Thanksgiving service

The churches comprising the Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network will hold a Thanksgiving Service at St. Peter's UMC, on Sunday, Nov. 22, beginning at 3 p.m. All are welcome to join in that service.

Thanksgiving dinner

Effort UMC will continue its tradition of hosting a Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner, beginning at 2 p.m., Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26.

Those wishing to join the church celebration are asked to call the church office at (570) 629-1890.

Feeding families

This coming week is the time area food pantries are busy filling food baskets for neighbors in need. Those items given away will deplete much of the shelving at the food pantries. If the Boy Scout food drive missed you Saturday, two area food pantries will be happy to receive your donations, including the PVEN food pantry in Brodheadsville (McIlhaney) and the Effort UMC Supplemental Food Resource Center in Effort.

Their respective phone numbers are (570) 992-3136 and (570) 629-1890.

Lions' speaker

Western Pocono Lioness Club President Arlene Mullery will be the featured speaker at the Nov. 18 meeting of the Western Pocono Lions Club. That meeting is held at The Hamilton in Saylorsburg, beginning with a social time at 6:30 p.m.

School board

The Pleasant Valley School board will meet at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, at the district office in Brodheadsville.

Wish list

Just as children and grandchildren have shared what is on their holiday wish list, so Beacon Lodge, a camp for visually impaired and folks having other disabilities, as supported by the state's Lions, has a wish list for its campers.

Ranked Number 1 on the Infirmary's wish list is wheelchairs. Also needed are new, unopened packages or containers of: Neosporin, Lanacaine spray, bug spray, cold and flu tablets, Benadryl spray for bug bites, large bottles of ibuprofen, sore throat medicine, sunscreen, ace bandages, Pepto Bismol, Immodium, exam gloves in all sizes, hand sanitizer and Dial liquid soap.

Anyone wishing to contribute can call Beacon Lodge at (814) 542-2511.

Vacation time

Pleasant Valley school children will have vacation Friday, Nov. 20, as parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for that day.

Cabinet meeting

Nine area Lions attended the Lions District 14U held at Cabela's in Hamburg Sunday. They included PCC Chris Sweeney and his wife, Rita; Past District Governor Bob Argot and his wife; Vice District Governor Bob Kelsey; Past President Herman Green; Zone Chairman Charles Rush and his wife, Joanne; and Mary Jane Lucrezi.

Birthday greetings

Folks celebrating their special day this week include: Edna Brong, Nov. 18; Betty Williams, James Kolb, Elizabeth Walker, John Zappola, Julie Weiss, Amy Lamberson, Nov. 19; Jennie Koehler, Amy Snyder, Lars Thorsen Moe, Frank Gasdik, Nov. 20; Braegen Fuentes, Lorraine Broing, Michael Gould, Rodney Anderson, Joshua Heller, Sharon Heller, Nov. 21; Betty Armitage, Arvilla Bodemer, Korynn Holmes, Willie Johnson Jr., Justin Moran, Austin Vitagliano, Alexandria Steinmetz, Nov. 22; Donna Kram, Zachary Burkhart, Jim Storm, Kathleen Mooney, Nov. 23; Lewis Tallada, Tristian Gerstenmaier, Randy Frantz, Amanda Henn, Emily Gethen, Nov. 24; Christopher Chamberlain, Wayne Altemose, Dee Rivera, Nov. 25.

Happy anniversary

Jack and Mabel Eckley are celebrating their anniversary Nov. 19.