Mike Martino of Ban gor (3-0) gets a stiff arm to the chest on this shot, but still finished with 24 points to lead the Slaters to a 62-48 win over Notre Dame of Green Pond in a Colonial League match-up played at Bill Pensyl Gym in Bangor High School Friday night. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Julie Poliskiewicz
Pen Argyl's Emily Messinger drives for a lay-up during the Knights' 53-32 loss to a very good Saucon Valley team in a game played at Pen Argyl Friday night. (More photos tomorrow) (Another photo below) PHOTO GALLERY Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Bangor's Seth Benton defends, during the Slaters' 78-47 win over Catasauqua in a game played in Bill Pensyl gym Tuesday night. PHOTO GALLERY (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Julie Poliskiewicz
Pen Argyl's Lauren Zanette led the Knights with nine points, during the Knights' 53-32 loss to Saucon Valley in a game played at Pen Argyl Friday night. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Holiday Gift They'll Still Like Next Year
(BPT) - Popular wisdom would have you believe that the best holiday gift must have a battery, a touch screen and wireless capability. Technology gifts, however, rarely stand the test of time. Give your loved one a smartphone or tablet in December and it may already be obsolete by spring. What’s more, market research firm MarketTools found 14 percent of us return consumer electronic gifts after the holidays.
“There’s a reason why certain types of gifts and accessories become thought of as ‘traditional,’” says Karen Smith, senior buyer for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. “Their appeal and usefulness endure long after the holiday season ends. They speak to the recipient’s heart. They may create a warm sense of nostalgia and comfort by reminding the gift-receiver of a simpler time in their lives.”
Need another reason to go traditional, rather than tech? Consider this: a Stanford University study of gift-givers and recipients found that the price of a gift had no influence on the recipient’s level of appreciation. How much the gift cost actually meant more to the giver than it did the receiver. For far less than you might spend on the latest technology gift, you could give a wide range of no-tech, traditional and nostalgic gifts.
* Delightful holiday decorations – Giving holiday decorations is a great way to make the season even more festive for everyone on your gift list – and give something that will be used for years to come. Personalized ornaments or ones that celebrate a hobby, occupation or favorite sports team gently remind recipients that you know – and love – who they are. Unique holiday decor items such as items made from all-natural materials, a beautiful wreath for the front door, or hand-crafted lanterns with a winter theme make memorable, affordable and useful gifts.
* Home decor – Many people agonize over how to personalize a gift, yet if you’ve ever visited someone’s home, you probably already have an idea of their home decorating style. Look for home decor pieces that mesh with items already in their home. For example, if your sister-in-law has decorated her home in a rustic style, she might welcome some rooster tableware or a beautifully crafted quilt.
* Bed and bath – Everyone sleeps and everyone bathes, but does everyone on your holiday list already do both in style? Gift items that make for a more luxurious bathing experience – or even just put a touch of lux into everyday hand washing – can deliver a sense of caring, comfort and relaxation. Companies like J.R. Watkins, which has been around for more than 100 years, offer products that are practical and pampering, such as Lemon Mint Cream moisturizer. In the bedroom, accent pillows and quilts can remind the recipient of your care all year long.
* Timeless toys – Shopping for kids can be a challenge, especially if the child on your list has everything from a tablet to a battery-powered scooter. While last year’s tech toy may already be collecting dust on the shelf or broken beyond repair, traditional toys like old-fashioned musical instruments and simple dolls are timeless. This year, why not give a classic doll like Raggedy Ann or Andy, or a stuffed lovely like Sock Monkey? Or, try games that are as challenging now as they were decades ago, such as Simon, or those that travel well like mini Foosball or air hockey. Cracker Barrel stores are known for their wide variety of nostalgic toys, many of which are available on their website, www.crackerbarrel.com.
* Food favorites – Food can be a deeply personal gift, especially if you opt for something that not only tickles the recipients’ taste buds but his or her sense of nostalgia as well. Childhood favorites like Necco Wafers, salt water taffy, peppermints or traditional root beer are flavorful reminders of a simpler time. Pantry staples such as gourmet pancake mix and syrup or premium vanilla extracts feed the recipients’ body as well as their sense of creativity. Or, save someone a step on her holiday meal prep by providing dessert; a homemade pie or other baked goodies will be a welcome addition to any host’s holiday table.
“Some gifts will fade in favor just as winter fades into spring,” says Smith. “Everyone wants to give a gift that will be loved, used and remembered – and nothing accomplishes that better than a gift that appeals to our sense of nostalgia and tradition.”
