Writers' group

The Black Diamond Writers' Network will meet Jan. 16, from 10 a.m.- noon, at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St. Guest speaker will be Priscilla Huff, author of the best selling "101 Best Home Based Businesses for Women, third edition." Her topic will be the five preliminary steps to writing an effective book proposal and what publishers want to see most in a book proposal.

The public is welcome to attend.

The BDWN is a nonprofit organization offering writing education and networking opportunities. The group meets the third Saturday of every month.

For more information concerning the group or its activities and workshops, call Kathy at (570) 645-3059.

Snow rules

With the possibility of winter weather lurking every week, Tamaqua residents are reminded of borough rules concerning sidewalks.

Property owners are required to maintain a clear path, at least three feet wide, on sidewalks. Snow and/or ice must be removed from these pathways within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm. Snow, ice and other materials may not be thrown into the streets. Fines may be imposed on anyone caught throwing snow or ice into the street or who fails to maintain a snow free pathway.

In addition, individuals who plow snow from in front of homes and businesses must REMOVE any piles of snow they create. Anyone piling snow in the street/parking areas could be cited. Residents are also to refrain from piling snow near fire hydrants or on top of storm drains.

Further information is available by calling (570) 668-3444 or (570) 668-0300.

Class of 2010

The Decorating Committee for the Parents of the Tamaqua Class of 2010 will meet Jan. 18, at 7 p.m., on the third floor of the Tamaqua Elks, 301 W. Broad St. The committee will then meet every Monday, same place and time, to work on decorations for the annual All Night Party.