December 20, 1989 - The U.S. invaded Panama attempting to capture Manuel Noriega on charges of narcotics trafficking. Operation Just Cause occurred 7 months after Noriega had declared unfavorable election results in his country to be null and void. The invasion toppled the Noriega government and resulted in the installation of Guillermo Endara as president. Noriega temporarily eluded capture, but surrendered a few weeks later to U.S. troops. He was then tried, convicted, and imprisoned in the U.S.
Bingo - Bangor VFW. Doors 4:30. Bingo 6:45.
Breakfast - Blue Valley Farm Show, 8-1.
Fellowship Dinner - First UMC Bangor, 12:30 - 1:30pm
Slate Belt Heritage Center - Open 12-3.
Slate Belt YMCA - Open Noon - 6:00pm (Oct - May only)
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How to attract resident birds to your
backyard during cold weather
(BPT) - While beach-goers, sunbathers and other nature lovers may need to put their hobbies on hold when fall and winter arrive, bird watchers can continue to observe their feathered favorites from the comfort of their own homes. Bird watching through fall and winter simply requires you to know which birds are likely to visit your backyard and to ensure your outdoor spaces are as inviting to them as possible, with the right food and feeders for every avian taste.
Not all birds fly south for the winter. Those who do are likely looking for their favorite foods - like nectar, insects or fruit - that aren't usually available when the weather turns cold. Birds that eat seed are more likely to stay put and that means you can entice them to your backyard by serving their preferred varieties. Quality seed mixes and suet options are wholesome, nourishing fare for many kinds of birds that don't migrate.
Here are some songbirds that you might see in your area this winter, as well as some suggestions for what to serve in order to tempt them to visit your yard:
* Goldfinches - Common throughout the United States, most goldfinches migrate, but in some areas, they will stay for the winter. During colder months their feathers fade to a yellowish green. These bright beauties primarily eat seed, so they'll appreciate a premium blend of sunflower meats and niger seed, like Finch Friends by Cole's. The finch mix is designed to work well in all kinds of tubular feeders, and is also appealing to purple finches and pine siskins.
* Blue Jays - Big, beautiful and blue, these jays range from Midwestern states to the East Coast and can be found year-round. Entice them to your backyard this winter by serving suet and sunflower seeds or a blend that features sunflower meats. They also love peanuts, so try incorporating this high-protein, high-fat offering into the fare you serve through a product like Natural Peanut Suet.
* Cardinals - Although the splash of a cardinal's bright red plumage against the snow is iconic winter imagery, these birds actually stay year-round in their habitat of Midwestern to Eastern states. Cardinals are fans of virtually any kind of seed (except niger) and suet, so stock your feeders with a variety of seed mixes. Supply their favorite Safflower seed and you might see a cardinal at every feeder this winter!
* Chickadees - The black-capped chickadee is probably the most recognizable member of the chickadee family, and you'll almost certainly see them in your backyard this winter if you live in the northern half of the country. Seeds make up about half their diet in winter, so they will spend a lot of time dining in your backyard if you serve a variety of seeds. They also need fat to weather winter cold, so stock up on suet, too.
* Eastern towhee - With plumage that resembles a robin, towhees occupy middle states and range east. Those that live in mid-Atlantic and southern states often forego migrating in winter. Towhees like seeds, berries, suet and small fruits, so look for options that incorporate more than one of their favorites, such as Suet Pearls from Cole's. Serve this combination of nourishing sunflower meats and suet in a Mighty Mesh feeder or a Bountiful Bowl seed dish.
* Dark-eyed Junco - These small gray birds are found year-round in the northeast and north/central western states, but appear only in winter in the rest of the country.
While they primarily eat seeds and insects, they do appreciate some berries and suet when winter arrives, so entice them to your yard with Nutberry Suet Blend, which combines premium fruits, preferred nuts, whole kernels of sunflower meat, and insect suet kibbles. The blend also appeals to bluebirds and warblers.
Regardless of where you live and what birds you're trying to attract, remember they need fresh water and roosting spots throughout the year. Be sure to serve a variety of food options in a range of feeders - from tubular to dishes - and you'll be able to enjoy bird-watching throughout the winter.
Drones Paint Christmas Video
Known as "The Christmas Edit" the video by Ascending Technologies presents a modified AscTec Falcon UAS drone creating Christmas-themed light paintings in the sky.
"Due to the excellent flight characteristics of the AscTec Falcon 8 it was possible to fly such complex lines through predefined waypoints as precise and to fly those flight paths several times with such accuracy," a company press-release said.
The drone created several "paintings" including Santa Claus with a reindeer sleigh and a present with a loop each taking around 10 minutes as the operator guided it through several waypoints.
