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Friday, October 17, 2014

Rebekah Lodge

Lady Harmony Rebekah Lodge 86 of Tamaqua, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, recently had a special visitor. Jessie J. Holzapfel of Hadley, president of the association, traveled more than five hours to visit the Tamaqua lodge, which was officially instituted in 2012, making it one of the newest Tamaqua fraternal organizations.

Also attending the special event were 25 members representing lodges from across the state, including Nazareth, Leesport, Sandy Lake, Sellersville, Schnecksville and Rew.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Angel trees

The Tamaqua Salvation Army Angel Tree program is designed to make the Christmas season brighter for children in need. Angel Trees can be found at numerous businesses as well as the Salvation Army Community Center, 105 W. Broad St., beginning Oct. 29.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Holiday help

The Tamaqua Salvation Army, 105 W. Broad St., will be accepting registrations for families in need of a little holiday help this year. This includes holiday food baskets, Toys for Tots and an Angel Tree.

Dates to register will be Oct. 21, 22 and 23 only, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A makeup date, for food assistance only, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 29.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Band festival

The 18th annual Land of the Running Water Marching Band Adjudication, hosted by the Tamaqua Area Raider Marching Band, will be held Saturday at the Tamaqua High School Sports Stadium. This year's event will feature 10 participating high school marching bands: Annville-Cleona, Bangor, Exeter Township, Mahanoy Area, Minersville, Nativity B.V.M., Pottsville Area, Shenandoah Valley, Tri Valley and Wilson.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the competition will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Trick or Treat

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Halloween parade

Registration forms are now available for the annual Tamaqua Halloween Parade, which is set for Oct. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. Forms are available at the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce Office, 114 W. Broad St.

Completed forms must include the name, address and phone number of a contact person, as well as the entrant's theme, number of floats, vehicles and marchers.

All participants will be called in advance of the parade with their position, set up location and entry number. The rain date is Oct. 29.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Board of Health

The October meeting of the Tamaqua Board of Health was held at the municipal building with James Gormley, Randy Gormley, Earl Boettger, Shirley Becker, Health Officer Judith Hadesty R.N. and Health Enforcement Officer Matthew Meyers in attendance.

Meyers reported receiving and adjusting five complaints: one for animal waste; one rat complaint; one leaking sewer; one unclean restaurant and one in progress inspection on the construction of a restaurant kitchen area.

There were no cases of reportable diseases for the month of September.


Friday, October 3, 2014

Adult Day Care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center has a variety of activities planned for October including a Halloween party on Oct. 31 with students from St. Jerome's kindergarten class.

Other activities for the month include: Oct. 8, baking; Oct. 13, black cat craft; Oct. 16, pumpkin painting; Oct. 22, Frankenstein craft; Oct. 23, making pumpkin ice cream; Oct. 27, cooking homemade soup; Oct. 31, visit from the podiatrist.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Owl Creek hayrides

The Owl Creek Reservoir Commission is back in full swing after repairs were completed at the Owl Creek Dam. The group is busy planning its annual Fall Foliage celebration, with hayrides scheduled for Oct. 25 and 26.

A haunted hayride will be held after dusk that Saturday and "haunters" are needed. The best haunting groups will be eligible for prizes, and each haunter will receive a food voucher.

For more information, call 570-778-7905.

Rush-Ryan seniors

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Garden club

The Lewistown Valley Garden Club met Sept. 23 at the Zion Church social hall in the Lewistown Valley. President Kathy McGee conducted the business session. Reports were offered by the secretary and treasurer.

Monroe Crossley presented a program on bees, providing information on their life cycles as well as the three different classes of bees: queen, workers and drones.

Friday, September 26, 2014


The Tamaqua Elementary Parent Teacher Organization will be conducting its annual membership drive through Oct. 31. Membership is open to adult family members of students in the Tamaqua and Rush elementary schools.

The next regular meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Tamaqua Elementary school library. Fifth-grade parents will also meet that day at 5:30 p.m.

The meeting will include an update on the current KidsStuff fundraiser coupon books.

Couples group