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LMBT Recreation Board - The Lower Mt. Bethel Township Recreation Board will meet the 1st Wednesday each month 6:30 p.m . at 2004 Hutchison Ave, Martins Creek.
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LMBT Recreation Board - The Lower Mt. Bethel Township Recreation Board will meet the 1st Wednesday each month 6:30 p.m . at 2004 Hutchison Ave, Martins Creek.
Trinity Lutheran Sportsmen's Dinner
The 14th Annual Sportsmen’s dinner will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bangor March 9 from 6-8:30pm. There will be a traditional menu plus specially prepared wild game dishes.
The guest speaker will be John Mauser of the Friends of Minsi Lake with a project update.
There also will be door prizes and raffles. The cost is $15 for adults, $6 for children under 12 and those under 5 years of age will eat free.
For tickets call 610-504-7886 or 610-588-2023. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The proceeds will benefit Trinity’s Food Pantry.
PENNSYLVANIA - routes 22, 33, 78, 80
new jersey - routes 78, 80
Downed tree in wires on JACOBSBURG RD both directions between FEHR RD and BELFAST RD. All lanes closed.
(L-R) Front row – Students – Havyn Steele, Abigail LaCour, Morgan Shriver, Gulnur Avci, and Nicola Kaye. Back row – Librarian, Margaret Bruch, Students – Grace Dougherty, Isabel Smith, Logan Anema, Jessica Baggett, Rachel Kromer, and Science Teacher - Robert Hachtman
BAHS Students Earn Top Science Awards
The Bangor Area School District is extremely proud to announce that all ten of the District’s high school participants recently earned top awards at the local Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Regional Symposium held at Northampton Community College on Saturday, February 21, 2019. The students presented primary research projects detailing scientific investigations pursued over the course of the fall semester in the Elements of Scientific Research Course taught by Mr. Robert Hatchman. Three high school students – Rachel Kramer, Nicola Kaye, and Grace Dougherty, earned perfect scores.
As a result of our students’ local success, they are invited to participate in the State Competition of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS), which will be held from May 19 through 21, 2019, at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park. Approximately 3,000 of the best and brightest science students from Pennsylvania’s twelve separate PJAS regions will descend upon State College to present their research.
Each of these students will also be competing at the Lehigh Valley Science and Engineering Research Fair held at Lehigh University on March 16 along with seniors Kevin Manz and Doug Toth. Gulnur Avci, Havyn Steele and Rachel Kromer will also present at the state competition for the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in March.
PAHS Chinese Festival....
Pen Argyl students take part in a Chinese Festival held at the Senior Hikgh School Thursday. PHOTO GALLERY Sbtt Photo Emily Dario
Cub Pack 102 Caring Bears.......
Preston Rogers of Cub Pack 102 works on an art project that is part of the "Caring Bears" program to benefit the Bangor Police Department. They are collecting NEW stuffed animals at four downtown Bangor Locations: Broadway Pub, Bangor Trust Brewing, Recovery Revolution, Inc,and A Clean Slate. When Police respond to a crisis where children are involved the emergency workers can use the stuffed animals to help soothe the children and form a very important bond with them. PHOTO GALLERY
Today's Special Slate Belt Area Events.......
The Lorax is the "Speaker of the Trees" and with Earth Day around the corner, it's time to think about our Earth. On March 2nd at Grand Central Environmental Education Center beginning at 10 am, children will hear the Lorax story to celebrate Read Across America Day, participate in crafts and learn to identify trees. A Lorax Character might even be present! (more to come on that!) Registration is required since space is limited. Please contact Adrienne Fors, email@example.com 610-863-2387 for more information or to Register for the event at Waste Management's Grand Central Environmental Education Center 891 Grand Central Road, Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania 18072
Dr. Suess Day at Blue Mt. Library
The Blue Mountain Community Library, 216 S. Robinson Ave. , Pen Argyl, PA would like to invite ALL children, Preschool –Eight years old, to Celebrate the Birthday of DR. SEUSS with Story Time on Saturday, March 2nd from 10:30-11:30 am at the Library. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary. Call 610-863-3029 for information or visit www.bmcl.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bmclpenargyl.
Orienteering for Scouts
Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center will hold Orienteering for Scouts on Saturday, March 2 at 9:00am to 11:00am. Orienteering is a fun, family-friendly sport that involves navigating a course using a map and compass. It can be competitive, in timed events, or just a way for your pack or troop to get out and enjoy the woods while practicing useful map-reading skills. During this hands-on experience, you’ll learn how to read a topographic map, how to use a compass, and how to put all that knowledge together. All the equipment you will need is provided. Please bring water and wear comfortable shoes, there will be some hiking. Registration is required.
