As a youth growing up in Orefield, Lehigh County, Robert Schantz never dreamed clowning around was in his future. He wasn’t the “class clown” and he does not recall any of his teachers in the Parkland School District ever telling him to stop clowning around.
But as an adult, retired art teacher Schantz, now living in Lower Macungie Township, has spent more than three decades entertaining, amusing and teaching religious lessons through his persona as Chump the Clown.
If you have the privilege of meeting the nicest and friendliest group of women who call themselves The Devonshire Knitters, consider yourself lucky.
They are all residents of the Devonshire Park Apartments in Salisbury Township and meet 2 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday to knit or crochet together. The group varies from week to week, but when a reporter from The Press recently met with them, the group around the card tables – Gini Kroll, Sandy Sewell, Jane Brankner, Lovey Sincavage, Sherry Erb and Judy Balliet continued to knit during the interview, their fingers never stopping.
The COVID-19 pandemic impact on Salisbury Township makes it anything but business as usual in municipal government.
The township buildings are closed and most township public meetings are canceled through mid-April.
According to Salisbury Township Manager Cathy Bonaskiewich, in a statement, updated March 20 on the township website:
“In response to the rapidly changing news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Salisbury Township is temporarily modifying some of the ways business is conducted.
Lehigh County Executive Phillips M. Armstrong, along with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, has placed Lehigh County on a stay-at-home order, urging residents to shelter in place for their health and safety.
The state-at-home order was announced by Armstrong approximately 11:45 a.m. via Facebook Live.
The stay-at-home order begins 8 p.m. March 25 and will continue until April 6.
Wolf ordered a stay-at-home command for Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe and Montgomery counties March 23. Lehigh County is the latest addition to the list.
Schools and places of business in the Lehigh Valley are closed. Events have been postponed; some events have been canceled. All due to the quest to stall the spread of COVID-19.
Readers of the Salisbury Press expected to look at this week’s issue and see additional photos of “Into the Woods” at Salisbury High School on the front page. The play, scheduled to open last week, has been postponed to a later date due to the closure of Pennsylvania schools as directed by Gov. Tom Wolf.
The Girl Scouts’ Adventure Place at Mountain House building project has been approved unanimously, but with conditions, by the Salisbury Township Zoning Hearing Board.
By a vote of 5-0, zoners approved construction of Mountain House Clubhouse in the Summit Lawn area atop South Mountain.
Animals are available for adoption at the Center for Animal Health & Welfare no-kill shelter, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton. The shelter is working to end pet overpopulation by running a clinic so animals can be spayed or neutered before they go home. For more information, call 610-252-7722 or visit www.healthyanimalcenter.org.