Planned PennDOT Roadwork January 6-10
(Weather May Alter Plans)
Kaylee Holland Chosen for HOBY Program
June Jones Education Chair of Bangor Womens Club GFWC is proud to announce that Kaylee Holland a sophomore at Bangor Area High School has been selected to represent Bangor at the 2020 HOBY Leadership Training Program this Spring.
Kaylee is the daughter of Bron and Kerry Holland. She is on the varsity softball basketball, and field hockey teams. She is a member of the morning announcements team, and for two years has been an active member of Bangor's Student Government.
A member of the Bangor choir and chamber choir, she was also a cast member in the school's 2019 musical production of Mamma Mia!
Kaylee's older brother Colton attends East Stroudsburg University, her older brother Ben attends Bloomsburg University, and her younger sister Brynn is a freshman at Bangor.
The Fifth Day of Christmas.........
The Feast of St. Thomas Becket - Day 5 (December 29 ): St Thomas Becket was Archbishop of Canterbury in the 12th century and was murdered on December 29 1170 for challenging the King’s authority over the Church. Becket was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. He is venerated as a saint and martyr by both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. He engaged in conflict with Henry II, King of England, over the rights and privileges of the Church and was murdered by followers of the king in Canterbury Cathedral. Soon after his death, he was canonised by Pope Alexander III. Becket was nominated as Archbishop of Canterbury in 1162, several months after the death of Theobald. His election was confirmed on May 23 1162 by a royal council of bishops and noblemen. Henry may have hoped that Becket would continue to put the royal government first, rather than the church. However, the famous transformation of Becket into an ascetic occurred at this time.
The Fourth Day of Christmas.........
The Feast of the Holy Innocents - when people remember the baby boys which King Herod killed when he was trying to find and kill the Baby Jesus.
Although Herod was the 'King of the Jews', he wasn't actually a Jew! He was a Nabatean and was really a 'puppet king' for the Romans. Herod was hated by most Jews and he didn't like them either! So when the Magi said there was a new 'King of the Jews' - who was actually Jewish - Herod was angry and afraid the new King could take his power away.
Because Herod was unable to find out where Jesus was from he thought the only way of making sure Jesus was killed, was to kill every baby boy under two years old in Bethlehem and the surrounding area. Probably only about 20 babies would have been killed, but even that fact is really horrible. So his cruelty would had brought terror and grief to many homes. But Jesus was kept safe as Joseph took him and Mary to Egypt just in time. This was not the first time that Herod had killed people to keep them quiet - he even had killed people in his own family in the past!
Audubon Climate Watch Survey
Changes to climate and the environment continue to have an impact on birds all around the world. The National Audubon Society created its Climate Watch project a few years ago to specifically track how birds may be responding to climate change.
You participate by observing birds in your area at a specific time using a specific protocol. Scientists will then analyze the data. Take note: The next survey will take place from January 15 through February 15, 2020, and is open to anyone with an interest in birds. Learn more.
Join Project Feeder Watch
A new season of the Project FeederWatch citizen-science project has just launched and you can still get in on the counting action to help scientists understand trends at feeders across the continent. FeederWatch participants count their feeder birds on two days per week that they choose (or as often as they can) between November and early April. Thousands of participants in the U.S. and Canada have been doing the count for 33 years and have amassed a tremendous database of observations that scientists use to track changes in bird populations over time. It's one of the simple things you can do to help birds–count them! Learn how to join Project FeederWatch.
Did You Know That....
Bangor Basketball Clinic......
The Live-streamed Eagle cam from Hanover Pa. is back for its sixth year. They are currently in their nest-building phase. Eggs are likely to be laid in mid to late February. Incubation time is about 35 days, meaning the eggs would likely hatch some time in late march. Click on the graphic, then click on arrow in the center, and see OTHER VIEWS in lower right. Click on that.
Regular Slate Belt Events This Week......
Sunday December 29
Bingo - Bangor VFW. Doors 4:30. Bingo 6:45.
Slate Belt Heritage Center - Open 12-3.
Slate Belt YMCA - 10-2
Fellowship Dinner - Crossroads Baptist, 4-6pm
Monday December 30
Bingo - Kunkletown Fire Co. Progressive Jackpot. 7pm
Blue Mountain Library - Open 10-12 & 6-8pm
Bangor Public Library - Open 1-8
Slate Belt Senior Center - Open 8-4. Blue Valley Farm Show
Slate Belt YMCA - Open 5:00am - 9:00pm
Public Service Announcements
PUMP Seeks 'Generous Contributions'
The PUMP food pantry is open to qualifying clients every Monday morning from 10:00 am to 11:30 am and again Monday evening 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Prior to receiving food assistance, clients must register and provide proof of residency. Families are permitted to receive food every two weeks.
Their monthly overhead is $4,000 which is needed to cover rent, electricity etc. To maintain this vital service to the community they are seeking "generous contributions" for additional, much-needed storage space and maintenance.
