Tamaqua Area School District students participating in sports and/or any extracurricular activity, or who have a school parking permit are subject to random drug and alcohol testing, as established in 2010. Random drug testing of non-participating students is also available if the district receives a parental request. Students must provide a signed parental consent form before participating.
For the 2013-2014 school year, initial registration/testing will take place on July 31 in the athletic center locker rooms of the middle school. Male students may register from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and female students may register from 10 a.m. to noon. The make up date will be Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Any student who cannot attend on the dates provided should contact Mike Hromyak, athletic director at (570) 668-1901 or firstname.lastname@example.org  for other arrangements.
Becoming part of the random selection process is necessary before participating in any activities.
More information is provided on the school district website, www.tamaqua.k12.pa.us , under athletics.
Back to school
The Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network will continue its successful "Back to School" project, which was initiated last year. The group is collecting school supplies as well as new or gently-used clothing items meeting the dress code policy of the Tamaqua Area School District.
Last year, more than 180 students from 80 families were helped by this project.
Donated items may be taken to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mauch Chunk Street, Mondays and Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m. or Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Items will be distributed in early August.
The Rev. Dr. Edward Bean will officiate at the 10:25 a.m. service Sunday in Calvary Evangelical United Methodist Church in the Lewistown Valley. The service will include a dedication ceremony. Sunday school for all ages will be held at 9:15 a.m.
Also on Sunday, an indoor picnic will be held following the service.
The Auburn Camp meeting will be held from June 21-30, with evening services at 7 p.m. Sunday service will be at 6 p.m.
St. John Lutheran
The Rev. Phyllis Wolford will officiate at the 9:15 a.m. worship service this Sunday in St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Church Bible study will be held from 6-8 p.m. on June 26.