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PA, Class of 1957,

plans meeting

Pittston Area, Class of 1957, will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Tony’s City Line Pizza. All classmates are welcome.

LCCC slates open

house in Pittston

Luzerne County Community College will hold an open house from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at the college’s Pittston Center at the M&T Educational Center. Information on course offerings, programs of study and financial aid will be available and tours of the center will be given. For information, call 570-740-0270 or e-mail

Pittston H.S., Class of

1959, sets 60th reunion

Pittston High School, Class of 1959, will hold its 60th class reunion Sunday, July 14, at Newberry Estates in Dallas. All class members and their guests are welcome. Reservations are requested to be in by the end of June. For information, contact Josie Schifano Capitano at 570-817-3431.

Guidelines for pool

and hot tub water

drainage announced

West Pittston residents are advised when draining pools or hot tubs, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer guidelines must be followed. No pool or hot tub water is allowed to flow into borough storm sewers.

Anyone reported to be draining pool/hot tub water into storm sewers will be subject to being fined. An alternative procedure to drain pool and hot tub water is to discharge water into private property clean-out caps or sanitary sewer. However, before dong this, pool/hot tub water must sit for at least two weeks until chlorine has dissipated. Check chlorine levels with a chlorine test kit to make sure there are no detectable levels of chlorine. If neither of these options is feasible, the chlorine free water must be discharged onto a grassy area or hauled away to an appropriate treatment facility.

West Pittston residents can pick up printed guidelines at the borough office.

K of C Jacquelines

seek school supplies,

toiletries for students

The Jacquelines Ladies Auxiliary of Knights of Columbus Council 372, Pittston, are undertaking the Jacquelines’ Closet Project to provide middle school students in the Wyoming Area and Pittston Area school districts with school supplies and toiletries.

The Jacquelines are seeking donations to fill gift bags for each of the students. The bags will contain essential school and toiletry items needed by many students who do not have the funds for such purchases.

Distribution of the gift bags at schools will take place in the beginning of the 2019-20 school year. Approximately 1,500 to 2,000 bags must be assembled.

Requested school supplies include pens, pencils, pencil cases, folders, notebooks, highlighters, colored pencils, markers, crayons, pencil sharpeners and glue sticks. Needed hygiene products include shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand sanitizer, tissues, deodorant for boys and girls, sanitary pads, barrettes, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs and brushes. Monetary donations also are appreciated.

For information, contact Lane Simkonis, project chairwoman, at 570-212-1366 or Ginger Murphy, president, at 570-956-7248.

Patriotic concert

planned at St. John

the Evangelist

The community is invited to “Fanfare for the Fourth,” a concert for Independence Day presented by area church choirs and musicians from the community at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 William St., Pittston.

A community choir will sing patriotic hymns and choral selections led by area choir directors and accompanied by organ, brass quartet and percussion. Other musical selections will be performed by participating soloists, instrumentalists and music students.

Veterans of the United States Armed Services will be recognized during the concert. A free will offering will be accepted.

Golf tournament

will benefit Care and

Concern Clinic

Plans for the ninth annual Care and Concern Free Health Clinic Golf Tournament are underway. The tournament will take place Friday, June 21, at Emanon Country Club, Falls. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and lunch will be at 11 a.m. at Emanon Country Club, with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Single golfer registration is $90 and registration for a foursome is $360. All proceeds will go directly to the Care and Concern Free Health Clinic to be used for patient services. To become a sponsor or for information, call Jim Blandina at 570-693 0766.

Tom Medico is the honorary chairperson.

USS Independence reunion planned

Dick White, of Pittston, announces the USS Independence CVA-62’s 30th reunion will be held in Dayton, Ohio from Sept. 25-29. All Navy, Marine or Air Squadron personnel who served on the Independence and their families are welcome.

For information, please contact: USS Independence CVA-62, 65 Pioneer Ridge Rd., Canton, N.C. 28716, call 828-648-7379 or email

St. John Evangelical

Lutheran Church lists

upcoming activities

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, 7 Wood St., Pittston, announces the following activities:

Sunday service is at 8 a.m. with fellowship before and after the service. There is communion every Sunday.

Council will meet Sunday, June 10, after service.

Planning will meet after service Sunday, June 23.

Outside of council and planning meetings, all events are open to the public.

Gift cards are available for a variety of locations and in a variety of denominations. See Mary Ann Denman or Alan Drummond after services.

Kaufer’s office offers assistance programs

State Rep. Aaron Kaufer reminds residents that his office offers assistance events to veterans, persons with disabilities and small business owners each month.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, Brian Stolarski, department service officer with the American Legion, is at Kaufer’s office to assist veterans, their spouses and their dependents with a range of issues including compensation, pensions, death benefits, education and health care, as well as many other veteran-related issues.

The fourth Wednesday of each month, from 2 to 5 p.m., Bob Fox, from the Center for Independent Living will be available for the Disability Advocacy Program to assist persons with disabilities, 18 and over. Fox can assist with skills training, information and referral to additional services, peer counseling, home modifications, attendant care and community integration, and deaf and autism services.

