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Monday, January 3, 2011

Touchdown Club

meeting scheduled

Members of the Jim Thorpe Touchdown Club will meet on Monday, Jan. 10, at 6 p.m. in the commons area of the high school. Final plans for the upcoming awards ceremony will be made at this time. Parents and friends of football players are invited to attend the meetings.

Bloodmobile slated

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be stationed at Memorial Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 12, from 1-6 p.m. Donors must be 17 years of age and older to be eligible.

Friday, December 31, 2010

VFW auxiliary

The regular meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary to Nesquehoning Memorial VFW Post 8008 will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the Post Home on East Center Street. President Amanda Breiner will preside at the session, which begins at 6:30 p.m.

Senior center

Chair exercises will be held starting on Jan. 3 at the Panther Valley Senior Center.

On Jan. 4 there will be line dancing and a Sunshine Meeting. Jan. 5 everyone will play candy bingo at 11 a.m. Jan. 6 is penny game at 11 a.m. and Jan. 7 you can shoot pool.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Men's basketball league

The Lehighton Recreation Center is starting a men's basketball league in January.

For more information, call Tom Evans at (570) 294-4532.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Calvary Evangelical

Calvary Evangelical United Methodist Church, Catawissa and Valley roads, Lewistown Valley, will hold its morning worship service on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 10:25 a.m. The Rev. Brian Reading, pastor, will present a message entitled "Which Must Come First."

At 9:15 a.m., Sunday School classes will be held for all ages. Nursery service is available.

There will be no 6:30 p.m. praise, worship and Bible study. The public is welcome to join in an "informal" small group gathering this week on Jan. 2.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church

The Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church office will be closed on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010.

The 2011 church envelopes are available and on the table in the narthex. Please take yours, your family and your neighbors.

Altar Guild members are asked to sign up to serve on the guild for 2011. If at all possible please sign up for two months during the year. The schedule is posted on the wall in the sacristy. New members are needed and are welcomed. A job description and training is provided.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Members of the Tamaqua Area High School Boys and Girls Swimming and Diving teams recently collected over 60 toys for the local Toys For Tots drive to assist children that are less fortunate.

The Tamaqua Swimming/Diving team is coached by Eric Lech.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

St. Jerome's Church

St. Jerome Roman Catholic Church, West Broad Street, will hold Mass on New Year's Eve, Friday, Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. and on New Year's Day, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 at 9 a.m.

The Sunday Mass schedule for this weekend will remain the same, with the Vigil Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon and Masses at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The parish office will be closed on Friday for the New Year's holiday. It will reopen on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011 at 9 a.m.

SS. Peter and Paul

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Celebrating

the holidays

The Western Pocono Lioness Club held its December meeting/holiday party at the American Legion Post home in Gilbert, Dec. 21.

Among the activities was a gift exchange game some call: "Now you have it, now you don't," and charades dealing with holiday songs and movies. Refreshments included a variety of treats.

The group will not meet again until Feb. 22, weather permitting.

An upcoming event in which the club will participate is Pleasant Valley School District's A Night of Unity, set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 2.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Summit Hill

SHCIO to meet

The Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. in the borough hall.

Debra Ranck, president, will be in charge of the session.

New Year's masses

The Rev. James Burdess, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, has announced the schedule of masses for the New Year's holiday as follows:

Masses will be celebrated on New Year's Eve, Friday, at 6:30 p.m., and on New Year's Day, Saturday, at 9 a.m.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Adult day care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center has a variety of activities planned for the month of January, including: Jan. 3, communion; Jan. 5, bingo and craft day; Jan. 12, sing-along with Audrey Christ; Jan. 17, cooking class; Jan. 19, Salvation Army visit; Jan. 20, visit from St. Jerome's kindergarten class; Jan. 21, hat day; Jan. 24, visit from Skye the therapy dog; Jan. 26, monthly birthday party; Jan. 28, pancake day.

In addition to weekly sing-alongs and social games, hairstyling and manicure services are available. Both require advance notice.