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Tamaqua news for Dec. 19, 2018

Published December 19. 2018 12:25PM

Snow rules

Winter is here, and with it comes the reminder that snow could fall at any time. Tamaqua residents are reminded of borough rules concerning snow removal.

Property owners are required to maintain a clear path, at least 3 feet wide, on sidewalks. Snow and 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.

People who plow snow from in front of homes and businesses must remove any piles of snow they create. Anyone piling snow in the street or parking areas could be cited.

Residents are asked to refrain from piling snow near fire hydrants or on top of storm drains and are encouraged to clear snow from these areas. Call 570-668-3444 or 570-668-0300 for more information.

Tamaqua seniors

The Tamaqua Senior Citizens held its annual Christmas party on Dec. 13 at the Tamaqua YMCA with 67 members in attendance. President Melody Weicker opened the meeting with “The Lord’s Prayer.” A and C Catering of Mahanoy City provided the meal.

Several members were awarded prizes, including a wine basket, an antique wreath, a canvas snowman and a variety of gift cards.

November and December birthdays will be celebrated at the Dec. 20 meeting.

The group is open to anyone 55 or older, meeting at 1 p.m. every Thursday at the YMCA.

Free dinner

Zion Lutheran Church will host a free, community pork and sauerkraut dinner on New Year’s Day. The meal will be served between noon and 3 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

The church is located at Greenwood and Mauch Chunk streets.

Primitive Methodist

Pastor Rick Clemson will officiate at the 10:45 a.m. worship service this Sunday in American Primitive Methodist Church. Sunday school classes are held at 9:30 a.m.

A traditional Christmas Eve service will be celebrated at 7 p.m. on Monday.

Hope in the Mountains, a Nar-Anon Family Group, meetings are held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, call 570-778-5098.

St. Peter’s

The Rev. Emmajane Finney will officiate at the 9 a.m. worship service this Sunday at St. Peter’s West Penn Church, Mantzville.

Also on Sunday, Sunday school classes will meet at 10:15 a.m.; junior choir rehearsal is at 11 a.m.

Christmas Eve services will be held at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Kenneth Melber, and at 7 and 10:30 p.m. with the Rev. Virginia Heimer. All services will include Holy Communion.

Bethany EC

The Rev. Kevin Roberts will officiate at the 10 a.m. worship service this Sunday in Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church.

Christmas Eve services will be celebrated on Monday at 3, 7 and 11 p.m. The two later services will be candlelit.

Activities for the next week include: Wednesday, worship practice at 8 p.m.

Contact Kathy Kunkel at 570-668-1250 or Contact the Times News at 800-443-0377 or

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