Now that we have made it through the first quarter of the school year, changing of clocks, an election, Hurricane Sandy - I hope that all of you find peace and joy during this upcoming holiday season. Make sure you show your appreciation and thanks for those who are meaningful in your lives. All of us have much to be thankful for - enjoy your holiday festivities, shopping, decorating, baking, and most importantly, sharing your time with family, friends and neighbors.
President Barack Obama was reelected for another four years of his presidential term this past election day. The country has determined its own destiny and people got out to vote. This election showed record numbers of voters, flooding to the polls to cast their ballot. Voting is important; we have the chance to cast our vote because we the people elect our leaders.
Students in the Salisbury Township School District missed four days due to Hurricane Sandy; it also kept most in the township without power. Even the Parkland and Bethlehem offices of The Press newspapers had no electricity.
I am hopeful that by the time everyone is reading this column your power has been restored and there has been no more major after-effects.
Although some are disturbed by their loss of power, I would like to thank PPL and all the men and women who worked hours upon hours diligently restoring electricity to our region.
BOO! and Happy Halloween from your friends at The Press.
One of my favorite ways to celebrate the spooky autumn holiday is to watch the 1978 John Carpenter film, "Halloween." In the chilling film, Jamie Lee Curtis stars as high schooler Laurie Strode who faces the terror of Michael Myers. But as Halloween is here, so is the end of October and the end of the first marking period for both the high school and middle school. Retests of the PSSA for seniors run to the end of the week.
Happy Halloween! Trick or treat will be held in Salisbury Township 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26. DevonHouse Senior Living will also host their traditional safe trick or treat inside their lobby area for the young children in the neighborhood.
Western Salisbury and Harry S Truman elementary schools will have their Halloween parades 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 26. Oct. 31 is the end of the first marking period at Salisbury Middle School and Salisbury High School.
Nov. 2 is a Professional Development Day and all Salisbury schools will be closed to students.
As the month of October continues, the leaves start to fall and it's time to start thinking about getting out the scarves and mittens. Scary movies, haunted attractions and cold weather are beginning to prepare Salisbury township for the ghosts and goblins of Halloween.
The annual powder puff game will be played 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Salisbury High School stadium.
The homecoming pep rally is scheduled for Oct. 19 during the Falcon Period. SGA will sponsor the final tailgate of the season 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19. A wing eating contest has been planned.
Envision Lehigh Valley will be hosting a community meeting 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at Salisbury High School. According to Envision Lehigh Valley, "The Lehigh Valley is going to grow by another 145,000 people over the next 20 years... How we grow depends on your input and action." This event is not a school district event and all citizens are welcome.
The month of October brings brisk weather, cool winds, the changing of the leaves and great horror films to television. Students and staff are back into the swing of things.
At St. Thomas More School, Western Salisbury Fire Department will visit for a fire prevention program 1 p.m. Oct. 11.
The STM Walkathon will be held 1 p.m Oct. 19. The raindate is Oct. 22.
Welcome to the season of fall, with cooler nights, less daytime hours and the change of foliage. What are you doing now that summer is officially over? My boys and I took the opportunity to spend the first weekend of fall traveling to nearby New York and New Jersey.
A great highlight to living right in the heart of the Lehigh Valley is the opportunity to experience all of the seasons.
Traditional season change is not something that everyone gets to live through. But here in Salisbury, we get to see snow in the winter, new life in spring, the dreaded humidity in the summer and the transition of the leaves in autumn.