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Cinco de Mayo event at Red Mill

will benefit teen with cancer

There will be a fundraiser for 16-year-old Matt Macaluso from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at The Red Mill, 340 S. Main St., Pittston. Macaluso, who is the son of Kevin and Charlene McGarry Macaluso, is a Pittston Area student who is fighting Ewing’s sarcoma, an extremely rare cancer which typically occurs in children and young adults.

The Cinco de Mayo themed event will feature live music, basket raffles and prizes. The suggested donation at the door is $10. For an additional $10, guests will receive a lunch buffet of pizza, buffalo bites, deep fried green beans and french fries. Everyone must be 21 or older to attend.

Donations also can be sent to Matt’s Army, c/o FNCB Bank, 1700 North Township Blvd., Pittston, PA 18640. All proceeds go directly to Matt Macaluso in his fight against cancer.


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 additional information, call Cathy at 570-603-1915 or email her at


Mt. Zion U.M. church plans barbecue

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will host its 31st annual chicken barbecue Saturday, May 18, at the church, 1422 Mt. Zion Road, Harding. Dinners will be available to take out beginning at 4 p.m.. Sit down service is from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Dinner is $9.50 for adults and $6.50 for kids.


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.

Sunday, May 5, is the last day to order Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. They can be picked up Sunday, May 12.

Sunday, May 5, council will meet after the service.

A spring cleanup will be held Saturday, May 18.

A planning meeting will be held after the service Sunday, May 19.

A Vacation Bible School meeting will be held Monday, May 22.

Outside of council 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.

The church has off-street parking with handicap parking available next to the building. There also is an enclosed chair lift.

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

John Zimmerman is pastor.


West Pittston Cherry Blossom

Festival is this weekend

The annual West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival will be held this weekend on the banks of the Susquehanna River near the Water Street Bridge.

Saturday, May 4:

11:30 a.m. — DJ music on festival grounds

Noon — Parade and invocation by Monsignor John S. Sempa, Corpus Christi Parish

1 p.m. — Welcome, Lori DeAngelo, president of the Cherry Blossom Committee, Star Spangled Banner by Gunnar Grebeck, introduction of Grand Marshall Peter Sidari and Wyoming Area scholarship winner Stephen Socash-Minnick

1:15 p.m. — Little Miss Cherry Blossom Contest

2:30 p.m. — Emerald Isle Step Dancers

3:15 p.m. — Performing Arts Training Academy

4 p.m. — Galli’s Fighting Chance

4:30 p.m. — Rockology Academy student bands

Sunday, May 5:

Noon — Wyoming Area Drama Club with selections from “Momma Mia”

1 p.m. — Perfect Harmony School of Music/Beth Connor

2 p.m. — Little Theater of Wilkes-Barre

3:30 p.m. — Flaxy Morgan

4:45 p.m. — Cherry Pick and raffle winners

5 p.m. — Closing


Pittston City mails 2019-20 trash bills

Pittston City mailed 2019-20 trash bills April 15. Payment is due May 31, 30 days after the issue date. 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 mailed 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.


Rubber Mallet offers free comic books

Rubber Mallet Comics in West Pittston will participate in Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 4. Each year, thousands of participating stores give away more than 5 million comic books to millions of fans to introduce them to comics.

“Free Comic Book Day is one of my favorite days of the year,” said Chuck Rowles, owner of Rubber Mallet Comics. “My regular customers come in and celebrate with us, new people come and check us out for the first time, and kids who never read a comic in their life might find the passion for this type of literature that I did at their age. On top of that, Free Comic Book Day is our official anniversary date for opening the store, so it just means that much more to me.”

This is the eighth year Rubber Mallet will celebrate FCBD, offering the community a fun, family-oriented event. Along with the free comics and costumed heroes, the store is having its biggest sale of the year.

This year’s offering of free comics include Avengers, Spider-Man, Doctor Who, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pokemon, Stranger Things, Riverdale, Firefly and more. Along with the FCBD books being offered, Rubber Mallet also will have DC Comics’ special “Year of the Villians” book available to everyone for free, as well. There will be exclusive Funko Pops, statues and pins available for sale as well. For information and a list of participating publishers and their free comics, visit

Free Comic Book Day kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. at Rubber Mallet Comics, 802 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston. Call 570-655-5522, visit or follow Facebook for information.


PA Class of ’69 plans golden reunion

Dr. John J. Jerrytone, president, and the officers and executive committee of the Pittston Area High School Class of 1969 invite class members, their families and friends to celebrate the golden class reunion at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Fox Hill Country Club, Exeter.

Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots will provide music for dancing. Dinner will include a champagne welcome, Caesar salad and a choice of one of the following: chicken piccata in white wine, fresh lemons and caper butter; panko crusted haddock with lemon and herbs in a lemon wine sauce; or an 8 oz. char broiled filet mignon with mushroom caps and bordelaise sauce. All dinners include whipped potatoes and green beans almondine. Strawberry shortcake and ice cream is for dessert.

Reservations are still being accepted. Cost is $55 per person. Checks should be made out to cash with notations of “C” for chicken, “B” for beef or “F” for fish at the bottom left corner. Mail checks to Dr. John Jerrytone, 3120 SW 58th Place, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312.



Catholic Choral Society plans concerts

The annual spring concerts of the Catholic Choral Society of Scranton will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St., Scranton, and at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at St. Ignatius Church, 339 N. Maple St., Kingston.

The choral society will host the Christ the King Youth Choir under the direction of Mary Edmunds and Stacey Whitaker at the May 17 concert . On May 19, the choral society will host the Wyoming Valley Barbershop Harmony Chorus directed by Phil Brown and Justin Davis.

The Catholic Choral Society, marking its 70th season, is composed of 50 members from both Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wayne, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties. Ann Manganello, of Exeter, is director, and accompanist is Jean Shields, Scranton. Board member Lois Ostrowski, of Pittston, is among those assisting with the concerts.

Tickets are available from society members or by calling 570-587-2753. Tickets also are available at the door. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for children under 12.




Pittston Memorial Library lists events

Pittston Memorial Library will host its first variety bingo at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4. Game prizes include gift cards, home decor, books and more. Reserve a spot by calling 570-654-9565, ext. 21. All ages and abilities are welcome.

The library will host its first photography show with a gallery opening from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 10. Photographers will be available for a meet and greet with light refreshments. The artwork also can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Some of the work will be available for sale both days. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the library.

Macrame Vibes will be at the 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.

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.

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 new 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, fifth and 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 “Spy School” by Stuart Gibbs at 4:25 p.m. Thursday, May 9. 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

Cassette Tape Wall-Art: Teens in grades seven to 12 are invited to make some art using cassette tapes starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9. Registration is required as space is limited.

Adult programming

Book Club: The club meets every second Monday of the month. At 6 p.m. Monday, May 13, the group will discuss Bernard Schlink’s “The Reader.” 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.



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.