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San Cataldo Society

plans NYC trip

The San Cataldo Society of Pittston is sponsoring its annual bus trip to the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy, New York City, on Saturday, Sept. 21. There will be two pick-up and drop-off points. The bus will leave from the Pittston Plaza near Planet Fitness at 8 a.m. and then at 8:15 a.m. from the Wyoming Valley Mall, in the Sears parking lot. The bus will depart from New York City at 8 p.m.

Cost of the trip is $40 per person. For information and reservations, call Grace at 570-655-9377 or Carla at 570-655-1551. Seats are going fast.

LCCC offers fall

classes in Pittston

Luzerne County Community College will offer courses for the fall semester in Pittston.

Students can register for courses in Pittston at the college’s Pittston Center at the M&T Educational Center, 13 S. Main St.

Courses scheduled to be offered in Pittston include anatomy and physiology, chemistry, early childhood education, English, history, math, psychology, first year experience, reading and study skills, sociology, speech, theater, and others.

Classes for the fall semester will begin in Pittston on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Both day and evening classes will be offered.

For information, call LCCC at 570-740-0270 or email eguarnieri@luzerne.edu.

Bus trip planned to

Divine Mercy shrine

A bus trip to the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, for the Feast of St. Maria Faustina. The bus will leave from the Oblates of St. Joseph rear parking lot, 1880 Route 315, Pittston, at 7 a.m. and arrive back at 11 p.m.

Cost is $75 per person and includes bus and shrine fees, snacks and water, driver tip and dinner at the Cork ‘N Hearth Restaurant in Lee, Mass. Itinerary includes a talk on St. Faustina at 11 a.m., followed by Eucharistic adoration, confessions, rosary, Mass, benediction and veneration of a first class relic. The group will depart the shrine at 4:45 p.m. for dinner at 5.

For information and reservations, contact Cathy Mack, trip coordinator, at 570-654-6063.

Oblates will celebrate

Feast of St. Joseph

The Oblate of St. Joseph Fathers are holding the annual Triduum and Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. The triduum (three days of prayers) through Sunday, Sept. 1, at the Oblates of St. Joseph Chapel, Route 315, Laflin, with a Mass at 7 p.m., followed by special prayers to St. Joseph. Confessions and the rosary will precede the Mass.

The feast will be celebrated Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, with a Solemn Mass at 11 a.m. Bishop John M. Dougherty, D.D., auxiliary bishop emeritus of Scranton, will serve as celebrant and homilist.

Special intentions for the triduum celebration include for all employed and unemployed, for students, teachers, administrators and staff, for peace and prosperity in families, for peace in the world and for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

The public is invited to attend. For information, contact the seminary office at 570-654-7542.

Pittston City lists

holiday schedule

Pittston City Street Department and Pittston City Hall will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day.

There will be no cardboard/newspaper/magazine recycling collection Sept. 2. The next cardboard/newspaper/magazine collection will be Monday, Sept. 9

United Methodist Church of Pittston plans theater trip

United Methodist Church of Pittston will hold a bus trip to see the “Joy To The World” Christmas show at American Music Theater in Lancaster on Saturday, Nov. 2, for the 3 p.m. show. Price of the trip is $115, which includes, bus, show tickets, Shady Maple Famous Smorgasbord, taxes, gratuity and driver tip. Bus leaves the Pittston Plaza at 11 a.m.

To make a reservation or for information, call Cathy at 570-603-1915 or email cathyg7@msn.com.

Mt. Zion fire company

plans sportsmen’s and purse bingos

Mt. Zion Bicentennial Volunteer Fire Company’s annual sportsman’s bingo will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday Sept. 28, at the Exeter Twp. Municipal Building, Route 92.

Tickets are $25 each. Doors open at noon and games begin at 1 p.m. Prizes include camping gear, guns, sports equipment, and more. For information or to purchase tickets, call the fire station at 570-388-6266

The fire company’s annual purse bingo will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Exeter Twp. Municipal Building, Route 92.

Tickets are $20 each. Doors and kitchen will open at noon and games begin at 1 p.m. The event will include food, designer purses, raffles, and door prizes. For information or to purchase tickets, call the fire station at 570-388-6266.

Art E Fekts will

showcase artist

Leigh Pawlin

Art E Fekts Gallery will host an opening reception for artist Leigh Pawling from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5. The exhibit, “Create-Maintain-Destroy,” showcases the artist’s latest works. All of the pieces will be for sale and on display for the remainder of September. Enjoy Pawling’s work as well as the other offerings in the gallery with some wine and cheese.

Pawling began art lessons with Dallas artist and teacher Sue Hand. She attended Wittenberg University, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree before going to New York City, where she stayed for the next four and a half years studying drawing and oil painting at the Art Students League.

Since 1997, Pawling has been a full time working artist with her own studio and business. She does commission work, private teaching, and works for galleries and shows, as well as indoor and outdoor murals. Locally, her outdoor murals are in Pittston, Wilkes-Barre, Kingston and Tunkhannock. Indoor murals are at Geisinger in Danville, The School of Practical Nursing in Wilkes-Barre, and the Beaumont Inn in Beaumont. She teaches all ages in her studio in Dallas, concentrating on the creative process and drawing, and works with area schools doing special art projects with the students. The past nine summers she has been the painting instructor for the Arts Alive program in Scranton.

The Art e Fekts Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For information, log on to artefekts.com/ or contact Mary Kroptavich, gallery director, at 570-299-5954. For updates, follow the gallery on Facebook at @artefekts.

