Santa arrives by helicopter courtesy of Carl Tolino at the Toys For Tots event held at the Blue Valley Farm Show earlier this afternoon. (See more photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Bangor's Mike Martino drives to the basket during the Slaters' 51-39 win over Pocono Mountain East in a game played Saturday night at Bangor. Martino scored 11 points.(More photos tomorrow) PHOTO GALLERY (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Julie Poliskiewicz
The Bangor High School Chamber Choir performed at the Hub Teen Center in downtown Bangor Saturday afternoon during Christmas on Broadway. (More photos tomorrow) (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Bangor's Anthony Schiavone drives to the basket during the Slaters' 51-39 win over Pocono Mountain East in a game played Saturday night at Bangor. Schiavone scored 10 points. (More photos tomorrow) PHOTO GALLERY Sbtt Photo Julie Poliskiewicz
Ant DeFranco (L) made 17 free throws to win the 8-9 year-old boys division of the Bangor Elks Hoop shoot held at Washington Elementary School Saturday afternoon. Jonathon Frank (R) finished second. (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
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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:
NCC to Offer Lethal Weapons Information Session
Northampton Community College (NCC) will hold a free information sessions about Act 235, the Lethal Weapons Act, on Monday, December 8, at 10:00 a.m. and at 6:00 p.m. at the Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 E. Third Street, Bethlehem.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires that any person wishing to become a certified security officer or who is privately employed and is required, as a condition of employment, to carry a lethal weapon, must participate in a 40-hour lethal weapons training program.
NCC offers classes in lethal weapons basic training and recertification. These courses have significant enrollment requirements that must be met, within a short timeframe. The information session will guide participants through the process of meeting those requirements, which are set by state police.
For more information call 610-332-6596 or go to www.northampton.edu/act235.
Luncheon Aids Slate Belt Toys for Children
Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce Holiday Luncheon to support Slate Belt Toys for Children in the Slater Conference Room at the Bangor Area School District Administration Building, 123 Five Points Richmond Rd., Bangor., Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 12:00 Noon. Cost: $15.00
They are asking that all attendees donate an unwrapped gift for the Slate Belt Toys for Children program. These toys will be donated to Slate Belt less fortunate children through the Slater Family Network & Families First.
For your Holiday entertainment there will be a special performance by the Bangor High School Singers.
Remit your name, addrsss & number attending along with a check payable to SBCC by 12/2/14 to SBCC, 187 Blue Valley Dr., Bangor, PA 18013 610 588 1000
TGAI Presents PAHS Alumnus Kristina Williamson
One Year on Kythera, photographs by Kristina Williamson. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at The Gap Theater, 47 Broadway, Wind Gap.
They are delighted to have the opportunity to share Ms. Williamson’s work with the community. She is a local-born artist, Pen Argyl High School alumna (class of ‘98), and Fulbright Scholar who, in her own words, describes the Slate Belt area as a wealth of inspiration to her work. The evening’s program will feature a presentation by the artist of her work followed by a book signing and wine reception courtesy of Franklin Hill Vineyards. A portion of the proceeds of the event will be donated to the Totts Gap Arts Institute Scholarship Fund..
Mohegan Sun Trip
The regular monthly trip sponsored by St. Elizabeth Church in Pen Argyl will be to the Mohegan Sun in Wilkes Barre on Thursday, December 11..
The bus will leave St. Elizabeth's parking lot by 9:00am, there will be second pick up location at the old St. Joseph's parking lot in Wind Gap, leaving by 9:05am.
You will receive a voucher for free play and a voucher towards food. For more information, please call Mary Lou DeRea-Lohman at 610-863-4846 or 610-844-4630."
NCC Presents “Winter Dance Works”
Students from the Northampton Community College’s dance classes, Dance Ensemble and Acta Non Verba dance club will perform pieces choreographed by Northampton Community College dance faculty at a Winter Dance Works event on Thursday, December 11, 11:10 a.m., and on Friday, December 12, 7:30 p.m.
The performance will be held in Lipkin Theatre, Kopecek Hall, Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township. Admission is free with a donation of a non-perishable food item for a local food bank.
For more information about the Winter Dance Works, call 610-861-5300.
Friday Family Film
Friday, December 12th 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Bring your family along to Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center for a craft activity and movie night. We’ll be screening "Bears of the Last Frontier: The Road North" from PBS’ Nature series this month. Craft time starts at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts promptly at 7:00 p.m. Please register as supplies and seating are limited. To register, contact Lauren Forster at email@example.com or 610-746-2801.
