Planned PennDOT Roadwork Dec 23-28
(Weather May Alter Plans)
Bangor Teachers Sign 5-year Contract
Bangor Area School District teachers and the Bangor school board have entered into a new, five-year contract after months of negotiations, which is retroactive to September 1, 2019 and will continue through June 30, 2024.
Under the new contract, all teachers will receive the same “flat-dollar” annual raise that includes a $1,350 raise in the first and second years of the contract, $1,500 in the third year, $1,600 in the fourth year and $1,700 in the final year.
Over the duration of the five-year pact, starting salaries for beginning teachers with a bachelor’s degree will rise from $46,240 to $50,000 and top salaries will be raised to $93,313. Health care deductibles will remain the same although the teachers have agreed to raises in copay and prescription amounts.
According to a joint statement released by school board president Ken Brewer and BAEA president Ed Zeigenfuss sent to Town Topics, “Negotiations held over many months produced an agreement that recognizes the board’s commitment to maintaining modest tax increases for local families, while also valuing Bangor’s dedicated teachers with competitive salaries, benefits and working conditions.”
Today is the first day of winter — also known as the winter solstice — and will officially take over at 11:19 pm tonight.
So what does this mean exactly? Here's a breakdown of the basics below.
The winter solstice will affect you The winter solstice signifies the shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. That means there will only be 9 hours and 16 minutes of daylight in the Slate Belt today. And after Dec. 21, the length of daylight will increase every day until June 20, 2020 — the longest day of the year and the first day of summer.
Here's what you need to know to take advantage of the daylight
Sunrise on Dec. 21: 7:22 a.m. in Pen Argyl, Pa.
Sunset on Dec.21: 4:36 am in Pen Argyl, Pa.
Length of Daylight: 9:16:02 in Pen Argyl, Pa
Milder Weather For Christmas
First Day Hikes
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 10:00am to 11:30am or 1:00pm to 2:30pm at Jacobsburg. Get out and get hiking on the first day of 2020! Join educator Lauren Forster for one of two 2-mile hikes. We will explore the old growth forest of Henrys Woods and the fields of the Homestead Trail.
The hikes will leave at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM from the visitor center at 400 Belfast Road. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and bring a water bottle. Registration is required as spaces are limited.
You can also view and register for community programs online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/
Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner
An All You Can Eat Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner will be held at Belfast Wesley United Methodist Church 607 School Rd Nazareth. Wednesday January 1st, 2020 from 1:00PM-4:00PM
Cost is Adult- $10.00 Child 3yr-10yr- $5.00
Under 3 Free. Please call Tom for more information 610-751-4400
Slate Belt Y Open House
Come to the Slate Belt Branch of the Greater Valley YMCA from 8 AM - 4 PM on Saturday, January 4 for their Open House!
Try out free Y programming, meet the directors, take a tour, and get a feel for the Y community! Bring a friend and stop by the Y; it's free and open to the public. Plus, there's giveaways too! You belong at the Y.
Bangor Elks Hoop Shoot
The Bangor Elks Lodge #1106 has announced that the annual Hoop Shoot free throw contest will be held on Saturday January 4, 2020 at the Washington Elementary gymnasium. There are two divisions-girls and boys and the age groups are 8 and 9, 10 and 11, and 12 and 13. Age is determined as of April 1, 2020.
It is open to students from the following schools-Bangor, Pen Argyl, Faith Christian, NDGP, Easton, and Wilson. The contest will start at 1 PM with registration at Noon. Any questions please contact Glenn Miller at 610-703-0070.
January 9 - 11
Book Nook Sale
Mark your calendar Blue Mountain Community Library's Semi-Annual Book Nook Sale Thursday, January 9, 2020 10:00 AM – Noon and 6:00 – 8:00 PM; Friday, January 10, 2020 10:00 AM - Noon; and Saturday, January 11, 2020 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon. ALL prices are slashed in half !
The Book Nook is located on the second floor of the library.
Art Reception at Jacobsburg
On Friday, January 10, 2020 at 6:30pm to 7:30pm, come to Jacobsburg for a reception to celebrate the new art installation interpreting environmental balance at Jacobsburg. Sixteen teens and artist Melissa Perhamus have created a collaborative artwork inspired by nature, entitled Jacobsburg in Balance. The artists will speak about their artwork and answer questions. Help us to recognize their hard work and contribution to Jacobsburg! Registration is not required.
Library Hosting Paul Walsh
Come meet local author Paul Walsh, the Artistic Director of Literary Arts of Lehigh Valley Charter Arts High School of the Arts, Bethlehem at the Bangor Library on January 11, 2020 from noon to 1:00 PM.
He will have his new hit book Lemonade! Your attendance/ support is appreciated! The book can be ordered online at Barnes & Noble or at the library during his event. Feel free to read the book ahead of time and ask questions during the appearance!
To Order Online: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lemonade-paul-walsh/1131528837.
New Year's Brunch
The third annual New Year's Brunch Hosted by Sistah Chat Radio and Get Seen in the Poconos is set for Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 12 PM – 2 PM at Cinder Inn 91 Mill Creek Rd, East Stroudsburg.
Come for a fun filled brunch at their favorite place! Enjoy their new all season patio with them. Tickets include your meal, a adult beverage (bloody mary or mimosa) and a swag bag! They will also be awarding their 2nd Annual Woman of the Year - Founder' s Award. Join them as they celebrate the winner and the New Year!
