Saturday, July 12, 2014

Community Columns

Friday, June 13, 2014

Summit Hill

Flag program

The Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program in memory and honor of veterans from Summit Hill.

Throughout the "good weather" months, the flag will fly in Ludlow Park in memory or honor of the veterans.

Family members of veterans, or veterans themselves, can request to be scheduled by contacting Joseph O'Gurek, 570-645-5171.

During the week of June 16, the flag will be flown in memory of the late Stanley B. Gieniec Sr. He served as a second lieutenant in the Army during World War II.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met June 10 at the Ryan Township Fire Company, Barnesville, with 46 members in attendance. Two new members, Cindy Godanis and Margaret Miller were welcomed to the group.

The business session was conducted by President Eleanor Schmerfeld and included an election of officers.

Schmerfeld will remain as president, while Nancy Godanis was elected vice-president, Ruth Ann Fenne as secretary and Shirley Becker as treasurer.

Friday, June 13, 2014


Bible School

St. Matthew's UCC will be holding Vacation Bible School from 9-11:30 a.m., the week of July 14-18 in the church grove.

Children between the ages of 4-12 will be sailing along to learn about Jesus' ministry on and around the shores of Galilee. Forewarning: they may get a little wet each day.

To register, call Staci George at 610-951-4214.

New members

Thursday, June 12, 2014

AMVETS to meet

The Lehighton AMVETS Post 106 will hold its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the VFW Post Home.

Trinity happenings

Trinity Sunday worship with Holy Communion at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., begins at 9 a.m. Music is provided by the Trinity Praise Band.

Guest pastor, the Rev. Joyce Seip, presides. Coffeehouse fellowship follows.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Art center tours

The Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St., will be open during Sunday's Summerfest celebration, In addition to an art show, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the center will host poetry readings and musical performances beginning at 2 p.m.

Tours of the newly renovated performing arts hall and the Black Diamond Pottery Studio will also be available. Information on a bus trip to Broadway in New York City on Oct. 4 will also be available.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Panther Valley

Summer lunch program

A free summer lunch program will be offered for children at the following locations:

Ÿ Summit Hill Heritage Center, 1 W. Hazard St.,

Ÿ Grace Community Church, 15 W. Ridge St. Lansford

Ÿ Christ Redeemer Church building, 151 Third St., Coaldale.

Beginning June 16, lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday for children under the age of 18.

The menu for the coming week (subject to change) is as follows:

Ÿ Monday: Baked chicken stewed with carrots, baguette, banana.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Community yard sale

The Coaldale community yard sale will take place on June 14, July 12 and Aug. 9. No permit is needed. There is a fee to rent a spot at the Complex. Call 570-645-6310 for more information.

New window hours

Coaldale borough has new hours of operation for its window. They are: Mondays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.; and Wednesday from noon until 3 p.m.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

School board to meet

The Pleasant Valley School District Board of Education will meet at 8 p.m. Thursday, in the district's administrative building.

Library activities

This Saturday, Flag Day, the Western Pocono Community Library will offer Family Fun Day at 10:30 a.m. and at 1 p.m., the Saturday matinee, "12 Years a Slave," which is rated R. For more information call the library at 570-992-7934.

Virginia visitors

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Northern Lehigh Historical Society

The Northern Lehigh Historical Society would like to acknowledge the fine effort by Eagle Scout candidate Dylan Schlichting of Walnutport in completing the painting of the pavilion next to the Trout Run Covered Bridge in Slatington.

Dylan, a member of Troop 43, took on the job for his Eagle Scout project. He organized the project, recruited volunteers, estimated the materials needed and presented the plan to local civic organizations in order to secure funds.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sorority news

The Preceptor Alpha Upsilon chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority met at two Kings Pizza in Hometown with Lori Schmerfeld serving as hostess.

She provided a program detailing the history of chocolate, with an emphasis on the Hershey brand. Everyone was provided with a sample and the group played a game related to chocolate.

The Secret Sister birthday party was held at the home of Helen Walters, who presented a program on the history of the cupcake, providing preparation tips. The party theme was "cupcakes."