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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bethany EC Church

This week at Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church, 222 North St., Sunday worship, the Rev. Jeff Stansbury, pastor, 10:45 a.m.

Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. with classes for all ages, including adult Bible study class.

Tuesday: Ladies Bible Study, 10 a.m.

Wednesday: Prayer meeting, 7 p.m.

Friday: True Women Bible Study & Play Group, 9 a.m.

Upcoming Events: Bethany EC Sunday School & Church Picnic, Aug. 1 at Phifer's Ice Dam Park, 11 a.m. Fun, food, and fellowship for the whole family.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met July 14 at the Ryan Township Fire Company, Barnesville. There were 48 members in attendance.

President Eleanor Schmerfeld conducted the business session and chaplain Kathleen Valentine provided the invocation, "God Is Always There."

Ruthann Feane offered inspirational readings.

The annual picnic will be held at noon July 28 at St. Peter's Grove in Locust Valley. Desserts for sharing are welcome.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Trinity Happenings

Sunday worship with Holy Communion at Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., begins at 9 a.m. The church is air-conditioned.

The Rev. Nancy Moore presides. Coffeehouse fellowship follows.

Eight teens and four adults are in Detroit participating in the ELCA Youth Gathering through Sunday to live out their baptismal calls. The theme is "Rise Up Together."

There are over 20,000 attending from throughout the nation plus international participants.

The events are taking place at Ford Field, Cobo Center and on the streets of Detroit.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

High school parking

The Tamaqua Area School District will have 74 parking spaces available for students for the 2015-16 school year. Applications will be available the week of July 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Completed forms must be returned to the senior high office no later than Aug. 3.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Lansford Park and Recreation Board will offer swim lessons, taught by pool lifeguards, at the Lansford Community Pool during the last two weeks of July.

There will be four levels of classes.

Level 1 works on comfort in the water with the ultimate goal of independent doggie paddle. This is for the most basic and beginner swimmers.

Level 2 is for swimmers who already know how to doggie paddle. This is an introduction to basic stroke work and water safety.

Level 3 is an intermediate level that refines the basic strokes and water safety.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Slatington Lions Club

The Slatington Lions Club will hold a steak dinner meeting at the Skeet Club Grove with guests at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The cost per person is $15.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Blood drive results

Miller-Keystone's community blood drive at the First United Church of Christ on Monday drew 66 potential donors, and 64 units of blood were collected.

This drive was sponsored by "Honey" and the late Dr. Howard Cyr, and Mary and Thomas Naab.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Altar & Rosary

Our Lady Queen of Peace Altar & Rosary Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in McCawley Hall. The evening is anticipated to include meeting new members and hearing about future activities as well as getting updates on the group's lottery calendar.

PVE visitor

Local author Karen Wormack visited the Summer Reading and Math Camp at Pleasant Valley Elementary School last Thursday.

Smart driver course

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Nesquehoning

Meed's VBS

Meed's United Methodist Church will host its Vacation Bible School, Hometown Nazareth, from 9-11:30 a.m. Aug. 3-7.

There will be a planning meeting at 7 o'clock this evening. Volunteers are needed to help with snacks, crafts, games, music and story telling.

Everyone is welcome. Children ages 3 to 12 can attend the program. Registration can be done on Aug. 3 or at the children's lunch program.

For more information, call 570-645-7500.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

West Penn senior day

The West Penn Lions and Lioness clubs will sponsor the annual West Penn Senior Fun Day on Aug. 1 at the West Penn Park. Activities will begin at 11:30 a.m.

The event is open to all township residents age 62 and older and will be held rain or shine.

The day will include free entertainment, free food (lunch and supper), informational sessions, games and lots of fellowship.

Preregistration is required to ensure there is enough food to go around. To register, call Melissa at 570-386-4138 no later than July 24.

Band camp