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West End news for Nov. 9, 2022

Cans for a Cause

Pleasant Valley Middle School is celebrating Cans for a Cause this week to help the West End Food Pantry.

Students are asked to bring canned vegetables, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing or cake mixes to their respective homeroom classroom, but no glass containers.

Program tonight

At 7 p.m. tonight Monroe County Detective Kim Lippincott from the Monroe County District Attorney’s office will present a program on human trafficking at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Brodheadsville.

Human trafficking happens in Monroe County and reportedly in the West End. The detective will present relative information as to how folks can help stop it.

Free meal

The next West End Mission meal will be available at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church at 4:30 p.m., tomorrow.

Sale ending

The PVEN’s cheesecake sale ends Friday. The flavors are peanut butter cup, Oreo cookie, plain, pumpkin, and raspberry swirl. For costs and other information call the PVEN at 570-992-3136.

Special events

Veterans Day events include a Veterans Day ceremony will be held at the American Legion Post 927, Gilbert, at 11 a.m., Friday, for the community. There will be guest speakers and a light lunch will be provided.

Polk Township is having an event to honor its Veterans on Veterans Day. It begins at noon on Friday, at the Veterans’ Memorial on Trach Rd. in Kresgeville.

Parking is available at Salem-St. Paul’s Church.

Alzheimer’s Support

Monroe County’s Support Services for Seniors Newsletter shares that the Alzheimer’s Support Group meets in person on the second Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Shawnee Ridge Community Center at 200 Jersey Lane, East Stroudsburg.

Meetings are held in a supportive, confidential manner. For more information contact Jennifer Kautz at 570-517-9292.

All programs are open to the public. For further information on any programs, call 570-420-3746.

Food pantry open

The food pantry, the Supplemental Food Resource Center, at Effort UMC, will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Soup sale

Effort Methodist church is having another soup sale, offering chili and old-fashioned chicken noodle. Orders are due by Nov. 16. The pickup date is Nov. 20 after the services at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

For more information, including costs, call the church at 570-629-1890.

Primetimers meet

Primetimers, a group at Pleasant Valley Assembly of God Church, will meet at noon Friday. Folks 50 years or older, can join this group for a great time of fellowship; just bring a Thanksgiving dish to share and invite a friend.

Riders meeting

American Legion Riders, Chapter 927, will meet Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Guests are welcome.

For more information, call Shaver at 570-977-8208.

Mass time reset

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church has announced that beginning this Saturday, Mass time will 4 p.m. Confessions will be heard from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Jeans needed

Valor needs jeans again. Anyone who has new or gently used jeans, no rips or tears, can donate them, and in this case Effort UMC is collecting them. There is a green tote in the church’s narthex to receive them.

Saturday breakfast

McMichaels UMC will be serving a community donation-only breakfast, including beverages, from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday.

A.A. continues to meet at the church every Wednesday at noon and Saturday evening at 6:30. There is no charge for the class and the meetings are strictly confidential.

Those meetings are presented by a professional.

Special benefit

Orphan Outreach Mission is having its yearly Tricky Tray at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church on Saturday. Doors open at 9 a.m. Drawings begin at 12:30 p.m.

There is a cost for admission and extra sheets of tickets.

Food and snacks will be available for purchase.

Pantry open

The Supplemental Food Resource Center at Effort UMC will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Said distribution will include Thanksgiving meal items. There will be no distribution on Nov. 26.

Eldred volunteer

There is a recent vacancy on the Eldred Township Veteran’s Commission. Anyone interested in serving on the Commission should submit a letter of interest to the township.

The successful candidate need not be a veteran but be willing to attend meetings and events twice a year: Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Letters of interest can be emailed to the address below, emailed to a.velopolcek@eldredtwp.org or dropped off at the township building during normal hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at the township building.

Sunday breakfast

Effort UMC will host a breakfast from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

Funtime set

Family and youth will gather for a day of giant games from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, at Salem-St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kresgeville. It will include UNO, Sorry, Candy Land and more.

Care packages for the homeless will be assembled for Street2Feet, an outreach program that provides services for the homeless of Monroe County.

Donations of adult hats, gloves or mittens will be welcomed and refreshments will be served.

Mission dinner

West End Missions will be holding its dinner at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Brodheadsville.

T’day orders due

Salem-St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Kresgeville, is holding a filling, apple dumpling and celery seed dressing sale.

For price information and to place orders call Linda at 570-801-7509 by Sunday.

Pickup is from 5 to 6 p.m., Nov. 18.

Bingo Night

The American Legion is hosting its open to community Bingo night Monday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with card sales. Games begin at 7 p.m.

Bar and kitchen items available.

Women’s Group

The next meeting of the Women’s Group of Effort is at 7 p.m. Monday at the Effort Church.

