Month: November 2016

‘Bag Ladies’ upcycle for the homeless

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor •


Rebecca Zemencik/Citizen-Standard Photo The ‘Bag Ladies’ meet twice a month, the first and third Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Erdman. They are upcycling plastic bags to make bed mats for homeless shelters and those in need. The public is encouraged to join them and learn what upcycling is all about.

ERDMAN – A new group has formed at Zion Lutheran Church, Erdman, and the public is invited to come and learn what this upcycling group is doing.
‘The Bag Ladies,’ as they refer to themselves is a group of women, (only because no men have attended yet, but they are welcome too), gather the first and third Mondays of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. and transform plastic bags into items that people can use.
Lena Long has been upcycling plastic bags for almost 20 years and she finally brought the idea to the church.
“I don’t really remember how I got into doing this,” said Lena. “I’ve been doing it for a long time. I’d make a bag, or a mat and then I’d stick it in the attic and forget about it.”
Sandy Williard saw how to upcycle bags on one of those DIY channels on TV and that’s how she learned to do it. One year she created gift bags out of plastic bags for all her Christmas presents.
Both Lena and Sandy also know how to create purses from the plastic bags. Sandy said it takes about two evenings to create a purse.


Council gets earful from citizens

By Rob Wheary, Staff Writer •

TOWER CITY – Members of Tower City Borough Council heard from the public about some recent decisions in the borough they weren’t happy with.
Several of the speakers came out to the Nov. 14 meeting to speak about several recent the decisions that were made by the council.
The longest discussion came from a landlord with a tenant near the Tower City Fire Company. Recently several parking spots in that area were designated as parking for firefighters during an emergency.
The landlord said that the move landlocked his tenant.
“He’s homebound and has nurses come take care of him, there’s only room for one car in his driveway,” the landlord said. “I really think you need to reconsider this.”
“I don’t think we realized that it would be that much initially,” council president Bruce Schneck said. “We can have our chief of police look at it again.”
Another resident, George Shuey, asked about the new parking restrictions at School Square, where several churches call home.


John Kalbach

John “Fast Eddie” Kalbach, Hegins, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 in the early morning hours at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey.

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