The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Salisbury Township School District.

Editor’s Note: The shutdown ended shortly after this opinion piece’s submission. 

By Justin Burkhardt

The government shutdown has entered day 34, making it the longest shutdown in history by 12 days. The previous record for the longest shutdown occurred during Bill Clinton’s presidency. That one lasted from December 15, 1995, through January 6, 1996. There is no clear way out of it as of now.

By Elizabeth Sirianni

On December 30th and December 31st the Bethlehem Steelstacks held their 10th annual Peepsfest celebration. The event consists of all sorts of activities that children and their parents can participate in such as a scavenger hunt, balloon making, a mascot run, live music, and a Peepsonality contest in which you could create an outfit inspired by the chick-shaped and bunny-shaped marshmallows. The main event occurs on December 31st in which a 4 foot, 9-inch tall Peep (weighing in at 400 pounds) is dropped to commemorate the new year.

By Brett Minnick

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policies or positions of the Salisbury Township School District.

With every year’s homecoming pep rally brings out the ever renowned Falcon Cup.  A small silver cup, it is presented to the class that wins in the spirit competition held throughout the year.  Much of the point totals come from events like the Man Dance, Pie Eating, Spirit Judging and Gym Decorating at the Pep Rally.  Other events include the food drive and annual powder puff game. At the end of the year the totals are added up and the Falcon Cup winner is announced at next year’s homecoming pep rally.  The Class of 2019 won last year’s competition, but it doesn’t mean a whole lot. The cup is wheeled out for the rally, then put away and not seen again until next year. Given the idea itself is just a little novelty, it could mean so much more for a small school to participate in spirit activities.  If there was any reward, or reason to try to win the falcon cup, its purpose would be clear for students.