Food distribution Saturday

ATLAS - Mount Carmel Township Food Pantry will have its monthly distribution from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the township complex. Residents in Atlas, Diamondtown, Strong, Locust Gap, Connorsville, Dooleyville and Beaverdale who signed up previously are eligible.

UFO abductions examined

ELYSBURG - The possible existence of extraterrestrial life will be examined at Lifetree Cafe from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Elysburg Presbyterian Church, 320 W. Valley Ave.

This Lifetree event features an exclusive filmed interview with Stan Romanek, who has reported more than 100 extraterrestrial encounters. The Lifetree film explores his personal stories of alien abduction. Romanek authored "Messages: The World's Most Documented Extraterrestrial Contact Stories." His video of an alien-looking figure peeking in his window has attracted the attention of UFO enthusiasts as well as skeptics. The Lifetree film also includes an interview with a former Washington attorney who explains a 2009 Vatican announcement about the possibility of life on other planets.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available.

Lifetree Cafe is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. For more information, call 672-2873, e-mail or go to

Railroad to replace Route 54 crossing

LOCUST GAP - Shamokin Valley Railroad will replace its crossing on Route 54 (Locust Gap Highway) between the former Boylan's Service Station and Route 2034 (Brennan's Farm Road) starting Monday. A detour will be in effect using Routes 901 and 61.

The railroad's contractor, Finkbeiner & Associates, will remove the existing rail seal and asphalt at-grade crossing and replace it with a new concrete surface. Anticipated completion is July 19.