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Greater Pittston YMCA

plans annual dinner and community awards

Greater Pittston YMCA will hold its 2019 dinner and community awards at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Gramercy Ballroom. This annual tradition hosted by the Greater Pittston YMCA honors leaders who have positively impacted the YMCA and the entire community. This year’s honorees include:

Lifetime Achievement Award — attorney Michael I. Butera

Spirit of the Community Award — state Rep. Mike Carroll and state Sen. John Yudichak

Corporate Distinction Award — Landmark Community Bank

Sam Milazzo Volunteer of the Year Award — Gloria Blandina

James and Jean Yates Youth Leadership Award — Joey Jones

Y Member Spotlight Award — Michael Augello

Recipients were all selected for their leadership and service to the community through volunteer activities that bring about positive social change throughout the greater NEPA area.

Master of ceremonies will be attorney Neil O’Donnell.

Sponsorships and ads are now being accepted for the program booklet. Contact any Greater Pittston YMCA board member or Executive Director Janelle Drach at 570-655-2255 ext. 101 to be provided with a sponsorship packet. Presenting dinner sponsor for the event is Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services.

Tickets can be purchased at the Greater Pittston YMCA for $80 per person.

Oblates slates concert

of contemporary

Christian music

The Oblates of St. Joseph Chapel, 1880 Highway 315, Pittston, will host a contemporary Christian musical program at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, with uplifting, inspirational, up-tempo music, praising and glorifying God. Music will be provided by Jennifer Michel and her choir.

The public is invited. For information, call the Oblates of St. Joseph at 570-654-7542.

Historical society

offers discussion

with local author

Greater Pittston Historical Society will host local author Mark Dziak at a program at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Cosgrove Center at the Pittston Memorial Library. His presentation, “Writing History: Tips and Inspirations from our Past” will focus on local history topics such as the Battle of Wyoming and the presence of ancient Native Americans in Wyoming Valley. Dziak also will offer tips and insights on the process of writing and publishing your own work.

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Bakers are welcome to provide cookies and other desserts for the program.

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

Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Mount Zion Road in Harding is hosting an all-you-can-eat soup and salad supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. A variety of soups, chili, several salads, breads, desserts and beverages will be available. Cost for an adult dinner is $8 and a child’s meal costs $4.

First Baptist plans

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. 27. The dinner also will be served at Meals on Wheels, 59 S. Main Street, Pittston. 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 Greater Pittston, contact First Baptist Church, 570-654-0283, from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.

PA, Class of 1970,

sets reunion meeting

Pittston Area, Class of 1970, will hold a class reunion meeting concerning the upcoming 50th anniversary. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Red Mill, Pittston.

The reunion is set for Friday, May 29, and Saturday, May 30. For information, contact Al Urban, class president, at or by calling Al at 570-357-4612.

St. John’s, Class of ’70,

planning 50th reunion

St. John the Evangelist High School, Class of 1970, is planning its 50th reunion to be held in September 2020 at Fox Hill Country Club.

Find information by going to the Facebook page, St. John’s Class of 1970 Reunion and click “Like” to keep up with the event information and registration. Classmates without access to Facebook can send an email to and instructions on how to register for the event and details of the reunion will be emailed.

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.

The Gertrude Hawk candy sale fundraiser is ongoing.

Sunday, Oct. 27, Reformation breakfast is after service.

Wednesday, Oct. 30, Week Night School will be held at 5:45 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 3, planning meeting will be held after service.

Sunday, Nov. 10, council will meet after service.

Railroad historical

slideshow planned

Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society will hold its 10th annual Sentimental Journey Slideshow on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Dupont Hose Company. Doors open at 9 a.m. with a social hour with coffee and donuts. Slideshow runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $26 and include coffee, soda, water, donuts, buffet lunch, cake and entry in door prize raffles. Food is catered by Dupont Hose Company and includes kielbasa, stuffed cabbage, chicken, potato, vegetable, rolls and butter. There also will be a cash bar.

Door prize donations are being accepted. Also, old railroad equipment and memorabilia are being accepted for a white elephant table with a 15% commission being added to the slideshow proceeds to benefit chapter activities.

Payment can be sent to Ed Philbin, 36 E. Cole St., Pittston, PA 18640 with checks payable to Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley NRHS Chapter. Name tag and ticket will be received at the door. If space allows, tickets at the door are $31.

For information, contact Philbin at 570-954-7981 or email

Greater Pittston Chamber sets autumn breakfast meeting

Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual autumn breakfast meeting Friday, Nov. 8, at St. Anthony’s Parish Center, Exeter. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m., followed by a breakfast buffet at 8 by Grico’s Restaurant.

Tickets are $25 and must be purchased by Friday, Nov. 1. Make checks payable to Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce and mail to 104 Kennedy Blvd., P.O. Box 704, Pittston, PA 18640 or pay by credit card online at or by calling the chamber at 570-655-1424.

Pittston Memorial Library lists activities

Pittston Memorial Library announced the following upcoming special events:

The library will host its annual Scarecrow Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Admission is free and the festival will include refreshments, free kids’ crafts, $10 fall sign making, 25-cent games, a scarecrow contest, a pie contest and more.

Pittston Memorial Library will host its fourth annual Murder Mystery Dinner, “Midnight at the Masquerade,” on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Fox Hill Country Club. Tickets are $60 each and include a cocktail hour, buffet dinner and dessert. No tickets will be available at the door. For reservations, call the library at 570-654-9565.

The library’s fifth annual health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the John P. Cosgrove Center at the library. This event will feature at least 28 vendors with information on available resources to families in Greater Pittston and adjoining counties. Snacks will be available. The event is free to the public. For information, contact Howard J. Grossman at 570-262-3443 or email

The library will host A Taste of Greater Pittston from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. The event will feature food, wine and beer from restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries and bakeries throughout Greater Pittston. Tickets are $30 and are available at the library. Anyone interested in showcase their food or anyone who would like to be a sponsor can contact the library.

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.

Friends of the Pittston Library 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.

Regular programs 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.

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 and math? Monthly STEAM activities are available for kids in 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 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. 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. For information or to register, call 570-654-9565.

Tween MAD Science Lab: Visit the library for some spooky science experiments just in time for the Halloween season. Program is open to tweens in grades four to six. Register by calling the library or messaging the Facebook page.

Adult programs

Book Club: The club meets every second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. 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. Bring supplies, including a crochet hook sized I, J, or K and yarn.

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.