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St. John the Evangelist

announce activities

St. John the Evangelist Church will host a program of Christmas carols at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the church, William Street, Pittston. The choir will perform under the direction of Dr. Charles Stevens.

Packets of Christmas wafers (Oplatek) are available at the main entrance of the church for $2 per packet. Traditionally, on Christmas Eve, families break bread and share the wafers, uniting family members in remembrance of the unity shared in the celebration of the Eucharist.

Holy Name Society has lottery tickets available at the rectory for the February 2019 drawing. Tickets are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at a cost of $10 each. Returns must be made by Jan. 31. Proceeds benefit Holy Name Society projects and the parish.

Mount Zion U.M. Church

will host benefit dinner

Mount Zion United Methodist Church will host a soup and salad dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. The all-you-can-eat dinner is $7 per person. Proceeds benefit the family of Dakota Segeda.

St. Michael’s Byzantine

plans cookie walk

St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 205 N. Main St., Pittston, is having a cookie walk from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, in the church hall. All cookies are homemade and those attending can choose any kinds they like for $10 per pound. A raffle also will be held. All proceeds benefit St. Michael’s. Call 570-905-7387 for information.

Pittston plans children’s

Christmas party

Pittston City’s children’s Christmas party will be held Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Pittston City Fire Station, 20 Kennedy St., Pittston. All children up to 12 who reside in Pittston are welcome. Santa will arrive by fire truck at 1 p.m. All children will receive a gift. Parents are encouraged to take pictures. The party is sponsored by Pittston City Fire Department, Pittston City Police Department, Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance and Chris Latona.

West Pittston First U.M. Church selling pasties

First United Methodist Church, 408 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston, recently kicked off its winter homemade pasty fundraiser. Proceeds fund the church’s many charitable initiatives throughout the year. The sale will continue through March. Church members hand make the meat- and vegetable-filled hand pies using authentic family recipes. Choices include beef with onion, beef without onion, sausage and pepper and vegetable. Pasties include a small container of gravy and sell for $6 each. To place an order or for information, call the church at 570-655-1083.

Pittston library collecting

Toys for Tots donations

Pittston Memorial Library will be accepting Toys for Tots donations through Thursday, Dec. 20, during normal library hours.

Ken Pollock Volvo

conductingcoat drive

Ken Pollock Volvo, Route 315, Pittston Twp., is conducting its annual winter coat drive through Tuesday, Dec. 18. New or slightly used coats for men, women and children will be accepted for Luzerne County Head Start families.

Cookie sale set at St. Nicholas Church

St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church, 320 Vine St., Old Forge, is holding its annual Christmas cookie sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. All cookies are homemade, including anise wedding, thumbprint, pepper cookies, chocolate chip, peanut butter kisses, nut rugalach, Linzer, Welsh cookies and more. Participants select the flavors they like for $9 per pound.

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 or

Pittston trash bills past due

Pittston City trash payment is past due. Cost is $120 (plus a $20 late fee) for 60 stickers. After the initial fee is paid, residents may purchase extra stickers at a minimum of 12 for $24. Additional packs of 60 stickers are available for $120. Bring or mail the bill when making payment. If mailing payment, include $5 for postage and handling, and make payable to Pittston City and mail to Tax Office, 35 Broad St., Pittston, PA 18640. Specify if the stickers are to be sent to an address other than the mailing address. Landlords are reminded bills are sent to the homeowner. If a tenant is responsible for payment, landlords must give the bill to the tenant so they can bring or mail the bill when payment is made.