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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Summit Hill

Christmas schedule

The Rev. James Burdess, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, has announced the parish's Christmas season schedule of services as follows:

Christmas Masses - Friday, Dec. 24, 4 and 9 p.m.; and Christmas Day, 9 a.m.

For the Feast of the Holy Family, there will be Sunday (Dec. 26) morning Masses only. They will be celebrated at 9 and 11 a.m.

New Year's Masses - Friday, Dec. 31, 6:30 p.m.; and New Year's Day, 9 a.m.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Writers' workshop

The Black Diamond Writers' Network and the Pennsylvania Women's Press Association will combine forces to sponsor a workshop on visioning and setting goals. The workshop will be held Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Tamaqua Public Library. Guest speaker will be Cathy Colangelo, a life enhancement and career coach based in Weatherly. The public is welcome.

For more information, call Kathy at (570) 645-3059.

American Hose

Friday, December 17, 2010

On Dec. 19 at 6 p.m., the Lansford Historical Society Victorian Christmas Program/ Panther Valley Public Library will hold an Open House. Refreshments will be provided by both Historical Society and Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford.

For more information, call the library at (570) 645-3780.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Summit Hill

Remembering Sister

Sr. Mary Florence Hawe, former teacher, principal and pastoral assistant for the Summit Hill Catholic community, is a guest at the Sisters of Mercy Convent. Christmas wishes can be sent to her at 560 Hemlock Road, Merion, Pa. 19066.

Christmas party

American Legion Post 316, Summit Hill, will hold its annual Christmas party for all children from the community on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 1-3 p.m. at the post home.

Friday, December 17, 2010

A little thing like a construction site is not going to stop the South Ward Playground Association from holding its annual Christmas party and visit from St. Nick. The event will just be held this Sunday, a little further south and west of the playground, in the Tamaqua Senior High School Cafeteria. Hours will be from 1-3 p.m.

In addition to a visit from St. Nick, there will be free face painting and a free bike give away.

Anyone planning to attend is reminded to use the rear doors to the cafeteria, NOT the front doors of the school.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Smoke detectors

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

Olde Tyme Christmas

Friday, December 17, 2010

A benefit dance will be held at the Panther Valley High School on Friday, Dec. 17, starting at 7 p.m. The proceeds will benefit an ailing student.

A DJ will be donating his time for the evening. The dance is sponsored by the student council.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Food drive

The Panther Valley Breaker Boys football team will hold a food drive on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, 15 W. Ridge St., Lansford.

They are asking the community to donate canned goods and nonperishable food items during the aforementioned times.

The items will be delivered to Lansford's Food Pantry and the food pantry at St. Katherine Drexel's Church.

The pantries will distribute food to families in need.

Lansford

Chimney boxes

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Lansford

Food drive

The Panther Valley Breaker Boys football team will hold a food drive on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, 15 W. Ridge St., Lansford.

They are asking the community to donate canned goods and nonperishable food items during the aforementioned times. The items will be delivered to Lansford's Food Pantry. The pantry will then distribute the food to families in need during the Christmas holiday.

Christmas program

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Board of Health

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

Barron reported making a general inspection at the City Limits Cafe and Bakery. He also received and adjusted nine complaints: three concerning trash/rubbish; three infestations; two properties unfit for human occupancy; and one for no heat/hot water. There were no cases of reportable diseases for November.