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YMCA will present

2018 Community Awards

Greater Pittston YMCA recently announced the recipients of its 2018 Community Awards. The awards will be presented at the annual dinner to be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish Hall, Pittston.

Every year, the Greater Pittston YMCA honors leaders who have positively impacted both the YMCA and the entire community. This year’s honorees include:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Joseph and Carmelina Agolino; Corporate Distinction Award: Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18; YMCA Spirit of Community Award: Brian Cashmere Fund; Sam Milazzo Volunteer of the Year Award: Joleen Lazecki and James and Jean Yates Youth Leadership Award: Jenna Smith.

This year’s recipients were all selected for their leadership and service to our community through volunteer activities that bring about positive social change throughout all of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Pittston Mayor Michael Lombardo will be master of ceremonies for the event.

Tickets to the dinner are $75 per person. Ticket and sponsorship reservations can made through the Y by contacting Leslie Widdick, interim CEO at 570-655-2255 ext.101 or emailing

Cherry Blossom

Committee will meet

The West Pittston Cherry Blossom Committee will meet on Monday, November the 5th at 7pm at the Corpus Christi Parish School Building which is located on Luzerne Avenue in West Pittston PA. New members are welcome.

PA, Class of 1967

plans Christmas party

Pittston Area High School, Class of 1967, is planning a Christmas party from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. If interested, contact Karen Hadley Sobeski by Dec. 5 at 570-457-3247. A meeting to finalize the party will be held at Bernie Appel Wesoloski’s home, Gill Street, Dupont, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. Call Bernie at 570-655-6053 if planning to attend the meeting.

Northeast, Class of ’56,

reunion meeting set

Northeast High School, Class of 1965, will hold a reunion committee meeting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Colarusso’s in Avoca.

Senior vouchers good at local farmers markets until Nov. 30

The Area Agency on Aging of Luzerne/Wyoming Counties announced distribution of vouchers for the 2018 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Voucher Program ended Sept. 30. Participants who have already received vouchers from the program have until Nov. 30 to redeem them.

These vouchers can only be used to purchase Pennsylvania-grown fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers market stands that are participants of the Department of Agriculture’s voucher program. Baked goods, meats, jam, honey, apple cider and eggs cannot be purchased with these vouchers.

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

St. Michael’s plans feast day dinner

St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 205 N. Main St., Pittston, will have its St. Michael’s Feast Day Dinner from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. Takeouts will be available from noon to 1 p.m. The meal is a stuffed chicken breast dinner.

Tickets are $10; $6 for children under 12.

A prize raffle all will be held.

The public is invited.

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

Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Mount Zion Road, Harding, is holding an all-you-can-eat soup and salad supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

A variety of soups, chili, salads, breads, beverages and desserts will be offered.

Cost is $7; $4 for children.

The public is invited

First Baptist plans annual free community Thanksgiving dinner

First Baptist Church, Water Street, Pittston, will hold its annual free community Thanksgiving dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21. The dinner will be served at Meals on Wheels, 59 S. Main St., Pittston, and at New Covenant Christian Church, 780 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre.

This dinner is open to all, especially the homeless, those in need and those who will be alone for the holiday.

The dinner will include turkey and all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings.

For takeouts and delivery in the Greater Pittston area, contact First Baptist Church at 570-6540283 from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. For takeouts and delivery in the Wilkes-Barre area, call New Covenant Christian Church at 570-822-9605 on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

The Rev. James H. Breese is pastor of First Baptist Church of Pittston. Bishop Wallace E. Smith is pastor of New Covenant Christian Church.

Pittston Library lists upcoming events

Pittston Library will host A Taste of Greater Pittston from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in the John P. Cosgrove Center at the Pittston Library. Sample food from local restaurants and caterers, beer from local breweries and wine from local wineries. Tickets will be available soon. All proceeds benefit the Pittston Library.

The library will host its fourth annual free health fair Thursday, Nov. 8, with local health related organizations offering those attending a chance to speak to representatives about their health needs. A list of vendors will be available soon. Registration is not necessary.

Kaufer offers disability assistance, senior events

State Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) reminds residents that his office offers assistance events to veterans and persons with disabilities 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.

For information about this outreach or any other state-related issue, contact Kaufer’s district office, 161 Main St., Luzerne, at 570-283-1001 or 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.

St. Joseph Senior Social Club plans events

St. Joseph’s Senior Social Club announce the following events:

Wednesday, Oct. 31, there will be a trip to Mt. Airy Casino. Be prepared to make payment. Details will be discussed at the October meeting.

The annual Christmas party will be held Dec. 6 at Fox Hill Country Club. More information will follow.

The servers for this month are Arlene Gavin, Marion Heycock, Sara Howanietz and Gertie Kichilinsky.

Members should bring staples for St. John’s food pantry.

Pittston trash bills past due

Pittston City trash payment is past due. Cost is $120 (plus a $20 late fee) for 60 stickers. After the initial fee is paid, residents may purchase extra stickers at a minimum of 12 for $24. Additional packs of 60 stickers are available for $120. Bring or mail the bill when making payment. If mailing payment, include $5 for postage and handling, and make 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. 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.