The United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley hosted a state budget forum at Northampton Community College March 28, featuring state and local representatives and a panel of guest speakers who shared their perspectives on the burgeoning budget process.
Scores of local activists, government officials and nonprofit leaders filled the sixth-floor hall at the Fowler Family Southside Campus for the mostly informational meeting.
PRESS PHOTOS BY DEBBIE GALBRAITH
Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Eastern Salisbury held their annual Sunday school sponsored Easter egg hunt March 23 with a special guest– the Easter Bunny.
PRESS PHOTO BY JIM MARSH
For many people, the first crocuses that burst through and bloom in a landscape bed can buoy spirits and confirm indeed spring has arrived. This bunch of cheer sprouting up in the Hills at Devonshire community in western Salisbury confirms warm, pleasant days can't be far away.
While the Lindberg Park Master Plan has only been recently approved, township residents are already implementing one recommendation, with the approval of the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners.
A request by the Hamilton Park Athletic Association to install baseball-softball batting cages in Lindberg was approved by a 5-0 vote by commissioners at the March 14 township meeting.
The cages, estimated to cost $6,000, are part of the Lindberg Park Master Plan.
It was a night for honors at the March 13 Salisbury Township School District meeting.
Peter Oyler, from Apple, presented the district with an Apple Distinguished Program banner citing the success of the program between STSD and Apple. Oyler commended the teachers, staff, students, administrators and the board for their efforts toward the success of the program.
"Salisbury scored the highest in all categories, which is somewhat unusual," Oyler said. "Fewer than 200 schools got this distinction in the country and you didn't just do it in one school, you did it in two."
PRESS PHOTOS BY DEBBIE GALBRAITH
The Salisbury Recreation Advisory Committee held an Easter egg hunt March 23 for approximatley 85 Salisbury children.
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The Salisbury Township Police Department completed a number of training programs in 2012.
Addiitonally, the police department obtained grants totaling $21,875.28, which helped result in 1,328 vehicle stops and 319 traffic citations.
The list of officer training programs takes up two pages in the 2012 annual report presented to the township board of commissioners by Salisbury Township Chief of Police Allen W. Stiles.
A lease for the use of Franko Farm Park by the Salisbury Youth Association has been approved by the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners.
The BOC voted 5-0 to approve the lease at its March 14 meeting.
The lease, which has been drafted, is contingent on several details. The township must receive assurances it will not be held liable. Atty. John W. Ashley, township solicitor, reviewed the lease.
"We feel we are protected," Township Manager Randy Soriano said.
The lease is for $1 per year.
Pending the results of a March 25 inspection by the Pa. Department of Health, officials at the St. Luke's Anderson Campus are projecting that a $4 million expansion of the facility's emergency department will be operational beginning April 1.
On March 12, the LVCHS choir and art program traveled to Lancaster to participate in a fine arts competition.
Student Justin Grim won first place in the category "nature and observation" against more than 100 other students, and earned a perfect score.
All individual and group performers were rated using a scale of good, excellent or superior. Students who scored in the superior category include Allison Aversa, Merari DeLaCruz, Jin Lee and Bobby VanDuzer. Jefferson Beltran, Jacob Stith and Michael Sun also competed and scored excellent.