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Rangers host successful Gift Card Bingo
GIRARDVILLE - The Rangers Hose Company in Girardville hosted a successful gift card bingo earlier this month.
The event, held on March 3, coincided with inclement weather, though it still drew a strong turnout.
The fire company thanked patrons and donors Sunday.
"We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who supported our Gift Card Bingo this month," the company wrote. "The weather was not the best, but we still had a successful day!! Without you, we would not be able to continue to provide Emergency Services to Girardville and many surrounding communities!!"
The fire company's next event will be a wing night on April 13.
SV PTO raises $30k with basket auction
SHENANDOAH - The Shenandoah Valley Elementary PTO raised just over $30,000 with their third annual chinese auction.
Held on March 1 and 2, the event featured 445 prizes for general attendees, plus another 67 for Shenandoah Valley students.
In total, the organization announced they had raised $30,802 through the event.
The fourth annual auction will be held on March 6 and 7 in 2020.
Ashland Little League hosting March Madness Contest fundraiser
ASHLAND - The Ashland Little League is hosting a March Madness Contest to raise funds for a new indoor baseball facility at their complex.
The contest, which will be hosted online, costs $20 to play and begins on March 21.
More information can be found on the attached flyer.
Breakfast fundraiser scheduled for Brandonville church
BRANDONVILLE - St. John's Lutheran Church in Brandonville will host a breakfast to raise funds for its general fund.
The breakfast will be held at the church at 15 West Park Avenue and the cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children under 10, and free for children under 5.
The menu will consist of scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, potatoes, toast, coffee, tea, and orange juice.
Dates set for northern Schuylkill school theatre productions
NORTHERN SCHUYLKILL - The dates are set for the theatre productions hosted by our three local school districts.
On April 5 and 6, both North Schuylkill and Mahanoy Area will host their productions.
Mahanoy will perform The Adams Family beginning at 7:00pm both days at the district auditorium.
North Schuylkill will perform West Side Story at the same time on the same days at their high school auditorium in Fountain Springs. Cost is $10 for that production.
Shenandoah Valley will bookend the month with their production of Into the Woods April 26-28. Productions on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 will begin at 7:00pm, and the Sunday, April 28 production will begin at 2:00pm.
SV Drama Club to host dine-out fundraiser in Pottsville
POTTSVILLE - Support youth theatre in northern Schuylkill while eating a grilled cheese, it's that simple.
On April 10, 10% of a purchase at Wheel in downtown Pottsville at any point in the day will benefit the Shenandoah Valley Drama Club.
Trinity to host basket auction
FRACKVILLE - Trinity Academy in Shenandoah will host their 13th Annual Basket Auction fundraiser in April at the St. Joseph Hall, 9 South Broad Mtn. Ave in Frackville.
Shop and Drop will be on April 5 from 5pm to 9pm and April 6 from 11am to 3pm. Drawing begins at 3:15pm on April 6, and winners do not have to be present.
Prizes will include a 55-inch TV, five Disney passes, XBOX Bundle, camping equipment, MK handbags and a gas grill among others.
Kitchen and bake sale items will also be available for purchase.
Lavelle Fire Co. handles brush fire
LAVELLE - Fire crews from Lavelle and Fountain Springs handled a brush fire Saturday afternoon, in which smoke was visible from their station.
The fire was in the area of Lavelle Road, and was rapidly spreading near several residences when crews first arrived.
Fire crews quickly contained the fire and were clear in a short time.
Shen. Historical Society reaches goal, will replace all windows
"SHENANDOAH - A public plea for donations and assistance in replacing their headquarters' worn windows was answered, allowing the Greater Shenandoah Area Historical Society to continue with their renovations of their 201 S. Main Street building.
"As president of the Greater Shenandoah Area Historical Society I would like to thank you for your overwhelming response to our need for new windows," wrote Andrea Pytak in a post on the society's Facebook page. "Each one has now been purchased. There will be other opportunities in the future for items such as display cases. Thanks again."
Last year, the society received a generous donation from the Twardzik family to replace the roof, which was Phase 1 of their renovation plans. Replacing the windows was Phase 2.
The society asked for the public to donate $200 per window, in exchange for a dedication plaque for the window they purchased.
Mahanoy youth swimmers bring home 37 medals
Father Walter J. Ciszek Chapel announces hours
SHENANDOAH - The Father Walter J. Ciszek Chapel at 108 W. Cherry St. is open regularly from 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 6 to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. People may visit for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
If the nearby Trinity Academy in the Father Walter J. Ciszek Education Center is closed due to weather, the chapel will also be closed. Trinity is the sole pre-K to eighth-grade parochial school for all of northern Schuylkill County.
Anyone wishing to visit and pray at the chapel but unable to come at the designated times should call Sister Marietta at 570-590-0435 to be accommodated. Candles for the chapel are available at $7 for a seven-day candle. They will be published in the weekly bulletin of Shenandoah’s Divine Mercy Roman Catholic Parish.
For more information, call the parish office at 570-462-1968.
Ciszek, a Shenandoah native and a native son of St. Casimir Church, 229 N. Jardin St., a Divine Mercy Parish sacred worship site, was jailed and detained in the former Soviet Union for more than 20 years before his release in 1963. He is a candidate for sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church. His cause is currently at the Vatican.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to help support the chapel should call the parish office at the aforementioned number.
Polish American to host homemade devil crab dinner
SHENANDOAH - The Polish American Fire Company, Centre and West streets, will sponsor a homemade devil crab dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 12 at the firehouse.
The cost is $10 and meals will include devil crab, baked potato, green beans, cole slaw, roll/butter and cookie.
Patrons may eat at the firehouse or take meals out. Local delivery will be available.
For tickets, see any member or call 570-205-4260. Proceeds will benefit the company’s equipment and building fund.
Divine Mercy Parish sponsoring take-out-only Lenten dinners
SHENANDOAH - Divine Mercy Roman Catholic Parish is sponsoring take-out-only Lenten dinners from 3 to 5:30 p.m. March 22 and April 3 in the parish’s St. Stephen Hall, Main and Oak streets.
Platter choices include devil crab, chicken fingers or fish. The cost is $8 per meal, catered by A&C Catering, Mahanoy City.
Order forms are available in the parish bulletin or online at dmparish.com. The deadline to order for the March 22 meal is March 15 and for the April 3 meal, March 27.
More information also is available at the parish office, 108 W. Cherry St., call 570-462-1968.
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