What do you get the person who has everything this Christmas? A box of nothing.You Need Nothing are selling boxes containing 'nothing' - a plain cinder block in black or white - for between $50 and $150..
All proceeds will go to Oxfam, with the designers saying the gift is to remind the recipient that they have everything they need.
"You have everything. You need nothing" reads the website, where the £27 model has already sold out
Messinger Street Bridge (Viaduct)
The west bound lane of the Messinger Street Bridge (Viaduct) between First Street (Rte 191) and Murray Street in Bangor has been closed.
After a recent inspection it was determined that the westbound lane of the bridge needs to be closed and detoured due to in-creased deterioration to the bridge.
Eastbound traffic will not be affected.
This restriction will be in effect until construction of the new bridge, estimated to begin in late 2015.
Motorists will have two detour options:
East Bangor 'Love Feast'
The East Bangor United Methodist Community Church will celebrate a "Love Feast" during the worship service on Sunday, December 14 at 9:15 a.m.
A "Love Feast" is a special service of song, prayer and food. Although deriving from the Moravian tradition, the "Love Feast" was brought to the Methodist church by John Wesley in 1738 after traveling to America with the Moravians. During the service Moravian love feast buns and coffee will be served by "dieners".
The church is located at 136 W. Central Ave. (Rt. 512), East Bangor, PA. Pastor David Goss welcomes all calls at 610-588-4453, or visit www.ebumc.org.
TGAI open House
Totts Gap Art Institute's Annual Community Open House will be held Sunday, December 14 starting at 2 PM, TGAI students will share their work with the community.
The Blaus and the Holocaust
David Blau Author of the Book: “The Blaus and the Holocaust: a Story of Courage, Struggle and Heroism” will be presented via Skype at The Slate Belt Heritage Center, 2:00pm Sunday December 14.
The Heartwarming Story Traces the Journey of Walter and Gertrude Blau from Their Escaping Holocaust to Life in Bangor.)
Admission Is Free & Donations Are Welcome.
Light Refreshments Will Be Served
Easton Municipal Band Playing at Lafayette
The Easton Municipal Band, under the Direction of Jim Freund,will Be Presenting a Holiday Concert of Festive Music at the Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College Easton Pa, on December 14, 2014 at 2:00 P.m. the Easton Youth Choir Will Be Performing with the Band on One Number and Will Be Singing Three Selections with Piano Accompaniment under the Direction of Kelley Atwood.
Holiday Gift of a Tree Ornament Will Be Give to the First 400 Who Attend.
Food Will Be Collected for the Second Food Harvest Drive
Grace UMC Cantata
Grace United Methodist Church will sponsor a Community Christmas Cantata on Sunday, December 14 at 3:00 pm.
Anyone is welcome to join the cantata practices on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8 pm in the Church’s Chapel on the lower level.
Contact Walt Cole for more information at 610-863-6472.
Lady Slaters Raising Funds To Help Wilson Coach
The Bangor High School Girls' Basketball Team fundraiser to fight cancer will be played when the Slaters host Wilson December 16. The Girls' Basketball Coaching Staff picked this opponent because Wilson’s Head Coach, Dennis Fry, has been recently diagnosed with lung cancer and is in the midst of regular chemotherapy and radiation treatments. When they reached out to the Wilson Program., Assistant Coach, Mark Seremula, informed Bangor that compounding Fry's illness further is that these treatments are resulting in heavy, out-of-pocket expenses.
The Bangor Girls' Basketball Program and the Lady Slater Bangor Booster Club wishes to help Coach Fry and his family during this difficult stretch. Please come out and support the Lady Slater Basketball Program and their efforts to help offset some of the out-of-pocket expenses for a man who has been coaching in the Lehigh Valley community for the better part of 20 years.
SBCC Holiday Celebration
Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Celebration will be held at the Kirkridge, Turning Point Dining Room 2495 Fox Gap Rd., Bangor
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 6:00 PM
Members and their guests are invited to join the SBCC for our Annual Holiday Celebration! Cost is $25.00 per person
Each person is asked to bring a $5.00 exchange gift for the Exchange Gift Game.
Please send your check made payable to the SBCC by 12/10/14 along with your name and contact information
Young At Heart Christmas Luncheon
The Slate Belt Young at Heart club will be having their annual Christmas luncheon on Thursday, December 18,, at St. Elizabeth's Church at 12:00 NOON!
This club is open to all, 55 years and older.
