Monday, September 15, 2014

Community Columns

Friday, August 15, 2014

Church picnic

St. Matthew's UCC church picnic will be Saturday. The food stands will open at 3 p.m. There will be games, kiddie cake walk and fishing pond for the children.

Enter your favorite pie in the pie contest. There will be a horseshoe tournament, cake walk and The Hawks will provide entertainment.

Rain date is Sunday, Aug. 17.

Bible study

St. Matthew's pastor, the Rev. Suzanne Brooks-Cope, will be starting a Bible study, "Discovering the Bible" beginning in September. Call the office at 610-381-2442 to register or if you have any questions.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Back to school

The Rush and West Penn elementary schools are planning Back To School Nights before the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.

Teachers will conduct informational sessions for individual classes, reviewing curriculum and procedures.

West Penn's night will be held on Wednesday. The school will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Parent sessions will be: kindergarten, 6 and 7 p.m.; first grade, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m.; second grade, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.; third grade, 6 and 7 p.m.; fourth grade, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m.; and fifth grade, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Free community dinner

All Saints Episcopal Church, 301 N. Second St., Lehighton, will host a free community dinner from 4-6 p.m. Aug. 21. All are welcome for the meal and fellowship.

For more information, call 610-377-2675

Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church

Sunday worship with the Rev. Jeff Stansbury, pastor, will take place at 10:45 a.m.

Sunday school will be held at 9:30 a.m. Classes are for all ages, including adults.

Ladies Bible study is 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Prayer meeting is 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Trinity happenings

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Middle school news

Christopher Czapla, principal of the Tamaqua Area Middle School has announced an orientation session for students new to the school will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Parents of sixth-graders, as well as seventh- and eighth-graders new to the district, are welcome to attend.

Information will be presented on student schedules, activities, facilities and discipline.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


First Congregational Church

Morning Worship will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday at First Congregational Church, Coaldale, followed by Sunday School for all ages at 10 a.m.

All are welcome to attend Sunday School.

The elementary classes are an extension of Vacation Bible School.

The Middle Class begins the study of the Bible and its influence on young adults. The Adult Class is an in-depth study of biblical principles and their effect on daily living.


NCFC Ladies Auxiliary

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lions Club

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

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Knitting Club

The Knitting Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Palmerton Area Library.

The club is open to anyone wishing to learn to knit or crochet, or who needs help with a project. It is free and materials will be provided.

The group meets the first and third Monday of each month.

Call the library at 610-826-3424 for information.

Senior center

The Palmerton Senior Center, 501 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, serves lunch daily at 11:30 a.m. from Monday through Friday.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Senior citizens

The Tamaqua Senior Citizens group met Aug. 7 with 65 members in attendance. President Melody Weicker conducted the business session. Norma Lee Burke provided the invocation "Christian Love."

Three guests, Anita Arcand, Ruth Nester and Nancy Thompson, were given a warm welcome. Pearl Davis was added to the sick list and Sylvia Houseman was welcomed back following an extended absence.

Upcoming events include the annual picnic, Thursday at the West Penn Rod and Gun Club; an Aug. 20 trip to Mohegan Sun Casino; and flu shots during the month of September.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Blood drive

A Miller-Keystone Blood Drive is held every Wednesday, from noon to 6 p.m., at the Western Pocono Community Library in Brodheadsville. For an appointment call 1-800-223-6667. Walk-ins are welcome.

Women's club speaker

The Western Pocono Women's Club will honoring Jake Sarwar of Saylorsburg when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Jake was the club's 2014 representative at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar in May and will be sharing his experiences at the meeting.

He is the son of Mohammad and Maria Sarwar of Saylorsburg.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Tax office closed

The Coaldale Tax Office will be closed Thursday. It will reopen for business Friday, with closing hour extended to 5 p.m.; and Saturday only, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Office hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

Summit Hill

Miller-Keystone blood drive

St. Joseph Church, 462 W. Ludlow St., Summit Hill, will host a Miller-Keystone blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 21 in the church social hall.