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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Special Olympics annual competition

Special Olympics PA Carbon County is hosting its annual athletics competition on Saturday, May 21, at the Jim Thorpe Area High School Stadium.

The competition will begin at 11 a.m. A lot of volunteers are needed to help run this event successfully. Some of the areas where volunteers are needed for are registration, scorers table, runners for scores, set-up/clean-up, measurers, timers, athlete escorts, high-fivers, equipment retrievers and so on.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sports Photo Scan-a-thon

Northern Lehigh Future Focus will publish a sports photo book later this year on Slatington/Northern Lehigh High School and select community sports teams from 1900 to the present.

As part of that effort, Future Focus has teamed up with the Slatington Library to give residents who do not want to lend their photos out, an opportunity to have them scanned onto a computer and returned immediately.

Two scan-a-thon sessions have been scheduled; the first is Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to noon, and the second is on Monday, May 23, from 4-7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

VFW Ladies Auxiliary meets

The regular monthly meeting of the Nesquehoning VFW Ladies Auxiliary was held May 10 at the Post Home with President Amanda Breiner presiding.

Post and auxiliary members were present at Redner's May 13-15 for the annual Buddy Poppy promotion. The 2011-2012 Poppy Queen is Olivia Dacey; members of her court are Christina Dacey, Emma Kattner and Alyssa Kattner. The Buddy Poppy King is Nicholas Ellis; his court members are Anthony Ellis, Jacob Ellis and Anthony Santore.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pocono Parkinsons

This support group will meet at 2 p.m., May 18, at the Loder Building, East Stroudsburg. A pharmacist will be the featured speaker.

For more information about this free event, call (570) 420-3746.

New Bible study

McMichaels United Methodist Church, Route 715 and White Church Road, McMichaels, is offering a new Bible study.

It intends to answer the questions about the next life based on a book discussion of The New York Times best-seller "Heaven is for Real" and a heaven Bible study guide.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Sorority news

Beta Sigma Phi Sorority held its annual Founder's Day celebration April 27 at La Dolce Casa Restaurant in Tamaqua. Members of the Tamaqua and Pottsville chapters were in attendance. The Best Program Award was presented to Donna Sterling, Preceptor Alpha Upsilon Chapter, for "A Taste of Chocolate." Chapter President Lori Scherfeld was named "Girl of the Year."

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Shepherd House food pantry at Ebenezer E.C. Church will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 14. Recipients must reside within the Jim Thorpe School District Area.

The pantry is located at 441 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe. For more information please call (570) 325-2855.

Nonperishable donations are needed and are also being accepted at the bin in the foyer of the Jim Thorpe Market.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Coaldale

Memorial Day Choir

Rehearsal for the Coaldale Memorial Day Choir will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at First Congregational Church, Ruddle Street.

Everyone is welcome to join the choir in honoring our country's service personnel and veterans.

The choir will sing at a special Memorial Day service at First Congregational Church at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 29.

Lansford

Democratic Club

The Lansford Democratic Club is offering residents free rides for those who need them to polling places for Tuesday's Primary election.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Business Women

The Tamaqua Business and Professional Women's Club met at La Dolce Casa with President Mary Bridygham in charge of the business session. She provided updates on a number of upcoming events.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Reunion date set

Pleasant Valley's first graduating class, the Class of '61, has set Aug. 27 for its 50th reunion. Anyone with mailing or email addresses of class members is asked to contact Adele Argot at (570) 629-5718 or by email at arargot@verizon.net.

More information will be forthcoming.

West End Ambulance

Station 8-West End Ambulance serves Chestnuthill, Eldred, Hamilton, Jackson, Polk, Ross, and Tunkhannock townships. Its two stations are on the Effort-Gilbert Road and on Old Route 115 in Ross Township.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

JROTC awards night

The Panther Valley High School's JROTC will hold its Award Night on Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m. in the high school.

All former cadets are invited to honor SFC Steve Caddy in his final awards night.

Summit Hill

St. Paul Lutheran

The schedule for St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, for Sunday, May 15, is as follows:

Gary Blake will present a Temple talk for Literacy Sunday, speaking on the important effort by the DOCS committee and its presentation of books to children in our area schools.