HOME­TOWN HAP­PEN­INGS

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Beaver Mead­ows

■ Bor­ough of­fice hours for next week are:

Mon­day, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tues­day, 3:30 to 7 p.m.; Wed­nes­day, 5 to 7 p.m., bud­get meet­ing at 6:30 p.m., open to the pub­lic; Thurs­day, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fri­day, 3:30 to 7 p.m.

■ Beaver Mead­ows Se­nior Cit­i­zens will not meet un­til fur­ther no­tice.

■ Pirohi work­ers of Ss. Pe­ter and Paul Byzan­tine Catholic Church will pre­pare in­gre­di­ents Mon­day at 9 a.m. to make pirohi Tues­day at 9 a.m. in the church hall.

New helpers are wel­come.

■ The Mass for the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion ,a holy day of obli­ga­tion at Our Lady of Lour­des Church, will be held to­day at 9 a.m.

■ Oplatki is on sale be­fore and af­ter all week­end Masses at All Saints Par­ish and Our Lady of Lour­des Par­ish.

Cost is $3 per en­ve­lope. Call Ja­nis at 570-929-2921 for de­liv­ery to the home­bound.

■ St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Se­cond Street, will hold wor­ship Sun­day at 9 a.m. It is the se­cond Sun­day in Ad­vent.

The Rev. Richard Bardo will of­fi­ci­ate the ser­vice. All are wel­come.

Free­land

■ Free­land Amer­i­can Le­gion aux­il­iary dues are due by Dec. 31.

Dues can be paid at post home.

■ Free­land Amer­i­can Le­gion 100th an­niver­sary hood­ies and T-shirts will be avail­able for avail­able for pickup at the Free­land Amer­i­can Le­gion on Thurs­day from 6 to 8 p.m.

Those who pur­chased items must sign for them at the time of pickup.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 570-636-3525.

■ Mem­bers of Free­land Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 473 en­cour­ages the com­mu­nity to re­mem­ber less for­tu­nate chil­dren by do­nat­ing a new un­wrapped toy for the Toys for Tots drive.

The post will ac­cept do­na­tions un­til Dec. 15. Any­one who wants to donate can drop off new toys at the post at 523 Cen­tre St., Free­land.

■ On Sun­day at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Re­formed UCC, the Rev. Glenn Lim­baugh will preach and cel­e­brate the se­cond Sun­day in Ad­vent.

His ser­mon is “A Manger and a Cross.” The scrip­ture is Ro­mans, Chap­ter 6, verses 1-11.

Also on Sun­day, the Free­land Com­mu­nity Choir will per­form a can­dle­light Christ­mas can­tata at 3 p.m.

Re­fresh­ments will fol­low. The food pantry col­lec­tion will end a week ear­lier this month, on Dec. 18.

The fea­tured item this month is dry bev­er­age mixes. Thanks to all who par­tic­i­pate.

■ The Free­land Cham­ber of Com­merce will hold an of­fi­cial meet­ing Tues­day at 6:30 p.m. at The Other Side.

The cham­ber is open to board nom­i­na­tions and elec­tions will be held at this meet­ing.

■ St. Luke’s Evan­gel­i­cal Lutheran Church, Wash­ing­ton and Main streets, will ob­serve the se­cond Sun­day of Ad­vent at the 11 a.m. wor­ship ser­vice Sun­day.

Pas­tor John Hazel will lead the wor­ship ser­vice. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to come to­day at 10 a.m. to help dec­o­rate the Christ­mas tree and Nave.

Sun­day School will be held from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Con­fir­ma­tion class we be held Wed­nes­day from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

All are wel­come to wor­ship at St. Luke’s.

■ The Eck­ley So­cial and Sports Club has changed the time of its monthly meet­ing on Sun­day to 2 p.m. at the club­house.

All mem­bers are en­cour­aged to at­tend.

■ Free­land Pool League: Re­sults from Dec. 3 — High­land I 15, Le­gion II 6; Fire­men’s 12, VFW 9; High­land II 11, Le­gion I 10.

Over­all stand­ings — High­land I 117-72, High­land II 10683, Le­gion I 105-84, Fire­men’s 85-104, Le­gion II 79-110, VFW 75-114.