Thanks to all who attended our annual Veterans and Military Salute! For more information, please call Mary Lou DeRea-Lohman at 610-863-4846 or 610-844-4630.
Toys For Tots at Dottas
The Marines are coming to Dottas’ December 18 from 5-8 for Toys for Tots. They are coming meet and greet the children, and collect toys for the less fortunate.
Santa and his reindeer will be here on his sleigh! Pictures will be taken from 6-close by Kris Ordinsky-Parks Photography. There will be light refreshments for the children, all children will receive a gift for coming, and there will be two door prizes drawn.
The door prizes will be divided for gender, one for a girl (from the American girl store in NYC), and one a boy (from FAO Swartz NYC; a Lego set). They hope to see many of you that can come out, and hope all will help fill these boxes with toys from now to the 18 of December!
NCC to Hold Campus Tours
Northampton Community College (NCC) will hold tours of its Main Campus on several upcoming dates. Prospective students and their families are invited to tour the campus, learn about the College’s 100+ academic programs and student life and get answers to their questions from admissions staff.
The tour is scheduled for: December 18 at 3:30 p.m. The tours last approximately two hours.
The NCC Main Campus is located at 3835 Green Pond Road, in Bethlehem Township. Tours will begin at the Student Enrollment Center.
Beautiful Distortion Holiday Concert
The Beautiful Distortion Holiday Concert will be held Saturday Dec. 20th, 7pm at the Nazareth Center For The Arts. Tickets: $8. Call box office: 610-365-2219
The Beautiful Distortion combines stellar vocals and harmonies with the top-notch musicianship of some of Eastern PA's best musicians. This six-piece band delivers in-your-face, harmony-heavy progressive rock, pulling from diverse styles and influences.
With its melodic songwriting, harmonies reminiscent of Alice In Chains and Fleetwood Mac and a tight, studio-ready live sound, The Beautiful Distortion is raising the bar for original rock music in the Lehigh Valley
Santa Claus is coming to Roseto
That's Right...Santa Claus is coming to Roseto. Saturday December 20th, Santa will be visting Columbia Fire Co for a special "Breakfast with Santa" event from 9am - 11am.
Cost is $5 for adults and children over 10. Children 10 & under are Free.
Call now 610-588-0597 or e-mail to make your reservations
Santa Coming to Bangor
Santa Claus will make his arrival in Bangor Saturday December 20 at the Merchants Bank branch on Route 191 from 10-12pm. This is a departure from the traditional arrival which usually took place the Saturday after Thanksgiving at the downtown Bangor Merchants Bank.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus will arrive on a fire truck. Participants will receive a photo. Children will also receive a small gift from Mr. Claus. The cost is $5, which covers the cost of printing the photograph.
Observing the Winter Solstice
Come to Columcille on Signal Hill to observe the Winter Solstice.
They will gather Sunday, December 21st at 7:15am to welcome the beginning of the return of the Light. Longer days, shorter nights. Sunrise at 7:25am
Caroling and Afternoon Tea
Come to Columcille Sunday, December 21st at 2:00pm for Carols in the Chapel. This is an annual gathering and they invite you to join them to welcome the Holiday Season.
Following Carols in the Chapel, they will gather in holiday fellowship to share Afternoon Tea and Treats. Join them at Casa Colum, the house on the hill, for tea and community
Coping With Suffering and Sadness
Consider this your invitation to join a free group dealing with suffering and sadness during a special quiet worship service called “Blue Christmas”, December 21st from 4-5pm All are welcome, regardless of faith or background. This program is offered by Wendy Littner Thomson, M.Ed., LPC, RYT, and Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2445 Lake Minsi Drive, Bangor.
To register contact Rev. Michael J. Scholtes at 610-588-2355 or pastorMJS@gmail.com.
Safe Haven Pet Adoption
Safe Haven Pet Rescue will hold dog adoption days from 11 - 2 on Sunday, December 21 at Tractor Supply, Route 209, Brodheadsville.
Safe Haven will have many young dogs available for you to meet and get to know. Safe Haven requires a pre-adoption application with references and a home visit prior to adoption.
Safe Haven Pet Rescue is a small group of dedicated volunteers from the West End of the Poconos who save highly adoptable dogs from high kill and overcrowded shelters and finds them loving homes. Shelter killing is the number one cause of dog deaths and Safe Haven has saved more than 700 lives so far.
Safe Haven Rescue needs volunteers to help with adoption days, fundraising, transporting dogs to vets and groomers and fostering homeless dogs until they find their forever homes. Help save homeless dogs.
