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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Playground opening

The South Ward Playground will re-open this Saturday.

The park was closed due to a total renovation and construction project.

A ribbon cutting for the South Ward Community Center was held May 27.

Longtime playground fans will find things a bit topsy-turvy, as the basketball court was relocated to the Race Street side.

The community center stands where the basketball court was previously located.

New equipment has been installed, designed to federal safety guidelines.

ACS makeover

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church

On Sunday, June 5, there will be Church Music Sunday with Holy Baptism and Celebration of Pastor Deb Scheffey's 25th Anniversary of Ordination. Come and join Pastor Scheffey in her celebration. Service will be at 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Disaster relief

Zion United Lutheran Church of Brodheadsville has a disaster response team named Mission Possible. The group is in its 15th year.

The first trip was to Moorhead, MN and Fargo, ND in 1997. Each year since then Mission Possible has gone someplace in the U.S. to assist in rebuilding homes damaged from a natural disaster.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Miller Bloodmobile

Miller-Keystone Blood Center will conduct its next bimonthly bloodmobile visit to Palmerton on Tuesday, June 7. As usual, the location will be the First United Church of Christ, next to borough hall. This visit is sponsored by Larry and Sandra Engle.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Running of the Dawgs

The Northern Lehigh Education Foundation will sponsor the Running of the Dawgs 5K Run/Fitness Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run on Saturday, June 4, at the Northern Lehigh Athletic Stadium, 1 Bulldog Lane, Slatington.

The events schedule is as follows: 7:30 a.m., registration; 8:30 a.m., 1-Mile Fun Run; 9 a.m., 5K Run/Walk; Post-race, awards, drawing, dog costume judging.

For more information, visit www.nlsd.org, or contact Bill Danish at (610) 767-9195, or bdanish@ptd.net.

Slatington Lions Club

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Driver safety course

An AARP driver safety course will be presented at the Panther Valley Senior Center, 90 Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, July 12-13, beginning at 9 a.m. each day.

This class is the eight-hour class and is designed for those attending for the first time or those desiring a more in-depth presentation.

The class is designed for drivers 50 years old and older and is classroom instruction only.

Drivers completing the AARP driver safety course receive a certificate which entitles them to a minimum rate reduction of 5 percent on their auto insurance.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met May 24 at the Ryan Township Fire Company with 38 members in attendance. President Eleanor Schmerfeld conducted the business session. Chaplain Kathleen Valentine offered the invocation.

Reports were made by secretary Florina Martin and treasurer Shirley Becker. Birthday greetings were extended to George Caravello and Nancy Godanis. Readings were offered by Shirley Becker and Florina Martin.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial parade

Tamaqua's Memorial Day Parade will be held Monday, beginning at 10 a.m. This is a change in time from previous years. The parade will again form in the area of the former CVS/Maff Motors parking lots. Lawrence J. Kabana has been named as the parade's grand marshal, while Neal E. Smith will be the featured speaker for the service at the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

The day's activities will begin at 9:45 a.m. at the Rahn Township Memorial on East Broad Street. The color guard of C.H. Berry Post 173, Tamaqua American Legion, will render honors.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day

Observance

Everyone is invited to attend a Memorial Day Observance at Eldred Township's Veteran's Memorial on Monday, May 30 at 11 a.m.

St. Matthew's cemetery

The St. Matthew's UCC cemetery committee asks that during the summer months no one put any flower pots or baskets on a grave site. It makes it hard for the mowing crew to mow and keep the cemetery neat. Only items able to go on the tombstone are allowed.

St. Matt's youth group

Friday, May 27, 2011

Coaldale

Veterans service

The annual Veterans Memorial Day Service will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 29, at First Congregational Church, Coaldale. Participating will be the Panther Valley High School JROTC and the Community Choir.

Veterans from World War I to the present will be honored for their service.

The service is open to the public.

On Wednesday, June 1, the church ministry group will visit St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital and Maple Shade at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively.