Falls Active Adult
Center will host craft fair and bake sale
Falls Active Adult Center will hold its annual craft fair and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, rain or shine, at the center, 2813 Sullivan’s Trail/Route 92, Falls.
The first 20 children will receive a mylar balloon from Gordo the Gorilla. There also will be pumpkin decorating and other children’s activities. Falls Lions Club will sell food throughout the day and Ron Jackson will provide live music from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
PSATs offered at
The PSAT/NMSQT exam will be offered to all 10th and 11th grade students at Wyoming Area Secondary Center on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Taking the PSAT/NMSQT is great practice for the SAT and will help sharpen a student’s skills for college. The cost of the exam is $17. Any student interested in taking the exam should register in the first floor guidance office with Teddy Rabel, guidance secretary. Deadline to register is Wednesday, Sept. 18. Payment for the exam is due by Friday, Oct. 11.
For information, call 570-655-2836, ext. 2340 or ext. 2239.
LCCC offers non-credit
drawing class in Pittston
Luzerne County Community College will offer a non-credit drawing class this fall at its Pittston Center at the M&T Educational Center.
“So You Think You Can Draw” is designed for beginners and will teach students how to draw and illustrate. Topics of discussion include color, texture, line, value, pattern, scale, balance and emphasis. The four-session course will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 25 through Oct. 16.
For information or to register, call the LCCC Continuing Education Department at 570-740-0495 or 800-377-LCCC, ext. 7495 or go to www.luzerne.edu/coned.
Seniors will meet
Wyoming/West Wyoming Seniors met Sept. 3 at St. Monica’s Parish Hall. Plans were made for the fall festival to be held at the group’s next meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17. It was decided to have a potluck luncheon. Frank Perfinski will treat everyone with a birthday cake for his birthday.
The 50/50 winners at the last meeting were Joyce Boyer, Irene Zelinski, Mary Lou Kuloszewski and Helen Ostrowski. Marge Malarkey won the bingo jackpot.
The next meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in St. Monica Parish’s church hall, West Eighth Street. New members are welcome. For information, contact JoAnn at 570-283-3388.
St. Barbara’s Parish
plans chicken dinner
The Parish of St. Barbara will hold a chicken dinner featuring Arcaro & Genell’s Italian roast chicken Sunday, Sept. 29, at the St. Anthony Center, 156 Erie Ave., Exeter. Dinner includes half a chicken, potato, vegetable, salad, roll and dessert.
Takeouts will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and eat-in dinners will be served from noon to 3 p.m. Cost is $10 per dinner. Tickets are pre-sale only
For information and tickets, call 570-654-2103 to reach the St. Barbara Parish rectory 224 Memorial St., Exeter.
Dinner benefits programs of the Men’s Holy Name Society, Christian Women’s Organization and Social Concerns Committee.
San Cataldo Society
plans NYC trip
The San Cataldo Society of Pittston is sponsoring its annual bus trip to the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy, New York City, on Saturday, Sept. 21.
There will be two pick-up and drop-off points. The bus will leave from the Pittston Plaza near Planet Fitness at 8 a.m. and then at 8:15 a.m. from the Wyoming Valley Mall, in the Sears parking lot.
The bus will depart from New York City at 8 p.m.
Cost of the trip is $40 per person. For information and reservations, call Grace at 570-655-9377 or Carla at 570-655-1551.
St. Michael’s Byzantine
plans piggie dinner
St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 205 N. Main St., Pittston, is having a takeout piggie dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. Dinner costs $10. The public is invited. Call Linda at 570-905-7387 with your order or purchase a ticket at the door. A limited number of tickets are available.
Cub Scout Pack 310
Cub Scout Pack 310 will hold registration for boys and girls in grades kindergarten through fifth grade from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at the Exeter Scout Home.
Call Wally Janoski at 570-693-1930 or Lorraine Backo at 570-693-3724 for information.
U.M. Church of Pittston
sets holiday theater trip
United Methodist Church of Pittston will hold a bus trip to see the “Joy To The World” Christmas show at American Music Theater in Lancaster on Saturday, Nov. 2, for the 3 p.m. show.