Herpetology for Scouts
Herpetology for Scouts at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center Saturday, March 2 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Learn about the scientific study of amphibians and reptiles! We'll become amateur herpetologists as we search for frogs, snakes, turtles, and salamanders. We'll study what these types of animals need in order to survive and how the characteristics of each group are similar and unique. Be prepared to be outdoors in wet and muddy conditions. Rubber boots are recommended. Registration is required.
Annual Polar Plunge
Come out for Camp Papillon's 2nd Annual Polar Plunge Pocono will be held March 2. Raise only $100 to take the plunge for a good cause! Register at https://www.camppapillon.org/polarplungepocono. All plungers receive a 2019 Polar Plunge Pocono long sleeve shirt and free lunch. Plungers can collect donations online or collect cash & check donations and bring the day of the event. Doors open at 11 AM to public. Plunging starts at 2 PM. Live Music, Food, Games & Contests!!! VIP Heated Lounge Area. More Details To Follow! Admission is free.
Bloom will hold Ambitious Saturday, March 2 from 11:30 am to 5 pm by offering four different workshops.
landscape scenes. This is a step by step mini painting using acrylics on a 5x7 panel.
Today's Regular Slate Belt Events.......
Blue Mountain Library - Open 10-12
Bangor Public Library - Open 10-4
Mission of Love Soup Kitchen - N. Main St., Bangor. 11-2
Bangor Yard Waste - Dump in container at Bangor Park, 8-12.
Slate Belt YMCA - 8-4
Today's Slate Belt Sports.......
Bangor girls qualify for District Championship. Photo Gallery at towntopicssports.com
Today's New Announcements.......
Glass Painting at Bloom
Bloom's monthly Thursday night Glass Painting is March 14th 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
Colored Pencil Workshop
A Colored Pencil Workshop will be held at Bloom on Thursday, March 14th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The subject will be a red-bellied woodpecker. Our drawing surface will be light blue Mi-Teintes board, which makes for a wonderful effect with the colored pencils. In addition, we will be learning about this woodpecker, with information sheets available. I will be adding a few features to make these workshops even more fun, informative, and engaging.
Never drawn before? Nervous about your level of skill? The workshop is designed for anyone at any level to get something out of it. No fear, no negativity, just creative fun. My teaching style is to encourage you.
Mark your calendars, bring a friend. The $20 per person fee covers all the materials, all is provided for you.
Easter Egg Hunt
On April 20th Miller's Egg Ranch will be hosting their 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt! After the overwhelming response to last year's event they have restructured this year's Easter Egg Hunt to accommodate a significantly larger volume of families. There is plenty of onsite parking, JT's Grill will be selling food, Grandview Granola will be joining us with parfaits, and they are dedicating 4 acres to three separate age groups hunting over 10,000 Easter eggs!
Admission to this event is free, however they will be collecting donations to our local food pantry and ask everyone that is able to, to please bring canned goods!
Egg Hunt Schedule:
12 noon ages up to 4 years
12:20 ages 5-7 years
12:40 ages 8-11 years
The Easter Bunny will be available throughout the entire event for photos! Families can also visit with chicks, piglets, and the resident sheep and goats, and of course, Luna, the mini Donkey!! Join them for an afternoon of family fun.
Community Awareness Night
The Slate Belt Ministerium and Pen Argyl Area School District are co-sponsoring a presentation on "The Most Stressed Generation: How to Listen so your Kids will Talk". It will be held on Monday, March 18th, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 404 E. Mountain Ave., Pen Argyl, PA. The speaker will be Dr. Timothy Silvestri, director of counseling services at Muhlenberg College. He will bring some practical thoughts on addressing suicide and the related issues facing our teens today. The presentation will end with a question and answer session.
Public Service Announcements.
East Bangor Pastie Sale
The East Bangor United Methodist Community Church will hold a pastie sale. The selections include beef w/wo onions and broccoli-cheese w/wo onions. The cost is $5.50. To order, call Lois at 610-588-1745 by Sunday, March 3rd. Pasties must be picked up at the church on Tuesday, March 5th, at 3:30 p.m. The church is located at 136 W. Central Ave. (Rt. 512), East Bangor, PA.
