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Pittston announces

holiday schedule

Pittston City Hall will be closed Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29.

The streets and sanitation department will be closed Thanksgiving. Garbage and recycling normally collected Thursday will be collected Friday.

New curbside recycling containers are available for residents to pick up at city hall, 35 Broad St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Catholic Choral

Society will perform in West Pittston

The Catholic Choral Society will present an Advent concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Corpus Christi Parish, Immaculate Conception Church, 605 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston. The chorus will present sacred Advent and Christmas music as well other Christmas selections. The concert is free to the public. Snow date is 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12.

Holy Redeemer Bell Choir, under the direction of Ann Manganiello, also will perform.

Monsignor John J. Sempa is pastor of Corpus Christi Church.

Brenda Grunza is president of  the Catholic Choral Society while Dr. Thomas Rittenhouse is president emeritus. Ann Manganiello is music director and Jean Shields is accompanist. Board members assisting include: Lois Ostrowski, vice president, Pittston; Nancy Flannery, librarian; Sheila O’Brien, Barbara Barrett, Kate Conaboy and Rich Gibbons. For information, call 570-575-1040 or visit and like the group on Facebook.

St. Nicholas Church plans cookie sale

St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church, 320 Vine St., Old Forge, is holding its annual Christmas cookie sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

All cookies are homemade, including anise wedding, thumbprint, pepper cookies, chocolate chip, peanut butter kisses, nut rugalach, linzer, welsh cookies and many more. Fill a box with the cookies you like, for $9 per pound.

Pre-orders can be placed by calling Betty 570-457-9292 or Maria 570-457-8275. Pre-orders will be accepted until Sunday, Dec. 8.

Time running out

to use senior farmers

market vouchers

The 2019 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program’s voucher distribution ended Sept. 30. The Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming Counties reminds participants to redeem vouchers before the Nov. 30 deadline. Keep in mind there may be farmers market stands closing up before that date.

These vouchers can only be used to purchase Pennsylvania-grown fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers market stands that participate in the Department of Agriculture’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Baked goods, meat, jam, honey, apple cider or eggs are not allowable for purchase with these vouchers.

For information, contact Rhonda Adams at 822-1158 Ext. 2337.

St. John’s Lutheran

Church lists events

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7 Wood St., Pittston, announces activities:

Sunday service is at 8 a.m., with fellowship before and after service.

Wednesdays, Nov. 27 and Dec. 4, Week Night School is at 5:45 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 1, congregational and planning meetings after service.

Sunday, Dec. 8, council meeting after service.

Pittston Memorial Library lists activities

Pittston Memorial Library is collecting new, unwrapped toys to be distribute to the Salvation Army. Toys for all ages can be dropped off through Thursday, Dec. 5, during the library’s normal hours.

A holiday craft fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Support local artists in this exclusively handmade holiday craft sale in the John P. Cosgrove Community Room. Cup of Paint will have a wooden sign painting workshop in the children’s room and refreshments and baked goods will be available for purchase.

The library will celebrate an old fashioned Christmas and open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. Make a vintage inspired paper ornament, watch “White Christmas” at 12:15 p.m. with popcorn and hot cider.

For Small Business Saturday, the library will hold a book sale in its book store from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. Most books are $1 or less. Grammar pencil packs are $2.

The library will host Christmas themed trivia designed for the whole family at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16. All ages are welcome and registration is required.

Pittston Memorial Library announces Tiebrary at the Library. Tiebrary is a 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.

Regular programs at the library include:

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. Session began Nov. 5 and ends Dec. 10.

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. Session began Nov. 4 and ends Dec. 9.

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 by calling the 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. The next meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, to discuss “Blended” by Sharon M. Draper. Call 570-654-9565, ext. 26 to register for this free club. Copies of the books are available at the children’s circulation desk.

Teen Reading Lounge: The Teen Book Club meets monthly. “The Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi will be discussed at the next meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. For information or to register, call 570-654-9565.

Adult programs

Adult Banned Book Club: This book group, for ages 18 and older, will be discussing The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins. Discussion takes place at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25. Please call the library or message the Facebook page to reserve a spot as space is limited. There are copies of the books available at the front desk.

Book Club: The club meets every second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. The group will discuss “Hillbilly Elegy” on Nov. 11. A limited number of books are available at the front desk.

Crochet Club: Beginner or advanced is welcome at Crochet Club. 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’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 at his office at 161 Main St., Luzerne.

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 the 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 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, contact Kaufer’s district office at 570-283-1001.

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.