Learn how to prepare for being outdoors in winter as well as how to use snowshoes on Saturday, January 11 from 10 to 11:30am at Jacobsburg. We’ll go for a hike in snowshoes, stopping along the way to talk about outdoor scenarios and how to prepare for them. If we don’t get any snow, we’ll hike in our boots. The hike will be about two miles. Bring water and a snack. Wear waterproof boots and dress for the weather. Registration is required. You will be asked to specify your weight range when registering; this is to determine what size snowshoe you will need. You can also view and register for community programs online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/
Bring your family along to Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, January 17 for a craft activity and movie night. We’ll be screening "Magic of the Snowy Owl". Learn about the intelligent and charming Snowy Owl and how it survives in its bleak Arctic home. Craft time starts at 6:30pm and the movie starts promptly at 7:00pm. Registration is required as supplies and seating are limited. You may preview the film online: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/magic-of-the-snowy-owl-introduction/7833/
Live Bid Fur Auction
Pennsylvania Trappers Association District 10 Live Bid Fur Auction at Stockertown Rod & Gun Club (205 Le Fevre Rd. Stockertown, PA 18083), January 18th, 2020. Doors open at 8am, auction starts at 9am. PTA membership and furtaker's license required. Contact: Bob Counterman 610-759-9203.
U.S. Constitution's Meaning
On Saturday, January 18 at Bangor Library from noon to 1:00 pm, Upper Mount Bethel Township Supervisor, John H. Bermingham will present a program for youth in grades 5 to 8. The program is called "What the United States Constitution Means Today".
Annual Winter Bird Count
On Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 8:00am to 4:00pm, spend the day counting birds at Jacobsburg and other places within a 5-mile radius of the Visitor Center. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars, warm beverages and a lunch. Registration is required. You can also view and register for community programs online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/
Come to Jacobsburg on Saturday, January 25 from 8:00am to 4:00pm and venture into the Delaware Water Gap in search of Bald Eagles, one of the best areas in the east to view these magnificent birds. There is also a chance that we might see a Golden Eagle or Peregrine Falcon. This is a great opportunity for photographers. Please dress for the weather, bring a lunch and binoculars. There will be a stop for coffee and snacks along the way. Registration is required.You can also view and register for community programs online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/
History of Snowshoeing
Learn how to snowshoe while learning the history of these helpful winter tools at Jacobsburg on Saturday, February 1 from 8:30am to 10:00am. If we don’t get any snow, we’ll focus on using trekking poles and hike in our boots. The hike will be about two miles, bring water and a snack. Wear waterproof boots and dress for the weather. Registration is required. You will be asked to specify your weight range when registering; this is to determine what size snowshoe you will need. You can also view and register for community programs online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/
Friday, February 7, 2020 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Winter is a good time to observe animals and study their tracks. At Jacobsburg on Friday, February 7 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm you can learn how animals walk and how to identify them based on their foot shape. We'll spend the evening inside getting messy by making plaster casts. Registration is required. You can also view and register for community programs online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/
Animal Tracks & Signs
Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:00am to 11:30am. Could you tell if a bobcat was in the area? An owl? Take a walk through Jacobsburg in search of animal tracks and signs. Participants should dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes. If there’s snow, we’ll take the walk in snowshoes! Registration is required. You can also view and register for community programs online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/
Did you know that you can find insects in winter? Join us on Saturday, February 8 from 1 to 2:30pm as we explore the Bushkill Creek in search of insects that are able to survive in cold, icy creeks during the winter months. Participants should dress for the weather. Boots and equipment will be provided. Registration is required. You can also view and register for community programs online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/
Slate Belt Senior Center
Blue Valley Farm Show Complex
8:00 AM-3:30 PM
Slate Belt Senior Center
Blue Valley Farm Show Complex
Bangor, Pa., Phone 610-588-1224
Hours: 8:00 AM-3:30 PM
Meals are served at 11:30 and must be
reserved by 10:00 AM one day prior
Cancellations must be done as soon as possible.
Darts, Tuesdays, 10:00 AM
Quoits, Tuesdays, 9:00-10:00 AM
Tai Chi, Tuesdays, 12:15 PM
Painting, Wednesdays, 8:00-11:00 AM
Exercise with Darla, Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 AM
Poker, Thursdays, 9:00 AM
Trivia Game, Friday, December 6, 12:15 PM
Cookie making for sing along, Monday December 9, 10:00 AM
Christmas Carols, Hot Chocolate, Thursday, December 12, 12:15 PM
Baseball, Friday, December 13, 10:100 AM
Discussion group, "What makes you Happy?", Friday, December 13, 12:15 PM
Discussion group, "How do you see yourself in the New Year, Monday, December 16, 10:00 AM
Memory Cafe', Tuesday, December 17, 2:00-3:30 PM
Christmas Karaoke, Monday, December 23, 12:15 PM
Deja' the Therapy Dog, Tuesday, December 24, 10:00 AM
Center will close AT 12:30 PM, Tuesday, December 24
CENTER CLOSED--HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Council Meeting, Thursday, December 26, 9:00 AM
Events Meeting, Thursday, December 26, 1:00 PM
Mexican Trains, Thursday, December 26, 12:15 PM
Miss Julies Dance School, Friday, December 27, 10:30-11:00 AM
Create an action plan for the new year, Friday, December 27, 12:15 PM
Center will close at 12:30, Monday and Tuesday, December 30 & 31
Bangor Public Library