There is something special about dogs. Their panting smile, appreciation for affection and simple excitement about life can have a profound effect on someone's day.
The ability to bring a smile to a stranger's face is the reason 10-year-old Kasey Schlack, of Salisbury, gains great pleasure from being a certified Therapy Dogs International handler.
Salisbury High School opens Aug. 27 for orientation welcoming ninth grade students and new students to the district.
Harry S Truman Elementary School opens its doors Aug. 27 for orientation and welcomes kindergarten and first grade students.
Lehigh County officials unveiled in back-to-back press events Aug. 28 the county's new executive and the proposed 2013 county budget.
President Judge Carol McGinley administered the oath of office to 75-year-old William Hansell, a former city council member and business administrator with decades of experience in government and management.
Hansell replaces Don Cunningham who, after six years, left the position to become executive director of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation.
July was a particular busy month for the Salisbury Township Police Department, based on a report issued at the recent Board of Commissioners' meeting and a recently-concluded murder investigation.
The new six-month police department report was issued by Salisbury Township Police Chief Allen W. Stiles.
"We brought our homicide case to a successful conclusion after a long investigation," Stiles said.
When Dr. Carl Weber retired at the end of June as principal at St. Thomas More School, he hinted his successor as principal, then Vice Principal Peter Schutzler would be implementing new computer technology to enhance the learning process for STM students.
Weber was not kidding. Schutzler last week said STM would begin phasing in a program providing personal Apple iPads for every student for academic use by the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
Pool Wildlife Sanctuary had the Valley in a buzz to celebrate National Honey Bee Day Aug. 18.
The event was sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association. This is the fourth year the sanctuary has celebrated Honey Bee Day.
Live bees on display allowed for viewing and observation for an up-close and personal look. Bee colonies have three members, the queen, worker bees and drones.
Members of the Beekeepers Association gave explanations on bee life, equipment used to produce and extract the honey and how products are made from honey.
A proposal is being floated before Salisbury Township officials whereby a provision to offer certain services at the KidsPeace Broadway Campus in the township might be modified.
KidsPeace officials have approached the township Planning Commission with a request "to adjust zoning language" relative to the campus.
Township Planners, after recommending approval of the township Comprehensive Plan, which is expected to be considered for a vote on the agenda of the 7 p.m. Sept. 13 township Board of Commissioners' meeting, are in the midst of updating the township Zoning Ordinance.
A vote to authorize the purchase of a new fire truck for Eastern Salisbury Fire and Rescue Company is expected to be on the agenda of the next Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners meeting 7 p.m. Sept. 13 in the township Municipal Building.
Township commissioners and administration were surprised at the wide disparity in the three bids they reviewed at the Aug. 23 township meeting.
The apparent lowest bidder is Campbell Supply Co., with a price of $362,166, to build the fire truck.
The two other bids were $419,575 and $424,807.
Allentown AARP Chapter #5415 will meet noon at St. Timothy's Church, 140 So. Ott St., Allentown. David Kalinoski, associate state director of AARP, Harrisburg will present a program game called Fraud Bingo. A business meeting will follow. Bring a nonperishable food item for the Allentown Food Bank. Guests are always welcome.