You may contribute by sending checks to PUMP, Box 69, Portland,PA 18351. You may also contribute by going to their website at pumppantry.com and clicking on the DONATE button.
Home Heating Assistance
LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing his or her heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.
The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150% of the federal poverty income level. For example, the income limit for an individual is $18,735; for a couple, the limit is $25,365; and for a family of four, it is $38,625.
Residents may apply for LIHEAP online or by contacting the County Assistance Office in their county of residence.
Click here for additional information.
Support Group For Vets & First Responders
A new confidential support group for veterans and first responders is available at A Clean Slate on the corner of Broadway and First St. (Rt. 191) in Bangor.
The group meets the third Monday of the month from 7pm to 8pm. It is free.
A professional counselor will facilitate the group. All are welcome. No sign-up is needed. Call 610-452-9348 for more info.
Weona Calendars Available
After many months of hard work, the 100th Anniversary of Weona Park 2020 Calendar is completed. Put together by Walter Cole, former History teacher at Pen Argyl High School and member of the Slate Belt Heritage Center, it features pictures, past and present, of the park and events that took place there, as well as in early Pen Argyl.
This Limited-Edition Calendar is now available to purchase at a cost of $15.00, cash or check only. Checks should be made payable to “Pen Argyl Borough”. The Calendar is on display at the Blue Mt. Community Library, 216 S. Robinson Ave., Pen Argyl. To purchase or for more information, call Walt Cole at 610-863-6472.
Snowshoes and Hiking Poles Available
Snowshoes and Hiking Poles are available at Jacobsburg Visitor Center, 400 Belfast Road, Nazareth every Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. Borrow snowshoe equipment to use on Jacobsburg’s trails this winter! Snowshoes are available for folks of any age or shoe size, including small children. Snowshoes will not be made available during times of insufficient snow cover, usually at least six inches of snow is required. To borrow equipment, you must provide a driver’s license or other form of state issued identification.
For more information call 610-746-2801 or email email@example.com. You can check our website for current winter conditions and snow depth: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/WinterReport/Pages/default.aspx
You can also view and register for community programs online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/. If you need an accommodation to participate in a program please contact the park office at 610-746-2801 or firstname.lastname@example.org. With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.
Struggling With Substances?
People struggling with substances can now walk in for drug and alcohol assessments at the Clean Slate Bangor, 100 South First Street St, Bangor 610-452-9348 Mondays from 10am - 12pm Many times this is the first step toward treatment and a new life.
BYM Meals at First UMC Wind Gap
Come for 100's of pizza crusts, along with peppers, Kind Bars, popcorn, and wheat crackers for the the community. Just come out to any BYM meal on Thursday nights 6-8 pm or even pick up some pantry items after worship on any Sunday 10AM..... First UMC 19 W. West St Wind Gap Pastor John Vidal.....570 426-0645.
Help Track Bald Eagle Population
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is asking for the public’s help to track the state’s growing bald eagle population. After reaching a low of just three nesting bald eagle pairs in the Commonwealth in the early 1980s, officials now estimate there are more than 300 nesting pairs here.
While bald eagles are no longer listed as a threatened species in Pennsylvania, they are still protected by the U.S. Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, which prohibits taking of the birds, nests or eggs. If you spot a bald eagle nest, please use proper etiquette to avoid disturbing the birds.
To review bald eagle nest guidelines, or to report your nest sighting to the game commission, click here.
Donations for St. John's Cemetery
Donations for St. John's Cemetery in Bangor are being accepted for maintenance. You can mail them to St. John's Cemetery c/o Carol Hummel, 136 Messinger Street, Bangor, Pa 18013.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate program
Older adults and Pennsylvanians with disabilities have until December 31 to apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. The original deadline was June 30.
The program benefits people age 65 or older, widows and widowers age 50 or older, and the disabled 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 for renters, and half of Social Security income excluded. The maximum standard rebate is $650. Supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners boosts rebates to $975.
After June 30, rebates will be distributed as claims are received and processed. Applications typically take 6-8 weeks to process.
Eligibility information and forms are available www.rephahn.com, or by contacting her office at 610-746-2100. Eligibility information and forms are also available at www.repemrick.com or by contacting his Slate Belt office at 610-588-8011 or Nazareth office at 610-746-5090. Assistance in filling out the applications is available free of charge.
"Weona 100" Requests
Pen Argyl Borough requests volunteers, personal stories from Community for “Weona 100.” A joint committee of borough officials and residents are planning a weekend of “Weona 100” festivities and activities on June 19-20, 2020. For more information about the Weona Park 100th Anniversary plans, contact Roberta Cowley at 484-695-2994 or email Weona100@gmail.com.
Heritage Center Monthly Schedule
2020: Sundays: January 19th @ 2:00 PM: “Slate Folk Art by John Reinhart. February 9th @ 2:00 PM: “Sheep to Shawl” by Hope Horn. March 8th @ 2:00 PM: “Leopold Conservation Farming Award” by Richard DiFebo.
