Athens marching band proposes new uniforms

The Athens Area School District board of education will consider a recommendation at its next meeting to purchase new uniforms for the high school marching band.

The district recently received funds from the estate of Mary Sullivan that will allow the band to replace its 11-year-old uniforms, band director Devin Householder said at a recent board meeting, where he showed prototypes of the new uniforms. The proposed new uniforms are black and gray, easier to wash and have a modern appearance, Householder told board members. "It's a very innovative uniform," he said. "You don't see this anywhere else in the county."

Images of the sample uniforms have been posted to the school's website, The board will vote on whether to purchase the uniforms at their Dec. 4 meeting.

Sayre Salvation Army seeks bell ringers

The Salvation Army of Sayre seeks volunteers to ring the bell at its several Red Kettle locations this holiday season.

The kettles will be at several Valley-area locations from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day through Dec. 24, according to a release from the Salvation Army. Locations include Walmart and Kmart in Sayre, the Tops Markets on Keystone Avenue and Elmira Street in Sayre and Ted Clark's Busy Market in Waverly.

Those interested in volunteering to ring a bell at a kettle stand may contact Maxine Brown or Captain Debra Stedman at the Sayre Salvation Army at (570) 888-2153, the release reads.

Small countertop kettles are also located at several Dandy Mini Mart locations in Sayre and Athens. All funds raised stay in the area, the release reads.

Sayre Public Library to host gas drilling seminar

The Sayre Public Library will host a seminar on natural gas drilling at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 as part of its ongoing Treible Lecture Series to provide educational seminars on a variety of topics.

Personnel from Chesapeake Energy will present the seminar, which will cover an overview of the science and engineering behind natural gas development, extraction and distribution, according to information from the library. The discussion will also include the geology of natural gas, drilling and completion, the role of water in hydraulic fracturing and other processes and the outlook of the natural gas supply.

The public is invited to the free program, but space is limited to 35 participants and registration is required, according to information from the library. To register or for more information, call the library at (570) 888-2256 or stop in to the library at 122 S. Elmer Ave.