Board of health

The Tamaqua Board of Health held its April meeting with Randolph Gormley, Earl Boettger, James Gormley, Shirley Becker and Health Enforcement Officer James Barron in attendance.

Barron reported making seven spot check inspections during March: Tamaqua Area High School, Tamaqua Area Middle School, Tamaqua Area Elementary School, Broad Street Deli, Subway Inc., Fegley's Mini Mart and the Tamaqua Community Center. He also received and adjusted seven complaints: five for scattered rubbish/garbage; one for lack of hot water; and one infestation.

Egg hunts

Several Easter egg hunts have been scheduled for this weekend.

Those submitted to the TIMES NEWS include: Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce egg hunt, 10 a.m., April 16, Depot Square Park, for toddlers to children up to the age of 10; Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Community egg hunt, April 16, 11:30 a.m., Bungalow Park, for children 12 and younger; North and Middle Ward Playground, April 16, 3 p.m., at the playground, children up to the age of 12.

Class of 1953

The Tamaqua Class of 1953 will hold its annual picnic reunion on June 25 at Leiby's Grove in the Lewistown Valley.

Everyone who was a member of the class is welcome to attend.

Invitations have been mailed. Any class member who has not received an invitation, or who would like more information, may call (570) 668-1831 or 668-3109.

SW neighbors

The South Ward Neighborhood Committee will meet next Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m.

The meeting will be held in room 104 at the Lehigh Carbon Community College Morgan Center.

The group plans to participate in a neighborhood clean up this Saturday, weather permitting. In case of rain, a new date will be selected at the April meeting.

New members are always welcome.

St. John UCC

The Rev. Kevin Duffy Guy will officiate at the 9:30 a.m. worship service this Palm Sunday in St. John United Church of Christ.

The service will be followed by an Easter egg hunt and brunch.

Also on Sunday, the Confirmation class will meet at 6 p.m.

Activities for next week include: Wednesday, Preparatory service, 7:30 p.m., Trinity United Church of Christ; Maundy Thursday, service at 7:30 p.m., prayer vigil begins at 10 p.m.; Good Friday, community service at noon, at Trinity UCC.

SS. Peter and Paul

Palm Sunday Masses in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church will be celebrated at 5 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. this Sunday. The Rev.William Linkchorst will officiate.

Stations of the Cross will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. A Holy Hour will be held prior to stations and the choir will rehearse following stations.

Other activities next week will include: Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7 p.m. with the church remaining open until 10 p.m.; Good Friday, Liturgy of the Passion at 3 p.m.; Holy Saturday, no morning Mass, blessing of baskets at 1 p.m., Easter Vigil Mass at 8 p.m.; Easter Sunday, Masses at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Help will be needed to decorate the church for Easter. The process will start following stations on Wednesday, and continue as needed Friday at 9 a.m. and again at 6 p.m.

United Methodist

The Rev. James Cavalerro will officiate at the final worship service in Salem United Methodist Church at 9:30 a.m.

A Palm Sunday service, featuring a cantata, will be held at 10:45 a.m. in First UM Church. Sunday school will be offered at First Church.

Also on Sunday, the final Lenten Bible study workshop will be held at 7 p.m., preceded by a pot luck supper.

First Methodist activities for next week include: Monday, trustees meeting at 6 p.m., recovery from addiction program meets at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, quilters meet at 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday, senior choir rehearsal at 7:30 p.m.; Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m.; Good Friday, Easter vigil from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Easter Sunday services will be held at 10:45 a.m. in First United Methodist Church.

First Church is now on Facebook. Church news, schedule changes and motivational thoughts will be available.

Lenten service

The Tamaqua Ministerium will sponsor a Community Good Friday service on April 22, at Trinity United Church of Christ, 22 Lafayette St.

Primitive Methodist

The Rev. Rodney Hall will officiate at the 10:45 a.m. worship service Palm Sunday in Primitive Methodist Church.

The service will include a children's sermon. Nursery care is available.

Sunday school classes will be held at 9:30 a.m.

Activities for next week include: Maundy Thursday Communion service at 7 p.m.; Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m.

Zion Lutheran

The Rev. Jeffrey Kistler will officiate at the 9:30 a.m. worship service this Palm Sunday in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Sunday school classes will be held at 8:30 a.m.

The church drama club will sponsor an Easter program this Saturday, beginning at 5 p.m.

Activities for next week will include: Wednesday, mid week Lenten service at 7:30 p.m., senior choir rehearsal at 8:30 p.m.; Maundy Thursday, service with Holy Communion at 7:30 p.m.; Good Friday service at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, decorate for easter at 9:30 a.m., Easter Vigil with Holy Communion at 7 p.m.

Easter Sunday services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday school will meet at 8:30 a.m.