Mon­day’s matches — High­land II at Le­gion II, Fire­men’s at High­land I; Le­gion I at VFW.

Ha­zle Twp.

■ Faith United Church of Christ, 21 Faith Drive, off Air­port Belt­way, will hold wor­ship ser­vices to­day at 4:30 p.m. and Sun­day at 8 and 10 a.m.

Sun­day school stu­dents will be hold­ing their an­nual Christ­mas cookie sale af­ter the wor­ship ser­vices both days.

There will be a Be­reaved Par­ents Christ­mas can­dle­light ser­vice Sun­day at 7 p.m.

Ha­zle­ton

■ St. John’s P.M./Mis­sion Life Church, Po­plar and Ju­niper streets, will hold a Christ­mas cookie sale just in time for the hol­i­days.

Three dozen as­sorted home­made cook­ies will be avail­able for $8 per box.

To order, call Stephanie at 570-384-0437, Ruth at 570-4545666 or Dorothy at 570-4542245.

The dead­line to order is Sun­day. Pickup is Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. us­ing the Ju­niper Street en­trance.

Pro­ceeds from the sale will ben­e­fit the church out­reach pro­grams.

Hang­ing of the greens will be held Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. to dec­o­rate the church for the Christ­mas sea­son.

A time of fel­low­ship is also be­ing planned for Dec. 23.

■ In mem­ory of Tony Udovich, his niece, Kayla Kierys, will be col­lect­ing toys for Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of Philadel­phia.

CHOP pro­vides the high­est qual­ity of care to chil­dren, who due to the crit­i­cal na­ture of their ill­ness, will not be home for Christ­mas.

Udovich bat­tled a lym­phoma for 32 years and was al­ways open to help­ing ev­ery­one.

He loved Christ­mas, and be­ing Buddy the Elf was most en­joy­able for him.

Bins are avail­able at Holy Rosary Church, 240 S. Po­plar St., Ha­zle­ton, to­day and Sun­day af­ter all Masses and be­tween 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. dur­ing the week, ex­cept Thurs­day.

The of­fice of Dr. Joseph Pelly, 20 E. Broad St., West Ha­zle­ton, also has a bin avail­able.

The last day for dropoffs is Fri­day so that all toys could be trans­ported to CHOP.

Toys for in­fants, tod­dlers and ado­les­cents should be un­wrapped.

■ The Most Pre­cious Blood Youth group will hold its an­nual cookie walk Dec. 15 and 16 in the church hall af­ter the week­end Masses.

A bak­ers dozen of cook­ies will sell for $5, bis­cotti for $6 a dozen and pizzelles for $5 a dozen.

Also avail­able are cookie trays for $20 hold­ing three and a half dozen.

Or­ders can be placed by call­ing Mau­reen at 570-4014596.

■ Le­high Val­ley Hos­pi­tal-Ha­zle­ton, 700 E. Broad St., Ha­zle­ton, will host a Miller-Key­stone Blood drive Thurs­day from noon to 6 p.m.

■ The se­cond Sun­day of Ad­vent will be ob­served dur­ing the 10:30 a.m. wor­ship ser­vice Sun­day at Ha­zle­ton Trin­ity Lutheran Church, Church and Hem­lock streets, Ha­zle­ton.

The Rev. Wayne Kauf­man, pas­tor, will con­duct the wor­ship ser­vice. Kauf­man will de­liver a chil­dren’s ser­mon to the young peo­ple. He will also ad­min­is­ter Holy Com­mu­nion to the con­gre­ga­tion.

The se­nior choir, un­der the di­rec­tion and lead­er­ship of Sheila Butkiewicz, Trin­ity’s mu­sic di­rec­tor and or­gan­ist, will sing an an­them, ti­tled “Let There Be Light.”

This Sun­day, the se­cond can­dle on the Ad­vent wreath will be lit. The first can­dle, which was lit last Sun­day, rep­re­sents hope. The se­cond can­dle rep­re­sents peace.

Ev­ery­one is in­vited and wel­come to at­tend Trin­ity as we anx­iously pre­pare our hearts and minds for the birth of a tiny baby to come into the world. That baby is our lord and savior, Je­sus Christ.

