Salisbury Press

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Thursday, May 3, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Ballot referendum requested on Western Salisbury funding

An official of Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company wants a referendum on township support for the company’s Swain Fire Station capital campaign to be placed on the November general election ballot.

Meanwhile, township commissioners voted unanimously 5 to 0 at the April 26 meeting to approve an emergency services review in the township.

John Kelly Jr., a trustee on the board of directors of Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company, made the ballot request at the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners meeting April 26.

Celebrating Earth Day

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

Chesterbrook Academy, 1550 Valley Center Parkway, Bethlehem, held its annual ladybug launch April 20 in celebration of Earth Day.

On a very bright and cool morning, students headed outside for the event wearing their ladybug hats with antennas.

At 10 a.m. Principal Michele Somishka released a bag of approximately 1,500 ladybugs and the kids enthusiastically swarmed around the bugs, picking them up and holding them in their hands.


Thursday, May 3, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Fire inspectors played increasing role in enforcement

Last of four parts

After five years, Salisbury Township fire inspectors appear to be taking on increasing key roles in ensuring public safety, including assisting the police department with victim rescue first-aid and during potential active shooter and hostage situations.

Fire inspections increased in Salisbury Township in 2017. The program ran a deficit in 2017. Fire inspection fees have been increased in 2018.

There were 364 fire inspections in 2017, up from 356 fire inspections in 2016 and 296 in 2015.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Penn State Extension on the offensive to curb spotted lanternfly crop threat

At one stage of its life, the Spotted Lanternfly looks like a red and black creature from a scary monster movie.

However, the Spotted Lanternfly threat is real and not some fictional movie plot.

Even so, true to a Hollywood creature feature, the government is ready to do battle.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allocated $17.5 million to halt the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Emergency services review vote on April 26 agenda

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on a proposal for an emergency services comprehensive review at the 7 p.m. April 26 township meeting in the municipal building, 2900 S. Pike Ave.

The township advertised for a request for proposals for the review. The proposal expected to be voted on was reviewed April 20 by township officials.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Authority’s charter extension rejected

Lehigh County Authority’s effort to have its charter extended to 50 years collapsed April 11 when Lehigh County Commissioners voted 6-3 to reject a proposed amendment to LCA’s articles of incorporation.

The decision seemed to catch LCA’s CEO Liesel M. Gross, by surprise. Gross had spoken to the commissioners in support of the resolution.

“I want to know the path forward,” Gross said to commissioners following the vote to deny the amendment extending the water and sewer authority’s charter.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

All bets are off for casino corridor traffic safety grants in 2019

Third of four parts

The amount of grants received by the Salisbury Township Police Department dipped slightly in 2017, compared to the amount received in 2016.

The Lehigh County Casino Grant contributed to the majority of the amount of the grants.

While casino grants to Lehigh Valley municipalities in proximity to the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem appear to be intact for 2018, all bets are apparently off for 2019.

The 2018 casino grants, based on revenue Lehigh County received in 2017, are to be announced by July.