Mamma Mia Pancake Breakfast
Saturday March 9, from 8-11 the Bangor High School Drama Department will host the sixth annual pancake breakfast with the cast of ”Mamma Mia” at the Bangor Area Middle School. Mamma Mia tells the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father so he can walk her down the aisle on her wedding day. The breakfast will raise funds for the high school musical production of “Mamma Mia” on March 29, 30, 31.. There is a special preview night for Gold Card patrons, March 27, at 7 PM. Tickets will be available at the pancake breakfast or by calling 610-599-7011 x1001 for further ticket information. Tickets for the “Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again” pancake breakfast can be purchased at the door, $6.pp, children 2 and under are free. Please call Sue Bina, 610-588-3041, with any questions.
Mama Mia! Special Performance Senior Citizen Preview Night
Gold Cards will only be accepted for a special Senior Citizen preview on March 27 at 7:00 PM. There will be refreshments in the lobby available before the performance for all Gold Card patrons.
To apply for a Gold Card you must be at least 60 years old and a resident of the Bangor Area School District. Apply in person with your driver's license at the Administration Office,123 Five Points Richmond Road.
Slate Belt Chamber Scholarship Applications
The Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce applications for Scholarship Achievement Award 2019 are available March 1st at the guidance departments of Bangor High School, Pen Argyl High School, Faith Christian & Career Institute of Technology.
The Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce will award one scholarship to a senior from each of the four area schools: Bangor, Pen Argyl, Faith Christian & Career Institute of Technology. Applicants must reside in the Slate Belt to apply.
The scholarships will be presented to the students based upon the following criteria; academic accomplishment, demonstrated service to school and/or community, demonstration of leadership capabilities and future vocational plans.
Please note: A separate award, The Frederick R. Curcio, Jr. Scholarship Award, may also be applied for at this time. To qualify a senior must been enrolled in a computer science related course or planning to attend a Technical School of their choice or majoring in computer science.
Applications must be received by April 15, 2019. To honor the recipients, parents and friends, a Scholarship Awards Dinner is planned for May 17th at Tuscarora Inn. For more information contact the guidance department or the chamber office at 610.588.1000.
Kid's Art Wednesdays : Mommy & Me at Bloom
Kid's Art Wednesdays : Mommy & Me 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM, Session 1 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Session 2 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Each week has a different age-appropriate project. Individual sessions are $12.00 each or pay $45.00 for a 5 week series. **Registration is required. at (610) 588-4775 or firstname.lastname@example.org 32 Broadway, Bangor PA Sign up by calling the studio, sending an email, Facebook message, or our website. Leave your contact number for voice, text or email and we will get back to you!
Scholarship Applications Available
Bangor Womens Club GFWC Scholarship Applications are available. The applications can be picked up at Bangor High School and Faith Christian School Guidance offices. A $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a senior who will be attending college this fall. The deadline to submit applications is April 15, 2019.
Collecting Stuffed Animal Service Project
Pack 102 is proud to announce a local community service project to benefit Bangor Police Department. We are collecting NEW stuffed animals at four downtown Bangor Locations: Broadway Pub, Bangor Trust Brewing, Recovery Revolution, Inc,and A Clean Slate. Stop by during regular business hours and look for our boxes starting Saturday. We will be collecting these new stuffed animals through April 2019. Pack 102 "Bear" Preston Rogers won the coloring contest. Please share!
The Live-streamed Eagle cam from Hanover Pa. is back for its fifth year. Sightings have already been recorded. 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 to see the nest in real time.
Cub Scouts Pack 102 "Caring Bears" Project
"Part of the Scout Oath is “to help other people at all times.” Each year Pack 102 completes a service project for the community. This year the Scouts of Pack 102, located in downtown Bangor, initiated the “Caring Bears” project. The Caring Bears is a drive to collect new stuffed animals for the Bangor Police department. Depending on the response by the community, we may be able to extend to other local emergency service organizations.
Nationwide, there is a growing trend for Fire, Police and EMS personnel to have little stuffed buddies ride along with them. When they respond to a crisis where children are involved the emergency workers can use the stuffed animals to help soothe the children and form a very important bond with them.
Pack 102 worked together to decorate the donation boxes and will be hanging signs around the Slate Belt area that each Scout colored. The Pack held a coloring contest and Preston Rogers (from the Bear Den) won. We will be using his coloring sheet as our main promotional image to spread the word. Pack 102 is proud of all of the children that helped with this effort.
Starting Friday, March 01, 2019, the Scouts of Pack 102 will be placing collections boxes at The Broadway Pub, the Bangor Trust Brewing Company, Recovery Revolution and A Clean Slate. We encourage our community to stop by one of these locations and donate a stuffed animal to this great cause. We will be collecting through April 2019.
