Thursday, January 29, 2015
     

Tamaqua

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Senior citizens

The Tamaqua Senior Citizens group has changed its meeting location. Instead of traveling to Hometown every week, the group will now meet at the Tamaqua YMCA, 1201 E. Broad St.

The Jan. 22 meeting was attended by 61 members, with President Melody Weicker conducting the business session. A moment of silence was held in memory of Betty Murphy. One guest, Jean McArdle, was welcomed.

Jacque Patrick provided an inspirational reading, "A New Year's Prayer." Reports were offered by the secretary and treasurer.

Vivian Hill was added to the sick list.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Book club

A new book discussion club, the Bucket List Club, is being formed in the Tamaqua area. The group will meet once a month, with the first meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St.

The first book to be discussed will be "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. The novel is set in a sleepy southern town which has to deal with a crisis. First published in 1960, it became an instant best-seller and classic. Lee won a Pulitzer Prize for the novel in 1961. It was later made into an Academy Award winning movie.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met Jan. 13 at the Ryan Township Fire Company in Barnesville with 44 members in attendance. The business session was conducted by President Eleanor Schmerfeld.

Chaplain Kathleen Valentine offered the invocation "There Is Always Someone Who Cares." A moment of silence was held in memory of Eleanor Zakrewski. Two new members, Jane Neidlinger and Phil Price, were welcomed.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

School taxes

The Tamaqua Area School District is accepting Assessed Occupation Tax exemption applications for the 2015-2016 school year. This will cover the 2015 calendar year. This year's forms are orange.

Retired people and those with no earned income who have previously been exempted do not need to file again unless their status has changed and they are now earning income.

Also, those who are disabled or at least 75 years of age who have been specifically notified of their exemption by the district need not file an application.

Friday, January 9, 2015

School taxes

The Tamaqua Area School District is accepting Assessed Occupation Tax exemption applications for the 2015-2016 school year. This will cover the 2015 calendar year. This year's forms are orange.

Retired people and those with no earned income who have previously been exempted do not need to file again unless their status has changed and they are now earning income.

Also, those who are disabled or at least 75 years of age who have been specifically notified of their exemption by the district need not file an application.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Diabetes support

St. Luke's University Health Network will again sponsor a diabetes support group. Monthly meetings will begin in April and be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the health network's Miners Hospital Campus in Coaldale. With the exception of the April meeting, the group will meet in the ground floor community room. The April 29 meeting will be held in the second-floor cafe.

Each month, a different diabetes topic is explored. Topics are based on ways to improve blood sugar control and quality of life. Meetings include a question and answer period.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Adult Day Care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center has a variety of activities planned for January, including a review of New Year's resolutions.

Other activities for the month include: Wednesday, sing-along with Audrey Christ; Jan. 9, painting class; Jan. 12, snowman can craft class; Jan. 16, Eskimo craft class; Jan. 21, Salvation Army visit; Jan. 23, National Pie Baking Day; Jan. 30, scrapbooking session.

In addition to weekly sing-alongs, exercise sessions, a variety of therapies and social games, the center provides for hairstyling and manicure service.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Financial aid

The Tamaqua Area High School Guidance Department will sponsor an informational financial aid night on Tuesday. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and be held in the district auditorium.

The 2015-2016 financial aid form will be reviewed and general financial aid questions will be answered by a representative of the PHEAA.

Junior and senior class students planning to further their education, as well as their parents, are welcome to attend.

Information on local scholarships will also be available.

No preregistration or fee is required.

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

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.