The second Thursday of each month, a counselor from the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center is available during Small Business Development Center Outreach to help existing business owners grow their business, explore new markets, plan strategically and operate with confidence. The outreach event is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Appointments for events must be made in advance by calling Kaufer’s office at 570-283-1001.

Kaufer also provides services to residents at three area satellite offices. Exeter Twp. and Exeter Borough satellite hours are the third Friday of each month. Hours are: Exeter Twp., 2305 State Route 92, 9 to 11 a.m.. Exeter Borough, 1101 Wyoming Ave., from noon to 2 p.m. Also, office hours are held in Kingston Twp., 180 East Center St., the second Friday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon.

For information, contact Kaufer’s district office in Luzerne located at 161 Main St., by calling 570-283-1001. Information can also be found online at or­er.

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Vouchers

available at Pittston, Falls Active Adult centers

The Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming Counties announces the distribution schedule of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Vouchers provided by the United States and Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture.

Eligible seniors must meet all three requirements: Be a resident of Luzerne or Wyoming county, with proof of residence required; be at least 60 years of age by Dec. 31, 2019, with proof of age required, and meet income guidelines based on 2019 total household income (all income is included, including Social Security, pensions, etc. Income proof is by self declaration. However, program officials may verify eligibility information. Income requirements are: one person household, $23,107 or less, two person household, $31,284 or less, three person household, $39,461 or less and four person household, $47,638 or less.

Each qualifying individual is allowed four $5 vouchers for a total SFMNP benefit of $20 one time per year.Vouchers will not be sent out by mail. A person is not eligible if he/she resides in a nursing home, convent or residential facility where meals are prepared.

If the eligible senior is unable to pick up the vouchers, they can send a proxy to pick up the vouchers as long as the proxy brings the signed and completed 2019 proxy form with them when picking up the vouchers. The individual acting as proxy will need to bring his/her identification. The proxy form is available at any of the Active Adult centers sponsored by Area Agency on Aging and also can be obtained through the agency’s website, under Department/ Area Agency on Aging/News. No other form or note will be allowed. This form must be picked up, completed and signed prior to the date the vouchers are obtained. There is a limit of two proxy forms allowed per person. A spouse must have the official proxy form completed and signed prior to the date the vouchers are obtained when picking up vouchers for his/her spouse. A person having Power of Attorney must have the official proxy form completed and signed when picking up vouchers.

Any questions may be directed to Rhonda Adams, coordinator, at 570 822-1159, ext. 2337.

Vouchers are available in Greater Pittston at the Pittston Active Adult Center, 441 N. Main St., Pittston, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, or at the Falls Active Adult Center, 2813 Sullivan’s Trail, Falls, from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 10.

Any questions may be directed to Rhonda Adams, coordinator at 570 822-1159 Ext. 2337.

Exhibit planned at Art E Fekts

New works by wire sculptor Sean Brady and photography artist Mary Kroptavich will be on view at Art E Fekts on Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit is entitled “In the Absence of Sight,” and all of the pieces will be for sale and on display for the rest of June. Meet the artists and take a look at the many fine art offerings of the gallery while enjoying some wine and cheese.

The Art e Fekts Gallery spring and summer hours are Thursday 12–7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and Sunday 12–4 p.m. For more information, please log on to or contact Mary Kroptavich, gallery director, at 570-299-5954. For updates, follow the gallery on Facebook at @artefekts.

Pittston City mails 2019-20 trash bills

Pittston City mailed 2019-20 trash bills and payment is due May 31. The orange and white stickers can be used through May 31. New pink and white stickers must be used as of June 3. Bring or mail the bill when making payment.

Residents who do not receive a bill in the mail are responsible to notify the treasurer’s office at 570-654-1090. Bills are sent to the homeowner/landlords. If a tenant is responsible for the payment, landlords must give the bill to their tenant so they can bring or mail the bill when payment is made.

Cost is $150 for 60 stickers. After the initial $150 fee is paid, residents may purchase extra stickers at a cost of $2.50 each. Additional packs of 60 stickers also are available for $150. A $50 late fee will be added after June 3.

If mailing payment, include $5 postage and handling payable to Pittston City and mail to Tax Office, 35 Broad St., Pittston, PA 18640. If the stickers are to be sent to an address other than the mailing address, specify to whom and where stickers should be mailed. Otherwise, they will be sent to the name and address on the check.

U.M. Church of Pittston plans theater trip

United Methodist Church of Pittston will sponsor a bus trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse on Wednesday, Sept. 11, to see Neil Simon’s hit play “Barefoot in the Park.” This comedy ran on Broadway for five years and was a Tony Award winner. There are seven selections for the table-served entree plus the dinner theater’s dessert buffet. Price of the trip is $100 and includes bus, meal, coffee, hot tea, show, tax, gratuity and driver tip. Bus leaves the Pittston Plaza at 9 a.m. To make a reservation or for information, call Cathy at 570-603-1915 or email her at

Highland Manor will host free brain health educational program

Highland Manor Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and Home Instead Senior Care will host a free educational breakfast, “Facts with Snacks – Your Brain Health and Preventing Decline” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 14. The speaker is Dr. Glen R. Finney, a board-certified Behavioral Neurologist and Director of the Memory and Cognition Program for Geisinger Health System. Dr. Finney’s goal is to promote brain health throughout the elder years and prevent, detect, diagnose, and help people and their families manage age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as dementias through our region.

