Owl Creek news

The Owl Creek Reservoir Commission met last Monday and finalized plans for its annual Christmas with Santa event. A work meeting/day will be held this Saturday, Dec. 5, from noon to 5 p.m., to prepare the area at the lower Owl Creek Reservoir.

The two-day Santa visit will be held Dec. 12 and 13, from noon to 4 p.m. Admission, kids' crafts, photos with Santa and more will all be free. Food and beverages will be available. Rain date will be Dec. 19 and 20, same time.

For more information, call (570) 668-5066.

Tax exemptions

The Schuylkill County and Tamaqua Borough Per Capita and Occupation Tax Exemption Forms for the year 2010 are currently available for Borough of Tamaqua residents.

The exemption forms can be obtained at the Tamaqua Municipal Building, 320 E. Broad Street, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Forms will also be available at tax collector Alan Keer's office, the Tamaqua Area School District Administration building, the Tamaqua ABC High Rise, Majestic House Apartment Complex, the Tamaqua Public Library and the Tamaqua Post Office.

Residents must complete the form each year to qualify for the tax exemption.

Exoneration forms must be submitted by Friday, Jan. 29, 2010.

St. Peter's

The Rev. Rodney Wells will officiate at the 9 a.m. worship service this Sunday in St. Peter's Union Church, Mantzville. The service will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Sunday school classes will meet at 10:15 a.m. to decorate their classrooms and rehearse for the musical.

Also on Sunday, dress rehearsal for the musical's speaking parts will be held at 11:15 a.m. and the Women's Association of St. Peter's will hold its Christmas party at noon. The Confirmation Class will meet at 1 p.m. and the Cub Scout Den will meet at 6 p.m.

Activities for next week will include: Wednesday, Retirees Christmas party at 10 a.m., Worship and Music Committee meeting at 6 p.m.; Thursday, Prayer group meets at 5 p.m. and Brownies meet at 6:30 p.m.

The choirs rehearse on Thursday. Next week's schedule will include: Junior Choir at 7 p.m. and Senior Choir at 7:45 p.m.

Bethany EC

The Rev. Kevin Roberts will officiate at the 10:30 a.m. worship service this Sunday in Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church. Nursery care is available. Sunday school classes will meet at 9:30 a.m.

Also on Sunday, a local conference will be held at 11:45 a.m. and the Nominating Committee will meet at 12:45 a.m.

Activities for next week include: Tuesday, Prayer Time at 8:30 a.m. and GriefShare at 1:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Tamaqua Youth Ministry at 6:30 p.m., prayer/Bible study at 6:30 p.m., parenting class meets at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Praise practice will be held at 9 a.m., ladies' Christmas Eve rehearsal at 10 a.m., men's Christmas Eve rehearsal at 10:30 a.m.