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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.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

LANSFORD

Trinity Lutheran Church

The Trinity Lutheran Church of Lansford will hold a Christmas program during the worship service on Sunday, Dec. 19 at 9:30 a.m. There will be readings by members of the congregation as well as solos by church musician Susan Featro.

This will be followed by refreshments in the Sunday School rooms.

On Friday, Dec. 24, the Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion service will beheld at 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend these services.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sounds of the Season

This weekend marked the annual holiday production of the Pleasant Valley Choral Society in the Pleasant Valley High School auditorium.

The group of over 30 voices, under the direction of Dorothy Mohr, remembered deceased member George W. Prosser Jr. of Appenzell as they dedicated the program to him. They were accompanied by Tom Salmon and junior accompanist, Amanda Breidenbach.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Chorus concert

Pleasant Valley Intermediate School's fifth grade will have its chorus concert on Monday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. All are welcome to attend.

Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church

SSP will be hanging the greens for Christmas on Saturday, Dec 18 at 12:30 p.m.

If you would like to decorate the church for Christmas, bring a dish for the potluck dinner which will be held at noon in the church's dining room downstairs.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Senior citizens

The Tamaqua Senior Citizens group meets every Thursday, at 1 p.m., in the Tamaqua Community Center, located to the rear of Boyer's Food Mart.

The Dec. 2 meeting included the annual Christmas party and was attended by 92 members. Eleanor Roberts offered an invocation before members enjoyed a meal catered by Christy Joy. Special guest was Santa Claus. A thank you card was sent to Sank Griffiths, who donated the poinsettia plant centerpieces.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Nesquehoning

Community service

In Nesquehoning, the Girl Scout troops will host a community Christmas tree lighting and caroling at Meed's UMC Church, 126 W. Catawissa St. on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend and join in the caroling. Cookies and hot chocolate will be enjoyed following the singing.

Donations of new hats or gloves to place on the tree as a would be appreciated. Items will be taken to the Panther Valley Elementary School.

Children's Day

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Santa Claus visits Eldred

Santa Claus is coming to Eldred Township on Saturday, Dec. 18. from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Bring a camera for pictures with Santa.

Please bring a nonperishable food item for the Ecumenical Network.

Christmas cantata

Dan Smale has put together a Christmas cantata with the help of almost 70 singers from St. Matthew's, Effort UMC and Our Lady Queen of Peace. Enjoy the music of the season on Friday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Matthew's, Saturday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Effort UMC and Our Lady Queen of Peace Sunday, Dec. 19 at 3 p.m.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Successful bloodmobile

Miller-Keystone Blood Center's community bloodmobile at the First United Church of Christ in Palmerton on Dec. 13 drew 76 registrants, slightly exceeding the goal of 75. Four deferrals, plus multiple-unit donations on the Trima machines, resulted in a total of 71 units of blood being collected.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Crime Watch

The Slatington Crime Watch encourages visitors to attend its Christmas Open House from 7-8 p.m. Thursday at Slatington Borough Hall.

The event is open to everyone in the Slatington area. There will be light refreshments, though visitors are encouraged to bring a treat to share. The Crime Watch will provide the beverages.