New Year's greetings

And the New Year is but days away. May it bring you health and happiness and many good reasons to be busy and to celebrate.

Operation: Touch of Home

Operation: Touch of Home will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the American Legion Post 927, Route 209, Gilbert, PA.

One can contact the organization at: www.operationtouchofhome.org [1].

Western Pocono Lions Club

The Western Pocono Lions Club will begin 2010 with a board meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the Western Pocono Community Library in Brodheadsville. The regular club meeting will be Jan. 20, and will include a presentation on the "Feed the Hungry" District Governor's project.

The club meets at The Hamilton in Saylorsburg, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Ross the Mentalist helped entertain members and guests of the club during its holiday celebration last week. The event included raffles and drawings. Music was provided for listening and dancing.

At the January meeting, the Lions' Purple Pig will visit, and stay.

Monroe County Seniors

Monroe County Seniors will meet at 9 a.m., Dec. 30, at Zion Lutheran's fellowship hall.

West End generosity

The Operation Christmas Child tally, as counted at the West End Relay Center for OCC, the Countryside Alliance Church in Brodheadsville, was 2,218 shoeboxes according to Kyle Dempsey, local coordinator, and exceeded last year's collection by 40 percent. The total Northeast collection also increased from 10,600 in 2008 to 16,700 in 2009.

Dempsey and her husband traveled to Charlotte, N.C., as volunteers to prepare the shoebox gifts for overseas shipment. They and all the volunteers were honored to have Franklin Graham, president of Operation Christmas Child, come to inspire, pray and thank everyone for their generosity to OCC.

The local collection exceeded the 2008 count by almost 40 percent as the 2008 local number was 1,590 shoe boxes.

She is grateful for the donations, especially during these difficult times and says anyone interested in making or donating items to the 2010 shoe boxes can contact Countryside Alliance Church, Route 115 & Countryside Drive at (570) 992-3315.

Help needed

RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) has a need for the following items: Men's clothing – 4X, pants 34, shirts medium; Women's clothing – 4X, winter casual size medium and XL, winter coat (L), gloves, scarves, boots (size 7); gas stove; sofa, love seat, etc.; dining room table with 4+ chairs. (Clothing should be cleaned, folded or on hangers.)

Anyone being to help meet those needs can call Merle at RSVP (570) 420-3747 for more information.

Visual Impairment & Blindness Service

Visual Impairment & Blindness Services' (VIABL) new eye care clinic is been accepting patients. It serves uninsured and underinsured residents of Monroe County and is accepting managed care eye insurance plans through the Monroe County Assistance Office, including several plans.

The clinic is located at Burnley Workshop, 4215 Manor Drive, Stroudsburg (Snydersville) and can be reached by calling (570) 992-7787 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Birthday greetings

Birthday greetings to Wendy Scheller, Nancy Hoover, John Modrak, Dec. 29, John Zappola, Kathy Hontz, Elizabeth Gouger, Dec. 30; Angela Orifice, Rebecca Kuc, John Eckley, Dec. 31; Hannah Kramer, Rachel Siegfried, Jan.; Phyllis Rogers, Angela Edwards, Jan. 2; Jessica Giuliano, Jan. 3; Scott Martin, John Dileo, Haley White, Jan. 4; Barbara Haase, Jan. 5; and Herman Green, Jan. 6.

Miscellaneous

Congratulations to former McMichaels resident and Pleasant Valley High School graduate Anita (Ewe) London. She is serving as an assistant pastor in her first parish, Reformation Lutheran in Media, Pa.