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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Blood drive

Miller-Keystone Blood Center's community blood drive on May 4 drew 59 registrants. It was sponsored by Joyce Martin, Nancy Nothstein and Paula Semmel in memory of Jean Behler, a longtime blood drive volunteer.

The following donors reached various gallon levels: Kyle Ahner, 11 gallons; Richard Bobal, 8 gallons; Robert Stevenson, 6 gallons (in Palmerton); Mary Eckhart, 5 gallons; William Hayes and Shirley Kuntz, 4 gallons; William Gallagher, 3 gallons; Brent Green, 1 gallon.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Honoring first responders

Tamaqua Masonic Lodge 238, Free and Accepted Masons, will honor all first responders from the greater Tamaqua area on May 20. Festivities will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, Route 54 and Shawn Avenue in Hometown.

The evening will include a brief ceremony, presentation of pins to the responders and refreshments.

All EMS personnel, firefighters and law enforcement officers, and their families and friends, are welcome.

Reservations are required to ensure there are enough pins and refreshments.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Franklin Township

Senior citizens meeting

Franklin Senior Citizens meeting will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on May 20 at Jacob's United Church of Christ, 138 Franklin St, Weissport. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month.

All are welcome.

Lunch will be included. Play four or six handed pinochle or Kings on the Corner.

For information, call 610-377-5192.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Summit Hill

Tax collecting

Alice Kane, Summit Hill tax collector, would like to remind residents that if you are paying your taxes by check, you need to have separate checks for county and borough taxes for proper processing.


St. John's

At 7 p.m. today, St. John's Lutheran Church, 1 E. Abbott St., Lansford, will hold an informal worship: a spiritual, peaceful evening service with Holy Communion.

All are welcome to this relaxed, brief musical evening prayer.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Garden club

The Lewistown Valley Garden Club held its annual Spring Tea on April 28 in the social hall. Guest speaker was Kathy Rizzoto of "Sheep To Shawl." She displayed a variety of items crafted from goat wool, including tablecloths, scarves, hats and dyed skeins of wool. The dyes were all handcrafted from nature, using berries, grapes and other materials. She also brought along her spinning wheel, which she demonstrated by turning wool into yarn.

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. May 25. Guest speaker will be Regina Kromer of the Penn State Master Gardener Program.

Friday, May 8, 2015

PTO meeting

Palmer Elementary Schools will hold a PTO meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the S.S. Palmer Elementary School.

Community meal

St. John's United Church of Christ, 891 Columbia Ave., Palmerton, will hold its monthly community meal from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Please plan to join in this free meal featuring lemon-pepper chicken, homemade macaroni and cheese, green beans and dirt cake.

The Wizard of Oz

Friday, May 8, 2015


Neighborhood watch

Nesquehoning Mayor Sam Kitchko announced that the next Community Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the borough hall. All are welcome.

The group will also meet on June 30. There will be no July meeting. In August, the group is looking into planning a National Night Out event for the borough.

Panther Valley Senior Center

The following are a listing of upcoming activities at the Panther Valley Senior Center, 90 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Bethany EC Church

Sunday worship, the Rev. Jeff Stansbury, pastor, 10:45 a.m. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. with classes for all ages, including adult Bible study class. Evening service, 6:30.

Monday: Bible study at Blockers' home, 9:30 a.m., youth Bible study, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Ladies Bible study at the church, 10 a.m.

Wednesday: Prayer meeting, 7 p.m.

Thursday: Men's Bible study at McDonald's, 5:15 a.m.; choir rehearsal, 7 p.m.

Friday: True Women Bible Study and Play Group, 9 a.m.; Wrapped in Prayer Ministry.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Achievement awards

The Tamaqua Area School District will hold its annual Achievement Awards ceremony on May 11 in the Tamaqua Area Middle School Auditorium.

Doors to the auditorium will open at 5:15 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. There is no admission fee.

Approximately $150,000 in scholarship money will be awarded to students.

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met April 28 at the Ryan Township Fire Company in Barnesville with 50 members in attendance.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

South Ward news

The South Ward Neighborhood Committee will meet at 7 p.m. May 13 at the community center at the South Ward Playground on Penn Street.

The committee will be discussing reported problems and ways to improve the community.

Anyone with a concern or idea for improvement is welcome to attend.

Library book club

The Tamaqua Public Library's next monthly book discussion for adults will be at 6 p.m. May 18.