TRAFFIC ALERTS WEEK OF DECEMBER 21
Richmond Road (Lower Mt. Bethel)
Between Ott Drive and Miller Road will experience delays and single lane restriction 24 hours each day until further notice.
Between South Main St and Route 191 west lane closed into 2016. Follow detour. East lane (Rt 191 to S. Main) is open.
Grand Central Road
Between Delabole Road and Mack Road will be closed to through traffic until further notice.
Route 512 (Bushkill Twp)
Between Bushkill Center AND Broad Road will experience delays and lane restriction December 21 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Route 512 (Bushkill Twp)
Between Broad Road AND Professional Drive will experience delays and lane restriction December 22 thru Dec 23 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Route 512 (Washington Twp)
Between Franklin Street AND Bangor Junction will experience delays and lane restriction December 23 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Route 512 (Washington Twp)
Between Bangor Junction AND 8th Street will experience delays and lane restriction December 24 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
This Week at Bloom
Normal Open Studio Hours unless noted are:
Tuesday's from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Wednesday's from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday's from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Saturday's from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Stop by and spend some time being creative. Studio fee is $8.00 during open hours. Check their Website for Special Events during the week
Please sign-up by going to the Bloom on-line store at mkt.com/bloomcreativestudio and reserve your space for any of these special events.
Go to their web-site bloomcreativestudio.com/ or Facebook page for even more info and to register.
Friday, December 18, 2015
Knitting - 11:30- 1:00 PM
Christmas Tree Paint Party - 6:30-8:30 PM - $30.00
Poinsettia Crochet Workshop - 6:00-8:00 PM
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Winter Scene Painting - 1:00 - 3:00 PM - $30.00
Paint Party - 6:30- 8:30 PM
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The Chemo Bag Holiday Ava Fundraiser
Did you know that most everyday personal care, beauty, baby and household cleaning products contain hundreds of toxic ingredients that are linked to serious health issues?
Join Karen Miller as she highlights the Ava Anderson Non Toxic product line. Learn about the toxins that may be hiding in your everyday personal care and cleaning products. Ava Anderson started her revolutionary company at the age of 14 and now develops and produces the safest and best full line of personal care and home products on the market today.
You are invited to The Chemo Bag's Ava Anderson Online Facebook Fundraiser party! There will be a post each day highlighting products and how to recognize toxins in other products. Visit as often as you can.
To place an order in this party, orders will ship immediately, go to www.avaandersonnontoxic.com/kerrimiller
If this is your first online order or if you have ordered from a different consultant in the past, it's very important to create a new customer profile and ensure Kerri Miller, consultant number 12909, is listed as your consultant. Enter party #118717 at checkout.
Snowshoes and Hiking Poles Available at Jacobsburg
When: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM-2:30 PM
Where: Jacobsburg Visitor Center, 400 Belfast Road, Nazareth
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 five 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 their website at firstname.lastname@example.org for current winter conditions and snow depth.
Portland Girl Scout Troop Looking for New Members
The Portland Girl Scout Troop is looking for any interested girls in grades 4th thru 8th that would like to join their troop. The troop members are Juniors and Cadets. If you have a daughter that is younger than 4th grade you may contact the troop leader for more information. Meetings are held at the Portland Borough Hall located at 206 Division Street. Please contact the troop leader Pam at 484-764-2046 or email@example.com for more information.
Winter Clothing Drive
From November 1st through December 31st, Project Keep Warm, an initiative of the Lehigh Valley Business Group, will bring community resources together to help those who need help this winter. Last year over 4,500 items were collected and donated and delivered to homeless, shelters, children, families, seniors and others.
This will be the Fourth annual Project Keep Warm drive to collect winter weather gear items for the homeless – individuals, families, children, shelters, animal shelters, and others. They hope to collect more than 6,000 items this year.
To learn more about how you can help. Go to www.lvbg.org or www.projectkeepwarm.org or you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay At Home Moms Group
If you are a stay at home mom in the Slate Belt Area and are looking for events to socialize and build friendships for yourself and your child/children you may be interested in joining this group of moms. The meetings will be held at various local spots and during school hours. For more information go to, www.meetup.com and search for Slate Belt Stay At Home Moms.
Friends of Bangor Library Cookbook
The Friends of the Bangor Public Library are pleased to announce their newly released "Friends of the Library Cookbook". Recipes represent submissions from people throughout the Slate Belt. The publication comes just in time for the Christmas season and make a unique gift. Featured, also in the book, is a bio of the Friends of the Library, a vignette on the history of the Bangor Library, in addition to household tips. The books are available for purchase at the Bangor Library for $8.00. For additional information contact: Karen Brewer @ 610-588-8615.
