Bishop's surgery successful

CAMP HILL - Hip replacement surgery performed on Bishop Ronald W. Gainer Tuesday morning at Holy Spirit Hospital was successful, the Diocese of Harrisburg reported.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Richard Boal of the Orthopedic Institute of PA.

Boal said Gainer did great and he has been moved to the recovery room.

The bishop expects to be discharged from the hospital within a few days. He hopes to resume a part-time schedule in approximately one month, following physical rehabilitation.

Prayers of thanksgiving for the successful operation and a speedy recovery are welcome, the diocese said. All correspondence should be directed to Office of The Bishop, Diocese of Harrisburg, 4800 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg 17111-3710.

Building, grounds meeting Thursday

COAL TOWNSHIP - Shamokin Area School Board's buildings and grounds committee will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday in the board conference room.

Community service group to meet

COAL TOWNSHIP - Magisterial District Judge John Gembic's community service group will meet at the Coal Bowl at 9 a.m. Saturday for a work detail. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Food pantry distributions set

Two area food pantries will hold their monthly distributions Saturday.

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

- The Mount Carmel Borough Food Pantry will hold its monthly distribution from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Notary Shop, 215 S. Oak St., for borough residents who had previously signed up; bring a bag. Residents of the Mount Carmel Mid Rise are asked to meet in the lobby at 8:45 a.m.