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Second Presbyterian

Church of Pittston

welcomes new pastor

Second Presbyterian Church, Parsonage Street, Pittston, will officially welcome the Rev. Roger Griffith as its new part-time temporary pastor Sunday, Oct. 6.

At the 11 a.m. service, the church will observe the Sacrament of Holy Communion for World Wide Communion Sunday. Following the worship service, a reception will be held in the fellowship hall to welcome the Rev. Griffith and his wife, Linda. Anyone planning on attending the reception should call 570-654-1411.

The public is invited to morning worship services, which are held at 11 a.m. every Sunday.

Beginning in October, Christian education classes will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sundays for adults and children. Call the church office for information.

Healing Mass planned

at Oblates of St. Joseph

The Enthronement Guild of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in the Diocese of Scranton will sponsor a Celebration of Healing Mass at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary chapel in Laflin. The Eucharistic celebration will include a healing anointing for those participating in the liturgy. The public is welcome. The Rev. Joseph Sibilano, of the St. Joseph Oblates, will serve as celebrant. The Sacred Heart Singers will present a musical prelude beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Wyoming/W. Wyoming

Seniors will meet

Wyoming/West Wyoming Seniors held their fall potluck luncheon at the last meeting. The 50/50 winners were Helen Ostrowski, Charlotte Pieszala, JoAnn Kwasny and Deb McDermott. Mary Matani, Donna Pocceschi and Janet Wasser won the centerpieces. Helen Markert won the bingo jackpot.

Next meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at St. Monica’s Parish Hall, Eighth Street, West Wyoming. Bakers are Deb and Del McDermott.

Happy birthday to October birthday honorees Nancy Marcy, Helen Markert and Deb McDermott.

New members are welcome. Contact JoAnn at 570-283-3388 for information.

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.

Steph’s Fall 5K benefits

WA scholarship, colon cancer prevention

The eighth annual Steph’s Fall 5K will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Luzerne County Sports Complex, Forty Fort. Participants can compete in the 5K run or 3K walk. A kids’ fun run for children 10 and under will take place prior to the start of the race. Raffles also will be held.

The event provides scholarship money to seniors at Wyoming Area Secondary Center, awarding nearly $30,000 over seven years, and to the Colon Cancer Alliance, having donated close to $40,000 in memory of Stephanie Godri-Johnston, a graduate of Wyoming Area, who passed away from colon cancer in May 2012 at 32 years of age.

Registration, information and a list of raffle items can be found online at Participants also may register in person the day of the race with registration tables open from 8:30 to 10:10 a.m. For information, contact or visit Facebook at stephsfall5k.

PA, Class of 1969,

plans memorial Mass

Pittston Area High School, Class of 1969, will gather at St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William St., Pittston, for 8 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Sept. 29, in memory of deceased classmates. The Mass is sponsored by classmate Donna Lussi-Timko.

Mount Zion U.M. Church

serving soup and salad

Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Mount Zion Road, Harding, is holding the season’s first all-you-can-eat soup and salad supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. A variety of soups, chili, salads, breads, desserts and beverages will be offered. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Public is invited.

Craft show planned

at St. Joseph Marello

The Altar and Rosary Society of St. Joseph Marello Church will hold a craft show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the parish hall, William Street, Pittston.

Slovenian choir will

perform at St. John’s

The internationally-acclaimed 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. For information, contact the parish office at 570-654-0053 or email

St. John the Evangelist

plans chicken dinner

St. John the Evangelist Church will hold a chicken dinner from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. The dinner can be eaten there or taken home.

Tickets are $10 for half a chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw, bread, cake and a beverage.

Walks-ins are welcome, but advance reservations are appreciated by filling out the form in the bulletin and placing it in the donation basket or by calling 570-654-0053.

Mt. Zion fire sets purse, sportsmen’s bingos

Mt. Zion Bicentennial Volunteer Fire Company’s annual sportsmen’s bingo will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday Sept. 28, and its purse bingo will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Exeter Twp. Municipal Building, Route 92.

Tickets to the sportsmen’s bingo are $25 each. Doors open at noon and games begin at 1 p.m. Prizes include camping gear, guns, sports equipment and more.

Tickets for the purse bingo are $20 each. Doors and kitchen 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.

Meet the author set

at Pittston Library

Friends of Pittston Memorial Library will host Meet the Author with Sam Chiarelli at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 in the Cosgrove Room in the Pittston Library, Broad Street, Pittston.

Chiarelli, a Pittston native fascinated with dinosaurs since childhood, has written a book “Dig. A Personal Prehistoric Journey,” a cross-country trip leading to museums, prep labs, robotic dinosaur parks, with the final destination to a fossil dig in Colorado.

Following a reading, a question and answer period will be held. Books will be available for sale and signing.

The event is free. Make reservations by calling 570-654-9565. Walk-ins are welcome. Light refreshments provided compliments of the Friends.

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” at American Music Theater, Lancaster, Saturday, Nov. 2, for the 3 p.m. show. Price of $115 includes bus, show, Shady Maple Smorgasbord, all tips and taxes. Bus leaves the Pittston Plaza at 11 a.m. For reservations, contact Cathy at 570-603-1915 or

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. Bus will leave 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, snacks, water, driver tip and dinner at the Cork ‘N Hearth, 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.

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 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, tickets at the door are $31.

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

Pittston Memorial Library lists activities

Pittston Memorial Library announced the following upcoming special events and regular programming:

Pittston Memorial 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. Contact the library for tickets. To enter a scarecrow, email the library at To enter the pie contest, call Kristin at 570-654-9565, ext. 21.

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, and Saturday, Oct. 5. The sale will include new and used books, DVD’s, audios 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.

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

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. Session began 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 began 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 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 will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, to discuss “The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love” by Sarvenaz Tash. For information or to register, call 570-654-9565.

Tweens & Teens Color Me Corner: Color and help spruce up the teen tables for the new school year. Large coloring sheets will be available while supplies last all September.

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.