Bloodmobile

An American Red Cross Bloodmobile visited Tamaqua on July 20, collecting 48 units of the "gift of life." Two first time donors, Deanna Hill and Olga Rosado, participated.

Local volunteers assisting Red Cross personnel were Jean Stevens, Dolly Shirey and Bob Shirey. The Salvation Army gym was transformed into a blood collection center through the efforts of Randy Gormley, Bob Zeplin, Jack Quinn, Mike Trubilla and Joe Rimm.

This visit was sponsored by the Tamaqua Salvation Army.

Vets group

An effort is under way to form a club for veterans who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of operation. An initial planning session will be held Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m., at the West Penn Community Park.

For more information, contact Eugene at (570) 386-3224.

Rush taxes

The office of Rush Township Tax Collector Dolores Walck will be closed Aug. 16, from 9 to 11 a.m. The office will be open that day from 6-8 p.m.

Additionally, as stated on the tax bills, the office will be closed on Aug. 9-10.

First Methodist

The Rev. James Cavellero will officiate at the 10:45 a.m. worship service this Sunday in First United Methodist Church. The service will include Holy Communion.

Activities for next week include: Tuesday, quilters meet at 9:30 a.m., Lay Leadership Committee meets at 6:30 p.m., in the fellowship hall; Saturday.

The next movie night will be Aug. 28, at 7 p.m., with the presentation of "Wesley," a dramatization of the life of John Wesley.

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 provided. Sunday school classes meet at 9:30 a.m.

Also on Sunday, TYM will get "Up Close and personal" at 6 p.m.

Activities for next week will include: Tuesday, Prayer time at 8:30 a.m. and Playground Pals meet at 11:30 a.m. at the South Ward Playground; Wednesday, Waterside Whistle Stop at 2:30 p.m. at the bungalow, prayer, Bible study and TYM meet at 6:30 p.m.; Friday, TYM weekend camping trip begins at 6 p.m.

Zion Lewistown

The Rev. Sunny Stock will officiate at the 10:45 a.m. worship service this Sunday in Zion Church in the Lewistown Valley. A children's service will be included. Sunday school classes will be held at 9:30 a.m.

Zion's will sponsor a Miller-Keystone Bloodmobile, in honor of Harold HT Fryer, this Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event will be held in the social hall, behind the church. For more information, or to schedule an appointment time, call (570) 952-5809.

Band camp

The Tamaqua Area Raider Band will open its annual Summer Band Camp on Aug. 8. Attendance at camp is mandatory for all members of the band.