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Mount Zion U.M.

Church plans soup

and salad supper

Mount Zion United Methodist Church on Mount Zion Road in Harding will hold an all-you-can-eat soup and salad supper from 4:30 to 6:30 Saturday, Feb. 2. Up to 10 different soups and chilis, a variety of breads, beverages, and desserts will be offered. Dinners cost $7 for adults and $4 for children. The public is invited.

Archaeology society slates meeting

The Frances Dorrance Chapter of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology’s January meeting will be held from 7 to about 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. Russ Cramer will give a talk and exhibit displays. The presentation will utilize authentic Native American artifacts to trace the evolution of stone tool and weapons used by tribes living in the Pocono region. It will tell of the arrival of Clovis era tribes during the post Ice Age period more than 10,000 years ago at the Shawnee/Minisink site.

Cramer also will explain how environmental and ecological changes resulted in the native population altering tool technology to match changing needs. Each period discussed will be illustrated by posters showing what life was like during these times. Artifacts representing the tools and weapon systems will be available for examination. Where originals are not available, expertly produced replicas will be used.

Cramer will cover the Paleo, Archaic and Woodland periods, which encompasses the time from about 9000 B.C. up to the arrival of Europeans in the Americas.

The meeting and presentation is free to the public.

Greater Pittston AMVETS Post thanks

supporters, set meeting

Greater Pittston American Veterans Association Post 189 thanks the sponsors who gave generously to the “Sponsor a Veteran Christmas Drive” this December. At the Jan. 17 meeting, Commander Bernie McDonald announced that because of the success of the campaign, Post 189 can once again fund breakfasts and luncheons for the veterans at the Gino Merli Veterans Center in Scranton and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Plains Twp., as well as host them as guests at the annual family picnic and 2019 Christmas party.

The post would like to thank the businesses and individuals who gave $50 or more to sponsor a veteran and to allow this program to continue. The AMVETS salutes the public’s generosity. The AMVETS also recognize disc jockey Michael Truszkowski, who donates his music at all of the events, including at the AMVETS annual family picnic this past summer. His only request is that Post 189 make a donation on his behalf to a veterans organization. This year he chose the Gino Merli Veterans Center in Scranton.

Post 189 is looking forward to another year helping area veterans, educating youth through the Patriotism Program at the schools, posting colors on commemorative holidays and at community events, serving as honor guards at fallen and deceased heroes’ funerals, and hosting social activities. All these activities are made possible through the sponsors, the ladies auxiliary, the members, and the post’s honor guard.

The post meets the third Thursday of every month. The next meeting is Feb. 21, at a time to be announced at the Polish American Citizen’s Club, Elm Street, Dupont. All veterans are welcome.

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.

REAL ID pre-verification events planned

With REAL IDs about to be made available in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Aaron Kaufer will host two events to assist residents with pre-verifying documents required to obtain a REAL ID.

“These two events will help expedite the application process for residents,” Kaufer said. “While obtaining a REAL ID is optional, under federal guidelines, such an ID, or other approved identification, will be needed to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building starting next year.”

Kaufer will host a pre-verification event at the West Pittston Municipal Building, 555 Exeter Ave., West Pittston, from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. A second event will be held at the Hoyt Library in Kingston from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31.

At each event, representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation) will scan personal documents that are needed in order to obtain a REAL ID. Those documents include:

Proof of identity (original or certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal or valid U.S. Passport).

Social Security card.

Proof of all legal name changes (state or county marriage certificate or court order).

Two proofs of current, physical Pennsylvania address (current, unexpired PA license or ID, vehicle registration card and a no more than 90-day-old bank statement).

When the application process opens in March, residents who attend one of Kaufer’s events will already have the necessary documents on file with PennDOT.

Registration for these events is required. To RSVP, call Kaufer’s office at 570-283-1001. The deadline to register is Friday, Jan. 25.

For information about this outreach, or any other state-related issue, contact Kaufer’s district office in Luzerne at 161 Main St. Information also can be found online at or

Pittston Library plans mini golf event

Pittston Memorial Library will hold its second annual mini golf event in the library in February.

The Adult Putt and Party will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. Tickets include a round of mini golf, food and adult beverages. Table reservations at the 19th Hole Club House are available. Cost is $25 per person, $40 per couple and $75 per foursome. This event is only open to ages 21 and older.

Family-friendly mini golf will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Players of all ages will enjoy a family oriented day filled with a round of mini golf, food, beverages, and more. Cost is $5 per person; free for children under 5.

Tickets can be purchased at the library or online at

This event sponsored by the Maslow Foundation.

West Pittston First U.M. Church selling pasties

First United Methodist Church, 408 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston, is continuing its winter homemade pasty fundraiser through March. Proceeds fund the church’s many charitable initiatives throughout the year. 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.

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.