A hol­i­day soup sale will be held Dec. 16. Soup must be picked up af­ter the wor­ship ser­vice that day at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel.

The dead­line to order soup is Sun­day. Cost is $7 per quart. The three kinds of soup avail­able to pur­chase are chicken noo­dle, split pea and veg­etable beef.

Any­one in­ter­ested in or­der­ing soup should call the church of­fice at 570-454-3492, ext. 10, and leave a mes­sage for the church sec­re­tary.

The sale is open to the pub­lic, as well as church mem­bers.

The hang­ing of the greens will take place Wed­nes­day at 6 p.m.

The church, chapel and lounge will all be dec­o­rated that evening for the Christ­mas sea­son.

The church coun­cil will meet Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in the church li­brary.

Ha­zle­ton Trin­ity Nurs­ery and Kinder­garten School will hold its an­nual Christ­mas pro­gram Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the church.

Trin­ity’s Christ­mas Eve can­dle­light and Holy Com­mu­nion ser­vice will be held Dec. 24 at 7:30 p.m. A pre-ser­vice fes­ti­val of Christ­mas mu­sic will be­gin at 7:15 p.m.

The church will be dec­o­rated beau­ti­fully for the Christ­mas sea­son as we cel­e­brate the birth­day of the Christ child.

Red poin­set­tia plants and a beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated and lit Christ­mas tree will adorn the sanc­tu­ary.

The won­der, the beauty and ho­li­ness of the Christ­mas sea­son will all come alive dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion of our Lord’s birth.

Ev­ery­one is in­vited and wel­come to at­tend this very in­spir­ing ser­vice.

■ Soul Kitchen will of­fer a free com­mu­nity meal Tues­day from 4 to 6 p.m. at Trin­ity Lutheran Church, 100 N. Church St., Ha­zle­ton.

All are wel­come. A spe­cial thanks goes out to the Ha­zle­ton Ro­tary Club. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410-627-8774.

■ The com­mu­nity is in­vited to the se­cond Sun­day in Ad­vent at Sun­day’s 9 a.m. Holy Com­mu­nion wor­ship ser­vice at St. John’s Evan­gel­i­cal Lutheran Church, Sixth and Vine streets, Ha­zle­ton.

The Rev. Joseph Leech will preach on “Pre­pare the Way of the Lord.”

Leech will have a mes­sage for the chil­dren of the con­gre­ga­tion. Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the ser­vice, a cof­fee break will be held.

The Sun­day school chil­dren will prac­tice their hymns for the Christ­mas Eve ser­vice.

Mid-week Ad­vent ser­vices will be held Wed­nes­day. Leech will preach on the “Can­dle of Faith/Beth­le­hem” at 7 p.m. and on Dec. 19 at the Can­dles of Joy/Peace and Shep­herds/An­gels.

Due to Christ­mas ser­vices at the church, the free com­mu­nity lun­cheon sched­uled for Dec. 22 has been can­celed.

A Christ­mas ser­vice is sched­uled for Dec. 23 with a spe­cial hymn sing at the 9 a.m. wor­ship hour.

On Christ­mas Eve at 7 p.m., the church will hold an in­ter­ac­tive wor­ship ex­pe­ri­ence, “the Word on the Street,” with the Sun­day school par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ser­vice.

On Christ­mas Day, the 10 a.m. Holy Com­mu­nion ser­vice will em­pha­size the “Word Made Flesh,” based on the Gospel of John.

Lans­ford

■ The Lans­ford His­tory So­ci­ety will hold its an­nual Christ­mas open house Sun­day from noon to 4 p.m. at the mu­seum, 119 E. Bertsch St., Lans­ford.

Many vin­tage toys will be on dis­play, many dat­ing back to the early 1900s.

Vin­tage dolls, trains, books and more will make up the dis­play.

Re­fresh­ments will also be served. Ad­mis­sion is free.

Bill Har­le­man, pres­i­dent, in­vites ev­ery­one to at­tend and see the many new items on dis­play at the mu­seum as well.

Lat­timer

■ Wor­ship for the se­cond Sun­day of Ad­vent will be held at 9 a.m. Sun­day at Lat­timer United Methodist Church.