Thursdays: April 9th @ 7:00 PM: “Textile Book Reveal & Signing” by Committee. May 14th @ 7:00 PM: “Garment – Textile Book Process” by Committee. June 18th @ 7:00 PM: Preservation Awards by Karen Brewer. July 9th @ 7:00 PM: 100th “Anniversary of Weona Park” by Walter Cole. August 13th @ 7:00 PM: “Anniversary of V-J Day” by Russ Stout. September 19th @ 7:00 PM: “1936 Slate Centennial Parade Video”. October 8th @ 7:00 PM: Haunted Heritage Program
Sundays: November 8th @ 2:00 PM: “Pearl Harbor Remembered” by Jim Paynter. December 13th @ 2:00 PM: “Great Slate Belt Trivia Contest” by Marc Blau
The Third Day of Christmas.........
The Feast of Saint John's Day. St John the Apostle, wrote the Book of Revelation, and is the patron saint of live, loyalty, friendships and authors.
The feast day of Saint John in the Roman Catholic Church, which calls him "Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist", and in the Anglican Communion and Lutheran Calendars, which call him "Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist", is on December 27.
In the Tridentine Calendar (calendar of saints) he was commemorated also on each of the following days up to and including January 3, the Octave (eight days after Christmas) of the December 27 feast.
This Octave was abolished by Pope Pius XII in 1955. Born in Bethsaida, John was called while mending his nets to follow Jesus. He became the beloved disciple of Jesus. He wrote the fourth Gospel, three Epistles and the Apocalypse. His passages on the pre-existence of the Word, who by His Incarnation became the light of the world and the life of our souls, are among the finest of the New Testament. He is the evangelist of the divinity of Christ and His fraternal love.
Health Benefits for Winter Outdoors
Many people think that spending time outdoors in winter can lead to colds or the flu, however, it is spending more time indoors that leads to the spreading of these viruses. Studies show that there are numerous health benefits to spending time outdoors in winter, including:
These young boys practice shooting during a basketball clinic held at Bill Pensyl Gym in Bangor High School Monday morning conducted by head coach Colin Kessler. PHOTO GALLERY Sbtt Photo Larry Cory SEE VIDEO HERE
Winter is Great for Going Outdoors
There are many benefits to spending some time outdoors in the winter. One of them being that it will be less crowded, allowing you to really take in the peace and quiet that winter in the outdoors provides.
Other benefits include:
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.
The monthly glass painting at Bloom will be on Thursday, January 9th from 6:30-8:30pm. Join Karin & the regulars @ the Craft Bar for a fun night of glass painting. One Glass, paint & instruction all included! Additional glasses available for $5.00 ea. REGISTER HERE
Book Nook Sale
Are you looking for a gift idea for a book lover or want to add to your book collection? On Thursday, Jan .9, from 10am-Noon and 6:00-8:00 pm, Friday, Jan. 10 and Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10:00 am - Noon, the Blue Mountain Community Library is having a Semi-Annual Book Nook Sale in the Book Nook, located on the 2nd floor of the library.
There will also be selected items on the first floor for sale. All items will be half-price for those three days. Please come and purchase gently used Adult and Children's Books, CDs, DVDs and Puzzles. The library is located at 216 S. Robinson Ave. in Pen Argyl. Hours are M-Sa, 10:00 am to Noon, and M-Th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Call Lisa at 610-863-3029 for info or visit the website at www.bmcl.org. Find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bmclpenargyl.
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/
Join Bloom for another workshop in glass mosaic. The workshop will be done in 2 sessions - Tuesday, January 14th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Choices are an 8x10 Cardinal, a 10x10 Moonlit Tree, a 12x12 Sea Turtle, a 12x12 flower or create your own simple design on a 8x10, 10x10 or 12x12 board (they can provide some guidance for a simple project). All supplies and guided instruction included. We allow up to 5 hours to complete the project. This workshop is suitable for participants 14 and older. Seating is limited - so make sure to register early!! REGISTER HERE
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/
Join Karin at Bloom Creative Studio on Saturday, January 18th @ 4 PM to create a beautiful Pine Cone Pallet painting. Cost of $25 includes all materials and instruction. Grab some friends and make an afternoon of it!
Join Bloom for another workshop in glass mosaic. The workshop will be done in 2 sessions - Tuesday, January 21st - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Choices are an 8x10 Cardinal, a 10x10 Moonlit Tree, a 12x12 Sea Turtle, a 12x12 flower or create your own simple design on a 8x10, 10x10 or 12x12 board (they can provide some guidance for a simple project). All supplies and guided instruction included. We allow up to 5 hours to complete the project. This workshop is suitable for participants 14 and older. Seating is limited - so make sure to register early!!
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/
Birch Heart Pallet
Join Karin on Saturday, January 25th at 4 PM to create a Birch Heart Pallet just in time for Valentine’s Day!! Cost of $25.00 includes all materials and instruction. Every purchase made at Bloom is made with a purpose! You help a woman rebuild her life when you choose Bloom!
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
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