Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Wednesday, August 27, 2014



The Tamaqua Community Volunteers monthly giveaway will be held Saturday at the M and M Self Storage center, next to Schickram's Car Wash on Rose Street.

Anyone wishing to donate items should have them at the facility between 8 and 9 a.m. Saturday. Donations of clothing, toys, tools, electronics, holiday decorations, pots/pans/dishes, cookware, furniture, appliances and practically anything else are welcome.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Volunteers needed

The Tamaqua Community Arts Center is looking for volunteers to help distribute fliers throughout Tamaqua. The only requirements are to be able to walk or drive through to deliver printed fliers to local businesses.

Public service hours are available for those who need to complete community service. For more information, send an email to rose@tamaquaarts.org or call or text 570-778-0917.

Health fair

The Tamaqua-Panther Valley SU310 Girl Scouts will be holding a Health Fair for girls in kindergarten through 12th grade on Saturday.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Healthy adults

Diakon Community Services will offer a free "Healthy Steps for Older Adults" Program for Tamaqua area residents. The two-part program is being offered to residents age 50 and older and will be held Sept. 25 and Oct. 1 at the Majestic House Apartment Complex, 201 E. Broad St.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met Aug. 12 at the Ryan Township Fire Company, Barnesville, with 48 members in attendance. There was also one guest, Anita Arcand.

The business session was conducted by President Eleanor Schmerfeld.

Reports were offered by Ruth Ann Feane, secretary, and Shirley Becker, treasurer.

Hub and Shirley Becker were offered anniversary wishes.

The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at the fire company. The next meeting is 1 p.m. on Aug. 26.

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

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.

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.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Freshman orientation

Stephen Toth, principal at Tamaqua Area High School, has announced that freshman orientation for the 2014-2015 school year will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the school district auditorium.

Parents and new students will be provided information on student schedules and activities, facilities and discipline.

Tours will not be given that evening, but may be scheduled by calling 570-668-1901, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Youth symphony

Thursday, August 7, 2014

From field to fork

Schuylkill County Master Gardeners will offer a free learning experience for county residents to learn more about how vegetables go from the fields to the dinner table.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 23 at Hope Hill Lavender Farm, 2375 Panther Valley Road in Pottsville.

The event will feature things such as vegetable container gardening and crafting gourd birdhouses.

To learn more, go to www.extension.psu.edu/schuylkill or www.hopehilllavenderfarm.com.

Healthy adults

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Movies in the park

The East End Playground Association will have its last "Movie in the Park" this Thursday with a presentation of "Despicable Me 2." The movie will begin at 8:30 p.m., while the concession stand will open at 7:30 p.m.

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair as seating is extremely limited.

The playground will also host a concert by The Cressona Band at 7 p.m. on Aug. 6.

Senior citizens