Prayer Shawl group

Effort UMC’s Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet Tuesday to create shawls of caring and support.

C’hill meeting

The Chestnuthill Township board of supervisors is slated to meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, at the township municipal office on Rt. 715 in Brodheadsville.

Valor Support

The Valor sponsored PTSD Support Group monthly meeting will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, at the American Legion Post 927 in Brodheadsville.

For more information call G. Lippincot at 570-242-0810.

Free dinner

Zion Lutheran, Brodheadsville, is hosting a free community dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. next Wednesday, by way of a drive-through pickup. No reservation is required.

The church also offers its parish hall for special events.

For a tour, availability and cost, call the church office at 570-992-6988.

The church worship services are Saturdays at 5 p.m., Sundays at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Masks are optional.

If not attending in person, one can explore these other options: 8 a.m. service is broadcast via Zoom, the 10:30 service is broadcast via Facebook Live or there is a simple prerecorded service each week on Facebook.

Adult Sunday school is held on the first and third Sundays and all other age groups the second and fourth Sundays of the month at 9:15 a.m.

C’hill Historical

The Chestnuthill Township Historical Society will hold its final meeting of 2022 next Wednesday, at 6 p.m., at the Park Building on Rt. 715.

The first meeting in 2023 will be on the third Wednesday in March.

Special presentation

The Western Pocono Community Library will host William A. Stavey at 6:30 p.m. who will be presenting a program and display on Depression-era Appalachia as told through the TV show, The Waltons.

The program will take place in the WPCL Community Room

Fall Drive benefit

Operation Touch of Home will hold its fall drive Nov. 19 and Nov. 20. More information is forthcoming.

Meal served

McMichaels UMC will be serving a donation-only dinner from 2 to 4 p.m., Nov. 19. One can eat in or take out.

The meal is being prepared by Pastor Ed and Nick Funk. There will be roast beef and turkey with lots of sides.

Church members look forward to serving folks.

Planned for December is a cookie sale. More information will be forthcoming.

Vendors sought

The Western Pocono Community Library is still seeking vendors for its Nov. 19 craft fair.

Interested people can call the WPCL at 570-992-7934.

Lions ring bells

The Western Pocono Lions Club will be ringing those bells at Kinsley’s in Brodheadsville for 2 hours, on Nov. 19 and Dec. 10, to help the Salvation Army fill that red bucket, enabling the organization to give gifts to families in need.

It is one of the club’s yearly service projects.

Craft fair/bake sale

The Blue Ridge Hook & Ladder Fire Company Auxiliary is having a craft fair and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 20.

There will be crafts, including hand-knit sweaters, crocheted items, natural soaps, gifts for the home, Liztech Pins and many other items one can purchase for Christmas gifts.

One can have one’s picture taken with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be the group’s Kaleidoscope quilt raffle drawing, bake sale, and lunch will be served.

The firehouse is located on Rt. 115 across from Ye Olde Saylors Inn in Saylorsburg.

Cookbook gifts

Two area groups have cookbooks available for buying for oneself or to give as gifts.

The Western Pocono Women’s Club cookbook cost and how to receive it is available calling Lisa Altemose at 570-242-0960, Stacy Meckes at 570-856-9997, or Lynne Mazar at 570-620-6011.

To purchase the cookbook created by Monroe County Seniors and residents, The Secret Ingredient Uncovered with more than 250 recipes, contact the MCAAA office at 724 Phillips Street in Stroudsburg now for costs and other details, including costs.

CWU luncheon

Church Women United of Monroe County invites everyone to its Christmas covered dish luncheon at 1 p.m., Dec. 3, at Faith United Methodist Church, 1160 Clause Drive, Stroudsburg.

The Margaret Wyckoff Wells award and the CWU Valiant Woman Award will be given out at that time.

Also, all groups who filled Christmas stockings bring filled Christmas stockings are asked to bring them in. They are scheduled to be given out to area organizations. FMI call Betty at 570-242-5826 or email bcll@ptd.net.

Christmas for Kids

On Dec. 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at 137 Pleasant Lane, Brodheadsville, follow the Star on the Hill behind the old Coordinated Health Building for some hot chocolate, cookies and candy canes and to help American Legion Post 927 collect unwrapped Toys for Tots donations at this special Christmas display event.

For more information contact Beth Lutz at 570-213-1481.

New Year’s plans?

The Western Pocono Lions Club is holding a fundraising pork and sauerkraut dinner from noon to 3 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2023 at Zion Lutheran Church, Rt. 209 in Brodheadsville.

The meal includes pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, roll and dessert.

For tickets and cost information call 570-801-7509 or pay at the door. Take out dinners will be available.

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