COAL TOWNSHIP - With a dwindling food pantry supply and a bigger-than-ever need for assistance in the Shamokin-Mount Carmel and surrounding communities, plans were finalized Thursday night for the first ever Duck Drop to benefit the Salvation Army.

The Duck Drop will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at the Log Flume at Knoebels Amusement Resort.

During a meeting Thursday night of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Ron "Buddy" Knoebel, co-owner of Knoebels Amusement Resort and a member of the advisory board, who is heading plans for the Duck Drop, gave a detailed report to fellow board members.

Meeting at the Salvation Army headquarters at 1300 W. Spruce St., board members were enthusiastic about the event and praised the idea of holding the race at the Log Flume at Knoebels.

There will be three races with 10 winners in each race, with those 30 winning ducks competing for the grand prize which will be a $200 Knoebels vacation package. The 10 winners in each race will be awarded gift certificates. In addition to the grand prize in the final race, there will be a $100 valued second place prize and a $50 valued third place prize.

Cost of the three ducks is $10 with each purchaser being eligible for all three races. Ten top winners in the three races will then compete for the grand prize.

Tickets are available from any board member or at the Salvation Army Thift Store, 141 E. Independence St., Shamokin, or at the Anthracite Heritage Festival of the Arts, Saturday.

Board members emphasized that those who purchase the "three ducks for 10 bucks" need not be in attendance at the Duck Drop. Each sold ticket will include the purchaser's name and telephone number. Participants are, however, welcome to attend the drop and enjoy the festivities,

Assisting with the event on race day will be Jim Cecco and Mike Slotterbach, Knoebels employees and maintenance men for the Log Flume.

Board members obtaining gift certificates are asked to contact Janice Kotwica, board member, by Friday.

Ticket returns from board members can be made to Judy Orner, social services director for the Salvation Army, or to Buddy Knoebel. Advisory board members needing tickets should contact Orner at 570-644-0486 during business hours Tuesday through Friday.

In other business Thursday, advisory board members held a brief discussion concerning ongoing security problems at the thrift store. Maj. Tina Streck and Henry Linton, board president, said additional security cameras have been installed at the store, inside and out.

Some looting of items has been caught on security cameras, Streck and Linton reported. Brian Persing, board member, warned area residents that the ransacking of items in the rear of the store is a serious concern and violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Next meeting of the advisory board will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at the Spruce Street headquarters.

Attending the meeting were Streck, Orner, Knoebel, Linton, Persing, Kotwica, Bill Richie, Paul Metrocavage and Gerry Knapp.