Dog licenses

Schuylkill County treasurer Jackie McGovern reminds residents that 2012 dog licenses are now available and the state dog warden is currently canvassing Schuylkill County to ensure compliance with the state law.

Dogs 3 months of age or older must be licensed by law. Licenses are valid through Dec. 31.

Licenses may be obtained at the county courthouse in Pottsville, by mail, online at www.padoglicense.com or at a variety of licensing agents.

Locally, those agents include AAA at 202 E. Broad St.; Tom's Auto and Marine, Greenwood Street and Mountain Avenue; and Koch's Farm Service in the Lewistown Valley.

Once a pet has been licensed, owners may register at www.palostdogs.com. This free service allows owners to post a digital photo and information in the event their pet is lost.

For more information, call McGovern's office at (570) 628-1433.

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met April 10 at the Ryan Township Fire Company with 48 members in attendance. One new member, Anna Mae Yushinsky, was welcomed.

President Eleanor Schmerfeld conducted the business meeting. Chaplain Kathleen Valentine offered an invocation. Reports and inspirational readings were presented by secretary Florina Martin and treasurer Shirley Becker. Birthday greetings were extended to Neal Flexer. A get-well card was sent to Jane Springer and a thank you card was received from the family of Margaret Matsago.

The annual banquet will be held May 8 at the Ryan Township Fire Company. Dinner will be served at noon and will be catered by Christy Joy.

The group meets the second and fourth Monday of every month. Anyone 50 or older is welcome to join. Due to the general election, there will not be a meeting on April 24.

SS. Peter and Paul

First Holy Communion rehearsal will be held at 6 p.m., April 30, in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

St. John Lutheran

The Rev. Phyllis Wolford will officiate at the 9:15 a.m. worship service this Sunday in St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church. Sunday school and Confirmation classes will be held at 10:30 a.m.

Also on Sunday, the Mission District Association will meet at 2:30 p.m.

Activities for next week include: Monday, stewardship committee meets at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, property committee will meet at 7 p.m.; Friday, Messenger assembly at 1 p.m.

The choirs will rehearse on Thursday: Angel Choir at 6 p.m., Shepherd Choir at 6:30 p.m., Chancel/Adult Choir at 6:30 p.m.

A handbell workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on April 21. Anyone interested in learning how the handbells work is welcome to attend.

First Methodist

The Rev. James Cavallero will officiate at the 10:45 a.m. worship service this Sunday in First United Methodist Church. Adult Sunday school will meet at 9:30 a.m.

A congregational meeting and Confirmation class will be held immediately following the service.

Activities for next week include: Tuesday, quilters meet at 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday, chancel choir rehearsal is at 7 p.m.; Friday, MOM committee meets at 1 p.m.; Saturday, MOM Italian Sauce/Gravy competition (open to the public) begins at 5 p.m.