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St. Michael’s Byzantine

plans chicken dinner

St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 205 N. Main St., Pittston, will have a stuffed chicken breast dinner from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Takeouts will be from noon to 1 p.m. only. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12.

First Baptist plans

free community

Thanksgiving dinner

First Baptist Church, Water Street, Pittston, will hold its annual Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27. The dinner also will be served at Meals on Wheels, 59 S. Main Street, Pittston. This dinner is open to all, especially the homeless, those in need and those who will be alone for the holiday. The dinner will include turkey and all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings. For takeouts and delivery in Greater Pittston, contact First Baptist Church, 570-654-0283, from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.

Soup and salad dinner

set at Mount Zion U.M.

Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Mount Zion Road in Harding, is hosting an all-you-can-eat soup and salad supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. A variety of soups, chili, several salads, breads, desserts and beverages will be available. Cost for an adult dinner is $8 and a child’s meal costs $4.

Showing, reception

set at Art E Fekts

Art E Fekts Gallery, 71 S. Main St., Pittston, will host a meet the artist reception featuring new works by photographer Paul Bracey from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. “Suns and Other Stars” is a presentation of Bracey’s landscape photography. All of the pieces will be for sale and on display for the remainder of the month. Enjoy wine and cheese while browsing the fine art for sale in the gallery.

Bracey’s interest in photography began during his military service, when he volunteered to take aerial pictures of drop zones. After leaving the military, he worked for several years as a portrait photographer. He was first introduced to digital photography while again working as an aerial photographer on a highway construction project. An avid outdoor adventurer, Bracey has pursued rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering, traveling to a variety of beautiful destinations that have provided him with spectacular photographic opportunities.

Time is running out

to use senior farmers

market vouchers

The 2019 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program’s voucher distribution ended Sept. 30. The Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming Counties reminds participants to redeem vouchers before the Nov. 30 deadline. Keep in mind there may be farmers market stands closing up before that date.

These vouchers can only be used to purchase Pennsylvania-grown fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers market stands that participate in the Department of Agriculture’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Baked goods, meat, jam, honey, apple cider or eggs are not allowable for purchase with these vouchers.

For information, contact Rhonda Adams at 822-1158 Ext. 2337.

St. John’s Lutheran

Church lists events

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7 Wood St., Pittston, announces activities:

Sunday service is at 8 a.m., with fellowship before and after service.

Sunday, Nov. 3, planning meeting will be held after service.

Thursday, Nov. 7, Week Night School is at 5:45 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 10, council will meet after service.

Pittston Memorial Library lists activities

Pittston Memorial Library will host its fourth annual Murder Mystery Dinner, “Midnight at the Masquerade,” on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Fox Hill Country Club. Tickets are $60 each and include a cocktail hour, buffet dinner and dessert. No tickets will be available at the door. For reservations, call the library at 570-654-9565.

The library’s fifth annual health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the John P. Cosgrove Center at the library. This event will feature at least 28 vendors with information on available resources. Snacks will be available. The event is free to the public. For information, contact Howard J. Grossman at 570-262-3443 or email

The library will host A Taste of Greater Pittston from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, featuring food, wine and beer from restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries and bakeries throughout Greater Pittston. Tickets are $30 and are available at the library. Interested vendors and sponsors can contact the library.

Pittston Memorial Library announces Tiebrary at the Library. Tiebrary is a 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.

Friends of the Pittston Library 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.

Regular programs include:

Children’s programs

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 and math? Monthly STEAM activities are available for kids in 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 to 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/Teen programs

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 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 books are available at the children’s circulation desk.

Teen Reading Lounge: The Teen Book Club meets monthly. For information or to register, call 570-654-9565.

Tween MAD Science Lab: Visit the library for some spooky science experiments just in time for the Halloween season. Program is open to tweens in grades four to six. Register by calling the library or messaging the Facebook page.

Adult programs

Book Club: The club meets every second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. 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. Bring supplies, including a crochet hook sized I, J, or K and yarn.

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 at his office at 161 Main St., Luzerne.

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 the 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 local satellite offices in Exeter Twp. and Exeter Borough the third Friday of each month. Hours in Exeter Twp., at 2305 State Route 92, are 9 to 11 a.m., and in Exeter Borough, 1101 Wyoming Ave., from noon to 2 p.m.

For information, contact Kaufer’s district office at 570-283-1001. (

Pittston trash bills past due

Pittston City mailed 2019-20 trash bills and payment was due May 31. New pink and white stickers must be used as of June. 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 $200 for 60 stickers, which includes a $50 late fee. After the initial 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.

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.