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Pittston U.M. Church plans ‘Britain’s Best’ theater bus trip

The United Methodist Church Pittston will sponsor a bus trip Saturday, May 16, to the American Music Theater in Lancaster to see “Britain’s Best,” a tribute to British artists showcased by the AMT singers, dancers and orchestra. Bus will leave the Pittston Plaza at 11 a.m.

Price is $106 and includes bus, show ticket, dinner at Shady Maple, taxes and tips.

“Britain’s Best” will feature musical hits that span decades and thrill music lovers of every age, including music by The Beatles, Elton John, Dusty Springfield, The Rolling Stones, Shirley Bassey, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Adele and more.

For information or to make reservations, call Cathy at 570-603-1915 and leave a message if there is no answer, or email cathyg7@msn.com.

St. Joseph Novena

and Masses will be celebrated at Oblates

The annual Solemn Novena to St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, will begin Tuesday, March 10, at the Oblates of St. Joseph Chapel, Route 315 in Laflin. Masses are celebrated daily at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., followed by Novena prayers and individual blessing with the first-class relic of St. Joseph Marello, founder of the St. Joseph Oblates Congregation. Each Novena Mass is preceded by an opportunity for confessions and recitation of the Holy Rosary.

The Feast of St. Joseph will be celebrated Thursday, March 19, with a solemn Mass at 11 a.m. with Bishop Joseph C. Bambera as principal celebrant and homilist. Oblate priests and diocesan clergy will concelebrate. At the conclusion of the Holy Mass, St. Joseph bookmarks will be blessed and distributed. There also will be a Holy Mass at 7 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to participate and offer prayers to St. Joseph for personal intentions and for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

For information, contact the OSJ seminary office at 570-654-7542.

St. Rocco’s plans

all-class reunion

St. Rocco’s Grade School is planning an all-class reunion. Arrangements are in the early stages, but tentative plans are to have it at the Gramercy on Saturday, Nov. 28, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

All interested alumni are invited to the planning meetings, starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Gramercy. Anyone planning to attend the meeting is asked to reach out to the St. Rocco’s alumni page on Facebook, Facebook messenger or email Anthony Alu at Ula729@aol.com so a count of the number of people attending can be given to the Gramercy.

Pittston Central

Catholic, Class of ’55,

plans dinner meeting

Pittston Central Catholic High School, Class of 1955, will hold its monthly dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at Valenti’s, 1180 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. All former classmates and spouses are invited. Call Cataldo “Ky” Lazzari at 570-825-2648 if you plan to attend. If there is no answer, leave a message. The 65th class reunion will be discussed.

Mount Zion U.M. Church plans soup and salad dinner

Mount Zion United Methodist Church will hold a soup and salad dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7.

The all-you-can-eat meal is $8 per person; $4 for kids 5 to 12.

St. John’s, Class of ’70,

plans 50th reunion

St. John the Evangelist High School, Class of 1970, will hold its 50th reunion at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at Fox Hill Country Club. Classmates who would like to attend as the class gathers for the last time as a group should mail a check for $58 per person, made out to St. John’s 50th High School Reunion and mail the payment to Lois Komensky, 307 Mitchell St., Duryea, PA 18642. For details, visit the St. John’s Class of 1970 Reunion Facebook page or send an email to ltkomensky@aol.com.

There also will be a Mass at 4:30 p.m. that Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Church in memory of deceased class members.

St. Nicholas Church

plans ham bingo

Rev. Dr. Eduard Shestak and the parishioners of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church are sponsoring their annual ham bingo at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 29. The event will be held in the church hall at 320 Vine St., Old Forge. Admission is $3.

Theme baskets, door prizes, and bingo specials will be available throughout the afternoon. The kitchen opens at 11 a.m. A variety of food items and refreshments will be available. The church also will sponsor a bake sale during the bingo.

Kaufer’s office offers

property tax/rent rebate form assistance

Forms for the state’s property tax/rent rebate program for the 2019 tax year are available, and Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) and his staff will be hosting opportunities throughout the 120th District to assist residents in completing the forms, including in Greater Pittston from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at The Old School, 311-313 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston, and Monday, March 16, at Exeter Senior Apartments, 222 Schooley Ave., Exeter.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2019. The program, which is funded by proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery, benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities.

Eligibility income limits, excluding 50% of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits, are: $0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters); $8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters); $15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (homeowners only); $18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (homeowners only).

Applicants should be prepared to provide all necessary income (all 2019 1099s), property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Applications are due by June 30.

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.

Pittston Memorial

Library lists activities

Pittston Memorial announces the following special events:

Pittston Library is offering a Ukrainian Pysanky Class taught by Tammy Budnovitch on Saturday, March 14. Classes will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Each two-hour beginner class for adults teaches the basic steps of making a pysanky. Cost is $25 per person which includes supplies. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the library. Space is limited and reservations will be accepted with full cash payment on a first come, first serve basis. Budnovitch will have pysanky, as well as additional supplies, for sale at this event. For information, call the library at 570-654-9565.

Join Luzerne County Library System Group at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins game against the Hershey Bears on Saturday, March 21, at 7:05 p.m. It is a “Star Wars” theme night. Price is $24.25 per person and includes ticket and meal voucher for a hot dog, chips and drink with $4 from each ticket sold being donated back to the Luzerne County Library System. Stop by the library to pick up a form. Return orders by Tuesday, March 10.

Leap Music Together at the Pittston Library. Celebrate the extra day this year with your little one and join Miss Janine from MUSICare Project NEPA featuring Music Together for a free one-time introduction session to see what their program is all about. This program is for children ages birth through 5 years old and takes place from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29. Since it’s a leap year, there will be lots of songs and activities having to do with hopping or jumping. Miss Kristin also will have indoor hopscotch set up in the Children’s Wing. Call 570-654-9565, ext. 26 to register. Space is limited to 12 kids. Reservations will not be accepted through Facebook.

The library has extended hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. The library also is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The library is closed Sundays and Wednesdays.

Regular programing for children, tweens, teens and adults also is offered at the Pittston Memorial Library, including:

Children’s programs

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 meeting 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.

Building Club: Anyone ages 3 to 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 call the library’s children’s department at 570-654-9565, ext. 26.

Tween/Teen programs

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.

Adult programs

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.

A.W.E. (Adults Who Enjoy) YA: Adult 18 and older who enjoy reading young adult books will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, March 30, to discuss “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell. Light refreshments will be served. Message the Facebook page or call the library to register.

Crochet Club: Beginner or advanced is welcome. The group meets from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays. Bring supplies, including a crochet hook sized I, J, or K and yarn.

Friends of the Pittston Library: The Friends meet at 6 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month in the library. New members are always welcome. For information, call the library at 570-654-9565.

Kaufer offers assistance programs

Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne)’s office offers assistance events to persons with disabilities and small business owners each month at his office at 161 Main St., Luzerne.

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.

Appointments must be made in advance by calling Kaufer’s office at 570-283-1001. Kaufer also provides services to residents at local satellite offices in Exeter Twp. and Exeter Borough the third Friday of each month. Hours in Exeter Twp., at 2305 State Route 92, are 9 to 11 a.m., and in Exeter Borough, 1101 Wyoming Ave., from noon to 2 p.m. For information, call 570-283-1001.