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Friday, February 4, 2011

Council meeting

The Nesquehoning Borough Council's next meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the borough hall. The meeting was postponed from the past two weeks due to inclement weather.

Knee-hi

The PV Knee-Hi Association will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at The Sports Zoo in Lansford.

The association also needs to fill the secretary position in the organization. Anyone interested must attend.

Coaldale Lions to meet

Friday, February 4, 2011

50th birthday

Rick Miller was surprised last Sunday when he walked into the Kunkletown Volunteer Fire Co. where many of his family and friends, including his first employer, Blaine Silfies and his wife, Nancy, were there to celebrate his 50th birthday. The theme was hunting. The tables were decorated with real deer antlers and evergreens. DJ Ernie Frantz kept the guests on their feet with many games with Rick as the star. His birthday is Feb. 6.

Chestnut Ridge Seniors

Friday, February 4, 2011

Kindergarten changes

The Tamaqua Area School District has announced a change in dates for registration sessions for kindergarten classes for the 2011-12 school year.

An orientation night is scheduled for Feb. 22, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Tamaqua Elementary School. Parents of incoming kindergarten students will be provided with information about what programs the district has to offer, the benefits of different tracts of learning and other general information needed to get students ready for registration and the first day of school.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Summit Hill

SHCIO to meet

The Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, in the Summit Hill Borough Hall. Debra Ranck, president, will be in charge of the session.

Anyone interested in joining the organization can obtain an application from Councilman Harry Miller or at the Summit Hill Water Authority office.

Anthracite LL

Thursday, February 3, 2011

PVE Toys for Tots

The Toys for Tots drive held at Pleasant Valley Elementary was very successful this year. Approximately 1,200 toys were collected from PVE. The toys were distributed throughout all of Monroe County.

Thanks to all who donated toys and those who helped in any way.

Planet Learn

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met Jan. 25 in the Ryan Township Fire Company, Barnesville, with 37 members in attendance. Treasurer Shirley Becker conducted the business session. Chaplain Kathleen Valentine offered an invocation.

Reports were presented by secretary Florina Martin and treasurer Becker.

Birthday greetings were extended to Edna Fegley. Rhoda Purnell was added to the sick list and a thank you was received from Covenant Home Care, acknowledging a donation made in memory of Grace Fritz.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Newspaper drive

The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive on Saturday, Feb. 5. There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola, and Little Gap areas beginning at 8 a.m.

Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of the collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. The shiny inserts are acceptable. They also are in need of brown paper grocery size bags.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

OLOAA

Registrations for the 2011-12 school year at Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, are being taken this week during Catholic Schools Week. Parents can make arrangements to register their child(ren) by calling (570) 645-7170.

Children registering for kindergarten must be 5 years old by Oct. 15 following the September in which they begin school. Children registering for first grade must be 6 years old by Oct. 15 following the September in which they begin school.

The school's weeklong celebration will continue on Thursday and Friday of this week.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Senior news

The Jan. 20 meeting of the Tamaqua Senior Citizens was attended by 65 members. President Jean Machamer conducted the business session, offered the invocation, entitled "Night of Love," and offered an inspirational reading. One new member, Linda Davenport, was welcomed.

Guest speaker Judy Hoppes offered information concerning cancer and ways the American Cancer Society can assist patients and their families.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tax help begins

The West End AARP Tax Assistance Group from Lehighton has begun its work in the West End today, weather permitting at Salem UCC in Gilbert. Offered is free tax help for all ages, with special attention to seniors.

Federal, state and local taxes, as well as rent and property rebates will be completed.

Volunteers are there Monday and Thursday mornings, from 9 a.m. to noon.

If Pleasant Valley schools have a two-hour delay, the hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. to noon.