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Community Columns

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Writers' group

The Black Diamond Writers' Network will meet Aug. 21, from 10 a.m. until noon, at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St. Guest speaker will be Tamaqua Police Cpl. Henry Woods, the department's criminal investigator.

Cpl. Woods will share his 19 years experience, as well as present several actual cases and the techniques used to solve them.

The public is welcome to attend.

The BDWN is a nonprofit organization offering writing education and networking opportunities.

The group meets the third Saturday of every month.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Summit Hill

SHCIO plans

The Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization has changed the date of its monthly meeting due to the upcoming Labor Day holiday.

The group will meet on Monday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. in the borough building. Persons interested in improving the community are encouraged to attend and present new ideas to the organization.

Free magic show

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Nesquehoning

Woman's club

The Nesquehoning Woman's Club will hold its Opening Dinner on Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Viennese Villa. Reservations will accepted by calling Ginny Novy at (570) 669-9321.

Lansford

Fall program

The Lansford Babe Ruth Baseball program will be hosting a Fall ball team. Any graduate of Little League and players 13 to 15 years old are eligible to play. For more information, contact Bob Pavlik, (570) 645-2566, or Chris Henritzy, 645-7083.

Outreach meeting

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Summit Hill

Food distribution

The Summit Hill Food Pantry distributes food to the needy in the community on a monthly basis, with the deliveries usually taking place on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met July 27 at the Grier City Playground for the annual picnic. Two guests joined the 55 members in attendance. Lunch was catered by Christy Joy.

A regular meeting was held Aug. 10 at the Ryan Township Fire Company, Barnesville, with 43 members in attendance. President Eleanor Schmerfeld conducted the business meeting. Chaplain Kathleen Valentine offered an invocation.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Nesquehoning

VFW Ladies Auxiliary picnic meeting

The annual VFW Auxiliary Picnic Meeting was held on Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Lake Hauto. President Mandy Breiner presided at the meeting and hosted the picnic. Twelve members were in attendance.

General Orders #1 were received. The Fall Conference will be held Sept. 9-12. The District 20 meeting will be held on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m., hosted by Stroudsburg Post and auxiliary. Sixty-six cards were sent by members present and 20 hours were reported under Veterans Assistance. A donation was made to VFW - PAC.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Playground news

The North and Middle Ward Playground will wrap up the summer with an end of season dance party on Aug. 20. The event will be held at the playground, located on Washington Street, from 6-9 p.m.

DJ Mixx will provide musical entertainment. Festivities will include a "silly band" swap and a dance contest. Silly bands, food and slushies will be available.

Legion Riders

The Tamaqua American legion Riders group is sponsoring a free bus trip to Washington, D.C. for local veterans on Sept. 11. Participation is open to Tamaqua and Coaldale veterans.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Western Pocono Lions

The Western Pocono Lions Club will hold it's regular meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the social hour, with Tammy Graeber of McMichaels of the Garden of Giving as the featured speaker.

Graeber was the featured speaker at last week's meeting of the Monroe County Interagency Council, where she reported how the Garden is impacting what foods three area food pantries are giving their clients and how the Garden helps supply soup kitchens.

Unique speaker

Monday, August 16, 2010

Contemporary service

St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown will hold its monthly Contemporary Service on Sunday, Aug. 22 at 9 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Confirmation classes

St. Matthew's will register and begin Confirmation classes on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m. in the Sunday School. If you would like to register your child, he/she should be at least in seventh grade. If you have any questions, contact the church office at (610) 381-2442.

Historical society

Monday, August 16, 2010

Golden Agers

The next meeting of the Panther Valley Golden Agers will be an indoor picnic at St. Joseph's Hall in Summit Hill. A reminder to those who previously registered for the picnic that it starts at 1 p.m. Bingo and games will be played.

At the Aug. 9 meeting, 11 July and August birthday celebrants were recognized and seated around a table with a summer theme. Nancy Conzoneri and Martha Ciarvella did the decorating.

Happy Birthday was sung by the group. Alex Shereba sang his birthday greeting, wishing all many happy years. He was recognized for his 90 birthday