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By Staff | Dec 3, 2008

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I experienced a bout of food poisoning with after-effects that lingered for quite a while. Determined to confirm my suspicions about the cause of my discomfort, I contacted the regional office of the PA Department of Agriculture who agreed to test my leftovers. The long-anticipated test results have come back–but with quite unsatisfactory findings.

“The pot roast was clean.” Really? What a disappointment! I had envisioned marching into the store, demanding that they promptly remove the tainted product from their shelves. Now, I am left to ponder the true source of my illness. The only problem is that I cannot possibly recall what I ate and drank on Nov. 9 and 10. Could it continue to lurk in my freezer or in my kitchen? It is a mystery that may never be solved…

Reminder: Every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m., the Montgomery Area Public Library hosts Storytime for Preschool to second grade children.

Coming up this weekend: Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., free clothing distribution at the Methodist Church, 43 West Houston Avenue, Montgomery. Adult and children’s clothing will be available as well as some household items.

Also on Saturday, Dec. 6, beginning at 4 p.m., the Watsontown United Methodist Church, 11 E. Third St., will hold a baked steak dinner. Cost: $7.50 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-12. Contact the church office at 538-1017.

On Sunday, Dec. 7, a musical entitled ”Jesus, No Other Name” by Randy Vader and Jay Rouse will be presented by the Watsontown United Methodist Church Adult Choir. Directed by Diana Burrows, there will be three shows: 8 and 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the church, 11 E. Third St. in Watsontown. For more information, call the church office at 538-1017.

Next week and weekend: Tuesday, Dec. 9, between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., distribution at the “Footprints of Montgomery” food pantry at the Christ Lutheran Church. Residents in the Montgomery Area School District are eligible to participate.

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 4:30 to 6 p.m., the St. John Lutheran “Brick” Church will hold a Meatloaf Dinner, served family style. Featured will be meatloaf, baked potatoes, candied carrots, coleslaw, beverage, and dessert; cost: $8.00 adults; children age 6 through 10, $4; children under 6 free. Takeouts available; call 547-6423.

Saturday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., a Candlelight Christmas Service will be held at the historic Warrior Run Church in Turbotville. Please dress warm if you are planning to attend; call 538-1417 for more information.

Saturday, Dec. 13, beginning at 5 p.m., there will be a FREE Community Christmas Celebration at New Covenant Assembly of God, 1270 Pinchtown Rd. It will include a lasagna dinner with all the fixings, carol singing, entertainment, and small gifts. Everyone in the Montgomery area is welcome but you must reserve your seat by calling 547-1503 or by e-mail at newcovaog@cs.com.

Saturday, Dec. 13, beginning at 2 p.m., the Montgomery Area Historical Society will host their annual Open House at the Stone Church, located on the grounds of the Allenwood Prison near Route 15. At 6 p.m., the society and staff of the Allenwood Federal Correctional Complex will hold a public Candlelight Service at the church. From Route 15, turn onto Allenwood Camp Lane, drive past White Deer Golf Course and into Bureau of Prison grounds; then follow signs to the church. (Do NOT use the main prison entrance at the light across from Reptiland.)