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Little Free Library

In December of 2016, Butler Township celebrated the grand opening of its very own Little Free Library, which was donated to the community center by Girl Scouts troops 30268 and 30364.

The  Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. The library is located at the Butler Township Community Center, 411 W. Butler Drive in Drums, and is open to anyone who wishes to use it.

The girls and their troop leaders did a wonderful job on painting, decorating and gathering book donations for the Library.

Pictured below are Girl Scout troop members at the library opening. State Representative Tarah Toohil and Miss Greater Hazleton 2016 Brianna Kubishin were also on hand to celebrate the grand opening.

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Summer Park Program Notice

Butler Township announces 2017 Summer Park Program

Registration forms for the Summer Youth Park Program are available on our Website: http://www.butlertownship.org and in the lobby of the Butler Township Municipal Building located at 415 West Butler Drive, Drums. Please return registration forms to the Municipal Office before June 23rd.

The program is for children ages 5 to 12 and will begin Monday June 26th and will run until August 4 (no program on July 4th).  No child under the age of 5 or over the age of 12 will be permitted to participate.

The fee for the program for Butler Township residents is $15.00 per week for the first child and $10.00 per week for any additional children. The fee for non-residents is $20.00 for the first child and $15.00 per week for any additional children. There is also a per day fee of $4.00 that is available for those not participating in the full week program.

Daily sign in will be held in the Community Center located behind the Municipal Building at 411 West Butler Drive, Drums. The program will be held at Freedom Park on West Butler Drive in Drums. Activities begin at 9 a.m. and ends promptly at noon, Monday through Friday. Activities include organized play, games and crafts. In the case of rain, the program will be held in the gym of the Butler Township Community Center.

In conjunction with this program, the Hazleton Area School District and food vendor, Nutrition Inc., are offering a free lunch program. This federally funded program will provide free lunch to anyone under the age of 18. The cold lunches are distributed between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. beginning June 20th and ending August 12th. The cold lunches are distributed at the Freedom Park Pavilion between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Menus are available there and in the lobby of the Municipal Building.

Garden Discovery Camp

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We will be hosting a special Garden Discovery Camp session the week of Aug 18th - 22nd (at the community garden).
This will take place M-F from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (weather permitting).
Camp instructor will be Roberta Lee Robbins, along with special guest instructors.
Cost for registration is only $20; sibling or second child additional $10.
More info and registration forms are available here.

Community Center

Butler-center-lobbyThe Butler Township Community Center, dedicated in 2011, features a gymnasium, meeting room and wrestling room. Members of the public can rent the gym or meeting room for sports events, birthday parties, exercise classes and more.

 

 

 

 

Butler Youth WrestlingYouth organizations such as Little Cougars Wrestling, Valley East Little League, Valley Regional Girls Softball League, CVCO Shooting Stars, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are among those that use the facility. The community center is also home to the Butler Township Senior Citizens and American Legion Post 795.

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Summer Park Programs

The township's summer park program will be held at Freedom Park from June 20 to July 29, Monday to Friday. The program is for children from ages 5 to 12.

FEE: $15.00 per week first child - $10 sibling or $4.00 per day for Butler Township Resident
FEE: $20.00 per week first child - $15 sibling or $4.00 per day for Non-Resident

Daily sign in will be held in the Community Center located behind the Municipal Building at 411 West Butler Drive, Drums. The program will be held at Freedom Park on West Butler Drive in Drums. Activities begin at 9 a.m. and ends promptly at noon, Monday through Friday. Activities include organized play, games and crafts.

Click here to read the full 2017 Summer Park Program notice.

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Registration forms for the Summer Youth Park Program are also available in the lobby of the Butler Township Municipal Building located at 415 West Butler Drive, Drums. Please return registration forms to the Municipal Office before June 17th.

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Summer Food Service Program

In conjunction with this program, the Hazleton Area School District and food vendor, Nutrition Inc., are offering a free lunch program. This federally funded program will provide free lunch to anyone under the age of 18.