For more information about Safe Haven, and to find a list of dogs available for adoption and adoption applications, please visit www.SafeHavenPa.org . Contact Safe Haven at SafeHaven@epix.net. Join Safe Haven Pa on Facebook.
Boys Annual Basketball Christmas Clinic
The Bangor Boys Basketball Team will be conducting its annual Christmas Clinic for any boy in grades 2nd to 6th Wednesday December 24 from 9-11am. Registration at 8:45am. Cost is $5.00
The clinic will consist of the following:
Stations—fundamentals such as dribbling, passing, and shooting will be demonstrated then practiced in stations.
Competitions—various dribbling and shooting competitions
Games—players will be divided by age and ability
At the conclusion of the clinic, each participant will receive this year’s team poster and have the opportunity for autographs from the team. Any questions please e-mail Coach Holland at :email@example.com
Presbyterian Candlelight Service
Come join the Presbyterian Parish Bangor/ Roseto Church for a traditional Christmas Eve Candle light service on December 24 at 7:00pm. They are located off Route 512 at 332 Kennedy Drive (behind the Med-9 Building)
East Bangor UMCC Candlelight Service
The East Bangor United Methodist Community Church will have a Christmas Eve "Candlelight Service of Carols" beginning at 7:00 p.m. The church is located at 136 W. Central Ave. (Rt. 512), East Bangor, Pa. For more info, call 610-588-4453, or visit www.ebumc.org.
Boomer's Angels Dog Adoption Day
On Sunday November 2, come to Pet Supplies Plus, 101 Pocono Commons, (near Pier 1) Route 611, Stroudsburg from 11- 2. Come on out and meet the adorable, adoptable dogs, cats, and small animals that Boomer’s Angels Animal Rescue has for adoption.
Boomer’s Angels Animal Rescue & Care was formed to give as many homeless and downtrodden animals the brightest future possible.
All of our adoptions must be pre-approved so why not fill out and application in advance. Visit www.boomersangels.com for an application.
If you’re not ready to adopt, why not try fostering? We provide you everything your foster will need. You supply the love and a safe home until they are adopted.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.boomersangels.com, find us on Facebook, or call (570)350-4977
Twelve Twenty-Four Playing at Zoellner
Twelve Twenty-Four is bringing their high energy, full-scale holiday-rock-orchestra concert to the northeast for the thirteenth year in a row, inlcuding Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University December 29 at 7:00pm
Their performances feature the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, as well as their own holiday creations. Twelve Twenty-Four is the Mid-Atlantic region’s original and longest running recreation of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. With sixteen performers, Twelve Twenty-Four brings alive the magic of Christmas at each show.
First Day Hikes
Thursday, January 1st 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Get out and get hiking at Jacobsburg on the first day of 2015! Join center educator Lauren Forster for a 2 mile interpretive hike on moderate terrain. We will explore the old growth forest of Henrys Woods. The hikes will start at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. from the flag pole in front of the visitor center at 400 Belfast Road. Bring comfortable hiking shoes, a water bottle, and wear layers. Each hike will take approximately two hours. To register, contact Lauren Forster at email@example.com or 610-746-2801.
New Year's Day Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner
New Year's Day Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner will be held at the Blue Valley Farm Show Thursday January 1. Pork with or without kraut, mashed potatoes, veggies, pineapple filling, bread , applesauce and a lot of desserts. ALL YOU CAN EAT buffet. $10 adults $5 children 6 and up, under 6 free
New Year's Day Bingo
Portland Hook and Ladder Company #1 will hold its traditional New Years Day Bingo. Doors open at 10:am and bingo starts at 2:00pm
All You Can Eat Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner
The Belfast Wesley Methodist Church at 607 School Road will hold an All-Yo-Can- Eat Pork and Sauerkraut dinner New Years Day from 1-4pm.
Cost for adults is $10.00, 3-10 year-olds $5.00, and under three eat free. More info: 610-863-7772
Fly Tying Class
Mondays, January 5th – March 16th 6:30-8:00 pm
Ring in the New Year with Trout Unlimited's annual fly tying classes for beginners and intermediate tiers. The eight class course will be held on Mondays at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The course will end on March 16th (note: we will be skipping the second Monday of each month). To sign up contact Thom Beverly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-393-6663. Cost $25. This class is limited to 25 participants, please register in advance.