Pack 102 would like to thank the brave women and men of our local emergency response community as well as the businesses who are supporting our efforts."
Sun May Cause TV Outages
The sun may cause your televisions to loose its picture or flash on and off starting February 28th through March 9th, 2019 causing you to experience brief interruptions to your Digital TV service due to sun outages.
Twice a year, you may experience some degree of television interference due to "sun outages." This happens when the sun moves directly behind a TV satellite and interferes with its signal. During the sun outage, you may experience a pixelated picture, picture freezes, or audio distortions for a brief period of time
Home Gardens Aid Environment
Gardening season is just around the corner! Ambitious gardeners that use their garden to replace 20 percent of bought food, reduce their carbon footprint by about 68 pounds of CO2 per year! Here are some tips to help plan your garden:
Pennsylvania Considering Recreational Weed
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined Lt. Governor John Fetterman as he announced that he will be launching a statewide listening tour to hear from Pennsylvanians about the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana.
“I’m here today to support Lt. Governor John Fetterman in his effort to hear directly from the people of Pennsylvania on this issue,” Gov. Wolf said. “More and more states are successfully implementing marijuana legalization, especially those surrounding Pennsylvania, and we should learn from their efforts, and better understand the potential fiscal impacts of this reality before taking any collective action.”
Tour dates will be released in the next few weeks and Fetterman has committed to visiting every county in the commonwealth.
“Starting in mid-February, I will be traveling to all 67 counties to listen to everyone’s thoughts whether they agree with this initiative or have recommendations,” Fetterman said. “We want to make sure all Pennsylvanians have a say.”
Both Gov. Wolf and Lt. Gov. Fetterman believe it is time for Pennsylvania to take a serious and honest look at legalizing recreational marijuana. Medical marijuana has been legal in Pennsylvania since 2016 and Gov. Wolf stressed that any proposal for legalizing recreational marijuana would need to be implemented after the medical marijuana program is fully implemented.
“John’s efforts will help ensure we are looking at this issue from all perspectives and from every corner of Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “We both want to make sure the voices of all Pennsylvanians are heard.”
New Book Launch Party......
Taking The War Out
of the Warrior
Bangor’s Tom Menhennitt has written and published his first book “Taking The War Out of the Warrior,” which he will introduce at a launch party scheduled for 2:00pm March 31 at the Bangor Trust Brewery in downtown Bangor.
The book is “based on a chapter of my life when I was going through a separation with my wife, and then eventually a divorce,” he said. “I was filled with hate and anger and wanted to die. Through many experiences, it was exposed that I had some hidden truths to be unlocked . Through miracles and eye-opening experiences, my heart became softer and (I) learned to live a positive and happier life.”
He also has become an inspirational speaker which led to an unexpected interview with Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global
Menhennitt says that the public is invited to the launch party which will include a live artistic representation, music and lots of fun.
Photos: Mark Fiorentino
PAHS Mini Thon Raises $25K
Mini-THON is a student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. Their mission is to provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness and ensure funding for critical research - all in pursuit of a cure. PAHS mini-THON raised $25,706.12 this year with the top fundraisers Bree Lutz and Macie Weber.
A house fire at 1211-13 Blue Valley Drive (Rt. 512) next door to Reagle's Auto Sales was damaged by fire Saturday afternoon blocking Route 512 for several hours. Washington Township, Plainfield Township and Lookout Fire Co. from Pen Argyl responded to the blaze. PHOTO GALLERY Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Rebels Designer Bingo Tricky Tray
Come Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 1 PM to William Pensyl Social Hall 111 State Street, Portland, for the Rebels Elite Cheer annual Designer Bingo & Tricky Tray Fundraiser: Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Coach and more! Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at door). 20 regular games, special bingo games, special raffles including , 50/50 and hundreds of tricky tray items!
Free Dinner at East Bangor UMC
The East Bangor United Methodist Community Church welcomes you to a FREE "Meatloaf and Mac&Cheese Dinner on Sunday, March 3rd, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. The church is located at 136 W. Central Ave. (Rt. 512), East Bangor, PA. Questions? call 610-588-4453 or visit http://ebumc.org/.
