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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Golden agers

The Panther Valley Golden Agers met on July 12 with a presentation on preventing identity theft by Janine Holter from the Attorney General's Office.

Fran Golder read an inspirational message "Living for Today." Mary Ann Stotelmayer read some interesting verses.

Jean and Joe Pelcheck were welcomed back after a long absence while visiting family in Texas. Also welcomed was Alice Skrabak.

Mimi Marrin will send get well cards on the sick list.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Effort VBS

Jungle at Parable Quest is the theme of this year's Vacation Bible School being held at Effort United Methodist Church. The VBS program will run from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, Aug. 2, through Friday, Aug. 6.

Registration should be made at the church office by calling (570) 629-1890.

Head Start

Monroe County Head Start in the West End wants to share its history and let folks know where it is now.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met July 13 at the Ryan Township Fire Company with 47 members in attendance. President Eleanor Schmerfeld conducted the business meeting. Chaplain Kathleen Valentine offered an invocation.

Reports were presented by secretary Florina Martin and treasurer Shirley Becker. Birthday greetings were offered to Rhoda Purnell, Shirley and Hub Becker, Faye Sweeney, Florina Martin, Dolores Walck and Jimmy Valentine.

Jean Machamer, Florina Martin and Shirley Becker provided inspirational readings.

Monday, July 19, 2010

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Albrightsville will be conducting their first clothing give away this week.

The church will be open on the following dates and times; Wednesday, July 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, July 22, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, July 23, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, July 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you have any questions or need directions, call (570) 722-0964 or (570) 325-3523.

Clothing collection

Monday, July 19, 2010

Chestnut Ridge Seniors

The Chestnut Ridge Seniors will meet on Thursday, July 22 at 11 a.m. at the Kunkletown Volunteer Fire Co. Bring a bag lunch and your lucky charms to play bingo.

Historical society

The Eldred Township Historical Society will meet on Tuesday, July 20 at 7 p.m. at the Eldred Twp. Municipal building. The program will be "Show and Share." Members are asked to bring in any antique and unique patriotic items and vacation postcards and memorabilia. Visitors are welcome.

Smith Reunion

Monday, July 19, 2010

Bloodmobile

An American Red Cross Bloodmobile is scheduled for this week in Tamaqua, just as the nation is faced with a critical shortage in the blood supply. The demand for lifesaving blood products doesn't decrease in the hot summer months, although the number of donors can decrease due to scheduled vacations, etc.

The bloodmobile will be in the Tamaqua Salvation Army gym, from 1 to 6 p.m. this Wednesday. This visit is being sponsored by Marion Fetterman of Professional Massage Therapy.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Elementary orientation

Changes were made in elementary school assignments for the 2010-2011 school year by Tamaqua Area School District officials in recent weeks. In an effort to make the transition as smooth as possible for students affected by the change, the district will conduct orientation sessions at each of its three elementary schools. The orientation sessions are for students and parents new to the district, as well as those who have been given new building assignments.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Lansford

Vacation Bible School

St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Lansford, has announced the dates of its upcoming Vacation Bible School. It will take place on the mornings of July 26-28. The theme will be "Rain Forest."

The school is open to children 4-10 from any of the Catholic parishes of the area.

Borough meetings

Lansford Borough officials have announced the council's upcoming meetings that are scheduled as follows (all of the sessions will be held in the Lansford Community Center, unless otherwise noted):

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Band rehearsals

The Tamaqua Raider Band will begin preparing for the 2010 Summer Band Camp with two rehearsal sessions. Summer band rehearsals will be held July 20 and July 27, from 9-11 a.m., in the band room.

New and old band members rehearsal will be held Aug. 3. New members, drum majors, officers and captains will meet from 4-5:30 p.m. that day, followed by a pizza party. From 6-8 p.m., all musicians will meet to prepare the music and marching techniques for the upcoming season.

Band Camp will begin Aug. 9 at 8 a.m.

Sorority news

Thursday, July 15, 2010

West End Fair stand

Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church is creating the work schedule for this year's West End Fair stand, and is in need of volunteers.

You must be at least 13 years old to work in the stand. If you are able to sign up for more than one shift, that would be great. The schedule is posted on the community bulletin board. Volunteers will receive a free fair entry ticket for the day they are scheduled to work, plus a free meal. There are three shifts daily from Aug. 22 through Aug. 28 with at least five to six volunteers needed per shift.