Double winner

For the second consecutive year, Steve Sagala of Effort won the countywide Annual Senior Spelling Bee. Connie Pentz of East Stroudsburg won second place; and Linnae Cintron from Effort, Honorable Mention.

Rotary speaker

The West End Rotary Club will welcome Boy Scouts' Ken Ryno at its 7:30 a.m. breakfast meeting, Thursday, June 6. He will speak about the Eagle's Nest Fund.

PVEN Board

The Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network's board of directors will meet at 9 a.m., Thursday, June 6, at Zion Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville.

PV Band Parents

The Pleasant Valley Band Parents will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the high school.

Fun Bunch

Within the Western Pocono Lioness Club there is a social entity called the Fun Bunch, which tries to have one fun activity a month. Upcoming is the group's Picnic in the Park at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Chestnuthill Park. Attendees will bring their own lunch, drink and a game to share.

In case of rain they will meet at Hilltop on Route 209, across from Kenro, and order off the menu.

PVP adult classes

Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church, Brodheadsville, has Sunday worship services at 10:15 a.m. Adult Sunday school classes are at 9:15 a.m. and continue through the summer. Children's classes will begin again in the fall. The Pastor is the Rev. Bob Mitchell.

To contact the church, call (570) 992-0158. The office is usually staffed from 9 a.m. until noon.

Greyhound adoption

Pocono Greyhound Adoption will host a Meet & Greet at Tractor Supply Company, Route 209, Brodheadsville, Saturday, June 8, from noon to 3 p.m. Visit www.poconogreyhound.com, or phone (570) 856-0377 for more information.

UMW meets

Effort UMC's United Methodist Women will meet Monday, June 10 at 7 p.m.

Blood drive

Kinsley's ShopRite in Brodheadsville will host an American Red Cross blood drive Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To schedule an appointment call 800-RED-CROSS.

Gardeners for Glory

This group of gardeners and future gardeners has been begun anew at Effort UMC, led by Julie Foley, master gardener. In May they planted bushes by the church food pantry entrance. In June the group will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 13. Work will include weeding and deadheading plants.

For more information call the church office at (570) 629-1890.

Driver refreshers

Formerly 55-Alive, a four-hour AARP Driver Safety Program classroom refresher/defensive driving course for qualified drivers 50 and older is being offered at the Chestnuthill Park building Saturday, June 15, beginning at 1 p.m.

For more information, volunteer instructor Roland Vonderheide at (570) 619-4006.

One must have evidence of taking the eight-hour course within the last 36 months.

Free fishing

Residents of Chestnuthill and Jackson townships can apply for half-day fishing permits on McMichaels Creek (Pohoqualine Fish Association Private Access) for Mondays and Tuesdays.