West End news for Sept. 1, 2021
PV book fair
The Pleasant Valley Elementary School book fair continues through Sept. 10. There is no school Friday and Monday, which is Labor Day.
Soup sale starts
Does old-fashioned chicken soup or cheeseburger soup sound good? Effort UMC is accepting orders for those soups beginning today and going through Sept. 15.
Pickup will be after each service on Sept. 19.
A sign-up sheet is on the church Welcome Center.
The Order of the Eastern Star will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Masonic Center in Bartonsville.
West End Memorial American Legion Post 927 will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Legion site at 6465 Fairgrounds Road, Gilbert.
Activities for the week following include: Monday night bingo, beginning at 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday night meeting of the West End Home Association at 6:30 p.m., and next Wednesday’s Auxiliary meeting at 7 p.m.
Pleasant Valley Assembly of God Church, Brodheadsville, has announced a relaunch of its midweek activities for its kids and young people beginning today.
One must be registered to participate, whether being part of Girls Ministries, Royal Rangers or Youth.
American Legion Post 927, Gilbert, is holding a bike night on Friday beginning at 5 p.m. at the pavilion.
All bikes are welcome.
Burgers, pulled pork, cheese nachos, sides, free dessert and cash bar will be available.
DJ “JP” classic rock music. No cover.
The event will also include raffles, best bike contest and more.
For those attending the Senior Center at Zion Lutheran Church on Wednesdays and Fridays, the order for lunch must be placed by 11 a.m. two days before.
Next Wednesday’s meal is chicken Parmesan pasta, and Sept. 10, it is broccoli mac and cheese.
There is a suggested donation.
To order contact, manager Dolores Casalaspro at 570-242-6770.
The Western Pocono Community Library has a seed exchange.
People who garden can, at the end of the season, collect seeds from their flowers and vegetables and take them to the WPCL.
More information can be obtained by visiting the circulation desk.
Monroe County’s RSVP is accepting donations of flattened and sorted plastic grocery bags, clean yarn, cellphones with chargers, as well as used prescription glasses and toiletries.
Backpacks and toiletries are collected for the homeless.
Also collected are puzzle books, adult coloring books, colored pencils, stress balls and fidget spinners for a local hospital.
The RSVP office is located at 411 Main St. in Stroudsburg. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
For more information call Merle at 570-420-3747.
Precious Junk Sale
Zion Lutheran, Brodheadsville, will begin collecting donations for its Precious Junk Sale beginning Sunday in the Parish Hall. No clothes or shoes will be accepted.
The sale is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 24 and Sept. 25.
Hot dogs and snacks will be available.
Donors are asked to pre-price their donations.
Due to the Labor Day holiday, the Western Pocono Community Library in Brodheadsville will be closed Monday.
Our Lady Queen of Peace Church will begin the Alpha program Sept. 8.
Alpha is a place to connect with other people who are open to exploring life, faith and meaning, quoting the church.
Each session includes a time to connect with others, often over a free meal, hear a short talk on an element of the Christian faith, and then a chance for each person to share their own questions with the group.
It will be held every Wednesday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Our Lady Queen of Peace in McCawley Hall or on Zoom.
To register, call the church at 610-681-6137.
Day of Caring
The Pocono Mountains United Way reminds all that Sept. 8 is the 2021 Day of Caring for Monroe County. Many good works have been done by volunteers in the West End over the years.
Agencies needing volunteers can register, and volunteers, ready to help someone or some entity in need, can register at VolunteerMonroe.org or call 570-517-3953.
The American Legion, Gilbert, will hold a remembrance ceremony, on Patriot Day, open to the community, at 11 a.m. Sept. 11. A light lunch will be provided.
The Eldred Township Historical Society calendars for year 2022 are available for purchase at the township building.
The calendars are scenes of Eldred Township taken by various residents who participated in the photo contest last year.
Sale of the calendars will benefit the historical society. The goal is to continue to raise money for the restoration of the Historic Post Office.
For cost per calendar, call the township office at 610-381-4252, ext. 2.
The office is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Due to the Labor Day holiday Monday, Ross Township supervisors are slated to meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 13.
The meeting is held at the Ross Township Municipal Building, 250 Anchorage Road, Saylorsburg.
Another meeting change comes from Operation: Touch of Home.
That group will also be meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 13, but at the American Legion Post Home in Gilbert.
Regular meetings on the second Tuesday of the month will resume in October, when the group will meet at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert.
Eldred Township’s newly formed Parks and Recreation Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding how to use/develop the township’s many and varied open spaces, and assists with that work by finding grants and in other ways. The public is welcome to attend its meetings, which are at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the municipal building, and to participate in its discussions.
At the upcoming meeting on Sept. 8, one matter on the agenda will be a name for the new public space near the stone arch bridge in the heart of Kunkletown.
Weekly bog walks
Tannersville bog walks will continue Wednesdays through Sept. 8 as offered by the Monroe County Conservation District’s Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center.
The walks begin at 10 a.m., with the 2 hour and 30 minutes walk guided by an environmental educator from the center.
The educator will teach attendees about the bog, which is filled with songbirds and interesting insect-eating plants.
To preregister and to find out the cost, call the center at 570- 629-3061, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. some Saturdays.
For more information about other programs being offered, visit the website at www.mcconservation.org.
The West End Park & Open Space Commission is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday at the Chestnuthill Township on Route 715.
The Supplemental Food Resource Center at Effort UMC is seeking donations of canned yams, cake mix, cranberry sauce, stuffing, canned pumpkin in preparation for Thanksgiving, as well as egg cartons.
New Bible study
Pleasant Valley Presbyterian’s Pastor Chuck Monts will be starting a new Bible study breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. Sept. 11. Crossroads: The Intersection of Life & Faith will take place on the second Saturday of the month and is open to anyone who would like to come. For more information call 570-992-0158.
PA birds book
Monroe Countians Darryl and Jackie Speicher have been studying the birds of Pennsylvania for over 20 years and have recently published their first book: “50 Things to Know About Birds in Pennsylvania.”
That book is now available for sale in the Kettle Creek gift shop.
The authors will be speaking about all things avian at the Monroe County Conservation District’s Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center at 11 a.m. Sept. 11.
The program is free and copies of the book will be available for purchase, with cash or check.
Preregistration is required and limited.
To register, call the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center at 570-629-3061 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information on other programs that are offered visit the website www.mcconservation.org.
Our Lady Queen of Peace Church has set 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 11, for the Family Rosary. It will take place at the fire pit by the pavilion and include s’mores.
If joining, bring a chair and/or blanket.
The adult Sunday school and the Sunday school/Body Building at Effort UMC will begin anew on Sept. 12.
The adult Sunday school class will meet at 10 a.m. in the former day care kitchen.
The Sunday school/Body Building will take place at the 11 a.m. service time.
For more information, call the church at 570-629-1890.
From a seed
From a seed is the theme of the 47th annual harvest festival at Quiet Valley, Monroe County’s living, historical farm.
It is scheduled for Oct. 9 and 10.
The event “will revolve around grains and other types of seeds, the implements used to plant them, also the ones to harvest the resulting crops as well as uses for the product of the various seeds.”
Tours at the historic farm in September are Sept. 11 and Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
For admission costs, contact Quiet Valley at 570-992-6161.