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Published February 08. 2013 05:02PM


A new community youth drama program is under way in Tamaqua, hosted by Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. The first production will be an Easter play, titled "And In Heaven the Angels."

The new program will provide children of all ages, through 12th grade, with the opportunity to learn all aspects of theatrical productions, from speaking and non-speaking roles to prop design, costumes and more. Preschool children must be accompanied by an adult for moral support.

Scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. on Feb. 11, the group will then meet from 5-6 p.m. every Monday at Zion's on Greenwood Street. The Easter production will be presented at 5 p.m. on March 23, with refreshments courtesy of Zion's culinary crew.

Adult volunteers are also needed.

For more information, call (570) 668-2180 or (570) 449-3024, or email

Snow rules

With the possibility of winter weather looming, Tamaqua residents are reminded of borough rules concerning snow removal.

Property owners are required to maintain a clear path, at least three feet wide, on sidewalks. Snow and/or ice must be removed from these pathways within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm.

Snow, ice and other materials may not be thrown into the streets. Fines of $25 and up may be imposed on anyone caught throwing snow or ice into the street, or who fails to maintain a snow-free pathway.

In addition, individuals who plow snow from in front of homes and businesses must REMOVE any piles of snow they create. Anyone piling snow in the street/parking areas could be cited.

Residents are also to refrain from piling snow near fire hydrants or on top of storm drains and are encouraged to clear snow from these areas.

Further information is available by calling (570) 668-3444 or (570) 668-0300.

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. The service will include Holy Communion. Sunday school classes will meet at 10:30 a.m.

Activities for next week include: Monday, council meeting at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, deadline for The Messenger information; Ash Wednesday service, with Holy Communion, at 7 p.m.; Thursday, angel choir rehearsal at 6 p.m., shepherd choir meets at 6:30 p.m., chancel/adult choir rehearses at 6:30 p.m.; Friday, Messenger assembly at 9:30 a.m.

The annual congregational meeting will be held Feb. 24 following the worship service.

Calvary Methodist

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. Sunday school for all ages will be held at 9:15 a.m.

Also on Sunday, a time of praise, worship and Bible study will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Lenten services will begin Ash Wednesday at Christ Church in McKeansburg. The evening will begin with a song fellowship, at 7:15 p.m, with a service at 7:30 p.m.

SS. Peter and Paul

Ash Wednesday services will be held Feb. 13 in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with a Mass at 8 a.m. and Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence for Catholics. Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence.

Holy Name Stations of the Cross will be held Feb. 17 at 4 p.m., followed by refreshments served in the social hall.

Also next Thursday, the choir will rehearse after Stations of the Cross.

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