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Oblates will celebrate

Solemnity of the

Most Sacred Heart

A Mass celebrating the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus will be offered at 7 p.m. Friday, June 28, in the chapel of St. Joseph’s Oblate Seminary, Route 315, Laflin. The Eucharistic celebration will include prayers for those seeking enthronement of their home to the Sacred Heart of Jesus or renewal of previously received enthronements.

The Rev. Joseph Sibilano, a St. Joseph Oblate priest, will serve as principal celebrant of the Mass, during which Ernie Pappa, communications director for the Sacred Heart Enthronement Guild in the Diocese of Scranton, will present a talk on the significance of the Enthronement Apostolate. For nearly 75 years, the guild has endeavored to spread devotion to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary through home enthronements throughout the diocese.

Music ministry for the liturgy will be provided by the Sacred Heart Singers, with a prelude of contemporary selections beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be provided after Mass.

Everyone is welcome.

Anyone wishing more information on Sacred Heart enthronement may contact Maria Pappa, guild coordinator, at 570-587-0805.

Patriotic concert

planned at St. John

the Evangelist

The community is invited to “Fanfare for the Fourth,” a concert for Independence Day presented by area church choirs and musicians from the community at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 William St., Pittston.

A community choir will sing patriotic hymns and choral selections led by area choir directors and accompanied by organ, brass quartet and percussion. Other musical selections will be performed by participating soloists, instrumentalists and music students.

Veterans of the United States Armed Services will be recognized during the concert. A free will offering will be accepted.

Mount Zion U.M.

Church plans

chicken 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.

St. Joseph Senior

Social Club party set

St. Joseph Senior Social Club will hold its annual July picnic from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Checker Board Inn, Trucksville. Menu will include clam chowder, hot dogs, hamburgs, cheese steaks, sausage and peppers, french fries, salads, soft drinks and coffee. Club members will provide desserts.

Rose Marie Amico, treasurer, is collecting registration and payment of $12 for members. Guests are welcome at a cost of $24.

New members are welcome. For information, call Theresa Ormando, president, at 570-654-2967.

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 parmigiana, pasta with red or vodka sauce, red roasted potatoes, veggies, coffee, tea, soda and dessert. There will be a cash bar. Dress is “Black and Blue” so dress up or wear jeans. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Bob Lussi from 8 to 11 p.m. RSVP via email at or Facebook at Pittston Area Class of 1974. Formal invitations will not be mailed. Checks can be made out 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 spread the word and share email and/or Facebook contacts with organizers. Plans also are in the works for an ice-breaker Friday, Sept. 20, at Tony’s Wine Cellar, Pittston.

LCCC slates open

house in Pittston

Luzerne County Community College will hold an open house from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at the college’s Pittston Center at the M&T Educational Center. Information on course offerings, programs of study and financial aid will be available and tours of the center will be given. For information, call 570-740-0270 or e-mail

Pittston H.S., Class of

1959, sets 60th reunion

Pittston High School, Class of 1959, will hold its 60th class reunion Sunday, July 14, at Newberry Estates in Dallas. All class members and their guests are welcome. Reservations are requested to be in by the end of June. For information, contact Josie Schifano Capitano at 570-817-3431.

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

St. John Evangelical

Lutheran Church lists

upcoming activities

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, 7 Wood St., Pittston, announces the following activities:

Sunday service is at 8 a.m. with fellowship before and after the service. There is communion every Sunday.

Planning will meet after service Sunday, June 23.

Outside of council and planning meetings, all events are open to the public.

Gift cards are available for a variety of locations and in a variety of denominations. See Mary Ann Denman or Alan Drummond after services.

Farmers Market Vouchers

available at Falls senior center

The Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming Counties announces the distribution schedule of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Vouchers provided by the United States and Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture.

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, three person household, $39,461 or less and four person household, $47,638 or less.

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.

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, 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.

Vouchers are available in Greater Pittston at the Falls Active Adult Center, 2813 Sullivan’s Trail, Falls, from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 10.

Any questions may be directed to Rhonda Adams, coordinator at 570 822-1159 Ext. 2337.

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.

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 hit play “Barefoot in the Park.” This comedy ran on Broadway for five years and was a Tony Award winner. There are seven selections for the table-served entree plus the dinner theater’s dessert buffet. Price of the trip is $100 and includes bus, meal, coffee, hot tea, show, tax, gratuity and driver tip. Bus leaves the Pittston Plaza at 9 a.m. To make a reservation or for information, call Cathy at 570-603-1915 or email her at

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.

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.

The library is offering courses on how to make grocery bag mats for the homeless. The final course is at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27. Call 570-654-9565 to register. There is a $5 fee per person to purchase the special crochet hook needed to make the blankets. Participants are asked to bring grocery bags to share if they have them, as it takes 400 bags to make one mat. Anyone who is interested but cannot pay this fee is still welcome. The library is seeking sponsorships to help defray the cost. Call Patricia at 570-654-9565, ext. 21 to talk about this opportunity.

Chetty D. will visit the Pittston Library at 6 p.m. Monday, July 8, to read his newest book, “Astroduck”. Copies of his books will be available for purchase at this event. Call the library at 570-654-9565, ext. 26 to register for this free event.

Cup of Paint will present a wooden sign painting workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 16. The sign is 12-by-12-inches and there is a choice of three designs. Select design when registering. Cost is $25 and all materials will be provided.

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 following regular programs also are offered:

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.

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. The July meeting will be held at 4:25 p.m. Thursday, July 11, to discuss “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill.

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: Family Fun Spinning Tops at 6 p.m. Monday, June 17, and Adult Craft Night — Space Plants, 6 p.m. Monday, June 24.

Friends of the Pittston Library: Friends 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 library announces Tiebrary at the Library. Tiebrary is a new 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.

The library is selling Grammar Pencils which feature common grammar mistakes. Pencils cost $5 for a pack of five.