HELP WANTED: PT Photographer and/or Videographer for the Slate Belt Town Topics. Will supply equipment if necessary. Some experience preferred. Knowledge of photo/video editing is helpful, but not required. High school students also welcome to apply. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-688-3724.
Planned PennDOT Roadwork January 20-29
(Weather May Alter Plans)
PA 511 Traffic Alerts - 7:00am Today
The Bangor Girls basketball team celebrated senior night with a 51-39 win over East Stroudsburg South. (L-R) Front: Morgan Karasek, Jordan Hendricks, Dani Hess, Faith Thompson, Avery Schiavone. Back: Head Coach Bill Bisci, Coach Pellegrino, Coach Huff, Coach Fishler, Maddie Minner, Casey Walsh, Coach Gargone, Coach Rotzell. Sbtt Photo Larry Cory (Story below) Video Later
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.
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.
"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 16th @ 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
Bangor Lip Sync Contest
The Bangor Area High School Lip Sync contest postponed from earlier has been rescheduled for 7:30pm Friday January 24 at the M.Craig Paine Performing Arts theater at the school.
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!
All You Can Eat Breakfast
An All you can eat Breakfast Hosted by Wind Gap Legion Post 724 will be held Sunday January 26. This event will be held in the Post Legion Hall and is open to the public. This is a benefit for Pen Argyl Boys Basketball team.
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/
Liztech Bingo & Tricky Tray
Annual Liztech Bingo & Tricky Tray. Saturday February 15, at 1:00pm, doors open at 11:00am. Bingo prizes are ALL Liztech pieces there are NO cash prizes.
The tricky tray is a small tricky tray of additional Liztech pieces. Advance bingo tickets are $25, day of tickets are $30. Kitchen is open. For information and tickets please contact Stephanie at 610-216-6716 or email@example.com. #bingo #liztech #portlandpa #slatebeltpa #portlandfire33
Bird Count and Bird Walk
Great Backyard Bird Count & Winter Bird Walk will be Hosted by Waste Management's Grand Central Environmental Education Center Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 10 AM – 11:30 AM Waste Management's Grand Central Environmental Education Center
891 Grand Central Road, Pen Argyl.
The annual winter backyard bird count walk will be a fun outdoor adventure for all ages! Together, they will count birds and report them to the Great Backyard Bird Count. Bring your winter clothes, good walking shoes (or boots - they might have snow by then!) and your camera! This walk leaves promptly at 10am from the education center.
To register, contact Adrienne Fors (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a message with our community line 1-888-373-2917.
*please watch post for bad weather event. We may reschedule*
Discover Lehigh Valley
Discover Lehigh Valley, Northampton County DCED and Slate Belt Rising have organized a workshop in the Slate Belt February 20 from 9-11am at the Slate Belt Heritage Center for local businesses to come and learn how to work with Discover Lehigh Valley and engage travelers and visitors.
Craft and Vendor Show
Portland Craft & Vendor Show, Saturday March 14 from 9am to 3pm. Free admission and parking. ATM within walking distance. Handicap accessible. Kitchen open. For space availability please contact Stephanie 610-216-6716.
Brick Bingo, will be held Saturday April 4. Doors open at 11am, Bingo begins at 1pm. ALL new this year a small Lego themed Tricky tray held during bingo, drawing immediately following bingo. Advance tickets are $20. Group tickets available, click open flyer for info. Kids are welcome to play accompanied by an adult. Kitchen open for lunch and snacks. Contact Stephanie for tickets 610-216-6716 or email@example.com.
Annual Masonic Motorama
The 7th Annual Masonic Motorama car, truck, van, motorcycle show and the Horsepower Showdown presented by Portland Masonic lodge No. 311 and Smoke and Speed will be held Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 9 AM – 5 PM at Plainfield Farmers Assn 1281 Bangor Rd.
Open to all cars, trucks, vans, Suv, powerwheels and anything with a motor! awards will be given!!! live entertainment! food! Truck Pulls!
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.
Bangor Public Library