the trophies will be six feet tall and 20 will be almost three feet in height.
This will be a large community event with cars, refreshments and music. DJ Myc will spin tunes 9 a.m. to noon and Ricky Smith and The Crush will perform noon to 3 p.m.