Price of the trip is $115, which includes, bus, show tickets, Shady Maple Famous Smorgasbord, taxes, gratuity and driver tip. Bus leaves the Pittston Plaza at 11 a.m.
For reservations or information, call Cathy at 570-603-1915 or email email@example.com.
information session set
Wyoming Area will host an information session about its scholarship program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the high school cafeteria. Seniors and their parents are urged to attend to learn about available awards and how to apply. Students in grades nine to 11 and their parents also are invited.
Bus trip planned to
Divine Mercy shrine
A bus trip to the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, for the Feast of St. Maria Faustina. The bus will leave from the Oblates of St. Joseph rear parking lot, 1880 Route 315, Pittston, at 7 a.m. and arrive back at 11 p.m.
Cost is $75 per person and includes bus and shrine fees, snacks and water, driver tip and dinner at the Cork ‘N Hearth Restaurant in Lee, Mass.
Itinerary includes a talk on St. Faustina at 11 a.m., followed by Eucharistic adoration, confessions, rosary, Mass, benediction and veneration of a first class relic. The group will depart the shrine at 4:45 p.m. for dinner at 5.
For information and reservations, contact Cathy Mack, trip coordinator, at 570-654-6063.
Mt. Zion fire plans sportsmen’s and purse bingos
Mt. Zion Bicentennial Volunteer Fire Company’s annual sportsman’s bingo will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday Sept. 28, at the Exeter Twp. Municipal Building, Route 92.
Tickets are $25 each. Doors open at noon and games begin at 1 p.m. Prizes include camping gear, guns, sports equipment, and more. For information or to purchase tickets, call the fire station at 570-388-6266
The fire company’s annual purse bingo will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Exeter Twp. Municipal Building, Route 92.
Tickets are $20 each. Doors and kitchen will open at noon and games begin at 1 p.m. The event will include food, designer purses, raffles, and door prizes. For information or to purchase tickets, call the fire station at 570-388-6266.
Slovenian choir will perform at St. John’s
The internationally-acclaimed 40 voice chamber choir from Slovenia, Megaron, will perform at St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 William St., Pittston, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. The concert is free to the public.
The Megaron choir was founded in October 2003 by Damijan Mocnik, composer and conductor, and is compromised of former music students from the Diocesan Classical Gymnasium at St. Stanislav’s Institution in Ljubljana, Republic of Slovenia. In the years since its founding, Megaron has evolved into a high-quality choir performing regularly in Slovenia as well as in Austria, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Poland, Canada, and the United States.
The choir is noted for its rich sound and exciting interpretations of music from different stylistic periods. It prides itself on numerous awards received at various national and international choral competitions.
For information, contact St. John the Evangelist Parish office at 570-654-0053 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pittston Area, Class of 1974, will meet
Pittston Area High School, Class of 1974, will hold its 45th class reunion at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Arcaro and Genell’s, Old Forge. Cost is $50 per person and includes antipasto, buffet featuring chicken scampi, eggplant parmesan, pasta with red or vodka sauce, roasted potatoes, veggies, coffee, tea, soda and dessert. There will be a cash bar. Dress up or wear jeans. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Bob Lussi from 8 to 11 p.m. An ice-breaker also will be held Friday, Sept. 20, at Tony’s Wine Cellar, Pittston.
RSVP via email at email@example.com or Facebook at Pittston Area Class of 1974. Invitations will not be mailed. Make checks to Pittston Area Class of 1974 and mail to Reunion c/o Jannette Morgan, 9 Stout St., Pittston, PA, 18640. For information, call Carol Keating DeLeo at 570-299-9101. Class members are asked to share email and Facebook contacts with organizers.
Memorabilia from the class’ school years, including pictures, uniforms, awards, etc. are being collected to be put on display.
Farmers market vouchers available to seniors
The Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming Counties announced Monday, Sept. 30, is the last day Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Vouchers provided by the United States and Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture will be available. Locally, Pittston Active Adult Center, 441 N. Main St., Pittston, will distribute vouchers from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. Any senior who has not yet received vouchers this program year and qualifies for the program can receive vouchers. Seniors must call the center at 570-655-5561 before going to pick up the vouchers.