The cold lunches are distributed between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. beginning June 20th and ending August 12th. The lunch program is at the Freedom Park pavilion.

Menus are available there and in the lobby of the Municipal Building.

Senior Center

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The Butler Township Active Adults (Senior Citizens) meet in the township's community center, located at 411 W. Butler Drive, Drums. The senior center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Butler Township Active Adults are very active and take part in many activities. Events include Zumba, a walking group, blood pressure screenings, lunches featuring special speakers and more.

Contact Director Cathy Jewell at 570-788-4881, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Seniors can also learn more about services from the Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming Counties.

Butler Township Senior Citizens, Inc.Butler Township Senior Citizens Inc.

Resident led and operated group that helps area seniors 55 years of age or older to stay active and enjoy the community.

Activities include bus trips, bingo, parties, dances and picnics.

Dues are just $5 per year (55 years of age or older).

Call 570-788-1607 or 570-788-0742 to join! 

Meetings

First Thursday of the month – 1 p.m. social, 3 p.m. cards, games, bingo, and refreshments

Second Thursday – 1 p.m. board meeting

Third Thursday – 1 p.m. regular business meeting, 3 p.m. cards, games, bingo and refreshments

Officers

butler-seniors-2President – Jean Marie Rossi

Vice President – Barbara Zanolini

Secretary – Lois Mattern

Treasurer – Eugene Rossi

Parliamentarian – Blanche Simoson

Upcoming Events

Watch this space for announcements on our upcoming events.

Upcoming Trips

Watch this space for announcements on our upcoming trips.

 

For more information on trips, call Barbara: 570-582-8027

Parks

Butler Township BasketballButler Township is home to several parks where people can enjoy activities and scenery in the township. 

At Freedom Park on West Butler Drive in Drums, near the township's community center, groups and teams gather to play soccer, baseball and basketball.  

Another venue for recreation is Butler Township Community Park along North Old Turnpike Road near the CAN DO Corporate Center. This park features ball fields, 1.5 miles of walking trails, a skate park, a playground, a pavilion and a basketball court.

Additionally, Legion Park along North Hunter Highway (Route 309) and Hemlock Street is a small neighboring park with a tennis court, play area and pavilion for relaxing and enjoying the outdoors.

Also, Nescopeck State Park is located in Butler and neighboring Dennison Township. The park gives visitors ample opportunity for hiking, fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The 3,550-acre park is bordered by two mountains and is complemented by Nescopeck Creek and Lake Frances. A variety of hiking trails allow for walking along the creek, climbing the mountains or hiking through forests with abundant wildlife. The park houses an environmental education center, which is open year-round to provide educational programming relative to the park.

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Board

The Butler Township Recreation Board frequently plans events at the township community center, including movie nights, dances and holiday parties. Members of the board are Chairman Jack Shamberger, Michael Braskey, Melia Molinaro, Anna Rainey, John Wolk, Nicole Warner and Dave Kepp Jr.

The board meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month.

Recreation

Butler-center-outsideResidents of Butler Township love living here and can take advantage of many opportunities for recreation throughout the township. Whether it’s summer or winter, there’s always a chance to have a good time.

Valley East baseball is a Little League affiliate based in Drums. Golfers can try their swing at Edgewood in the Pines on St. John’s Road, Sand Springs on Old Turnpike Road, or Mickey’s Golf Center and Driving Range on St. John’s Road. Mickey’s also features an ice cream shop that’s great for the whole family. Mountain Speedway in St. John's provides thrilling races on a 1/3-mile oval track, hosting stock car racing every weekend from April to October.

The landscape in Butler Township is dotted with farms, some of which have seasonal stands to sell their produce. Also, the Center for Landscape Design & Stewardship offers adult and youth education programs, professionally designed gardens for inspiration, demonstration and horticultural study, and community gardens for food production and hands-on study.

In addition to these opportunities, ski resorts, amusement parks and shopping malls are just a short drive away from Butler Township.

Browse the recreation section of our website for more information.