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Our February meeting will be on Sunday February 24

April 2019 Newsletter

This month’s meeting: April 28th     Moosic Presbyterian Church 2:30 pm

Immediately after the meeting we will view a presentation on geology.

Besides the final preparations for the rock and mineral show, we have some great summer educational projects in the works.

1.    We are talking donations of books (rocks, minerals, gems, fossils, dinosaurs and geology and earth sciences) to be donated by the club to local libraries.  If you have a library near you that you want included in this project, you have to let us know about it. 

2.    We are going to have a summer essay contest for ages 9 through 12 and we plan to distribute the information on the contest through libraries in 5 counties.  Each county will have a winner of a mineral or fossil specimen and $50.00.  Winners will be selected by volunteer member judges. Because judging a contest like this can be very subjective, we will have a different person (or team of people) for each county. We will have all entries in by August 15th  and winners announced at the September meeting.

We want to encourage education about the fascinating treasurers under our feet and all around us.  We need the help of all members to get us names and addresses of local libraries to help make it successful.


Future meeting dates:

May 26th  Moosic Presbyterian Church 2:30 pm The last meeting until September 22nd


May 4th & 5th our own TREASURES OF THE EARTH Rock and Mineral Show – St Joe’s Oblates on Rt 315 in Pittston.  Show planning still underway and we need as much help as we can get finding free advertising (or paid advertising if the price is right); Contacting Radio and TV stations; printing and distributing flyers,  and we need YOUR IDEAS to help make the show a continuing success. And don’t foget to add a notification on your facebook, linkedin or other cyber account.

And don’t forget the Summer Picnic (details in the May newsletter)

We would also like to get in a Field trip this Spring and/or Summer and need everyone’s input to come up with something fun and productive. 

If anyone is interested in hunting fossils near Danville PA on a weekend, get in touch with our club president, Fred Winters 570-417-5842

The van trip to the Edison Show was great.  Everybody came home with lots of new goodies from the show.  There was a great inter-active exhibit featuring “the Scoop on Poop”  that covered things like Coperlites, dung beetles, fertilizers, and even fuel.  These shows are educational as well as buying oportunites,



Upcoming Rock and Mineral Shows -


April 27 2019      Sterling Hill Super Dig      Sterling Hill Mining Museum, 30 Plant Street, Ogdensburg, New Jersey 07439


May 4th & 5th our own 16th annual TREASURES OF THE EARTH Rock and Mineral Show – St Joe’s Oblates 1880  Rt 315 in Pittston PA 18640. Admission: Adults  $3.00  Under 12 Free, Military and Scouts in uniform Free. Contacts George Walko (570) 200-5987 or Linda Bosak (570) 254-9879


May 18th The Rock & Mineral Club of Lower Bucks County, PA. Christ United Methodist Church, 501 Wistar Road, Fairless Hills, PA; 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM; Rocks, Minerals, Fossils, Lapidary Arts, Jewelry & All Things Related to the Earth Sciences; Admission: $2.00 Donation, Children 12 & Under Free; Dealers: 6′ Table $20 – 1/2 Table $10, Registration Required; Send Check to: Brian Schwab, 539 Sycamore Ave., Croydon, PA 19021, Payable to RMCLBC. For Additional Information call: 215-788-3993 and Leave Message for Brian to return the call.


June 1 Pennsylvania Earth Science Association (PESA); Macungie Memorial Park, 70 Poplar St. Macungie PA; Sat. 8:30am-3pm; admission $2 for adults, free for children; the Spring Mineralfest features gems, fossils, lapidary and minerals offered by more than 50 dealers situated indoor and outdoors; along with free gold panning and door prizes; contact PESA; Website


June 1 and Sunday June 2, Orange County Mineral Society ANNUAL MINERAL * JEWELRY GEM * FOSSIL SHOW  10 am to 4 pm – Rain or Shine.  Museum Village * 1010 Route 17M * Monroe, NY 10950 Special Admission For Show and Museum Adults - $5.00 Seniors - $3.00 Scouts in Uniform & Kids Under 12 Free


June 15-16  Lancaster County Fossil and Mineral Club; Solanco Fairgrounds, Hoffman Building, 172 South Lime Street QUARRYVILLE, PA ; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-4; $3; seeking vendors of fossils, minerals, jewelry, and Native American artifacts ; contact Eric Miller; Email:;


For questions regarding any of the Newsletter info Please contact the Secretary, Linda Bosak at 570-254-9879 or via email at   or George Walko at If you email, be sure to put MSNEPA somewhere in the subject line so it doesn't go to spam.

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