The strangest school year in Wyoming Area history has come to an end. It was nice to see the kids graduating from the Jake Sobeski stadium with proud families watching from the stands. It hasn’t been easy for the WA family, taking classes online or in a hybrid schedule, but kids are durable and tend to make the best of any situation. Unlike the previous year, they were able to finish with some of the usual (although altered) activities, like prom, the spring play and sports. These made the abnormal seem a bit normal and lifted spirits of the kids and their families.

As I write this, I hear sirens blaring as though the whole town is on fire. Our baseball team is being met and escorted by fire trucks, welcoming them home from their exciting victory against Bonner-Prendergast Catholic, advancing them to the state championship game. By the time you read this, the game will have been played and the new 4A State Champs will have been decided. The season will be over, but it will be one we’ll never forget. Because we needed it.

Win or lose, congratulations to the WA baseball team and coaches. Thank you from the WA community — not just students and faculty, families and friends, but also neighbors and alumni. We needed something to root for, to get excited about, and you gave it to us. Thank you to the guys in the Wyoming Area Football Association who broadcasted the games through a live feed on Facebook. Thanks to Verbally Intoxicated, a Facebook page that promotes WA athletes and helped to spread the news as it happened. People followed along from all over the U.S.

I’ve never been a huge sports fan, but the pandemic has made the value of athletics clear. In the depths of despair over shut downs and isolation, afraid of illness and forced to actually think about our own mortality, sports were a diversion. Even if just wondering if and when teams would be able to play, there was something to talk about. When our circuits are overloaded with politics, finances and obituaries, we can put it all away and turn to the teams that are always there for us like old friends. When the world is too complicated and not the world we feel we know, the game is there to console us. We know the rules and appreciate the values of hard work and determination. Never say die. It ain’t over until it’s over, and when it ends we congratulate our opponent and start planning for the next game. Our WA baseball team really demonstrated all of these in their 5-4 win, scoring four of those runs in the last inning with two out. The opposing coach voiced the other great lesson of sports — we’ll be back.

Also, happy Father’s Day to all the dads who root for their kids every day and teach them, athletes or not, to play fair and never quit. I hope you know how important you are.

Kindergarten registration

Registration of students who will be attending kindergarten in the Wyoming Area School District in the 2021-22 school year is being conducted online. Visit the district’s web page at www.wyomingarea.org and follow the link to the Kindergarten Registration page. For assistance, call 570-655-2836, ext. 2334.

Library news

Wyoming Free library is kicking off a Virtual Read Aloud fundraiser. Local business owners are asked to make a tax-free donation of $100 to support the library and advertise their businesses. For this event, business owners will record themselves reading a favorite children’s book and it will be shown on the library’s Facebook page. The idea is that the business would be introduced to a new group of potential customers through the video and story chosen. For example, a chef could show his kitchen and read Eric Carle’s “Walter the Baker.” A construction owner could show a work site and read Donald Crews’ “Trucks.” Camera shy? A reader will be provided and librarian John Roberts can help choose an appropriate book. The cost of the video is far less than traditional advertising that can reach such a wide audience. It will be a gift to the children of our community and help fund one of our most important institutions, part of the character of our community — our library. If you’re a business owner, please consider this very worthy contribution. Be a model citizen for our children and support a vital piece of our hometown. Forms are available on the library Facebook page, or contact John Roberts at 570-693-1364. The event goes live Monday, July 5.

Wyoming Free Library is accepting book donations for a pop-up book sale. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 16, and Saturday, July 17. The library welcomes hardcover and paperback fiction and children’s books; no non-fiction. Book donations may be dropped off at the library during normal hours. Please do not leave books outside.

The library has resumed in-person services. Some services are limited. Curbside pickup still can be requested by phone for patrons who do not want to enter the library.

The library is selling tote bags for $10 each. Bags may be purchased during normal business hours.

First United Presbyterian Church picnic

First United Presbyterian Church will host a picnic from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 27, in the grove, 40 Institute St., Wyoming. Free hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. Bring a covered side or dessert. RSVP by Sunday, June 20.

Wyoming trash bills

Wyoming sanitation bills entered the late period May 15 and an additional $50 has been added. The total fee is now $300. Cash will not be accepted. Check or money orders should be made payable to Wyoming Borough Sanitation. Bills can be paid online at wyomingpa.org using a credit card or E-check. A small transaction fee will apply.

Cemetery memorials

The Historic Wyoming Cemetery, established in 1838, contains the graves of many longtime residents of Wyoming, as well as an unknown Confederate Civil War soldier.

A memorial garden is at the front of the cemetery where many have placed bricks to honor or memorialize those close and dear to them. There are many places in the garden remaining to be filled. You can contact the cemetery office at 570-693-4411 for information on how to purchase a brick. Plots and niches in the columbarium also are available.

Exeter recycling

Exeter has released 2021 recycling guidelines. Exeter accepts aluminum beverage/food cans, glass beverage/food bottles and jars, and plastic food and beverage containers, No. 1 and No. 2 only. All containers must be rinsed clean. Newspapers, magazines, junk mail and office paper also are collected. Cardboard must be flattened with all styrofoam removed.

Recyclable items in plastic bags will not be picked up.

Items not accepted for recycling include the following: styrofoam, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, shredded paper, plastics No. 3-7, pizza boxes (because of grease residue), paper dishes and towels, ceramics, dishes, Pyrex dishware, mirrors and window glass. No appliances, electronics, wires, light bulbs or batteries are accepted, nor are hazardous material containers, needles, syringes or metal. No food or animal waste.

No plastic bags will be accepted. Grocery bags can be recycled at grocery stores.

Commingled items can be placed in one container curbside every Monday by 6 a.m.

For information, visit www.exeterborough.com or call 570.891.4266.

W. Wyoming police signsWe Support Our West Wyoming Police Department yard signs are available for a suggested donation of $10 with all money going to purchase items for the West Wyoming Police.

To arrange for a sign, email Dan at table4two@msn.com or send him a private Facebook message. You can leave the $10 in a white envelope on the porch, or ask for a sign to be delivered to you.

Barbara Bullions writes about Exeter, Wyoming and West Wyoming every week. To list an item, email barbarabullions@gmail.com or call 570-301-2185 by Monday.

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