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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Lansford

Vacation Bible School

St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Lansford, has announced the dates of its upcoming Vacation Bible School. It will take place on the mornings of July 26-28.

Registrations will be accepted on June 12-13 and 19-20 after all of the weekend Masses in the parish office.

The theme will be "Rain Forest."

The school is open to children 4-10 from any of the Catholic parishes of the area.

To visit parish

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Compost workshop

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Schuylkill County will conduct a composting workshop on June 16, from 6-8 p.m., at Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse. All Schuylkill County residents are eligible to attend. Pre-composting bins will be available for those who pre-register before June 9. Seating is limited.

The workshop offers tips on turning old leaves and yard trimmings into rich, dark compost.

The clubhouse is located in Pine Grove. For more information, or to register, call (570) 622-4225.

GED graduates

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Board of health

The Tamaqua Board of Health held its May meeting with Randolph Gormley, Earl Boettger, James Gormley and Shirley Becker in attendance.

Health Enforcement Officer James Barron submitted his monthly report, including making a general inspection at Confetti's and six spot check inspections.

He also received and adjusted five complaints; two concerning rubbish/trash, two complaints about dog dirt, and one infestation.

There were no cases of reportable diseases for the month.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pennsylvania Dutch Culture

Pennsylvania Dutch Culture will be the topic of a lecture by Paul Kunkel, a local linguist and expert on Pennsylvania Dutch dialect and customs.

The talk will be held on Tuesday, June 1, at the Walnutport Canal Association's Pavilion, 420 Lehigh St., Walnutport, beginning at 7 p.m.

Kunkel will present an overview of the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect, traditions, myths and superstitions.

The highlight of the evening will be Kunkel sharing common Pennsylvania Dutch idioms, expressions and jokes.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Summit Hill

Historical society

The Summit Hill Historical Society will meet tonight at 7 o'clock at the museum on East Ludlow Street. Lee Mantz, president, will be in charge of the session.

The agenda will include discussions on a computer and peripherals; the Memorial Day weekend, including the society's float for the parade; and various fundraisers.

Lions to meet

The Summit Hill Lions Club will meet on Tuesday, May 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Parkview Inn.

This will be the club's last regular meeting before summer.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Dinner will honor new priest

The Carbon/Schuylkill Serra Club will hold a dinner to honor Brian Miller, the newly ordained priest for the Allentown Diocese. The reception and dinner is sponsored by the Serra Club of the Allentown Diocese and will be held at the at 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 23, at the Lehigh Valley Holiday Inn Conference Center, Route 100, Fogelsville.

For further information, call St. Jerome's Rectory, Tamaqua, at (570) 668-2301.

Golden Agers

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Dinner will honor new priest

The Carbon/Schuylkill Serra Club will hold a dinner to honor Brian Miller, the newly ordained priest for the Allentown Diocese. The reception and dinner is sponsored by the Serra Club of the Allentown Diocese and will be held at the at 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 23, at the Lehigh Valley Holiday Inn Conference Center, Route 100, Fogelsville. For further information, call St. Jerome's Rectory, Tamaqua, at (570) 668-2301.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Graduate degree

Peggy Howarth, executive director of the Monroe County Transit Authority, recently received her masters in business and transportation from Rutgers University.

Peggy is the daughter of Effie Howarth of Saylorsburg.

Lions speaker

The West End Lions Club has come off a series of successful events that included the Red Cross blood drive and the judging of editorial and advertising entries from an eight-state area for the Mid Atlantic Community Papers Association.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met May 11 at the Ryan Township Fire Company to celebrate its 31st anniversary. There were 48 members in attendance. Refreshments were provided by A and C Catering.

President Eleanor Schmerfeld opened the event and Vice President Rhoda Purnell, a charter member, read the minutes from the very first meeting on May 23, 1979. She also provided a list of everyone who was a member at that time.

The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Anyone 50 or older is welcome to join.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Garden club

The South Schuylkill Garden Club will hold its next meeting on May 18, at 6:30 p.m., at Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Dock Street, Schuylkill Haven. The theme will be "Wonderful African Violets." Guest speaker will be Marge Coffin, a Schuylkill County Master Gardener. She will share tips on growing and propagating African Violets. Each attendee will receive a slip of violet.

New members and guests are always welcome. For more information about the club and its activities, contact President Carol Haldeman at (570) 354-2423.