The program will be held at Highland Manor Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 750 Schooley Ave, Exeter. To reserve a seat, call Highland Manor Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at 570-885-1270, or Home Instead Senior Care at 570-714-4260. Refreshments will be served.

Vendor sale helps Hughestown Fire Company

Vendor Blender Variety Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday June 30, at the Hughestown Hose Company, 30 Center St. The sale will feature 20 vendors selling crafts, jewelry, home decor, jellies, jams and marinades and other items. There also will be a bake sale and raffle baskets. Entry is free. Proceeds benefit the fire company.

Pittston Memorial Library lists events

Pittston Memorial Library will host A Universe of Stories summer reading program. Stop by the library to register for summer reading and pick up reading logs for little ones through fourth graders or a READ-O sheet for fifth graders through adults. There’s something for all ages.

The library is offering courses on how to make grocery bag mats for the homeless. The response to this program has been overwhelmingly positive as the library prepares to launch the program in June. There are three course opportunities. Participants are welcome to any or all of the classes. Course 1 will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, June 11 and 18. Course 2 is at 6 p.m. Thursdays, June 13, 20 and 27. Course 3 is at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8. The Saturday class will be a longer course. Call 570-654-9565 to register. There is a $5 fee per person to purchase the special crochet hook needed to make the blankets. Participants are asked to bring grocery bags to share if they have them, as it takes 400 bags to make one mat. Anyone who is interested but cannot pay this fee is still welcome. The library is seeking sponsorships to help defray the cost. Call Patricia at 570-654-9565, ext. 21 to talk about this opportunity.

The following regular programs also are offered:

Children’s programming

Tales on Tuesday, Storytime with Miss Kristin: This program features age appropriate stories, songs, activities, and free play for infants, toddlers and pre-school age children. Programs include: Books and Babies, for ages newborn to 18 months, at 9:30 a.m.; Terrific Twos, for ages 18 months to 3 years, at 10:30; Preschool Pals, ages 3 to 5 years, at 11:30 a.m. Registration is required.

Grown-Up and Me: Kids 18 months to age 5 are welcome to bring their grown-up to the library for a fun story, craft and free play on Monday evenings. The program is split into two sessions with kids 18 months to 3 meeting at 5:30 p.m. and kids 3 to 5 years meet at 6 p.m. Registration is required.

Furry Tails Reading Partners: Children can choose their favorite books to read to gentle, lovable and furry therapy dogs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the second Saturday of every month. Register by calling the library.

STEAM Club: Love science, technology, engineering, art, math? Monthly STEAM activities are available for kids kindergarten to fifth grade every third Thursday of the month.

Hands-On Club: This club will meet every first Thursday of the month for a crafting project. Open to kids from kindergarten up to fifth grade.

Building Club: Anyone ages 3-11 is welcome to free build whatever they would like from 4 to 5 p.m. every Monday. The library provides the Legos or Lincoln Logs and participants provide the creativity. Participants can display their creation on the library’s book shelves.

For children’s programs requiring registration, sign up in the children’s wing or by calling the children’s department at 570-654-9565, ext. 26.

Tween programming

Page Turners Tween Book Club: Fourth to sixth graders who like to read for fun, talk about books, enjoy a snack and love doing crafts are invited to join Miss Noelle and Miss Kristin for this book club. The group will meet next to discuss “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill at 4:25 p.m. Thursday, June 13. The library will provide a snack and participants will make a craft related to the book. Call 570-654-9565, ext. 26 to register for this free club. Copies of the book are available at the children’s circulation desk.

Adult programming

Book Club: The club meets every second Monday of the month. At 6 p.m. Monday, June 10, the group will discuss Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch.” A limited number of books are available at the front desk.

Art Afternoon: All are welcome to come to the library Fridays from 1:30-3:30 for art afternoon. Work on some zen coloring in the library or bring your own supplies and work on some crochet, knitting or felting.

Crochet Club: Beginner or advanced is welcome at Crochet Club. The group meets from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays. Participants should bring supplies, including a crochet hook sized I, J, or K and yarn.

Adult Summer Reading Program: Family Fun Spinning Tops at 6 p.m. Monday, June 17, and Adult Craft Night — Space Plants, 6 p.m. Monday, June 24.

Friends of the Pittston Library: Friends meet at 3 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month in the library. New members are welcome. For information, call the library at 570-654-9565.

The library announces Tiebrary at the Library. Tiebrary is a new initiative sponsored by the Tom and Dianne Tigue literacy program. The mission of Tiebrary is to make available ties for those in the community who may need them for job interviews and special occasions. The ties are checked out just like a book. A large variety of ties have been donated. The ties come complete with illustrated instructions on how to tie a standard knot.

The library is selling Grammar Pencils which feature common grammar mistakes. Pencils cost $5 for a pack of five.