Weona Park Yoga
Yoga at the Community Center- Mondays and Thursdays, 6 P.M. to 7 P.M. $10 per session.
Fur Trappers Live Bid Auction
District 10 Trappers of Pennsylvania will host a Live Bid Fur Auction @ Belfast-Edelman Sportsman Association, 474 sportsman club Rd. Nazareth, January 16,2016.
Doors open at 8am. Auction begins at 9am. $5 refundable registration fee, 4% commission. Furtaker license and PTA membership required. Contact Bob Counterman 610-759-9203 Fur Auction @ Belfast-Edelman Sportsman Association, 474 sportsman club Rd. Nazareth, PA 18064.
Doors open at 8am. Auction begins at 9am. $5 refundable registration fee, 4% commission. Furtaker license and PTA membership required. Contact Bob Counterman 610-759-9203
Musical Instrument Collection Drive
The BAHS Alumni Association is running a drive to collect used musical instruments to be donated to Bangor’s elementary band program. The instruments will be used as loaners for students who cannot afford to buy or rent them. We will take them regardless of their condition. If you have a musical instrument that is gathering dust, and you want to make a difference in a child’s life, call 610-588-5198. We will pick them up or tell you where you can drop them off. Let’s keep the music coming!
Your donations may be tax deductible.
Visit slateralums.com for more information.
Property Tax Relief
If you live in the Bangor Area, Easton Area or Nazareth Area School District, you may be eligible for property tax relief under a program run by the individual school district. For more information, please visit , RepEmrick.com, and go to “Property Tax Relief” on the left navigation bar.
Bangor Elks Hoops Shoot
The Annual Bangor Elks Lodge 1106 sponsored “Hoop Shoot” Free Throw Contest will be held at 1pm on December 19th at the Washington Elementary Gym. Youngsters from Bangor, Pen Argyl, Faith Christian, Easton, Nazareth, Wilson, and Notre Dame are welcome to compete. You can register at the school on the day of the contest at 12:30 pm. Doors open at 12:30pm.
First place winners and runner-ups will receive plaques with the first place winner advancing to district competition on February 13, 2016 hosted by the Danville Elks Lodge. This is the forty-fourth year for this youth national event.
Contact Pete Nell at 610-295-2334 or Glenn Miller at 610-703-0070 if you have questions about this event.
Roseto Community Homecoming
The second Annual Roseto Community Homecoming Celebration will be held Tuesday Dec. 22,from6:30-8:00pm at the Roseto Independent Presbyterian Church 210 Garibaldi ave., Roseto Pa.
All are welcome from near and far to a celebrate Christmas tradition of peace,love and family! Singing, socializing,food,drinks, deserts and Lighting of the Christmas Candle!
Pen Argyl High School Senior Day
Come to Pen Argyl High School for a fun-filled “Senior Day” hosted by Gang Green, Leo Club and Student Government from 8:30am to 12:30pm (Doors open at 8:15am) Wednesday December 23.
Enjoy listening to the sounds of the chorus and jazz band. They will be serving a continental breakfast and luncheon provided for all attendees. Other activities include quoits, tours of the building, technology lessons and Bingo! This event is open to all senior citizen’s of the Pen Argyl Area School District.
Please RSVP by December 16 by calling 610-863-1293 Ext. 1 as soon as possible, as space is limited!!
Fish Printing at Jacobsburg Park
On January 8th, 6:30-7:30 pm, learn the Japanese art of Gyotaku or fish printing. The group will use paint and model fish to make prints of various Pennsylvania species. You will also study their anatomy and habitat needs to create accurate paintings of fish in the wild. Paper will be provided, but you are welcome to bring a bandana or t-shirt to print on. It is recommended that you wear old clothes or a smock.
Registration is required. You can register for community programs online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/.
New Community Health Worker Certificate at NCC
Northampton Community College (NCC) will hold free information sessions on its new certificate program, Community Health Worker, and its nurse aide program in January. Attendance at one of the sessions is mandatory for enrollment in the programs.
Bridging the Workforce Gap: Lehigh Valley Workforce and Economic Strategy identifies “Health Care & Social Assistance” as a notable sector of job growth in 2016 and beyond. The report documents a significant demand for direct care providers, including community health workers, nurse aides and other health care workers.
The sessions will be held: Monday, January 11, and Wednesday, January 13, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., at the Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 E. Third Street, Bethlehem. Tuesday, January 19 and Thursday, January 21, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., at the NCC Monroe Campus, 2411 Route 715 in Tannersville.
For more information call 610-332-6585.