Each qualifying individual is allowed four $5 vouchers for a total SFMNP benefit of $20 one time per year. Vouchers will not be sent out by mail. A person is not eligible if he/she resides in a nursing home, convent or residential facility where meals are prepared. Eligible seniors must meet all three requirements: Be a resident of Luzerne or Wyoming county, with proof of residence required; be at least 60 years of age by Dec. 31, 2019, with proof of age required, and meet income guidelines based on 2019 total household income (all income is included, including Social Security, pensions, etc.) Income proof is by self declaration. However, program officials may verify eligibility information. Income requirements are: one person household, $23,107 or less, two person household, $31,284 or less. If there are more than two people residing in the household, call Rhonda at 570 822-1158 for the income eligibility requirements.
For information, contact Rhonda Adams, Area Agency on Aging, at 570 822-1158 Ext. 2337.
If the eligible senior is unable to pick up the vouchers, they can send a proxy to pick up the vouchers as long as the proxy brings the signed and completed 2019 proxy form with them when picking up the vouchers. The individual acting as proxy will need to bring his/her identification. The proxy form is available at any of the Active Adult centers sponsored by Area Agency on Aging and also can be obtained through the agency’s website, www.luzernecounty.org under Department/ Area Agency on Aging/News. No other form or note will be allowed. This form must be picked up, completed and signed prior to the date the vouchers are obtained. There is a limit of two proxy forms allowed per person. A spouse must have the official proxy form completed and signed prior to the date the vouchers are obtained when picking up vouchers for his/her spouse. A person having Power of Attorney must have the official proxy form completed and signed when picking up vouchers.
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 starts at 10 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m.
This year’s presenters include John Durant, “Northeast Variety;” Tim O’Malley, “A Steamtown Look Back;” George Gula, “Pittsburgh Traction/Port Authority;” Harry Owens, “Along the LV Bowman’s Creek Bridge Part 2 and 3,” and Kermit Geary Jr., “Lehigh and Wyoming Valleys in Black and White.”
Tickets are $26 and include all-day coffee, soda, water, donuts, a 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, which benefit chapter activities.
Payment can be sent to Ed Philbin, 36 E. Cole St., Pittston, PA 18640. Make checks payable to Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley NRHS Chapter. Name tag and ticket will be received at the door. If space allows, walk up tickets are $31. For information, contact Philbin at 570-954-7981 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Nicholas Byzantine
Church plans flea market
The Rev. Dr. Eduard Shestak and the parishioners of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church are having their annual flea market from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Sept. 14; from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, half price sale, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, bag and box sale. The event will be held rain or shine at the church hall, 320 Vine St., Old Forge.
Antiques, jewelry, household items, furniture, children’s items and more will be included.
A variety of ethnic food items, baked goods, and refreshments will also be available.
Library lists events
Friends of the Pittston Library are conducting a book drive leading up to the fall book sale. Bring books to the John P. Cosgrove Center the following days: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24; noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28; noon to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1.
The fall fill a bag book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, Saturday, Oct. 5. The sale will include new and used books, DVD’s, audios and more.
The 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.
Pittston Memorial 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 email@example.com.
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.
The following regular programs also are offered at Pittston Memorial Library:
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 begins Sept. 17 and ends Oct. 22.
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. Session begins Sept. 16 and ends Oct. 21.
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 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.
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 will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, to discuss “The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love” by Sarvenaz. For information or to register, please call 570-654-9565.
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. Participants should bring supplies, including a crochet hook sized I, J, or K and yarn.
Kaufer’s office offers
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.
Dick White, of Pittston, announces the USS Independence CVA-62’s 30th reunion will be held in Dayton, Ohio from Sept. 25-29. All Navy, Marine or Air Squadron personnel who served on the Independence and their families are welcome.
For information, please contact: USS Independence CVA-62, 65 Pioneer Ridge Rd., Canton, N.C. 28716, call 828-648-7379 or email firstname.lastname@example.org/
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.