PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSHDana Thompson, a student at Western Salisbury Elementary School, tries her hand at the newspaper toss game at the Salisbury Press tent at Salisbury Township’s National Night Out community activities Aug. 7 at Salisbury Middle School.
National Night Out visitors at Salisbury Middle School enjoy free hot dogs, or meatball sandwiches, served by township employees Lisa Casey and Kristen Treskot.
There is no shortage of baked goodies for sampling by residents Aug. 7 at Salisbury Middle School. Those who provided the baked goods were vying for recognition as best baker for the event.
Salisbury residents Jess McElroy and Western Salisbury Elementary School student Olivia Segata are acclaimed for “best baked goods” for their chocolate éclairs at Salisbury Township’s National Night Out held Aug. 7 at Salisbury Middle School. Olivia holds a $50 dining gift certificate as her prize. The two have been “baking buddies” since Olivia took an interest in baking as a 5-year-old.
Outside activities at the National Night Out community event are curtailed shortly after the evening’s 6 p.m. start when threatening dark clouds opened up for a downpour sending participants dashing to the Salisbury Middle School cafeteria
Salisbury Township Ward Three Commissioner Debra Brinton serves as bingo caller and emcee for indoor activities at the township’s National Night Out community gathering at Salisbury Middle School Aug. 7.
Salisbury High School student Brianna Kalnas receives raffle tickets as a bingo winner from retired Salisbury Township employee Nancy Heckman at the township’s National Night Out community gathering.
A heavy rain shower which began shortly after Salisbury Township’s National Night Out community gathering had begun, sends participants inside the Salisbury Middle School cafeteria to continue the evening’s activities.
A full house in the Salisbury Middle School cafeteria attests to the downpour that sent participants at the Aug. 7 National Night Out community gathering inside for shelter.
Bingo games at Salisbury Township’s National Night Out community gathering attracts many participants when outside activities were curtailed by two heavy rain showers.
Salisbury Police Department Det. Christopher Casey, lead organizer for the township’s National Night Out activities, reloads the hot dog grill, while servers Lisa Casey, center, and Kristen Treskot, both township administrative employees, wait to serve the next batch to visitors inside the Salisbury Middle School cafeteria.
Noodles the Clown, assisted by Nancy Gottwald, of Bethlehem, provides a balloon creation to Harry S Truman Elementary School student Alyssa Martucci.
Frank McCullough, a member of the Salisbury Township Recreation Advisory Committee, enjoys a meatball sandwich and a beverage.
Firefighters from Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company attach a large American flag to be displayed on the fire department’s aerial ladder truck during a break between rain showers.
Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company Lt. Jonathan Al-Khal pilots the Salisbury Police Department’s aerial drone during a demonstration of the aircraft’s capabilities.
Salisbury resident Jayden DeMarco picks out a game prize.
In between intermittent rain showers, bounce activities are a big draw for the evening’s young visitors.
Kylie Borman, of Slatington, is a basket raffle winner for a prize almost as big as she is at the township’s National Night Out community gathering Aug. 7 at Salisbury Middle School.
Rain fails to dampen Aug. 7 National Night Out/Community event
Having the second annual National Night Out community gathering at Salisbury Middle School, along Devonshire Road in the community’s western portion, provided a dry backup as outside activities were awash in a downpour shortly after the 6 p.m. start of the community gathering Aug. 7.
In addition to National Night Out, an annual community building campaign which promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie, the event was also a community event planned by Salisbury’s Recreation Advisory Committee member Kim Ringhoffer.
According to Det. Christopher Casey, lead organizer for the Salisbury Police Department, “We were able to quickly switch to indoor activities as soon as the rain started and the games, bingo and food service went on just as we had planned. People greeted their neighbors and socialized just as they would have outdoors.”
During a few breaks in the weather, residents ventured back outside for emergency vehicle demonstrations, chatted with township first responders and jumped in the bounce toys set up along the side yard of the school. A demonstration of the capabilities of the township police department’s aerial drone drew interest from youngsters and adults.
Music was provided by B-Flat Entertainment Services and a Boardwalk Bites Food Truck was parked in the front parking lot for fried cookies, fries and other items.
Casey estimated the number of residents at about 400, saying the middle school cafeteria was “full, but not overwhelmed” as attendees were interspersed over the two hour evening gathering 6 to 8 p.m.
Inside, residents registered for a basket raffle, sampled baked goods, played bingo and other games and enjoyed hot dogs, meatball sandwiches and beverages and socialized with friends and neighbors. Youngsters caught up with friends they knew from Salisbury youth and sports activities and organizers said they heard “no complaints” about the weather.
Casey said the donation jars placed throughout the cafeteria appeared to be full, providing a head start to planning for next year’s National Night Out gathering.
“As we had hoped, this year’s turnout probably was better than last year – and next year we’ll top that,” Casey said with confidence.