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Friday, December 26, 2014

Garden club

The Lewistown Valley Garden Club held its annual Christmas party as part of the regular December meeting. During a short business session, the group approved making a donation to Peter and Ida Kutash, MaryD fire victims.

Members brought covered dishes to share, while Evelyn Adams and Louise Flexer were in charge of the program.

The arrangement for the evening was to create something all white, with no green showing. Winners were Evelyn Adams and Mary Bridygham.

Friday, December 19, 2014

St. Matthew's

The annual Christmas cantata, "Images of Adoration" by Pepper Choplin, will be at St. Matthew's UCC at 7:30 p.m. today and then again at Effort UMC at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The children and youth of St. Matthew's UCC will present a Christmas pageant at the 9 a.m. Sunday worship service.

Christmas Eve

St. Matthew's UCC will hold two services on Christmas Eve, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The 7 p.m. service will be with the Family Table style worship with most of "The Path" band, featuring Randy Cramer and vocalists.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Snow rules

Tamaqua residents are reminded of borough rules concerning snow removal.

Property owners are required to maintain a clear path, at least 3 feet wide, on sidewalks. Snow and ice must be removed from these pathways within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm.

Snow, ice and other materials may not be thrown into the streets. Fines of $25 and up may be imposed on anyone caught throwing snow or ice into the street, or who fails to maintain a snow-free pathway.

Friday, December 19, 2014


UMC service

A Christmas candlelight service will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church on the corner of Second and East High streets in Coaldale. All are welcome to come and enjoy the word, carols and candlelight with their family.

Christ Redeemer

Christ Redeemer Church in Coaldale will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m. Wednesday which includes communion. Call Pastor Marie or Joseph Terry at 570-645-6121 for information


Golden Agers

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dog licenses

Schuylkill County treasurer Jackie McGovern reminds residents that 2015 dog licenses are now available.

Dogs 3 months of age or older must be licensed by law.

Licenses may be obtained at the county courthouse in Pottsville, by mail, online at or at a variety of licensing agents.

Locally, those agents include AAA at 202 E. Broad St.; Tom's Auto and Marine, Greenwood Street and Mountain Avenue; and Koch's Farm Service in the Lewistown Valley.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bethany E.C. Church

Sunday worship, 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.

Monday: Kid's Club (ages K-seventh grade) at 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Ladies Bible study at 10 a.m., official board meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Prayer meeting at 7 p.m.

Thursday: Men's Bible study at McDonald's at 5:15 a.m.

Friday: True Women Bible Study and Play Group at 9 a.m.

Looking Ahead: Sunday, children's Christmas program followed by a "Happy Birthday Jesus" luncheon.

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Trinity Lutheran Church

On Sunday, Trinity Lutheran Church, 104 E. Abbott St., Lansford, will hold worship at 9:30 a.m.

On Wednesday, the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Holy Communion will be held at 8 p.m.

The Rev. Roy H. Koehler will preside at both services. All are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


St. John's

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, St. John's Lutheran Church, 1 E. Abbott St., Lansford, will hold an informal worship, a spiritual, peaceful evening service with Holy Communion.

All are welcome to this relaxed, brief musical evening prayer. Feed the People hosts their Christmas dinner from 5-6:30.

A brief adult Bible study is held at 6:30 for all who wish to participate.

On days when Panther Valley schools are closed or dismissed early for inclement weather, this service/supper is canceled.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Blue Christmas


Are you grieving a recent loss? Are you suffering from emotional, health or financial issues? Are you overwhelmed with the upcoming holiday preparations? Does the holiday season make you feel sad and depressed?

A Blue Christmas service is a nontraditional workshop that focuses on God's comfort and hope in times of difficulty and despair.

It is a quiet, somber atmosphere that offers solace and spiritual support in the midst of an overwhelming time of year.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lioness events

On Thursday the Western Pocono Lioness Club will be meeting at Getz Personal Care Home to help Santa hand out presents and sing carols.

On Saturday the service club will be meeting at the Buck Wha Pub in Kunkletown at 1 p.m for the group's Christmas luncheon.

Rotary speaker

The West End Rotary Club will welcome Eric McWhirler of MCW Custom Woodcraft at this Thursday's breakfast meeting. The club meets at 7:30 a.m. at the Western Pocono Community Library in Brodheadsville.

Due to the Christmas holiday, the club will not meet on Dec. 25.