Sentinel Staff Reports
Mahanoy City Christmas Tree Lighting scheduled
MAHANOY CITY - A date has been set for Mahanoy City's annual Christmas Tree Lighting.
The event will take place on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 5:30pm at Centre and Catawissa Streets in the borough.
"Come enjoy a beautiful Mahanoy City tradition. Caroling, Hot Chocolate, Santa and so much more. Visit the downtown activities and listen to wonderful performances around our town tree," their Facebook page writes.
Polish American, Vernalis's team up for fundraiser
SHENANDOAH - Patrons who visit Vernalis Restaurant in Shenandoah on Saturday, November 24 will also be supporting a Shenandoah fire company.
"Dine-Out for a Cause" will be held at Vernalis, 32 South Main Street, that day from 7am to 2pm, where a portion of every meal will be donated to the Polish American Fire Company.
Kulpmont Police investigate retail theft
KULPMONT - Police in the borough of Kulpmont are investigating a retail theft, and are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a suspect.
The incident is said to have occurred at some point in October, and borough police released a photo of a female suspect via Facebook on Wednesday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Kulpmont Police.
Ashland Boy Scouts to participate in Scouting for Food Collection
ASHLAND - In conjunction with the Hawk Mountain Scout Council, the Ashland Boy Scout Troop 745 will participate in the annual Scouting for Food Collection on Saturday, November 10 at noon.
Scouts will go door-to-door collecting nonperishable food items donors place on porches in bags with door tags attached.
All items will be donated to the Ashland Area Food Pantry.
Suggested items include, but are not limited to, cereals, dry milk, peanut butter, fruit juice, shampoo, and beans.
Hepler named SV Student of the Month
SHENANDOAH - Shenandoah Valley senior Katilyn Hepler was recently named Shenandoah Rotary Club Student of the Month for October.
The daughter of Jennifer and Jason Hepler, Katilyn is highly active in her school and community, including the The Polish American Fire Co. #4, where she serves as a junior firefighter.
Katilyn currently serves as Student Council vice president, National Honor Society vice president, SVSD Mini-THON technology chair, and Senior Class treasurer.
Katilyn also served as youth summit ambassador, Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership ambassador, and spring princess.
Katilyn has participated in yearbook, homecoming court, track and field, cross country, and the Schuylkill Leadership Academy as well, among many others.
Outside of school, she is active as a volunteer with the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and just about anything the Polish American does, including assisting their Block Party, Rock the Block, Vine Street Park clean-up, and SV football team dinner.
Katilyn plans to attend college and major in computer science with a concentration in Cybersecurity.
Frackville Mountaineers to hold Friendly's Family Fun Night
NORWEIGIAN TOWNSHIP - Support the Frackville Mountaineer Football and Cheerleading organization by dining at Friendly's on Tuesday, November 13.
From 5pm to 8pm that day, 10% of all sit down or take out meals at the restaurant near the Fairlane Village Mall will go towards the organization.
Mahanoy City Library welcomes new Library Director
MAHANOY CITY - The Mahanoy City Public Library has a new Library Director, after the retirement of longtime director Tom Seiberling.
The library welcomed Dalton Babcock on Tuesday, November 6, when he began as library director.
Trinity selling tickets for January Gift Card Spectacular
SHENANDOAH - Trinity Academy in Shenandoah is selling tickets for their January Gift Card Spectacular.
Cost is $5, and prizes include a $25 gift cards to Lowe's, Dollar General, Amazon, GameStop, and Francesco's, among others.
Each Trinity family has tickets available for purchase, and they are also available at the school office, 570-462-3927.
Humane to hold Halupki Dinner
MAHANOY CITY - The Humane Fire Company of Mahanoy City will host a Halupki Dinner on Sunday, November 18.
Cost is $9, and the event runs from noon to 4pm.
Pre-orders are preferred, and the dinner includes two halupkies, mashed potatoes, green beans, and dessert.
To order, call Kathy at 570-773-2223.
Altamont Fire Co. to hold monthly breakfast
ALTAMONT - The Altamont Fire Company will host an All You Can Eat Breakfast on Sunday, November 25 at their 215 South Green Street firehouse.
Cost is $9 per person, and the event runs from 8am to 11am.
On the menu: Eggs your way; omelettes your way; plain, chocolate chip, peanut butter chip, chocolate/peanut butter chip pancakes; french toast; ham, bacon, sausage, scrapple; toast, coffee, juice.
North Schuylkill wins Paint the Plow
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - PennDOT Press Officer Sean Brown announced the winner of the Paint the Plow contest on Thursday, and one of our area's three entries won.
North Schuylkill High School's entry won both judging and tied the fan vote with Pine Grove Area.
Entries were judged by media members including the Sentinel and WYLN-TV 35 on their tie to safety, creativity, overall appearance, originality, and theme incorporation.
Mount Carmel Downtown seeking vendors for Christmas on Oak
MOUNT CARMEL - Mount Carmel Downtown, in conjunction with the Mount Carmel Lions will host this year's Christmas on Oak event, featuring food and craft vendors, entertainment, and a Santa Parade.
The organizations are seeking vendors to fill 10x10 spots at a cost of $10 per spot, tables and tents are not included.
Items must be new or handcrafted.
The order form can be found at www.gomountcarmel.com
Ringtown Girl Scouts collecting socks for Pottsville homeless shelter
RINGTOWN - Until the middle of December, the Ringtown Girl Scouts will be collecting packages of new socks for the homeless shelter in Pottsville.
Donations can be made at the Ringtown Area Library, Rentschler's Ice Cream Parlor, St. John's Lutheran Church, or by calling 570-233-7013.
Free smoke detector installations in East Union Saturday
EAST UNION TOWNSHIP - Volunteers with the Sheppton-Oneida Fire Company will be out-and-about this Saturday installing smoke detectors around the township.
Volunteers will provide the smoke detectors free, and install if need be, to East Union Township residents throughout the day on Saturday, November 10.
Registration is required.
To register, call the firehouse at 570-384-4746 and leave your name, address, and phone number, or message their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SOVFC.
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