Con­tin­u­ing with thoughts about “find­ing a way through the dark­ness,” the Rev. Earl Roberts, pas­tor, will speak about “De­ci­sions, De­ci­sions, De­ci­sions.”

The se­cond of four Ad­vent can­dles wreath will be lit. There will also be a time with young dis­ci­ples.

The gath­er­ing of non-per­ish­able food items for the United Char­i­ties Food Pantry con­tin­ues. Cloth­ing for in­fants to teens will be col­lected for the Chil­dren’s Closet at Our Lady of Grace Church.

The church’s prayer gar­den is al­ways open. All are wel­come.

McA­doo

■ McA­doo VFW and VFW Aux­il­iary Post 6708 will host its an­nual chil­dren’s Christ­mas party Dec. 15 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the post home.

The party is open to chil­dren of McA­doo and sur­round­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties of the South­side.

The party is for chil­dren up to 9 years old.

Those in­ter­ested must regis­ter the chil­dren by call­ing the post at 570-929-1740 any­time af­ter noon daily.

The last day for reg­is­tra­tion is Sun­day.

No reg­is­tra­tions will be ac­cepted af­ter Sun­day.

■ The McA­doo Lions Club will be spon­sor­ing a Christ­mas home-dec­o­rat­ing con­test.

All McA­doo and Kline Twp. res­i­dents are el­i­gi­ble. To regis­ter a house, call Anne Ber­litz at 570-929-1732 by Dec. 15.

Homes will be judged the week of Dec. 16. There will be three mon­e­tary prizes.

■ McA­doo Bas­ket­ball League signups for the 2019 sea­son will be held Sun­day and Mon­day 6 to 8 p.m. at The Strand Roller Rink, West Blaine Street, McA­doo.

Di­vi­sions in­clude boys in fifth to eighth grades and ninth through 12th grades and girls in fifth to eighth grades and ninth to 12th grades.

Cost is $65 per player and is payable at the time of reg­is­tra­tion.

Teams will be picked af­ter all reg­is­tra­tions are com­plete. Prac­tice will then be­gin. A party will be held at the end of the sea­son.

The sea­son will start March 1.

All games will be held at McA­doo-Ke­layres El­e­men­tary/Mid­dle School with PIAA ref­er­ees.

The sea­son con­sists of two games per week. Each team will play a to­tal of 12 games, plus play­off games.

Games will be played on Mon­day, Tues­day, Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Al at 570-436-6146.

Ta­maqua

■ The eighth an­nual Ta­maqua Com­mu­nity Ad­vent Break­fast will be held to­day, be­gin­ning at 8:55 a.m.

The break­fast will fea­ture the mu­si­cal tal­ents of the Ta­maqua Area High School jazz chorale, un­der the di­rec­tion John Buglio.

The speaker is Loren Col­lura, man­ager of the Hope & Cof­fee Shop in Ta­maqua.

The pro­gram in­cludes a can­dle-light­ing cer­e­mony.

The break­fast is sold out with 180 peo­ple ex­pected.

Weatherly

■ The Weatherly Ec­u­meni­cal Com­mu­nity Choir will present its an­nual Christ­mas can­tata, “Be­hold the Glory,” by Stan Pethel, on Sun­day at 2 p.m. at Cen­te­nary United Methodist Church, Car­bon Street.

The pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend.

■ The Weatherly Recre­ation Com­mit­tee will host “Christ­mas in the Park” on Sun­day from 4 to 8 p.m. at Eu­rana Park.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will ar­rive at 4:30 p.m. and the Christ­mas tree-light­ing will be held.

Vis­i­tors should bring their cam­eras for pic­tures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Elsa from “Frozen” will be at the event from 6 to 7 p.m. and free trol­ley rides will be avail­able from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

There will be free chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, ven­dors and crafters, as well as food and re­fresh­ments, some of which will be free.

The pub­lic is wel­come.

■ Amer­i­can Le­gion Aux­il­iary Unit 360 will hold its monthly meet­ing Mon­day at 7 p.m. at the post home.

All mem­bers are urged to at­tend.

■ The cur­ricu­lum/tech­nol­ogy com­mit­tee of the Weatherly Area School Board will meet Wed­nes­day at 6 p.m. in the large group in­struc­tion room.

