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West End news for Sept. 29, 2021

PV Spirit Week

The Pleasant Valley High School continues Spirit Week with Color War on Thursday, with freshmen using pink, sophomores purple, juniors green and seniors yellow.

Friday is Blue and White Day. Those are the colors the Class of 1961 chose when Pleasant Valley was combined from the Chestnuthill and Polk schools.

West End GOP

The West End Republican Club will meet at 6:30 tonight at the Chestnuthill Township Park Building on Route 715.

This is a change from the usually scheduled meeting. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Last Bike Night

It is the season finale for the American Legion Bike Night this Friday, beginning at 5 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m., sponsored by the Legion Riders Chapter 927. It is an open Bike Night.

There will be fireworks and the Bad News, a classic rock band.

Sip, Nibble, Create

On Friday at 7 p.m. in McCawley Hall, there will be Sip, Nibble, Create, a benefit fundraiser for the Youth Group at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, to raise money to benefit the youth group’s pilgrimage to the National Youth Conference.

Reservations for this event were due Tuesday, but call 610-681-6137 just in case there are still palettes and room and for the cost.

There will be complimentary cheeses and snacks, but one must bring one’s own wine or beverage of choice.

Vouchers deadline

The Senior farmers vouchers will only be available until Thursday.

These vouchers are available for Monroe County residents, 60 years old and older, who have a gross income at or below $23,828 for a single individual and $32,227 for a married couple.

For more information, call the Monroe County Aging Office at 570-420-3735.

Riders raffle

The American Legion Riders Chapter 927 will raffle off a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 380 pistol in association with Dunkelberger’s Sports Outfitters of Brodheadsville. The package will include the weapon, an extra clip, a box of .380 ammo, a waterproof/lockable hard case and a concealable holster, or the winner can choose a Dunkelberger’s Gift Card of equal value.

Only 250 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be Friday at 8:30 p.m. during the Riders October Bike Nite at American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert.

For tickets contact Everett Shaver at 570-977-8208, or Gary Spears at 941-400-2293.

Dine-in dinner

Polk Township Vol. Fire Company, Kresgeville, is having an all-you-can-eat dine-in spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Takeout will be available.

Pantry distribution

The West End Food Pantry in Kunkletown will have a distribution from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

For more information one can go to www.westendpantry.org.

Church flea market

The Women’s Group of Effort is sponsoring a flea market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at Effort UMC. Anyone interested in participating, whether a spot with a personal table or with the use of a church table, can contact Joyce Aylsworth at 570-643-3334 for more information or to reserve a spot.

Food and baked goods will also be for sale.

Pet blessing

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church is holding a pet blessing at 10 a.m. Saturday. Participants are to meet the clergy at 10 a.m. by the statue of St. Francis in the church parking lot.

A reminder also to have the pets properly leashed or in crates or cages as is appropriate.

On Sunday, Zion Lutheran Church, Brodheadsville, will hold its blessing of pets in front of the parish hall at 1 p.m.

If it is raining it will be held inside.

All animals and pets are welcome but they must be appropriately caged or leashed.

Olive wood items

The Alsahouri family will display a collection of hand-carved olive wood religious items after all Masses at OLQOP church after all Masses on Saturday and Sunday at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Brodheadsville at 610-681-6137.

Invitation for fun

Come out to West End Regional Park on Saturday for Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day sponsored by Youth Infusion from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 578 Evergreen Hollow Road, Brodheadsville.

There will be a trail ride with professional instruction, plus prizes, raffles and games.

Golden anniversary

The Western Pocono Women’s Club is celebrating its 50th year of being on Saturday at the Chestnuthill Township Community Center.

Many club members, past presidents and dignitaries will be attending this golden celebration.

Eldred trails

There is still time to sign up to help with light trail maintenance on the Mock Park trails on Sunday, in Eldred Township. Participants are to meet meeting at the cul-de-sac on Wes Flo Court at 9:30 a.m. Call Ann Velopolcek at the township office at 610-381-4252, to let her know that you are interested.

She says that if one is not already familiar with the trails, it’s a good time to see this very special Eldred Township resource.

Volunteers are asked to bring tools such as clippers, rake, possibly a shovel, but no chain saws or similar power tools. Volunteers will be asked to sign a release before starting work.

The rain date is Oct. 9 at the same time.

Annual ride

The ninth annual Cody Miller Memorial Ride, motorcycle run and party, in support of Paul’s House, will be held Sunday, beginning at 12:30 p.m., at the American Legion Post 927 home in Gilbert.

Ride registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

Kickstands up at 12:30 p.m. with the route winding through the scenic Pocono Mountains, with one stop along the way, at Paul’s House in Jonas.

Then on to party.

For more details, including costs for the bike run, for the family friendly barbecue which begins at 2 p.m., for the scavenger hunt, for shirts and for vendor possibilities, call 570-534-2854.

On Oct. 10, there will be the first Cody Heller Memorial Ride, benefiting veterans substance treatment and recovery programs.

Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.

It is an open event at Post 927.

For more information, call Patty at 570-688-8308 or Gayle at 516-319-2800.

Life Chain held

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church will hold a Life Chain at 12:45 p.m. Sunday with pro-life signs.

They will join in reciting the Rosary of Life on the church property facing Route 209, praying for the protection of all life.

They will pray the Glorious Mysteries.

GriefShare begins

St. Peter’s UMC is again hosting GriefShare, a Christian-based program which is a bereavement support group, video based, that encourages interaction among participants to help navigate the grieving process.

Contact St. Peter’s United Methodist Church office at 570-992-7311. The 13-session program is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the church located at 924 Route 115, Saylorsburg.

Leave your name and contact information for a return call.

Ross meeting

The Board of Supervisors for Ross Township meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Ross Township Municipal building at 250 Anchorage Road in Saylorsburg.

Church sale

St. John’s Lutheran Church, Effort, will hold a rummage and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9.

Admission is free.

Among the many items are clothing for all ages, toys, games, knickknacks, holiday and household items, linens and more

The church kitchen will be open for those hoping to buy lunch.

Soccer challenge

Boys and girls, ages 9 to 14, are invited to the Soccer Challenge being held at the Pleasant Valley Elementary School with coordination from the West End Soccer League on Oct. 16.

Families are asked to bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate.

The Council level challenge takes place at 11 a.m. The district level takes place at 1 p.m.

Ham dinner ahead

Salem-St. Paul Church, Kresgeville, is having a ham takeout dinner from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16.

For additional information contact the church at 610-681-5191, email the church at ssplc@ptd.net or visit http://ssplckresgeville.org.

Contact Adele Argot at 717-933-4028 or arargot3@verizon.net. Contact the Times News at 800-443-0377 or tneditor@tnonline.com.