Sentinel Staff Reports
Santa Drop Scheduled
SHENANDOAH - Shenandoah's annual Christmas season kickoff, the Santa Drop, is set for Friday, November 23 this year.
At noon that day, Santa and his elves will skydive into Shenandoah Valley's Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The event is sponsored by Mrs. T's Pierogies maker Ateeco, Inc.
M&J Big Band to perform at Shen. Valley
SHENANDOAH - The revitalization group Downtown Shenandoah Inc. will sponsor Christmas with the M&J Big Band at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Shenandoah Valley High School, 805 W. Centre St.
Admission will be free; donations will be gratefully accepted. All are welcome to participate in this holiday musical event.
For more information, call DSI at 570-462-2060.
Mt. Carmel Area raises $50,021.58 with Think Big dance
MOUNT CARMEL - Mount Carmel Area will soon make a sizable donation to the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, as a result of their Think Big Dance Marathon held recently.
A post by Mount Carmel Area's Facebook called the marathon a "huge success," and thanked donors, participants, and organizers.
According to the school district's website, "ThinkBIG is an organization created in 2012 to help local pediatric cancer patients and their families receiving cancer treatment at the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital with the financial burdens associated with their cancer diagnosis. Mount Carmel Area teamed up with ThinkBIG in 2014 by hosting a 12-hour dance marathon event that is held every October in the Mount Carmel Area HS gymnasium."
Vibrant fall colors surround Shenandoah
SHENANDOAH - Sentinel photographer Sam Streeter captured a photo from a west end rooftop, depicting Locust Mountain awash with red and orange colors as fall foliage peaks in the Shenandoah Valley.
Cemetery Clean-Up held in Girardville
GIRARDVILLE - Volunteers took a step towards restoring and reclaiming the former St. Joe's Cemetery above Girardville this weekend.
After multiple meetings over the summer discussing the overgrown cemetery's fate and possible courses of action, volunteers gathered and got to work, clearing paths and gravesites.
Photos posted to the Girardville, Pennsylvania Facebook page depict the progress of the clean-up.
Vehicle Accident in Black Creek Twp.
ROCK GLEN - Fire crews from Nuremberg-Weston handled a vehicle accident Saturday in southern Luzerne County around 5:00pm.
The vehicle accident occurred near 2318 Scotch Valley Drive, northwest of the village of Rock Glen.
A Ford F150 suffered heavy damage to the rear of its cab, and a tree appeared to be sheared in a photo.
No word on if anyone was injured in the crash.
Jeep club to host Toys for Tots event
NORWEGIAN TOWNSHIP - Old School Jeepers is set to hold an all day event benefiting Toys for Tots later this month.
On November 17 at Advanced Auto Parts, near the Fairlane Village Mall in Norwegian Township, a meet and greet with raffles and vendors will be held.
Then, at 3:00pm, the group will ride 44 miles through the area, before wrapping up at the Good Intent Hose Company in Llewellyn.
A $10 donation or a new unwrapped toy is requested from attendees.
Columbia Hose schedules winter Paint & Sip
SHENANDOAH - The Columbia Hose Fire Company, 742 West Centre Street, will hold a Sip & Paint a Snowman event this January.
Attendees can paint a ceramic snowman while enjoying snacks and beverages. A souvenir wine glass will also be provided.
Cost is $40, and seating is limited
For tickets, call 570-933-4234.
Ashland ambulance association holds ribbon-cutting
ASHLAND - The Washington Fire Company Ambulance Association's new administrative building is complete, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held over the weekend.
The building will house offices and other spaces for the ambulance association, which were previously housed in the ambulance garage, which the association outgrew.
Spring Street Bakery opens in former New York Bakery space
FRACKVILLE - A bakery held a soft opening Friday in Frackville, in a space formerly occupied by an area staple.
Spring Street Bakery, 551 West Spring Street, announced their soft opening on Facebook, when they were open from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
Normal hours will begin on Tuesday, when the bakery will be open from 6:00am to 5:00pm.
The bakery will be open Wednesday through Monday from 6:00am to 5:00pm thereafter.
Mahanoy City Good American to hold soup and baked goods sale
MAHANOY CITY - Mahanoy City's Good American Fire Company will host a Soup and Baked Goods sale on November 17.
From 11:00am until sellout, attendees can purchase a variety of soups and other items.
Soups include beef vegetable, potato soup, chili, chicken rice, chicken noodle, and ham and bean.
Pre-orders can be made by calling 570-773-3473.
Walk-ins are welcome.
Mahanoy Area schools to hold safety drill
MAHANOY CITY - On Monday, November 5, a safety drill will be held at the Mahanoy Area School District complex, the district announced on its Facebook page.
Superintendent Dr. Joie L. Green wrote, "the safety and security of the students and staff of the Mahanoy Area School district is a top concern of our administrators. In today’s world we need to prepare plans that coordinate the response of emergency agencies to various types of events, including severe weather, school bus accidents, incidents of school violence, and other potential emergencies.
According to PA Act 44 of 2018, it is required of all schools to hold a safety and security drill within the first 90 days of school. This can be done in place of a fire drill.
Therefore, on Monday, November 5, 2018, in order to achieve compliance with PA Act 44 of 2018, a Critical Incident Response Exercise will be conducted at the Mahanoy Area School District. THIS IS ONLY A DRILL! Students and staff will be involved and participate. Both the Elementary and Jr./Sr. High School will not be accessible during the drill, and for safety and security purposes, this exercise will not be open to the general public. Please be aware that several road closings may occur around the school from 8:30AM until NOON."
"The exercise is based on a police incident occurring at the high school that requires a combined response from police, fire, and emergency medical services agencies," Green added. "We wish to take this opportunity to thank the local agencies sharing in our concerns and participating in this emergency exercise."
Shen. Valley seeks veteran graduates for program's digital display
SHENANDOAH - Shenandoah Valley High School will hold a veterans day assembly on November 12, and is requesting the public's assistance in compiling information on veteran SV graduates for a digital display for the program. Active duty members are also encouraged to participate.
The district is seeking the following information: Name, Year of Graduation, Branch of Service , Accomplishments & a photo.
Such information should be sent to Anthony Pytko, at email@example.com
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