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Kayaking trip on the

Susquehanna River wil explore Greater Pittston’s nature, history

History buffs and anyone interested in trying kayaking for the first time will have a chance to paddle a short stretch of the Susquehanna the morning of Friday, June 22, when the Wilkes-Barre Riverfront Parks Committee offers a “Paddle Through Time” as part of the annual Wyoming Valley River Fest.

This leisurely trip, which begins at 8 a.m. in West Pittston, will explore the many layers of history as well as prehistory to be found on the 6-mile section of the river from Harding to West Pittston. Stops along the way will allow participants to consider the Harding Massacre, Sullivan’s March, the North Branch Canal and an archaeological site that has revealed 10-thousand-years of habitation.

Expected to last four hours, this trip is also perfect for novice paddlers. During the trip, paddlers can expect to see the surprising abundance of wildlife along the way or hone their paddling skills while accompanied by knowledgeable guides who are familiar with the area’s past, including its prehistory and colonial and industrial history.

For information or to register, call Susquehanna Kayak and Canoe at 570-388-6107 or email them at

Pittston City 2018-19

trash bills mailed

Pittston City trash payment was due May 25. The new orange and white stickers must be used as of June 4.

Cost is $120 for 60 stickers. After the initial $120 fee is paid, residents may purchase extra stickers at a minimum of 12 for $24. Additional packs of 60 stickers also are available for $120. A $20 late fee will be added after July 16.

Bring or mail the bill when making payment. If mailing payment, include $5 postage and handling payable to Pittston City and mail to Tax Office, 35 Broad St., Pittston, PA 18640. Specify if the stickers are to be sent to an address other than the mailing address. Otherwise, they will be sent to the name and address on the check.

Pittston residents who do not receive a trash bill in the mail are responsible to notify the treasurer’s office at 570-654-1090.

Landlords are reminded bills are sent to the homeowner. If a tenant is responsible for payment, landlords must give the bill to the tenant so they can bring or mail the bill when payment is made.

Patriotic concert set at

St. John the Evangelist

The community is invited to “Celebrate America!,” a concert for Independence Day presented by the Pennsylvania Northeast Chapter of the American Guild of Organists at 7 p.m. Monday, July 2, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 William St., Pittston.

A community choir will lead singing of patriotic hymns and perform a choral selection as part of the concert, under the direction of chapter dean Raphael Micca and accompanied by organists Carl Ruck and Michael Sowa. Vincent Contardi, Mark Laubach and Mark Pall will perform other organ selections.

The “Celebrate America!” Brass Quartet and Percussion will feature Paul Chmil and Steve Saive on trumpets, Todd Hunter and Chuck Smith on trombones, and Monica Spishock on timpani/percussion. Guest musicians for the concert will be brothers Ethan and Evan Licari on piano, Ed Sankus on guitar, and Mary Scheller as flautist and vocal soloist for “God Bless America.” Veterans of the U.S. Armed Services will be recognized during the concert. A free will offering will be accepted.

Seton, Class of ’98,

plans 20th reunion

Seton Catholic High School, Class of 1998, willcelebrate its 20th reunion Saturday, July 28. The event will be held at Ransom Lions Club Pavilion, 3150 Main St., Ransom, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Adult beverages, soft drinks and an assortment of food from local restaurants will be served. All classmates, spouses and faculty are invited to attend.

Tickets are $30 per person and children will be free. Advanced ticket purchase is appreciated.

Duryea H.S., Class

of ’57, plans reunion

Duryea High School, Class of 1957, will hold a reunion at Germania Hose Company, Foote Avenue, Duryea, on Saturday, Aug. 18. For information, call Lois Winn Balchune at 570-457-9401.

St. Joseph Seniors

announce activities

St. Joseph’s Senior Social Club is having an ice cream social at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Center on William Street, Pittston. This social is for members only. Servers are Lena Seman, Micky Musto, Charles Valenti, Shirley Valenti and Edith Kepics. Servers are asked to be there at 12:30 p.m. to help set up.

Thursday, July 19, the club is having its annual picnic at the Checkerboard Inn in Trucksville. Payment will be accepted at the June meeting. Cost is $12 for paid members.

Thursday, Aug. 16, the club is going to the Sands Casino. Cost is $19 and includes $20 slot play and $5 for food. Pickup is at Planet Fitness in Pittston. More details will follow.

Payment must be made for the July picnic and the casino trip at the June meeting.

San Cataldo Society

plans family picnic

The San Cataldo Society of Pittston will hold its annual family picnic at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the American Legion Pavilion in Pittston. The picnic will feature food, fun and entertainment by the Danny Argo Band. Call Carla and Pete Scarantino at 570-313-7123 or email to obtain tickets.

St. John Lutheran

Church lists activities

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

Council will meet after service June 10.

A spring cleanup will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9.

Shipped Wrecked, the church’s Vacation Bible School, will be held July 9-13.

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

The church has a surplus of sanctuary candles available for $4 each. Contact the church and leave a message if interested in purchasing them.

For information, visit Facebook, call 570-655-2505 or email

U.M. Church of Pittston

sets theater trips

United Methodist Church of Pittston will sponsor a bus trip Saturday, Sept. 29, to American Music Theater, Lancaster, for the Fall Doo Wop Cavalcade. Price is $118, all inclusive. Bus will leave the Pittston Plaza at 10 a.m. for the 2 p.m. show. The show includes performances by The Duprees, Dennis Tufano, the voice of The Buckinghams; Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, Jay Siegel’s Tokens, The Marcels, and Randy and The Rainbows with Randy Safuto.

Other trips planned include: Wednesday, July 25, Hunterdon Dinner Theater, New Jersey, to see “Nunsense,” starring Joyce DeWitt from “Three’s Company.” Cost is $100, all inclusive, and Saturday, Nov. 3, American Music Theater, Lancaster, 2018 Christmas Show “The First Noel.”

For information or to make a reservation, call Cathy at 570-603-1915. Call early as the trips will fill fast.

Pittston H.S., Class of 1960, plans reunion

Pittston High School, Class of 1960, will hold a reunion from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Jenkins Fire Company. Invitations will be sent later.

Vettes for Vets

car show planned

Vettes For Vets, a Corvette-only car show, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at West Side Auto, 401 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston. There is a $10 fee for Corvette owners to participate, which includes food and beverages. The event will include several different Corvettes, food, baskets, raffles and music. All proceeds benefit the American Legion.