Friday Family Film
Saturday, December 13th 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center is hosting a holiday open house at the visitor center featuring crafts, games and refreshments. Bring your family along to enjoy the holiday festivities! The Jacobsburg Historical Society will be hosting “Christmas at Boulton” concurrently. We encourage you to visit both events by taking part in a natural history walk along the Homestead Trail with educator Rick Wiltraut at 1:00 p.m. The walk will lead you to the Boulton Historic District where you can take part in additional festivities before walking back to the visitor center at 3:00 p.m. with a Jacobsburg historian who will highlight the cultural history along the Henrys Woods Trail.
Christmas Cookie Walk
The Christmas Cookie Walk will be held at Ackermanville UMC from 9:00am to 2:00pm Saturday December 13.
Their tables will be filled with homemade Christmas cookies which include a great variety and number of Christmas cookies. You buy a box (or boxes) at $10:00 each for a large box, and $5:00 each for a small box, "walk" around the tables, and FILL your box with the cookies you want! See you there!
Santa Visiting East Bangor Craft Show
Santa Claus will visit the craft show held at East Bangor Bangor Fire Company at noon Saturday, December 13. The show runs from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Children can enjoy donuts and milk with Santa at 12:30.
The fire company will also be selling food and holding a small auction.
Vendor tables available by calling 610-588-5996.
East Bangor Christmas Tree Lighting
East Bangor will hold its Christmas Tree Lighting 6:00pm December 13 at the East Bangor Volunteer Fire Company on Route 512.
Christmas Victorian Tea
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold its tenth annual Christmas Victorian Tea from 2-4 pm Saturday September 13 in the fellowship hall of the church located at Fourth and Broadway in Bangor.
Tickets are still available at a cost of $7.00 per person.
Call the church office at 610-588-2023 from 9-12 or 1-3 Monday through Thursday to reserve your tickets.
Portland Open Mic Night
Refiner's Fire Ministry announces an open mic night will be held the second Saturday of every month at 6:30pm at the Spark Cafe on Division Street. All talents are welcome.
Boulton Christmas Open House
The annual Boulton Christmas Open House in Jacobsburg will be Saturday December 13 from 11-3.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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
Portland Liztech Bingo
The Portland Hook and Ladder Co. #1 will hold its eighth annual Liztech Bingo Saturday February 14. Tickets will go on sale soon..
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..
Pen Argyl Leaf Removal
Pen Argyl Borough leaf removal is underway. No leaves should be placed out for collection from 11/21/14-12/1/14 due to Thanksgiving Holiday and holiday light installation. Collection will resume on 12/2/2014 and continue through 12/05/14.
Leaves will not be picked up if they have sticks, acorns or animal feces in the piles. Avoid putting leaves out 2 days before rain or foul weather, especially in the hilly areas of the Borough. During storms leaf piles can clog storm basins and cause water damage to streets and private property. Whenever possible, park away from leaf piles.
Ask The Doc........
by Dr. Gary Williams, DMD
Well, it’s that time again! In most North American homes, the count-down is on for the beginning of a new school year.
It always gets me thinking about the great sampling of people we see in our dental office. From newborns to 90-somethings.
Last week someone asked me the question, “looking in the mouths of many 40 and 50 year-olds, what could have been different if health was addressed when they were, say…15 years old? The answer is a resounding, a lot!
We realize that we do have the opportunity and know-how to change the health future for today’s school kids.
In the year 2014 we have the advantage of all the research, learning, and yes, mistakes that have been made by humans, to learn from. And what does that information say?
Step in early (school age), and maximize every variable for success. Dentistry knows how to achieve a successful long-term outcome. Once dentistry, parents and children comply; we can change the future of your family’s overall health, for the better. Call a Dental Professional today, and change your future.
Battery Recycling Program
Pen Argyl is pleased to announce that they are participating in a battery recycling program. Madison Young, a freshman at Pen Argyl, decided to implement a battery recycling program in her community as her Girl Scout Silver Award Project.
Madison has provided them with a battery recycling container. They will be accepting dry cell batteries: AA, AAA, C, D & 9 volt batteries. For safety purposes, please put a piece of masking tape over the end of each battery.
Batteries are not garbage! In addition to the household batteries being recycled through Madison’s project, your are encouraged to participate in Northampton County’s Semi-Annual Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Events.
Programs like this help make our community a better, safer place, and we encourage everyone to participate in this program for our community.
Slate Belt Senior Center