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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met Nov. 9 at the Ryan Township Fire Company, Barnesville, with 35 members in attendance. Treasurer Shirley Becker conducted the business meeting. Chaplain Kathleen Valentine offered an invocation.

Reports were presented by Becker and secretary Florina Martin. Birthday wishes were extended to Lloyd Schmerfeld, Jean Machamer, Muriel Wehr, Jane Springer and Mildred Karmonski

Becker, Martin and Machamer provided inspirational readings. The annual Christmas party will be held Dec. 14, catered by Christy Joy.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Smoke detectors

The Jim Thorpe Fire Department has free smoke detectors for Jim Thorpe borough residents. If you need a smoke detector, contact Fire Chief Bill Diehm at (570) 325-3890. No commercial properties please.

Ecumenical service

The Thanksgiving Ecumenical service sponsored by the Jim Thorpe Ministerium, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, North Street. Delivering the sermon will be the Rev. James Ward, of the Immaculate Conception Church. A time of fellowship will follow the worship service.

Community supper

Monday, November 15, 2010

An American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be held in Tamaqua on Nov. 17. The collection center will be at the Tamaqua Salvation Army, 105 W. Broad St. Hours will be from 1-6 p.m.

Anyone 17 or older, who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good general health is eligible to become a blood donor. Tips for a successful donation include: drink extra water and non-alcoholic beverages; avoid caffeine; get a good night's sleep before donating blood; wear cool, loose clothing; eat a healthy meal before arriving at the donation center; and drink plenty of fluids after donating blood.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Victoria Shupp, an active member of Salem United Methodist Church, 4145 Forest Inn Road, Palmerton, was anxious to organize a women's daytime Bible study.

Vicki consulted Betty Anthony and Janet Lerow and they, too, were interested in a Bible study. The three ladies went to Hackman's Bible Book Store and selected "Women of the Bible," a study of 31 women in the Bible, by Frances Vander Velde.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Women of the ELCA

The Women of the ELCA of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lehighton, will be celebrating their 125th year as a women's missionary society. Thy started as the Fred J. McCready Missionary Society in 1885.

The names have changed over the years to Mission Society, Lutheran Church Women, and the present, Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Although the name has changed the purpose has remained the same: to grow in faith, to engage in ministry and action, and to promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society and the world.

Friday, November 12, 2010

PV Senior Center events

On Nov. 22 the Panther Valley Senior Center will celebrate November birthdays and play bingo at 11 a.m. Nov. 23 is line dancing. Nov. 24 is black jack at 11 a.m. The center will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25 because of Thanksgiving. Nov. 26 the center is also closed.

Nov. 29 is bingo at 11 a.m. Nov. 30 is line dancing.

Please call or sign in by 10 a.m. for the next day's meal.

Also, on Friday, Nov. 18 Blue Mountain Health System will host a Health Fair at the Lehighton Senior Center between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Coaldale

Friday, November 12, 2010

Meet the Author

On Saturday, Nov. 13, from 1-3 p.m., Berks County author Clemson Page will be at a Meet the Author event at the Dimmick Library Friends House in Jim Thorpe.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Historical society

The Eldred Township Historical Society will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Eldred Township municipal building. There will be a business meeting and refreshments afterward. The public is welcome to join them.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Bloodmobile

An American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be held in Tamaqua on Nov. 17. The collection center will be at the Tamaqua Salvation Army, 105 W. Broad St. Hours will be from 1-6 p.m.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Board of Health

The November meeting of the Tamaqua Board of Health was held at the municipal building with James Gormley, Earl Boettger, Shirley Becker and Health Enforcement Officer James Barron in attendance.