Vote taken

Pride in Chestnuthill (PIC) voted on the annual Chestnuthill Township Beautification Award at its monthly meeting on Sept. 8. The award will be presented to the winner at the November Chestnuthill Supervisors' meeting.

PIC extends its thanks to all the businesses in the township that did an outstanding job, maintaining and beautifying their businesses with landscaping and flowers.

The group welcomes any residents or township officials of Monroe County, who would like to start a similar program like PIC in their own township, to attend any of the PIC meetings to ask questions.

Also welcomed will be any Chestnuthill Township residents who join the group. Meetings are held the second Thursday of the month (except for January, February, July and August) at the municipal building on Route 715.

The next PIC meeting is Thursday, Oct. 13.

For more information call (570) 992-7247.

Choral practice

The Pleasant Valley Choral Society has begun its practices for the annual holiday program. They are held Fridays, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville.

Civil War presentation

The West End Rotary Club will welcome William Stavey on Thursday, Sept. 22, as the featured speaker at its breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. at the Western Pocono Community Library.

Stavey will speak about the Civil War.

PV School Board

The Pleasant Valley School District Board of Education will meet at 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, in the district office in Brodheadsville.

District Ingathering

The United Methodist Women of Effort UMC will be hosting the District Ingathering Saturday, Sept. 24. The event will be spearheaded by Dee Juris, Jan Decker and Ruth Flechsig.

Sunday School begins

Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church, now pastored by the Rev. Alex M. Hendrickson, is resuming its Sunday School sessions this Sunday, with a Rally Day celebration for the Sunday School kick-off that will begin at 9:15 a.m. with a pancake breakfast served by the youth group.

Following the worship service the congregation will have a churchwide picnic and maybe a softball game youth vs. adults. It is suggested families bring food, bats and mitts.

Names wanted

Names and addresses of area troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan to be recipients of Operation Touch of Home Fall 2011 Essentials shipment are being sought by the group.

Family members or friends with this information are asked to contact touchofhome@hotmail.com or mail information that can be obtained on the web site's GI Info page. The GI's name, rank, address and deploy dates are critical and contact information of the provider is also requested.

Volunteers are needed. For what one may do in support of Operation Touch of Home, visit the events page at www.operationtouchofhome.org.

The mailing address is Operation: Touch of Home, P. O. Box 162, Brodheadsville, PA 18322.

Blood drive

Kinsley's ShopRite in Brodheadsville will host a Miller-Keystone blood drive in honor of the Hahn family from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14.

One can sign up with Pat at (570) 620-6065 or Stacey at (484) 553-8632.