Bridge update

For those traveling Sugar Hollow Road and aware of the second bridge's planned repair, it will take until next spring. According to Robert P. Mudrick, PennDOT, the environmental permitting issues on that structure are very restricted. The only months that work can be done in this area are January, February and March. Mudrick says because of winter, this will be challenging. He hopes that in March of 2013 staff will be able to replace it.

Rotary meets

West End Rotary meets for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the Western Pocono Community Library in Brodheadsville. Its new PM fellowship club meets at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Luna Rossa Cafe & Grill in Gilbert.

The speaker for the breakfast meeting on Oct. 18, is Dave Trout of Spruce Lake Retreat.

Zion Seniors

Zion Senior Citizens will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18.

The Monroe Senior Citizens meet at Zion also, but on Wednesdays and Fridays. They begin gathering at 9 a.m. and have a hot lunch.

The Zion Seniors usually bring their own bagged lunch, with drinks provided.

Contemporary service

Effort UMC will hold its next monthly Contemporary Worship Service at 9:45 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 21.

Other worship services continue at 5 p.m. each Saturday, led by Ken Edwards, and Sunday morning worship services with Pastor Robin at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Free supper

Our Lady Queen of Peace serves a free Sunday supper for folks who need that service. It is offered from 3-4 p.m., Oct. 21, in McCawley Hall.

Those who plan to attend are asked to call the church at (610) 681-6137 to register.

Lioness celebrate

Western Pocono Lioness will hold its next meeting Oct. 23 at the American Legion in Gilbert. Members will celebrate with a Halloween party starting at 6 p.m. A brief business meeting will follow.

The members will be preparing for the Trick or Treat night at Chestnuthill Park on Oct. 31. Plans for the annual Christmas event for children will also be made.

New members are welcome. For more information call Virginia at (610) 681-8306.

Safe Haven Pet Rescue

Safe Haven Pet Rescue will hold an Adoption Day on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Tractor Supply, Route 209, Brodheadsville. They will have many young dogs available.

They will have a volunteer meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Cherry's Restaurant, Route 209, Kresgeville for anyone who would like to become a volunteer. For more information visit www.SafeHavenPa.org or SafeHaven@epix.com.

Pet Parade

Ross Township and the West End Park & Open Space Commission will host a Pet Costume Parade at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Haney/VanBuskirk Park on Anchorage Road in Saylorsburg. Prizes will be awarded to the scariest, cutest, owner look-alike and more.

PV board meets

The Pleasant Valley School District Board of Education will meet at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, in the district office in Brodheadsville.

Care packages

Effort UMC's Pastoral Care Team is collecting items to send to the church's college students away from home. Members and friends are asked to place items in the red barrel by Sunday, Oct. 27. Those items include nail polish remover, fabric softener, laundry detergent, small bagged snack items, tissues, coffee/tea, powdered creamer, toothpaste, sticky notes, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, bar soap, pens or any other items one thinks they students might need.

Donated gifts should be commercially sealed.