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Tamaqua news for March 13, 2019

Published March 13. 2019 01:31PM


An American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be held from 1-6 p.m. March 20, at the Salvation Army gymnasium.

Anyone 17 or older who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in general good health is eligible to donate blood.

Walk-ins are welcome or you can schedule an appointment by calling 800-733-2767 or going to

The Sal’s gym is located at 105 W. Broad St., Tamaqua.

Tamaqua seniors

The Tamaqua Senior Citizens met March 7 at the Tamaqua YMCA with 43 members in attendance. President Melody Weicker opened the meeting with the reading of “I Hope Life Treats You Kindly.”

Jean Machamer and Kethleen Valentine were added to the sick list.

Membership dues for 2019 are now being accepted.

The group is open to anyone 55 or older, meeting at 1 p.m. every Thursday at the YMCA. The next meeting will be held on March 14.

Electronic recycling

Tamaqua Borough has a new electronic recycling program for residents in response to new regulations that ban placing those items out for regular trash collection. There are disposal fees attached to the program and a limit of three items per household per month. The disposal fees are $5 for one item, $8 for two items and $10 for three items.

Electronic devices that will be accepted include desktop computers, laptops, monitors, televisions and computer peripherals such as keyboards, printers, mouse or other devices connected to a computer.

This is a drop-off program, so items must be transported to the drop-off site by first contacting someone at borough hall.

For more information, visit the Tamaqua Municipal Building at 320 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, or call 570-668-3444 or 570-668-0300, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Proof of residency will be required.

Exercise for seniors

The Tamaqua Salvation Army has partnered with Diakon to provide gentle fitness exercise classes for those age 55 and older.

Sessions are held at 10:30 a.m. every Monday and Thursday at the Salvation Army, 105 W. Broad St.

Sessions begin with a casual 10-20 minute warmup walk, then incorporates a variety of fitness genres, including dance, yoga and tai chi, which help to increase balance, flexibility, strength and energy. Most routines can be done standing or sitting based on the individual’s comfort level.

As with all exercise programs, participants may wish to consult with their doctor.

Classes are subject to weather conditions and will be canceled when the Tamaqua Area and Panther Valley School Districts are closed.

Registration is free and walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 570-668-0410.

Bethany EC

The Rev. Kevin Roberts will officiate at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. worship services this Sunday in Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church. Sunday school classes meet at 9:15 a.m.

Also on Sunday, the monthly service at the Hometown Nursing Center will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Activities for next week include: Monday, Celebrate Recovery women’s training at 5 p.m., Celebrate Recovery men’s training at 5:15 p.m., Celebrate Recovery meets at 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, TYM REMIX meets at 6:30 p.m., worship practice at 8 p.m.; Saturday NAMM breakfast at 8 a.m.

Primitive Methodist

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

The pastoral relations committee will meet at 1 p.m. on March 19.

Hope in the Mountains meetings are held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. This is a Nar-Anon Family Group. For more information, call Mark at 570-952-5098.

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

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