Instruction will include the proper use of tools, material selection and introductory tying techniques. New tying techniques and patterns will be introduced for the more experienced tier. Equipment and materials will be provided, but you can bring your own vise and tools if you have them. There will be a refundable deposit fee to borrow a tying kit for use between classes. For more information visit: http://forkstu.org/PDF/Fly_Tying_Flier_2015.pdf
Willie Watson Singing in Nazareth
Folk Singer Willie Watson will appear at the Nazareth Center For the Arts Tuesday January 6th at 7PM Tickets: $20. Call box office 6 10-365-2219.
Willie Watson (Born September 23, 1979) is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and banjo player born in Watkins Glen, New York, who was a founding member of Old Crow Medicine Show. His debut solo album Folk Singer, Vol. I, was released in May 2014 and he appeared at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival. Raised in Upstate New York around Ithaca, he currently resides in Topanga, California.
Watson's transition to solo appearance began slowly with an invitation from siblings Sean and Sara Watkins to join them on a Cayamo cruise—a "singer-songwriter, folk, rootsy festival on a ship around the Bahamas]
In 2012–2013 Watson began appearing in venues in and around Venice Beach, California, making appearances with the John C. Reilly band and John Prine, and opening for acts such as Punch Brothers, Sarah Jarosz, and Dawes. Initially he was performing original music, then realized he got more out of performing the old songs—and his audience seemed to enjoy them more.
In 2014 he performed at SXSW in Austin, Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, California, Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, Pickathon Music Festival in Oregon, Fayetteville Roots Festival in Arkansas, and Steelfest in Missouri. A tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland takes him to Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester, Sheffield, London, and Dublin.
NCC to Offer Casino Information Session
Northampton Community College (NCC) will hold a free information session for its Casino Training Program on Tuesday, January 6, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Fowler Family Southside Center, Room 621. The interactive session will provide the information needed to launch a successful career in one of the fastest growing industries in Pennsylvania.
Several table games dealer training sessions are available, including day, afternoon, and evening programs for both incoming students and experienced dealers.
Classes begin on February 23. For more information, call NCC Hospitality & Tourism at 610-332-6580, or go to www.northampton.edu/casino.
Open Mic Night
Open Mic Night will be held tonight at the Nazareth Center for the Arts at 30 Belvidere Street in Nazareth from 7-9pm.
Open Mic Night is held the second Wednesday each month.
Portland Community Event Committee
The Portland Community Events committee will hold is next meeting 7:30pm Sunday January 18 at borough hall. The agenda includes movie night and events for 2015. The committee is always looking for volunteers and ideas. More info: contact Stephanie Steeele at 610-216-6716 or e-mail email@example.com
Portland Movie Night
Portland Movie Night will be held Saturday January 31. Doors open at 2:00pm. Movie starts at 2:30pm. Featured film is Ground Hog Day. Location: TBA.
Portland Liztech Bingo
The Portland Hook and Ladder Co. #1 will hold its eighth annual Liztech Bingo Saturday February 14. Doors open 11:00am and bingo starts at 1:00pm. All prizes for this bingo are Liztech pieces. Tickets now on sale.
Alive Inside at the Nazareth Center for the Arts
Alive Inside will be playing at the Nazareth Center For the Arts Sunday, March 8th,from 1-4pm. Suggested Donation $10
Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.
This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”).
An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, Alive Inside’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.
Relay For Life Fund Raiser Trip to Sight & Sound
The Relay for Life Fundraiser "Footprints in the Sand" will travel to "MOSES" at the SIGHT & SOUND THEATRES 11am Show Saturday, March 28, 2015.
Lunch at Shady Maple Smorgasbord. Show tickets sell quickly, please reserve yours ASAP. Price: $122.00 per. person
Depart at 8:00AM from Five Points Elementary.Arrive @ Sight & Sound Theatres approx. 10:15am. Time to browse & shop at Sight & Sound till show starts.
Depart: Sight & Sound at 1:45 (approx.)
Arrive: Shady Maple 2:15(approx.) you can eat & shop till 5:00pm. At this time we will depart for home. Arrival time home approximately 7:00pm.
Reservations & Cancellations: All prices are per person. Full payment is due at time of booking. No refunds after March 4, 2015, unless your ticket is resold.
To Book: Call & mail check (payable to Lynn Altemose) to Lynn Altemose 412 Garibaldi Ave. Roseto, Pa. 18013, 484-375-5161 or Donna Kelton 582 Five Pts. Richmond Rd. Bangor, Pa. 18013 610-417-5550 or 610-588-7786..
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