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St. John the Evangelist,

St. Joseph Marello list Holy Week schedule

St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph Marello Parish announce their Holy Week schedules:

Morning prayer is at 8 a.m. daily at St. Joseph Marello Church.

Deanery Penance Service is at 7 p.m. Monday, April 15, at St. John the Evangelist.

Holy Thursday, April 18, Mass is at 7 p.m. at both churches. Adoration in each church continues after Mass until night prayer at 10 p.m.

Good Friday, April 19, morning prayer is at 8 a.m. at St. Joseph Marello. Commemoration of the Passion of the Lord is at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph Marello and at 3 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist. 

Holy Saturday, April 20, morning prayer is at 8 a.m. at St. Joseph Marello Church. Blessing of Easter food baskets is at noon at St. Joseph Marello Hall and at 3 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Hall. Easter vigil is at 8 p.m. in both churches.

Easter Sunday, Masses are at 8 and 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Marello and at 9 and 11:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist.

For information, call the church at 570-654-0053.

St. Joseph seniors

change meeting date

St. Joseph Senior Social Club, Pittston, will meet at St. Joseph Marello Hall at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 11, one week early due to Easter.

Plans for the Mount Airy Casino trip scheduled for Wednesday, May 1, will be finalized. Membership dues for 2019 will be collected. Following the meeting, refreshments will be available. Hostesses are: Lena Seman, Charlotte Antolik, Dorothy Crispino and Barbara Galli. Clare LaMarca is hostess chairwoman. Bingo and cards will be played.

Membership is open to senior citizens throughout Greater Pittston. Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month unless specified. For information, call Theresa at 570-654-2967.

PA sets 50th reunion

planning meeting

Pittston Area Class of 1969’s 50-year reunion committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at 142 Vine St., Pittston. Reunion invitations will be prepared for mailing. All classmates are invited.

The reunion will be held from noon until sunset Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 46, Aston Mountain Road, Moosic. Music will be provided by The Sperazza Band with catering by Castaldi’s of Scranton.

Brain aneurysm

benefit planned

A Spring Fling in memory of Kenny R. Bryden to raise funds for The Bee Foundation, a non-profit organization for brain aneurysm, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at The Red Mill, Pittston. Pizza, music by Chillin’ in Public, raffles and a 50/50 drawing will be held. There is a $10 donation at the door and a cash bar. For information or to make a donation, call Deb Bryden at 570-654-1900.

PA Class of 1967

planning 70th birthday

Members of the Pittston Area Class of 1967 will meet to discuss plans for the upcoming 70th birthday bash in September. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Tony’s Pizzeria, 1117 Main St., Pittston. All classmates are invited.

City plans egg hunt

Pittston City’s Easter egg hunt will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Jefferson Park, New Street, Pittston. All Pittston City children up to age 12 are welcome. The hunt is sponsored by Pittston City Fire Department, Pittston City Police Department, Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance and Chris Latona.

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 followed by Caesar salad and a choice of one of the following: chicken piccata sauteed in white wine, fresh lemons and caper butter; Haddock ala Duke, which is panko crusted 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.

Second Friday Art

Walks return

Pittston’s Second Friday Art Walks return April 12. This will be an indoor art walk from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Luzerne County Community College on Main Street.

The outdoor art walks return Friday, May 10, and will continue through Oct. 11.

St. Michael’s holding

Lenten food sales

St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 205 N. Main St., Pittston, is holding Lenten food sales from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays during Lent. Pre-order food items by calling 570-905-7387. Items can be picked up at the back of church.

The sale will include Old Forge style pizza, baked or unbaked; halushki, fish sandwich with coleslaw, tuna hoagie with lettuce and tomato, pirohi and homemade soup. Call for the type of soup being offered each week.

Proceeds benefit the church.

Mount Zion U.M. Church plans soup and salad supper

Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Mount Zion Road in Harding, Exeter Twp., will hold an all-you-can-eat soup and salad supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6.

A variety of soups, chili, salads, breads, beverages and desserts will be offered. Adult meals cost $7 and children’s meals cost $4. The public is invited.

U.M. Church of Pittston plans theater trip

United Methodist Church of Pittston will sponsor a bus trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse will be held 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.

Art e Fekts offers classes

Art e Fekts Gallery is offering art activity classes for young people on four consecutive Saturdays in April. Taught by local art teacher Kathie Di Maggio, these classes offer area kids an opportunity to produce artistic creations ranging from wind chimes to handmade books.

The first class, “Kids Paint and Lemonade,” is scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 6. Registration information can be found on the gallery website,, or on the gallery’s Facebook page, Art e Fekts Gallery. This class will explore the architecture of the churches in Pittston and participants will create acrylic paintings of the iconic steeples. The cost of the class is $25 and all supplies and snacks are included. Subsequent classes offered are “Chocolate Milk, Treats and Burlap Easter Bunny,” Saturday, April 13; “Make Your Own Notebook,” Saturday, April 20, and “Mom and Me Beautiful Beaded Garden Wind Chime,” April 27. Pre-registration is required. Visit the gallery website or Facebook page for links.

The Art e Fekts Gallery, a non-profit artists’ cooperative founded in 2018, is open noon to 7 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. For information, visit, contact Mary Kroptavich, director, at 570-299-5954 or follow the gallery on Facebook.

Pittston Memorial Library lists events

Celebrate National Library Week at the Pittston Library from April 7-13. A week of events are planned for all ages.

Monday, April 8:

Storytime at 5:30 p.m. for ages 18 months to 3 years and at 6 p.m. for 3-5 years)

Adult Book Club meet st 6 p.m. to discuss “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford.

Monday also is Open House Day. Visit the library and get all your questions about library services answered and receive a free chance to win a fire HD tablet and enjoy some refreshments

Tuesday, April 9: Mingle, Mingle at 6 p.m. First impressions really do last a lifetime. Learn how to make a great one with Jill Kryston, from Defining Manners: A School of Contemporary Protocol.

Thursday, April 11:

Life Size Jenga for Tweens (grades fourth-sixth), 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Shakespeare Poetry Party for Teens (grades seven-12), 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Friday, April 12:

D.E.A.R. Drop Everything And Read Day in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday.

Saturday, April 13:

Furry Tails Read Program, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Call the library to register

All week long there also will be a kite craft for kids. Also, all ages are invited to find the Seuss Hat hidden in the library and bring it to the front desk to get a prize. Visit the library’s Facebook page for the Where in the Library Am I? giveaway, with a new contest each day. Also, sign up for a free library card or replace one for free.

Pittston Memorial 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. They can be borrowed for three weeks or even worn inside the library for customers doing a video interview. 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 hold its annual Jean Yates Dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Fox Hill Country Club. This year the honoree is Howard Grossman. The community award will go to Ken and Amanda Wrazien.

The library will host a spring book sale in the John P. 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.

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 pick-ups 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.

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.

Kaufer offers disability, senior events

State Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) reminds residents that his office offers assistance events to veterans and persons with disabilities 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.

For information about this outreach or any other state-related issue, contact Kaufer’s district office, 161 Main St., Luzerne, at 570-283-1001 or online at or­­er.