Slovenian choir will

perform at St. John’s

The internationally-acclaimed 40 voice chamber choir from Slovenia, Megaron, will perform at St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 William St., Pittston, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. The concert is free to the public.

The Megaron choir was founded in October 2003 by Damijan Mocnik, composer and conductor, and is compromised of former music students from the Diocesan Classical Gymnasium at St. Stanislav’s Institution in Ljubljana, Republic of Slovenia. In the years since its founding, Megaron has evolved into a high-quality choir performing regularly in Slovenia as well as in Austria, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Poland, Canada, and the United States.

The choir is noted for its rich sound and exciting interpretations of music from different stylistic periods. It prides itself on numerous awards received at various national and international choral competitions.

For information, contact St. John the Evangelist Parish office at 570-654-0053 or email rdmicca@aol.com.

Railroad historical

slideshow planned

Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society will hold its 10th annual Sentimental Journey Slideshow on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Dupont Hose Company. Doors open at 9 a.m. with a social hour with coffee and donuts. Slideshow starts at 10 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m.

This year’s presenters include John Durant, “Northeast Variety;” Tim O’Malley, “A Steamtown Look Back;” George Gula, “Pittsburgh Traction/Port Authority;” Harry Owens, “Along the LV Bowman’s Creek Bridge Part 2 and 3,” and Kermit Geary Jr., “Lehigh and Wyoming Valleys in Black and White.”

Tickets are $26 and include all-day coffee, soda, water, donuts, a buffet lunch, cake and entry in door prize raffles. Food is catered by Dupont Hose Company and includes kielbasa, stuffed cabbage, chicken, potato, vegetable, rolls and butter. There also will be a cash bar. Door prize donations are being accepted. Also, old railroad equipment and memorabilia are being accepted for a white elephant table with a 15% commission being added to the slideshow proceeds, which benefit chapter activities.

Payment can be sent to Ed Philbin, 36 E. Cole St., Pittston, PA 18640. Make checks payable to Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley NRHS Chapter. Name tag and ticket will be received at the door. If space allows, walk up tickets are $31. For information, contact Philbin at 570-954-7981 or email edlvrr@gmail.com.

Pittston Area, Class

of 1974, will meet

Pittston Area High School, Class of 1974, will hold its 45th class reunion at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Arcaro and Genell’s, Old Forge. Cost is $50 per person and includes antipasto, buffet featuring chicken scampi, eggplant parmesan, pasta with red or vodka sauce, roasted potatoes, veggies, coffee, tea, soda and dessert. There will be a cash bar. Dress up or wear jeans. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Bob Lussi from 8 to 11 p.m.

An ice-breaker also will be held Friday, Sept. 20, at Tony’s Wine Cellar, Pittston.

RSVP via email at paclass74@gmail.com or Facebook at Pittston Area Class of 1974. Invitations will not be mailed. Make checks to Pittston Area Class of 1974 and mail to Reunion c/o Jannette Morgan, 9 Stout St., Pittston, PA, 18640. For information, call Carol Keating DeLeo at 570-299-9101. Class members are asked to share email and Facebook contacts with organizers.

Memorabilia from the class’ school years, including pictures, uniforms, awards, etc. are being collected to be put on display.

Pittston Memorial

Library lists events

Pittston Memorial Library will hold its Book it Through Pittston 5K Run and Fun Walk on Saturday, Sept. 7. Book It through Pittston is a run and walk for literacy in honor of the Tom and Dianne Tigue Literacy program. Sign up at scrantonrunning.com/race-results/. Click under September.

A Book it Through Pittston Kick Off Party will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Red Mill. Entertainment will be by Brian Quinn, Pittston native and lead guitarist for multi-platinum rock band Candlebox. There will also be basket raffles and a 50/50 drawing. A percentage of the sales that evening will go to the library’s literacy program.

Friends of the Pittston Library are conducting a book drive leading up to the fall book sale. Bring books to the John P. Cosgrove Center the following days: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24; noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28; noon to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1.

The fall fill a bag book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 4. The sale will include thousands of new and used books, DVD’s, audios and more.

The library will host its fourth annual Murder Mystery Dinner, “Midnight at the Masquerade,” on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the 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.

Pittston Memorial 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 to families in Greater Pittston and adjoining counties. Snacks will be available. The event is free to the public. For information, contact Howard J. Grossman at 570-262-3443 or email grossmanhj@aol.com.

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.

The following regular programs also are offered at Pittston Memorial Library:

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. Session begins September 17 and ends October 22.

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. Session begins September 16 and ends October 21.

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 and Teen 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 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. The next meeting is at 4:25 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, to discuss “Hello Universe” by Erin Entrada Kelly.

Teen Reading Lounge: The Teen Book Club will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, to discuss “The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love” by Sarvenaz. For information or to register, please call 570-654-9565.

Adult programming

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. “Sold on a Monday” will be discussed at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9.

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.

St. Nicholas Church

plans flea market

St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church will hold its annual flea market from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 with a half-price sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 and a bag and box sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. The event will be held rain or shine at the church hall, 320 Vine St., Old Forge. For sale will be antiques, jewelry, household items, furniture, children’s items and more. A variety of ethnic food items, baked goods, and refreshments will also be available.

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 ussindycva-62@hotmail.com/

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.

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 RepKaufer.com or Facebook.com/RepKaufer.