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Community Columns

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friendship Picnic

The Friendship Picnic will be held at noon on July 31 at the St. Matthew's UCC picnic grove located on Grove Road. If you plan on attending, bring a covered dish and your own beverage.

The Friendship Picnic began almost 25 years ago when Virginia Smith Anthony, Sarah Smith Serfass, Iva Frable Kleintop and Mary Frantz Correll organized a little get-together for former St. Matthew's junior and senior choir members.

After a while, friends from the Kunkletown area's one-room schools started attending and they called it the Friendship Picnic.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bethany E.C. Church

Sunday worship with the Rev. Jeff Stansbury, pastor, will take place at 10:45 a.m. Sunday school will be held at 9:30 a.m. Classes are for all ages, including adults.

Ladies Bible study is Tuesday at 10 a.m..

Pryer meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Wrapped in Prayer Ministry is 7 p.m. Friday.

The church is located on North Street in Lehighton.

Trinity happenings

Sunday worship with Holy Communion at Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St. is at 9 a.m. Baptism for a baby girl is included during the worship time.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Artist reception

The Tamaqua Community Art Center will sponsor a meet and greet reception for artist Irene Miller from 6 to 9 p.m., July 24, at the center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Miller is from Hazleton and works in the water color medium. Her work has been displayed at Hazleton's "Fist Night" event and at the restaurant in the Hazleton Boscov's.

In addition to the meet and greet, Miller will be teaching a class at the art center on Aug. 7.

For more information on the art center, or any of its events, visit or call 570-668-1192.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Holy Trinity happenings

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 502 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton, will hold worship services at 9 a.m., Sunday. The service will include Holy Communion. A council meeting will be held at 7 p.m.

Bear Creek Camp, Day Camp, will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., July 28-Aug. 1 for ages 5-11.

Plans are under way for Pastor Paul's farewell/retirement celebration. The event will be held at noon Aug. 3 in the Sunshine Room. RSVP by July 27 by calling the church office at 610-826-2524 or send email to

Park concert

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lions meet today

The Western Pocono Lions Club will meet today at 7 o'clock at the Old Mill Pizza Restaurant in Sciota. The speaker is Lisa Day from Family Promise of Monroe County.

Gardeners for Glory

Effort UMC's Gardeners for Glory meeting and work session will be held at 7 o'clock this evening. Volunteers are asked to bring tools, gloves and lots of energy.

For more information contact Julie Foley at 570-722-1239.

PVHS School Board

The Pleasant Valley School District Board of Education will meet at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Scholarship recipients

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Senior citizens

The Tamaqua Senior Citizens group met July 10 with 65 members in attendance. President Melody Weicker conducted the business session.

Several members were welcomed back, including Nora Scheidy, Florina Martin, Rosetta Folk, Rose Vallee and Pat Brown. The meeting included a pizza party.

The annual picnic will be held on Aug. 14 at the West Penn Rod and Gun Club's grove.

The meeting concluded with cards and social games.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Raider Band

The Tamaqua Raider Band will hold summer rehearsals from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday and again on July 22. These rehearsals are for all instrumentalists.

Old and New Night will be held on July 29. New members will rehearse from 4-6 p.m. All instrumentalists and majorettes will rehearse from 6- 8 p.m.

Band Camp will begin at 8 a.m. on Aug. 4. Camp is mandatory for all band members.

All rehearsals will be held in the band room.

Majorettes will then continue to rehearse from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Middle school news

Friday, July 11, 2014

Intergenerational gathering

Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Homes, Inc. in Kunkletown is hosting another intergenerational event from 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 22.

This is a free event for all children of the community and offers an opportunity for them to mingle with the residents, building upon the common bond of music.

Hilari Stahler, a board certified music therapist from It is More Than Music LLC, will bring her music and instruments to tie the generations together.

RSVP to Carrie Shafer at 610-381-1009 or

Vacation Bible school

Friday, July 11, 2014

Summit Hill

Flag program

The Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program in memory and honor of veterans from Summit Hill.

Throughout the good weather months, the flag will fly in Ludlow Park in memory or honor of the veterans.

Family members of veterans, or veterans themselves, can request to be scheduled by contacting Joseph O'Gurek at 570-645-5171.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Freshman orientation

Stephen Toth, principal at Tamaqua Area High School, has announced that freshman orientation for the 2014-2015 school year will begin at 7 p.m. on Aug. 13, in the school district auditorium.

Parents and new students will be provided information on student schedules and activities, facilities and discipline.

Tours will not be given that evening, but may be scheduled by calling 570-668-1901, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.