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Lehigh Valley Railroad

history will highlight archaeology meeting

The April meeting of the Frances Dorrance Chapter of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology will be held at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St., from 7 to about 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 30. The meeting is free to the public.

The Arlo Guthrie song “City of New Orleans” says, “The sons of Pullman porters and the sons of engineers, ride their fathers’ magic carpet made of steel.” The residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania understand this sentiment since so many have an affection for railroading born from close ties to this form of transportation, either as descendants who worked for the numerous lines or those who toiled to fill the gondola cars with coal.

Ed Philbin, an engineer for the Reading and Northern Railroad, will give a presentation about the Lehigh Valley Railroad from Coxton Yards to Mountaintop via the Mountain Cutoff through Duryea. He is a third generation railroader whose mother’s family worked for the LVRR. He is an active member of the Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley railroad historical societies and the Greater Pittston Historical Society.

Upper Valley Eye Bank

will meet in Dupont

Upper Valley Eye will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 401 Main St., Dupont. The Dupont Lions will host this meeting. Those attending are asked to bring collected eyeglasses. No cases will be accepted. All Lions are welcome. Election of officers will be on the agenda.

Rubber Mallet offers

free comic books

Rubber Mallet Comics in West Pittston will participate in Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 4. Each year, thousands of participating stores give away more than 5 million comic books to millions of fans to introduce them to comics.

“Free Comic Book Day is one of my favorite days of the year,” said Chuck Rowles, owner of Rubber Mallet Comics. “My regular customers come in and celebrate with us, new people come and check us out for the first time, and kids who never read a comic in their life might find the passion for this type of literature that I did at their age. On top of that, Free Comic Book Day is our official anniversary date for opening the store, so it just means that much more to me.”

This is the eighth year Rubber Mallet will celebrate FCBD, offering the community a fun, family-oriented event. Along with the free comics and costumed heroes, the store is having its biggest sale of the year.

This year’s offering of free comics include Avengers, Spider-Man, Doctor Who, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pokemon, Stranger Things, Riverdale, Firefly and more. Along with the FCBD books being offered, Rubber Mallet also will have DC Comics’ special “Year of the Villians” book available to everyone for free, as well. There will be exclusive Funko Pops, statues and pins available for sale as well. For information and a list of participating publishers and their free comics, visit

Free Comic Book Day kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. at Rubber Mallet Comics, 802 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston. Call 570-655-5522, visit or follow Facebook for information.

Art Efekts, Rikasa

will host art show

and dinner event

Art Efekts Gallery and Rikasa will host “Palettes and Plates” exhibition and dinner Tuesday, April 30. A happy hour begins at 5:30 p.m.

at the Art Efekts Gallery, featuring wine or beer, hors d’oeuvres from Rikasa and music by Jaime Anzelone. There will be a pop-up display of work by painter Joel Carson Jones and his students. A prix fixe meal will be served at 7 p.m. at Rikasa. Cost is $70 per person, which includes happy hour, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and desserts from Christa Lynn’s Bakery. Seating is limited so reserve early by contacting gallery director Mary Kroptavich at 570-885-2323, or

The featured artist Joel Carson Jones lives, teaches and paints in Northeastern Pennsylvania and has established an international reputation for his still life and trompe l’oeil paintings. In 2008, he was granted the title of Living Master by the International Art Renewal Center. All art will be on display in the gallery for one week and offered at a 15% discount.

For information, visit the gallery website,, or the gallery’s Facebook page, Art e Fekts Gallery.

St. John the Evangelist

sets spring card party

The annual Spring Fling card games and bingo party sponsored by the Altar and Rosary Society of St. John the Evangelist Parish will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in the Monsignor John J. Bendik Pastoral Center, Church Street, Pittston.

The $5 donation at the door includes cards, games, bingo and a light buffet. Prizes include cash and a variety of items.

PA Class of ’69 plans

golden class reunion

Dr. John J. Jerrytone, president, and the officers and executive committee of the Pittston Area High School Class of 1969 invite class members, their families and friends to celebrate the golden class reunion at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Fox Hill Country Club, Exeter.

Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots will provide music for dancing. Dinner will include a champagne welcome, Caesar salad and a choice of one of the following: chicken piccata in white wine, fresh lemons and caper butter; panko crusted haddock with lemon and herbs in a lemon wine sauce; or an 8 oz. char broiled filet mignon with mushroom caps and bordelaise sauce. All dinners include whipped potatoes and green beans almondine. Strawberry shortcake and ice cream is for dessert.

Reservations are being accepted through April 30. Cost is $55 per person. Checks should be made out to cash with notations of “C” for chicken, “B” for beef or “F” for fish at the bottom left corner. Mail checks to Dr. John Jerrytone, 3120 SW 58th Place, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312.

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Pittston City mails 2019-20 trash bills

Pittston City mailed 2019-20 trash bills April 15. Payment is due May 31, 30 days after the issue date. 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 mailed 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.

Pittston U.M. Church plans theater trip

United Methodist Church of Pittston will sponsor a bus trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse on Wednesday, May 15, to see “Over the River and Through the Woods.” Bruce Weitz, who portrayed Sgt. Mick Belker on “Hill Street Blues,” leads the cast of this comedy classic.

Price of the trip is $110 and includes bus, show, lunch and driver tip. Lunch includes choice of entree, a mixed garden salad plus dessert buffet. For additional information or to make a reservation, call 654-3755 or 655-2189. The trip is sponsored by the Women’s Group of the church.

Pittston Memorial Library lists events

Pittston Memorial Library will host a spring book sale in the Cosgrove Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27. New and used books, DVDs and CDs will be available.

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.

The library will host its first variety bingo at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4. Game prizes include gift cards, home decor, books and more. Reserve a spot by calling 570-654-9565, ext. 21 and leaving a message. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Pittston Memorial Library offers the following regular programs:

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. Sign up in the children’s wing or by calling the children’s department at 570-654-9565 ext. 26. Session begans April 23 and ends May 21.

Grown-Up and Me: Kids 18 months to age 5 are welcome to bring their grownup 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 by calling 570-654-9565 ext. 26. Session begans April 22 and ends May 20.

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. Contact the library for information.

Hands On Club: This new 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 will be given a name tag when they are finished so they can display their creation on the library’s book shelves.

Tween Programming

Page Turners Tween Book Club: Fourth, fifth and sixth graders who like to read for fun, talk about books, enjoy a snack and love doing craftsare invited to join Miss Noelle and Miss Kristin forthis book club. The group will meet next to discuss “Spy School” by Stuart Gibbs at 4:25 p.m. Thursday, May 9. 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.

Teen Programming

TRL Book Club: The Teen Reading Lounge book club will discuss “The Lost,” by Natasha Preston at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4. Registration is required by calling 570-654-9565. Program is for teens in grades seven to 12.

Cassette Tape Wall-Art: Teens in grades seven to 12 are invited to make some cool art using cassette tapes starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9. Registration for this program is required as space is limited. Sign up by calling the library at 570-654-9565.

Adult Programming

Book Club: The club meets every second Monday of the month to discuss its latest read. The group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, May 13, to discuss Bernard Schlink’s “The Reader.” Books are limited but available at the front desk.

Art Afternoon: All are welcome to come to the library Friday afternoons 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, everyone’s welcome at Crochet Club. The group meets from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays. Participants should bring their own supplies, including a crochet hook sized I,J, or K and yarn.

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

Sons of Italy plan annual pasta dinner

The Sons of Italy Gloria Lodge 815 of Old Forge will hold its annual penne pasta dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the bocce courts of Arcaro and Genell’s on Main Street in Old Forge. The dinner is takeouts only with drive through pickup available. Dinners are $10 and include penne pasta, meatballs, salad, roll and dessert. For tickets, call 570-498-0178. Walk-ins are welcome. In addition to the dinner, sauce can be ordered for $6 per quart and meatballs are $6 per pint. This event benefits the group’s scholarship program.

Kaufer’s office offers assistance programs

State Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) 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 (CIL), 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 (SBDC) 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 or

Yatesville announces tax payment change

Due to the death of Yatesville Tax Collector Helen “Elaine” Centi, borough residents wishing to make payments in person must do so at the borough building, 33 Pittston Ave., from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. For information, call 570-654-2455.