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Slate Belt Senior Center
Slate Belt Senior Center
Blue Valley Farm Show Complex
700 American Bangor Road
Bangor, ph 610-588-1224
Bangor Library New Books
Fine Policy For Kids
The Bangor Public library is happy to announce a new policy for kids to take responsibility for their own fines. Starting now if a junior patron (ages 15 years old or under) owes fines on their card only they may read their fines away. The junior patron will be required to read at the library in front of one of the staff members. Junior patrons will fill out a reading log; every half hour that they read will equal $1.00 off their fines. Fines can only be read off junior patron cards. The library believes that with this new policy junior patrons will learn responsibility as well as filling in the reading gap that so many kids face today. For more information please contact the library at 610-588-4136
Petals on the Wind by V. C. Andrews
Moonlight Scandals by Jennifer L. Armentrout
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
Boar Island by Nevada Barr
The Flame Bearer by Bernard Cornwell
One With You by Sylvia Day
A Justified Murder by Jude Deveraux
A Merciful Fate by Kendra Elliot
Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost
Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost
This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
New Tell by Lisa Gardner
The Carrier by Sophie Hannah
The Next To Die by Sophie Hannah
Madam by Cari Lynn
California Girls by Susan Mallery
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
The Accursed by Joyce Oates
Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom by Sylvia Plath
Ticket to Ride by Dennis Potter
The Huntress by Kate Quinn
The Name of the Game by Nora Roberts
Till We Meet Again by Cara C. Putman
The Border by Don Winslow
Adult Non Fiction
The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
An Album of Memories by Tom Brokaw
Psychic by Sylvia Browne
Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins
An Open Heart by the Dalai Lama Dalai Lama XIV
Dreyer’s English by Benjamin Dreyer
The Legends Club by John Feinstein
Miracles Are For Real by James Garlow
Puppy Chow Is Better Than Prozac by Bruce Goldstein
How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England by Ruth Goodman
Jefferson’s Daughters by Catherine Kerrison
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
Sacred Contracts by Caroline M. Myss
Crazy Love by Leslie Morgan Steiner
The Ultimate Ice Cream Book by Bruce Weinstein
Queen Victoria by Lucy Worsley
Large Print Adult Non Fiction
Faith in the Valley by Iyanla Vanzant
Young Adult Fiction
Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian
Young Adult Non Fiction
Powers of a Girl by Lorraine Cink
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Mean Ghouls by Stacia Deutsch
Time Stops for No Mouse by Michael Hoeye
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
Rainbow Swirl by Helen Perelman
Knights vs. Dinosaurs by Matt Phelan
Tales from a Non-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All by Rachel Renee Russell
Wizard for Hire by Ober Skye
Winter Turning by Tui Sutherland
Junior Non Fiction
Martin Rising by Andrea Davis Pinkney
I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont
The Truly Brave Princesses by Dolores Brown
Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson
Winter Fun for Everyone by Irene Trimble
How to Be a Superhero by Sue Fliess
The Crawly Caterpillar by Judith Nicholls
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Minions by Lucy Rosen
Teeth Are Not For Biting by Elizabeth Verdick
Big Heroes by Billy Wrecks
Easy Non Fiction
Stephen Hawking by Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Easy Reader Fiction
King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth by Dori Hillestad Butler
Biscuit Finds a Friend by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
Dr. Dolittle: Double Feature Dr. Dolittle and Dr. Dolittle 2
Mary Queen of Scots
Music and Lyrics
A Star Is Born
Walk the Line
Blue Mt. Library New Books
River Bodies, Karen Katchur
The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter,
Hazel Gaynor The Glass Ocean,
Beatriz Williams Lethal White,
Robert Galbraith Not Our Kind,
Kitty Zeldis Unsheltered,
Barbara Kingslover The Christmas Sisters,
Sarah Morgan The White Christmas Inn,
Colleen Wright First Flurries,
Joanne DeMaio Snowfall On Lighthouse Lane,
JoAnn Ross Past Tense,
Lee Child Look Alive Twenty-Five, Janet Evanovich
Adult Large Print:
Alaskan Holiday, Debbie Macomber
Long Road To Mercy, David Baldacci
A Spark Of Light, Jodi Picoult
Beauchamp Hall, Danielle Steel
Target Alex Cross, James Patterson
Christmas Cake Murder, Joanne Fluke
Silent Scream, Karen Harper
In The Hurricane's Eye,
Nathaniel Philbrick In Pieces,
Sally Field Truth Doesn't Have A Side,
Dr. Bennet Omalu Becoming Michelle Obama
Derailed On The Bipolar Express Joie Edson
Red War, Kyle Mills
Clock Dance, Anne Tyler
Transcription, Kate Atkinson
The Chalk Man, C.J. Tudor