NCC to Offer RN and LPN Review Course
Northampton Community College (NCC) will offer review classes for registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) starting in January. Participants will review basic nursing knowledge and learn about recent technological advances. The course includes a skills lab and lectures and will be especially helpful for graduates preparing for the NCLEX (National Council Licensing Examination).
Classes will be held on Mondays, January 25 through May 2, from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 E. Third Street, Bethlehem. Skills labs will be held on Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and February 21 and 22.
The fee for the RN review is $900 plus $50 materials fee. For the LPN review, the fee is $700 plus $50 materials fee.
To register, visit www.northampton.edu/LifeLearn. For more information, call 610-332-6585 or e-mail email@example.com.
Columcille's Annual Women's Retreat Weekend
The Columcille will be hosting their Annual Women's Retreat at the Kirkridge Farmhouse from January 29th - January 31st.
Keeping with tradition, the Women of Columcille invite you to come celebrate and honor their beloved Brighid, Goddess of Fire and Water. It is also that time of year when life slowly begins to flow and move underneath. It is the return of 'Light', the beginning of Spring also known as Imbolc 'flowing of ewe's milk' when it was all agrarian society. Celebrate and prepare for the return of 'Light' once again through ceremony, song, ritual and camaraderie of all your Sisters or just take 'me' time, walk the land, meditate and reflect!
You must registration by January 24th. For full information on the retreat and registration information please visit www.columcille.org
Eagle Watching Along the Delaware
When: Saturday, January 30, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
The upper Delaware River is one of the best places in the east to observe wintering Bald Eagles. Join us for this trip as we venture up along the river in the scenic Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area from Arrow Island to Milford in search of these magnificent birds. Golden Eagles have also been observed on these trips in the past. This is a great opportunity for photographers. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars and a lunch. There will be a stop for snacks and hot beverages along the way.
Registration is required. Limited van transportation is available for first time participants. You can view and register for community programs online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/.
Young at Art - Expo of Art Camps
On Saturday, March 12, 2016, the Lehigh Valley Arts Council will present Young at Art, an expo of arts camps and schools, to assist parents with selecting the appropriate summer class for their child. This inaugural event will be held at Penn State Lehigh Valley, from 9:00am to 2:30pm, and feature thirty exhibitors who offer lessons in the performing, literary, media and visual arts. Free admission to the expo is provided to the public.
Families with children (ages four to eighteen years old) will enjoy meeting the various exhibitors and learning about the artistic opportunities for their aspiring creatives. The day’s festivities will showcase an arts demonstration, performance or activity every 25-minutes so children will have a chance “to try on what kind of artist” they want to be this summer.
Ask The Doc........
Technology can be wonderful!
by Dr. Gary Williams, DMD
I know sometimes new technologies can be frustrating and leave us questioning whether “progress” is worth the hassle. But, that is not the case with intra-oral digital scanners. We have been using our digital scanner at Family Dental Care now for 3 months, and the results are amazing.
Sure, it’s pretty “cool” technology, and it has been totally comfortable for patients. No gagging going on! And the turn around time is much shorter. All of these are pluses, but here is the real benefit… the accuracy and fit of what we are making.
I can comfortably predict a great fit of your new crowns, splints, Invisalign aligners, retainers, and anything else we scan for. That makes it worthwhile.
It’s one thing to restore your mouth to health, but I want, you want, and you deserve to rest assured that what is placed in your mouth is the best possible fit known to dentistry.
Digital scanning is here to stay at Family Dental Care. Feel free to ask us about our scanner. Garywilliamsdmd.com.
Slate Belt Senior Center
Slate Belt Senior Center
Blue Valley Farm Show Complex
700 American Bangor Road
Bangor, ph 610-588-1224
Hours: 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.
Morning Stretch 9:15 Daily
Walking Club 9:30 A.M. Daily-weather permitting
Craft & Chat, Tuesdays, 9:00 A.M.
Zumba Gold, Tuesdays, 10:00 A.M.
Brush Away with Senior Artists, Wednesdays 8:00-11:00 A.M.
Afternoon with the Arts, Thursday, Dec. 3, 10, 17(making button Christmas trees) 31, 12:15 P.M.
Pool Tables are available every morning & Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons
Cookies and cream
Friday, December 18, 12:30 P.M.
Center open 8:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M.
Monday December 21 and Tuesday December 22
CHRISTMAS PARTY & MUSIC WITH JIM HUMMEL
Wednesday, December 23 (registeration required)
Center open 8:30 A.M.12:30 P.M.
Thursday, December 24
LEFT OVER COOKIE AND FRUIT CAKE DAY
MONDAY, DECEMBER 29 12:00
(Please bring all you want to get rid of
COUNCIL OFFICERS MEETING
Thursday December 31, 9:00 A.M
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