Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Community Columns

Friday, June 27, 2014

Dear Tamaqua

The next "Dear Tamaqua" Write Night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. July 8 at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

"Dear Tamaqua" is a collaborative effort, spearheaded by the Tamaqua Safety Initiative. It was launched to encourage community wide pride, focusing on Tamaqua's unique identity.

Residents are encouraged to share thoughts and stories of the community through written word, original music, video, poetry, visual art, etc.

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Free lunch menu

The lunch menu for week of June 30 for Meed's Methodist Church children's free summer lunch program is:

Ÿ Monday: Beefaroni, salad, fruit drink

Ÿ Tuesday: Chicken nuggets, fries, applesauce, freeze pop, drink

Ÿ Wednesday: Breakfast for lunch of waffles, sausage, fruit, drink

Ÿ Thursday: Pizza, salad, fruit, drink, freeze pop

Ÿ Closed for Fourth of July


Street paving

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Adult Day Care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center has a variety of activities planned for July including celebrating Christmas in July on July 25.

Other activities for the month include: July 2, sing a long with Audrey; July 8, cookie bingo; July 9, scrapbooking; July 10, presentation on "Dear Tamaqua Project;" July 11, National Blueberry Muffin Day; July 16, Salvation Army service; July 17, bingo; July 21, watermelon pizza; July 23, special breakfast; and July 29, National Lasagna Day.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Trinity happenings

Sunday worship at Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. 3rd St., begins at 9 a.m., includes blessing of the assembled prayer shawls and Service of Healing.

The Service of Healing with prayers and the "laying on of hands" is said for those with emotional, physical, spiritual burdens to help one's loads become lightened.

Guest pastor, the Rev. Diane Kareha, presides.

Coffeehouse fellowship follows.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Garden club

The Lewistown Valley Garden Club met June 10 at the home of John and Joan Nortavage with 13 members in attendance.

Following the business session, the group enjoyed a tour of the Nortavage's personally planned and created gardens.

The next meeting will be held at the home of Helen Moyer and will include a tour of the gardens.

Senior citizens

The Tamaqua Senior Citizens group met June 19 with 62 members in attendance. President Melody Weicker conducted the business session. Norma Lee Burke provided the invocation, "The Summer Day."

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer worship times

Zion Lutheran Church, Brodheadsvile, has summer worship times at 5 p.m. Saturdays and at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., Sundays, with Holy Communion celebrated at every worship service.

Sunday School is in recess for the summer.

Monroe Seniors

Meetings of the Monroe County Seniors who gather at Zion Lutheran's Fellowship Hall in Brodheadsville, take place at 9 a.m. Fridays and Wednesdays.

Family Night

Pleasant Valley Assembly of God, Brodheadsville, holds Family Night each Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Senior center

The Palmerton Senior Center, 501 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, serves lunch daily at 11:30 a.m. from Monday through Friday. For lunch reservations, call the day before by 9:30 a.m.

Activities include pinochle, penny games, and bingo.

For more information or to reserve lunch, call 610-826-4505.

Writers group

A writers group will meet from 10:30 a.m. until noon Tuesday, July 1.

The group is open to all published and aspiring authors of romance and mystery fiction.

Friday, June 20, 2014

St. Matthew's UCC

The Rev. Suzanne Brooks-Cope will be holding a new members orientation session at 10:45 a.m., Sunday. If you are interested in learning more about St. Matthew's or are looking for a church family, please attend. Call 610-381-2442 or email for more info.

VBS at St. Matthew's

Friday, June 20, 2014

Senior drivers

The Tamaqua Salvation Army will hosting AARP Safe Driving classes, full certification and refresher, in August. The classes are open to anyone age 50 or older.

The full certification, eight-hour class will be held in two sessions, from noon to 4 p.m. on Aug. 18 and Aug. 19. The refresher class, which is four hours, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Aug. 21.

James Greaser will be the instructor for all sessions. The refresher course is available to those who have completed the full certification class within the past 36 months.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church, located on North Street in Lehighton, will offer Sunday worship with interim pastor, the Rev. Marlin Lafferty, at 10:45 a.m. Sunday school classes are at 9:30 a.m. for all ages, including the adult class.

On Tuesday at 10 a.m. is Ladies Bible study; at 7 p.m. Wednesday is the prayer meeting.

Looking ahead, Vacation Bible School, for ages 4-12 will be held from 6-8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 7 through July 11.

The theme will be "International Spy Academy, Training Agents for One True God!"