St. Michael’s plans
annual ziti dinner
and flea market
St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 205 N. Main St., will hold its 23rd 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 noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Takeouts also will be available. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
The two-day event also will feature ethnic foods, including homemade piggies, pierogies, haluski, potato pancakes and a combo ethnic sampler, plus sausage and peppers, hot dogs, wimpies and refreshments for sale both days. A bake sale will be held Saturday only.
Main activities are in the lower level church hall. Enter from the parking lot side of the church. Be aware the line forms early Saturday morning, stretching along Main Street. Doors open at 9 a.m. both days.
to senior citizens
The Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming Counties announces Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Vouchers provided by the United States and Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture are still available.
Any senior who has not yet received vouchers this program year and qualifies for the program can receive vouchers by calling the Pittston Active Adult Center at 441 N. Main St., Pittston, at 570-655-5561.
Seniors should call the center to ensure there are vouchers there and to get information on when to pick up the vouchers. Each qualifying individual is allowed four $5 vouchers for a total SFMNP benefit of $20 one time per year. Vouchers will not be sent out by mail. A person is not eligible if he/she resides in a nursing home, convent or residential facility where meals are prepared.
Eligible seniors must meet all three requirements: Be a resident of Luzerne or Wyoming county, with proof of residence required; be at least 60 years of age by Dec. 31, 2019, with proof of age required, and meet income guidelines based on 2019 total household income (all income is included, including Social Security, pensions, etc.) Income proof is by self declaration. However, program officials may verify eligibility information. Income requirements are: one person household, $23,107 or less, two person household, $31,284 or less. If there are more than two people residing in the household, call Rhonda at 570 822-1158 for the income eligibility requirements.
If the eligible senior is unable to pick up the vouchers, they can send a proxy to pick up the vouchers as long as the proxy brings the signed and completed 2019 proxy form with them when picking up the vouchers. The individual acting as proxy will need to bring his/her identification. The proxy form is available at any of the Active Adult centers sponsored by Area Agency on Aging and also can be obtained through the agency’s website, www.luzernecounty.org under Department/ Area Agency on Aging/News. No other form or note will be allowed. This form must be picked up, completed and signed prior to the date the vouchers are obtained. There is a limit of two proxy forms allowed per person. A spouse must have the official proxy form completed and signed prior to the date the vouchers are obtained when picking up vouchers for his/her spouse. A person having Power of Attorney must have the official proxy form completed and signed when picking up vouchers.
Any questions may be directed to Rhonda Adams, coordinator at 570 822-1159 Ext. 2337.
Third Falls Summer
The third annual Falls Summer Celebration will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, at George Hock Memorial Park. The family fun day begins with a kayak fishing tournament from 7 a.m. to noon. Vendors, crafts, face painting, food and kids’ games will be offered from noon to 8 p.m. with Infinity performing live music from 5 to 8 p.m. The Lions Club will host a chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Bartolai Winery and Nimble Hill Brewing Company will offer wine and beer tastings from 3 to 8 p.m. A kayak poker run will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and a car and motorcycle show will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. There also will be a fireworks display at dusk.
For information about the fishing tournament, email Dustin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about the kayak poker run, email Art at email@example.com.
Anyone interested in taking part in the car and motorcycle show should contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org. Entrance fee is $10, pre-paid and $15 the day of the show.
Vendor spaces are available for $25 for a 10-by-10 space. Vendors must bring their own tables, chairs and tents. Email Carol at email@example.com.
Proceeds from the event benefit George Hock Memorial Park.
seating. The $10 dinner, Pittston Chamber
plans annual dinner,
Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce will hold its 99th annual dinner Thursday, Aug. 22, at Fox Hill Country Club, Exeter. The 22nd annual Outstanding Business of the Year Award will be presented at the dinner. Cocktail hour with open bar begins at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets are $65 per person.
Registration forms should be returned to the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce, 104 Kennedy Blvd., P.O. Box 704, Pittston, PA 18640 or register online at www.pittstonchamber.org by Friday, Aug. 16. Make checks payable to Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce or pay by credit card online.
Sponsorships are available. Contact the Chamber at 570-655-1424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library lists events
Pittston Memorial Library will hold its Book it Through Pittston 5K Run & Fun Walk 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 Breakfast at Denny’s Fundraiser will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, with a percentage of purchases being donated to the library. Patrons must let their server know they are there for the library.
Monday Movie Nights will be held Aug. 5 and 12 and a Family Movie Night will be held Monday, Aug. 19. All movies start at 6 p.m. To register or for information on what’s being screened, call 570-654-9565.
Summer reading logs must be handed in by Tuesday, July 30.
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 email@example.com.
The following regular programs also are offered at Pittston Memorial Library:
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.
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.
Teen Reading Lounge, for teens in grades seven through 12 will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, to discuss the graphic novel “The Prince and the Dressmaker” Books are available at the library. Snacks, crafts and interactive activities will be included. Registration is required by calling 570-654-9565.
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. The book for discussion on Aug. 12 will be “Cannery Row.”
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.
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 deprimogolf.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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org/
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.
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.