The reg­u­lar meet­ing of the WASB will fol­low at 7 p.m.

■ The Weatherly Recre­ation Com­mit­tee will hold a hol­i­day light dec­o­rat­ing con­test.

Homes in the Weatherly bor­ough and sur­round­ing Packer, Le­high and Lau­sanne town­ships are el­i­gi­ble to en­ter.

To regis­ter, call Shan­non at 570-401-8599, Jes­sica at 570401-6358 or email weatherly recre­[email protected] with the en­trant’s name, con­tact in­for­ma­tion and ad­dress (spec­ify bor­ough or town­ship).

Pho­tos of the home may also be sub­mit­ted to ap­pear on their Face­book page.

Reg­is­tra­tions are due by Sun­day.

Dec­o­ra­tions should be lit by dusk Dec. 19 for judg­ing.

Prizes will be given to four win­ners at the com­mit­tee’s Jan­uary meet­ing.

The four cat­e­gories will be: best of the sea­son, clas­sic Christ­mas, hol­i­day spirit and chil­dren’s choice.

■ The se­nior par­ents group for the Weatherly Area High School Class of 2019 will hold a bingo to raise money for the all-night party held af­ter grad­u­a­tion.

Help is needed from all the par­ents to make this hap­pen.

The event will be held Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. at Weatherly Area Mid­dle School.

This bingo is the third fundraiser so far and will be the big­gest.

Do­na­tions of food to sell, tricky tray bas­kets to raf­fle and also peo­ple to help the day of the event are needed.

For those who have not been able to get to a meet­ing yet, now is the time to start.

The next se­nior par­ents meet­ing will be held Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Weatherly Bor­ough Build­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Michele at 570-427-4927 and leave a mes­sage or email mic­[email protected]­mail.com.

West Ha­zle­ton

■ West Ha­zle­ton Trin­ity Lutheran Church, 2 Jack­son Ave., West Ha­zle­ton, in­vites all to wor­ship Sun­day at 9 a.m.

The Rev. John Hazel will pre­side.

This is the se­cond Sun­day in Ad­vent.

Sun­day school and con­fir­ma­tion classes will be held at 10 a.m.

Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troop 232 will meet Mon­day at 7 p.m.

Friends and fam­ily are in­vited to a Christ­mas potluck din­ner Dec. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex.

Poin­set­tia or­ders are be­ing taken for the 7 p.m. Christ­mas Eve ser­vice.

Fe­bru­ary lottery tick­ets are now avail­able.

For more in­for­ma­tion about West Ha­zle­ton Trin­ity Lutheran Church, call 570455-3411 and leave a mes­sage.

The Rev Wayne Kauf­man is the des­ig­nated pas­tor on call. He can be reached at 570954-4430.

■ West Ha­zle­ton Fire Com­pany Hose Hook and Lad­der No. 1 will hold the third read­ing of its by-laws Wed­nes­day at 7 p.m. at the reg­u­lar monthly meet­ing of the fire com­pany.

The meet­ing will be held in the fire com­pany meet­ing room.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Kyle Kaschak, pres­i­dent, at 570-455-3696.

White Haven

■ VFW Post 6615, White Haven, will spon­sor an al­lyou-can-eat break­fast Sun­day from 8 a.m. to noon.

The menu in­cludes eggs (made to order), pan­cakes, French toast, waf­fles, pota­toes, sausage, ba­con, toast (white, wheat or rye), orange juice, cof­fee and tea.

Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for chil­dren 12 years and un­der. Take­outs are sub­ject to 50-cent ex­tra charge and are not all you can eat.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 570-443-3333 af­ter 2 p.m. daily.

■ A Christ­mas party for adults will be held Dec. 21 at White Haven VFW Post 6615.

Ev­ery­one is wel­come for a din­ner of lob­ster tail, fries, cole slaw, and dessert served from 6 to 8 p.m.

There will be an open bar from 8 to 10 p.m. with a DJ from 8 to 11 p.m.

Cost of din­ner and open bar will be $25 per per­son. Din­ner with­out open bar is $20. There will be a lim­ited num­ber of reser­va­tions taken.

For reser­va­tions, call 570443-3333 by Dec. 14. Mem­bers and non­mem­bers are in­vited.

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