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St. Michael’s plans

annual ziti dinner

and flea market

St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 205 N. Main St., will hold its 22nd annual flea market and ziti dinner Saturday, Aug. 3, and Sunday, Aug. 4.

The flea market will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The ziti dinner will be served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Takeouts also will be available.

The two-day event also will feature a bake sale and ethnic foods, including homemade piggies, pierogies, haluski and other lunch items and refreshments for sale both days.

West Pittston’s

D’Alessandro will

play at Sem recital

Music of Bach, Liszt, Debussy, Prokofiev and Brahms will be performed during a recital at Wyoming Seminary Upper School at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at Sem’s Kirby Center for Creative Arts, 260 N. Sprague Ave., Kingston The recital, presented by Sem alumni Zhi Yi Dong, ’16, Beijing, China, P.R.C., on violin and Dominick Cristofori D’Alessandro, of West Pittston, on piano, is free to the public.

D’Alessandro, a West Pittston native, is a 2017 Sem graduate and began piano lessons at age 3 under the musical supervision of Cynthia Stuccio D’Alessandro. A piano performance major at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., he is a four-time winner of the Anne Liva Young Artists Piano Competition and received the 2017 Marion Munson Scholarship Award from the Mozart Club of Wilkes-Barre. He also received the 2018 Luciana Montanari-Mendola Award sponsored by the Italian Cultural Society of Washington, D.C. Now studying under Dr. Ivo Kaltchev at The Catholic University, he is a member of the chamber choir and participates in piano performances during the Cosmopolitan Clavier Concert Series in Washington, D.C.; Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey.

The recital is part of the 2019-20 Wyoming Seminary Fine and Performing Arts Program. For information call 570-270-2192.

Lt. DePrimo Memorial

Golf tournament set

First Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Fund will hold its annual golf tournament Saturday, Aug. 10, at Sand Springs Golf Club in Drums. For information, visit

Mount Zion U.M.

plans barbecue

Mount Zion United Methodist Church will host its 31st annual chicken barbecue Saturday, July 20. Takeouts will start at 4 p.m. and sit down service will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

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 parm, 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 or Facebook at Pittston Area Class of 1974. Invitations will not be mailed. Make checks to Pittston Area Class of 1974 and mailed 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.

U.M. Church of

Pittston plans

theater trip

United Methodist Church of Pittston will sponsor a bus trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse on Wednesday, Sept. 11, to see Neil Simon’s Tony Award winning comedy “Barefoot in the Park.” There are seven selections for the table-served entree plus dessert buffet. Price is $100 and includes bus, meal, coffee, tea, show, tax, gratuity and driver tip. Bus leaves the Pittston Plaza at 9 a.m. For reservations or information, call Cathy at 570-603-1915 or email

K of C Jacquelines

seek school supplies,

toiletries for students

The Jacquelines Ladies Auxiliary of Knights of Columbus Council 372, Pittston, are undertaking the Jacquelines’ Closet Project to provide middle school students in the Wyoming Area and Pittston Area school districts with school supplies and toiletries.

The Jacquelines are seeking donations to fill gift bags for each of the students. The bags will contain essential school and toiletry items needed by many students who do not have the funds for such purchases.

Distribution of the gift bags at schools will take place in the beginning of the 2019-20 school year. Approximately 1,500 to 2,000 bags must be assembled.

Requested school supplies include pens, pencils, pencil cases, folders, notebooks, highlighters, colored pencils, markers, crayons, pencil sharpeners and glue sticks. Needed hygiene products include shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand sanitizer, tissues, deodorant for boys and girls, sanitary pads, barrettes, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs and brushes. Monetary donations also are appreciated.

For information, contact Lane Simkonis, project chairwoman, at 570-212-1366 or Ginger Murphy, president, at 570-956-7248.

Pittston Memorial

Library lists events

Pittston Memorial Library will host A Universe of Stories summer reading program. Stop by the library to register for summer reading and pick up reading logs for little ones through fourth graders or a READ-O sheet for fifth graders through adults. There’s something for all ages.

Book it Through Pittston 5K Run & Fun Walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 7. Book It through Pittston is run and walk for literacy in honor of the Tom and Dianne Tigue Literacy program. Sign up at Click under September.

The 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.

Reading Railroad with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders is being held for children ages 4 to 12. Each participating child will receive a bookmark. As each child checks out and reads a book, the librarian will check off one of the boxes on the back of the bookmark and once the child has completed five books, they can turn in their bookmark at the PNC Field Box Office for their free field reserved ticket (based on availability) for the game at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20. Bookmarks can be redeemed at the box office on or before the game date. Stop by the desk in the children’s wing of the library to get your bookmark.

Pittston Memorial 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.

The 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

The library’s regular programs for children, tweens, teens and adults continue online.

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.

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.

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.

Special children’s programs continuing through the Universe of Stories Summer Reading Programs: Space Color by Code, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, all ages; Tie Dye Planet, noon to 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 22, all ages; Foil Moon, noon to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, all ages; Origami Rockets, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 26, kindergarten to fourth grade; Make a Star Rubbing, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27, all ages.

Tween 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.

Tween craft programs at noon Thursdays, with Multi-Medium Moon on Canvas, July 25.

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.

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.

Adult Summer Reading Program Craft Nights: Galaxy Bath Bombs, 6 p.m. Thursday, July 25.

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

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 or­er.

Prince of Peace plans chicken barbecue

Prince of Peace Parish in Old Forge will hold a chicken barbecue and basket raffle from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, in the parking lot of Arcaro and Genell’s, Main Street, Old Forge. Dinner is take out with limited outside seating. The $10 dinner, prepared by Arcaro and Genell’s, includes half a barbecue chicken, corn on the cob, pasta salad, roll and dessert. Purchase tickets by calling Francis at 570-451-0112 by Thursday Aug. 1. Walk-ins are limited.