Saturday, May 23, 2015


Friday, February 13, 2015

Kindergarten registration

Registration for kindergarten classes in the Tamaqua Area School District, for the school year 2015-2016, will be held March 23, 24 and 25 at the Rush Elementary School and March 26 at the West Penn Elementary School. Registration hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at both schools.

Registration packets will be available at all three of the district's elementary schools as of Feb. 23 or at the Tamaqua Area School District website, Appointments will then be scheduled for March.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Computer classes

The Tamaqua Public Library offers free basic computer classes through the Seniors Training Seniors Program. The one-on-one instruction is offered throughout each week during normal library hours.

The classes are also available to the general public on a space available basis.

For more information, call Jeanne at 570-668-040, the library at 570-668-4660 or visit the library's website at

Dog licenses

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

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Library storytime

The Tamaqua Public Library's Spring Storytime sessions will begin on March 17 and March 18.

Each Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m., children between the ages of 2 and 5 are welcome to join in the fun, where they will be read fiction and nonfiction books, learn songs, design special crafts and enjoy snacks.

Registration is required for this free program. Call 570-668-4660 for more information.

Storytime will be held for 10 consecutive weeks, ending in May.

Friday, February 6, 2015

TEPTO news

The Tamaqua Elementary Parent Teacher Organization will meet on Tuesday.

Fifth-grade parents will meet at 6 p.m. in the school library to discuss the menu for the fifth-grade party and the current doughnut sale. Delivery date for the doughnuts will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 15, at the South Ward Fire Company.

The regular PTO meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Topics for discussion will include the yearbook, with order forms due by Feb. 27, and a Gertrude Hawk candy sale for Easter.

Library news

Thursday, February 5, 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, February 4, 2015

Senior citizens

The Tamaqua Senior Citizens group met last week at it new location, the Tamaqua YMCA, 1201 E. Broad St.

The meeting was attended by 64 members, with President Melody Weicker conducting the business session.

Jacque Patrick provided an inspirational reading, "Help With the Cross."

George Millet, Rosetta Folk and Barbara Gallagher were added to the sick list. Treasurer Norma Lee Burke announced she is now accepting dues for 2015.

The meeting concluded with refreshments, cards and social games.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Adult Day Care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center has a variety of activities planned for February, including a special Valentine's Day breakfast and party on Feb. 12.

Other activities for the month include: Monday, Groundhog Day craft session; Tuesday, painting class; Wednesday, sing-along with Audrey Christ; Feb. 11, baking day and special guest; Feb. 18, Salvation Army service; Feb. 20, visit from St. Jerome's kindergarten class; Feb. 23, movement to music.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Financial aid

The Tamaqua Area High School Guidance Department will sponsor an informational financial aid night on Feb. 16. 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.

Snow rules

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.