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Community Columns

Monday, August 2, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jeff Gordon (right) talks to Dale Earnhardt Jr. prior to a practice run this weekend at Pocono International Raceway. Gordon sits in second place in the points standings, while Earnhardt finds himself 129 points behind the 12th and final Chase spot with five races remaining.

LONG POND - Jeff Gordon was focused straight ahead as he circled the 2-1/2 mile tri-oval at Pocono International Raceway for Sunday's Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500.

This time of year, many drivers are caught looking over their shoulders.

Monday, August 2, 2010
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Greg Biffle stands at left in Victory Lane with the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 trophy with crew members and Sprint Cup officials after winning the 200 lap race at Pocono Raceway.

LONG POND – The week surely did not start well for Roush-Fenway racing, but it sure did finish well.

After missing out on a win at Indy last Sunday, mastermind owner Jack Roush found himself holed up in a Wisconsin hospital when he crashed his plane while landing on Tuesday.

All his team did was rally together for a strong finish as Greg Biffle won the Pennsylvania 500 while teammate Carl Edwards finished third.

Oddly enough, with Roush away, it was a pit decision that sprung Biffle to the victory lane.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Vacation Bible School

St. Matthew's UCC is holding Vacation Bible School this week starting at 9 a.m. Bring your kids from ages 4-12 for fun, games, crafts, music and Bible stories told in an exciting jungle theme.

Sunday School picnic

The 121st Annual St. Matthew's UCC's Sunday School Kunkletown Picnic will be held on Saturday, Aug. 14. All entertainment and activities are free. Olde Friends will perform from 3-6 p.m. Children's games begin at 4 p.m. followed by a Kiddie Cake Walk, fishing pond and a frog jumping contest. (Bring your own frog.)

Monday, August 2, 2010

First Steps

First Steps, a support group for mothers, will have its monthly meeting this Tuesday at the Primitive Methodist Church, 55 Hunter St., Tamaqua. The meeting will be held in the church social room from 6-8 p.m.

Participants will share a hot meal and discover fun exercises for children.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Child care for all ages will be provided free of charge. New members and volunteers are welcome.

For more information, call Linda Murphy at (570) 668-2972 or the Rev. Rodney Hall at 668-2191.

Elementary orientation

Friday, July 30, 2010

First Steps

First Steps, a support group for mothers, will have its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the Primitive Methodist Church, 55 Hunter St., Tamaqua. The meeting will be held in the church social room from 6-8 p.m.

Participants will share a hot meal and discover fun exercises for children.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Child care for all ages will be provided free of charge. New members and volunteers are welcome.

For more information, call Linda Murphy at (570) 668-2972 or the Rev. Rodney Hall at 668-2191.

SAL programs

Friday, July 30, 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.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Annual picnic

Members and friends of the Polk Township Historical Society will get together on Monday, Aug. 2 for their annual covered-dish picnic. The picnic will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Polk Township Municipal Park on Route 534 in Kresgeville. They will discuss and finalize plans to introduce the newly relocated Jonas Bake Oven to the public at this year's West End Fair.

Please join them and bring a side dish or dessert to share. For additional information, please call Pat at (610) 681-8984.

Blood drive

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Nesquehoning

VFW auxiliary

The Nesquehoning VFW Ladies Auxiliary to Post 8008 will hold its annual summer picnic on Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the first beach at Lake Hauto. Mandy Breiner will graciously host the event.

Members are requested to meet at the Post Home at 5 p.m. that day to car pool to the lake. Those attending are requested to bring a dessert item.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

TEPTO

The Tamaqua Elementary Parent Teacher Organization will get a bit of a head start on the new school year, meeting on Aug. 9. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., in the school library. Parents/grandparents with students in grades kindergarten through five in either Tamaqua or Rush Elementary Schools are welcome to attend.

The main topic for discussion will be school year activities sponsored by the parent-teacher organizations at both schools.

Classes for the 2010-2011 school year will begin Aug. 30, with the exception of kindergarten classes.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Summit Hill

OLOAA sign-ups

Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, is accepting registrations for the 2010-11 school year. Parents can register their sons or daughters at the school between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., or other arrangements will be made by calling (570) 645-7170 or 645-7101.

Children registering for kindergarten must be 5 years of age by Oct. 15. First graders must be 6 years of age by the same date.