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West End news for March 27, 2019

Published March 27. 2019 12:48PM

Blood drive

Cornerstone Community Church on Polk Township Road in Kresgeville will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. today.

Next Wednesday, Miller-Keystone will be collecting at the Western Pocono Community Library in Brodheadsville beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Spellbinding Journey

Families of fifth-grade students are invited to join Pleasant Valley Intermediate School for Spellbinding Journey from 5 to 7 p.m. today.

Clothing requested

Effort UMC’s Pre-school is accepting clothing items for a mother and daughter, victims of a fire.

Sizes for the mother are: shirts, large to XL, and size 16 pants. For the daughter the sizes are: shirts 6-7, pants 7 and shoes size 12. Items may be dropped off at the church’s preschool until Thursday.

Lenten services

The five-church cooperative Lenten service will be held at Salem-St. Paul’s Lutheran in Kresgeville. It begins with soup from 6 to 6:45 p.m. The ecumenical choir practices at 6:30 p.m. The service begins at 7 p.m. The theme is: Do Not Worry. The preacher will be Randy Lentz.

St. Matthew’s UCC in Kunkletown will be holding a Bible study at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. It is being led by Pastor Suzanne.

Effort UMC continues its Lenten study from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., with Pastor Robin leading the study. Soup and salad usually begin the evening. The Lenten service begins at 7 p.m.

Zion Lutheran, Brodheadsville, continues its midweek Lenten schedule of a Lenten study over a light supper of bread and soup, and then a worship service at 7:30 p.m. Sign-ups have been requested.

St. Peter’s UMC offers a Bible study Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. That study is a currently exploring a self-inventory and the Bible’s application to personal life within the present culture.

Fish & Chips

Salem UCC, Gilbert, continues its fish and chips dinner sale again this week as well as the next two Fridays. Dinner must be ordered ahead of time by calling 570-620-1425 any day or 610-681-4733 on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings and dinner must picked up between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. each Friday. Dessert will also be available for a charge.

Payment is due in cash only.

This is a benefit for PVEN food bank, Family Promise and Meals on Wheels.

Easter flowers

Various churches are asking parishioners and friends to help beautify their respective church for Easter by purchasing and donating flowers for Easter.

Effort UMC’s orders are due and paid for by March 31. Donors can choose lilies, tulips or daffodils. For more information including costs, call the church at 570-629-1890.

Community meal

The West End Mission meal will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Gilbert.


The Pleasant Valley Intermediate School PTO meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

School board

The school district’s Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the District Office.

Chestnuthill Seniors

The menu choices for the Chestnuthill Seniors, meeting under the umbrella of Monroe County Seniors, at Zion Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville, for Friday are 10-grain pollock, carrots, broccoli and pineapple tidbits for the regular lunch. For the lighter fare meal it is garden salad, three-bean salad, an orange and a whole wheat roll.

Menus for April have not yet been received.

Trivia night

Post 927 of the American Legion in Gilbert is hosting Trivia Night Friday. It begins at 7:30 p.m. and runs till midnight.

Food and drink specials will be available.

For more information contact Peggy at 610-681-5838.

Friday deadline

The deadline for applications for the 12th annual Stanley Becker Memorial Scholarship for any graduating senior in Monroe County who is planning on attending college and majoring in an environmental field is Friday.

For more information, call the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center at 570-629-3061.

Craft time begins

McMichaels UMC is beginning a crafts program, as led by Marie Link and Andrea Santiago. The initial meeting is set for 3 p.m. Saturday. They will be making an Easter craft. It is open to 25 people to attend.


The Big Brothers/Big Sisters 2019 Bowl for Kids’ Sake Bowl-a-thon is being held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Sky Lanes Bowling Center, East Stroudsburg.

To register a team or for more information, call 800-955-4376 or email

Backyard Biomes

Monroe County Conservation District’s Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center will hold Backyard Biomes program beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday to share how creating wildlife-friendly gardens, beautiful oases for native wildlife, also conserves water and requires little maintenance.

Attendees can learn some tips on creating productive and beautiful backyard garden habitats.

There is a cost for nonmembers.

For more information, call the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center at 570-629-3061.

Olivewood sale

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church will host the Little Bethlehem Christian Group for an Olivewood Holy Land Sale after all Masses on Saturday and Sunday.

Ross Supervisors

The Ross Township Board of Supervisors meets on the first Monday of the month. The board meets at 7 p.m. at the municipal building on Anchorage Road in Saylorsburg.

PVEN distribution

The Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network has its food pantry choice distribution Tuesday beginning at 9 a.m. and a clothing distribution on Fridays at 9 a.m. For more information, call PVEN at 570-992-3136 or view its website at

Supervisors meet

Chestnuthill Township Supervisors are on the calendar for meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday. They meet at the township municipal building on Route 715 in Brodheadsville.

Free alarms

According to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, the Red Cross, local fire departments and community partners will be installing free smoke alarms in Chestnuthill and Eldred townships.

To learn more, visit PA or call 570-476-3800.

Authors & Artists

PVI students and families may be part of a Red Carpet Event as Authors and Artists from 5 to 7 p.m. April 3.

Eldred Supervisors

The Eldred Board of Supervisors meets at 7 p.m. April 3 at the township municipal building on Kunkletown Road.

One can call the township to confirm if need be.

Assistance given

The Monroe County Area Agency on Aging is sponsoring community sites to assist individuals with completing the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Forms. In the West End it will be provided from 9 to 11 a.m. April 10, at the Chestnuthill Senior Center.

Those seeking help at that time are asked to make sure to bring proof of income, rent receipts — if renting, paid property taxes — if one owns his/her home and the property tax/rent rebate form (PA-1000) if one was mailed to the home.

Copies of the tax/rent rebate form will be available.

Notary services will not be available at the community site, so if one does not have all of the rent receipts for 2018, the application will have to be notarized after it is completed.

For more information, contact the Aging Office at 570-420-3735 or toll free at 800-498-0330.

Contact Adele Argot at 717-933-4028 or Contact the Times News at 800-443-0377 or

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