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Oblates of St. Joseph will celebrate Feast of St. Joseph Marello

The Oblates of St. Joseph will celebrate the Feast Day of its founder, St. Joseph Marello, with a triduum, three days of prayers, at the Oblates of St. Joseph Chapel, 1880 Route 315, Laflin. The triduum devotion will begin Sunday, May 26, and will continue through Tuesday, May 28, with a Holy Mass celebrated at 7 that night in the seminary chapel, followed by devotional prayers to St. Joseph Marello and individual blessing with a first class relic of the saint. Confessions will be heard before the Mass and rosary will be recited.

The Feast of St. Joseph Marello will be celebrated Wednesday, May 29, with Holy Masses at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the seminary chapel. The Very Rev. Matthew Spencer, O.S.J., the new American Provincial, will be principal celebrant and homilist.

The Oblates of St. Joseph has been serving the Diocese of Scranton since 1929 and also minister in 15 countries.

The public is invited. For information, call 70-654-7542.

Pittston lists holiday collection schedules

Pittston City Hall and the Pittston City Street Department will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

There will be no cardboard/paper/magazine recycling collections this week. The next collection will be Monday, June 3.

Yard waste usually collected Monday will be collected Wednesday this week. Yard waste normally collected Wednesdays should still be put out Wednesday.

Cause for Paws

Fundraiser planned

A Cause for Paws Fundraiser will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Wyoming Hose Company No. 2, 70 E. Third St., Wyoming. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network and animal shelters across Pennsylvania. The event is being hosted by Wyoming Area’s Britney Cheskiewicz, Miss Greater Reading’s Outstanding Teen and former Pittston Tomato Festival Queen. For information, contact Cheskiewicz at or 570-466-6165.

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.

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.

The spring cleanup has been rescheduled to Saturday, June 1.

Council will meet Sunday, June 10, after service.

Planning will meet after service Sunday, June 23.

Vacation Bible School meeting will be held Monday, May 29.

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.

Streets closed June 2 for Duryea at Dusk

Duryea Police Department announced there will be several road closures throughout the borough Saturday, June 2, due to Duryea at Dusk, which is taking place at Community Park from 5 to 9 p.m. along with a 5K race through town.

The following roadways will be closed from 3 to 9 p.m.: Fulton Street from Dickson Street to Stephenson Street, Stephenson Street from Bennett Street to Main Street and Washington Street from Lackawanna Avenue to Stephenson Street. People who live in this area will have access to their homes. Other roadways will close at the start of the race and open as soon as the runners are clear of the area. To avoid any delay, plan on going around Duryea from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.

Roadways will be closed for the 5K race itself, allowing runners a period to move freely starting around 6:45 p.m. until the race concludes. Road closures follow the race route. The start of the race will be from Stephenson and Main Street toward Old Forge and continue up to Foote Avenue. On Foote Avenue, they will head toward Pittston to Railroad Street. The race will continue down Railroad Street to Phoenix Street and down Phoenix Street back onto Main Street. The final portion of the race will continue north on Main Street and return and end on Stephenson Street at Community Park. The expected time frame for the roadways to be closed is 45 minutes to one hour. Motorists are asked to avoid the area during that period of time and to be alert for runners. Police officers and fire police will assist with traffic control throughout the race route.

There also will be a walk that will be taking place in the lower section of Duryea, but those roadways will not be closed. Drivers should use caution in that area as walkers will be using the route in the lower section of Duryea.

Visit the Duryea at dusk Facebook page for details about the race and how to sign up and be a part of this year’s event.

U.M. Church of Pittston plans trip

to see ‘Barefoot in the Park’

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

Northeast High School Class of 1965 will meet

Northeast High School Class of 1965 will hold a class get-together at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Colarusso’s in Avoca. All class members and guests are invited. No reservations are necessary. The event includes an open menu and cash bar.

Pittston City mails 2019-20 trash bills

Pittston City mailed 2019-20 trash bills and payment is due May 31. The orange and white stickers can be used through May 31. New pink and white stickers must be used as of June 3. 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 $150 for 60 stickers. After the initial $150 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. A $50 late fee will be added after June 3.

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.

Vendor sale helps Hughestown Fire Company

Vendor Blender Variety Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday June 30, at the Hughestown Hose Company, 30 Center St. The sale will feature 20 vendors selling crafts, jewelry, home decor, jellies, jams and marinades and other items. There also will be a bake sale and raffle baskets. Entry is free. Proceeds benefit the fire company.

Pittston Memorial Library lists events

Macrame Vibes will be at Pittston Memorial Library for a macrame workshop at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 30. All materials will be provided. Cost is $25. Class size is limited and spots will be reserved upon a payment of $25 cash only.

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. More information on programming will be coming soon. Registration begins Monday, June 3.

The library is offering courses on how to make grocery bag mats for the homeless. The response to this program has been overwhelmingly positive as the library prepares to launch the program in June. There are three course opportunities. Participants are welcome to any or all of the classes. Course 1 will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, June 4, 11 and 18. Course 2 is at 6 p.m. Thursdays, June 13, 20 and 27. Course 3 is at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8. The Saturday class will be a longer course. 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.

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 group will meet next to discuss “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill at 4:25 p.m. Thursday, June 13. 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 book are available at the children’s circulation desk.

Teen programming

TRL: will meet to discuss “You Will Be Mine” by Natasha Preston at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1. Registration is required by calling 570-654-9565. Program is for teens in grades seven to 12.

Adult programming

Book Club: The club meets every second Monday of the month. At 6 p.m. Monday, June 10, the group will discuss Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch.” 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.

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.

Open house planned for newly renovated Highland Manor

The newly renovated Highland Manor Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 750 Schooley Ave., Exeter, will host an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 4. The program will include a vacation raffle, light fare and live music. RSVP to Marianne Sorbelli, RN, at 570-885-1270 by May 29.

Kaufer’s office offers assistance programs

State Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) 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 (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.

The second Thursday of each month, a counselor from the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) 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 or

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.