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Friday, November 19, 2010

Lansford

Diocesan board

The Rev. Kenneth A. Medve, pastor of St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Lansford, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Diocese of Allentown's Catholic Charities Appeal.

The appointment was announced recently by the Most Rev. John O. Barres, D.D., Bishop of Allentown.

Medve will serve a three-year term that begins immediately and will run through June 13, 2013.

Scholarship program

Friday, November 19, 2010

SAL holidays

The Tamaqua Salvation Army is gearing up for its annual holiday traditions, including the Angel Tree Program and the Christmas Kettle Campaign.

The Angel Tree Program provides a season brightener for needy children who may not otherwise receive any gifts during the holidays.

Names of participating children have been written on angel tags, which are then placed on angel trees at participating locations.

Each Angel Tag provides the name, age, gender, clothing sizes and special Christmas needs/wishes of the child.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Chestnut Ridge Seniors

There will be no meeting of the Chestnut Ridge Seniors until Thursday, Dec. 9.

It will be their Christmas dinner and that will be announced later.

St. Matthew's Homecoming

St. Matthew's UCC is inviting everyone to join them for a Homecoming on Sunday, Nov. 28 at 9 a.m. Bring a friend.

They will also be decorating the Christmas tree and it will be followed by brunch.

Secret Sister

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tax exemptions

The Schuylkill County and Tamaqua Borough Per Capita and Occupation Tax Exemption forms for the year 2011 are currently available for Borough of Tamaqua residents.

The exemption forms can be obtained at the Tamaqua Municipal Building, 320 E. Broad St., Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Forms will also be available at tax collector Alan Keer's office, the Tamaqua Area School District Administration building, the Tamaqua ABC High Rise, Majestic House Apartment Complex, the Tamaqua Public Library and the Tamaqua Post Office.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lansford

Christmas party

The St. Ann Society, Branch No. 140, will hold its annual Christmas party on Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Lantern, Nesquehoning. The dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m.

Members planning to attend are asked to contact Louise Dunstan, (570) 645-4354.

Summit Hill

To host bloodmobile

St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, will sponsor a bloodmobile visit by the Miller-Keystone Blood Center on Tuesday, Dec. 14, from 2 to 7 p.m., in the church hall.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pleasant Valley Intermediate PAC

The next PVI PAC meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 22, at 1:15 p.m. Any parent of a PVI student interested in becoming a PAC member for the 2010-2011 school year, please call the PVI office at (570) 402-1000 ext. 3003. Your interest and involvement would be greatly appreciated.

Cornerstone Community

Cornerstone Community Baptist Church's Collision Youth Group invites all teens to attend a free concert event on Friday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Carpenter's Tools will be the guest band. No tickets or reservations are needed.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Palmerton Area School District announces that schools will have early dismissal on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 22, 23 and 24. Secondary students in grades seven to 12 will dismiss at 11 a.m.; elementary students in grades kindergarten to sixth will dismiss at 11:45 a.m. All morning and afternoon kindergarten students will attend the morning sessions and will follow the elementary dismissal schedule at 11:45 a.m. Kindergarten students should be in class at 8:30 a.m. these three days.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thanksgiving dinners

A free community Thanksgiving dinner will be held from noon to 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 25, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 365 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton.

A community dinner will also be held at Faith Alive United Methodist Church from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20, 678 Pine St., Bowmanstown. Transportation and homebound delivery is available for county residents by prior arrangement. Call (610) 377-1471, (610) 852-2716, (610) 377-4127, (610) 767-4157, (570) 386-5586, or (484) 464-1190 for information. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Palmerton Library

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lions speaker

The Western Pocono Lions Club's monthly dinner meeting will be held at Ye Olde Saylors Inn, Olde Route 115 (aka Sullivan Trail), Saylorsburg, with the gathering set for 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.

Kerry Knapp, captain of the West End Ambulance Association Corp. will speak on the work load of the association.

Participants are reminded to bring a nonperishable food item for the PVEN food bank or to be prepared to "Feed the Purple Pig."

Marcellus Shale

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Slatington Public Library

The library staff is grateful for support of its Longaberger Basket Bingo. All proceeds will benefit the library. The winner of the raffle for the original painting by Donald Jones was Fran Greenzwieg.

The Wonderful World of Wildlife will be held on Dec. 18 (the third Saturday of the month). The program begins at 10 a.m. and is open to children ages 4 to fifth grade.

The library accepts book donations with the exception of encyclopedias, text books and Reader's Digest condensed books.