I could not imagine a more perfect kickoff to the start of summer than an impressive win for our area! We have a rich tradition of excellence in many sports, but baseball is a game that truly has a special place in Pennsylvania’s heart. The sort of passion we have is easy to justify when you consider the fact that some of the greatest baseball players of all time made a name for themselves locally first. Even beyond that, Jim Thorpe, who has an entire town named after him, is widely regarded as one of the greatest all-around athletes in our nation’s history, and he was raised here. My own grandfather, Bob Berlew, had a deep love for the game and was actually recruited to play baseball professionally in Pittsburgh, but he had already enlisted in the armed forces to serve our country.

This week, I want to give a huge congratulatory shoutout to our boys on the Wyoming Area baseball team. Growing up right across from Wyoming Area, I always felt that a key cultural staple of our town was the abundant pride we had in our local teams, who have made names for themselves not only across our state, but down the East Coast! The Warriors had all eyes on them as their dominating season came to a close, and they took on the Dallas Mountaineers in what was one of the most exciting ball games I have ever witnessed. The boys pulled out the win in the end, and were named the District II Class 4A baseball champions! It was great to see such tenacity from the team and from Coach Rob Lemoncelli. Let’s send them all our best wishes and congratulations on a great season.

Library events

In its new upcoming series, the Wyoming Free Library will host some wonderful afternoon meetings, serve up non-alcoholic mimosas and discuss some fine literary works. Starting Saturday, June 25, at 11 a.m., participants will meet to discuss “Sense and Sensibility” by the iconic Jane Austen. Registration is required as space is limited for these events. You can contact the library at 570-693-1364 to save your spot. The library also asks its patrons to refrain from parking their vehicles in the church’s parking lot as the church is having a new roof put on at this time.

Join the Wyoming Free Library from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the American Grill, 1320 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, for a delicious fundraiser, BBQ for Books. Tickets cost $20 each and will be available in advance at the library or at the door.

Your ticket includes a pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, baked beans, and one non-alcoholic beverage. There also will be raffle baskets.

As a part of its Summer Reading Club, the library is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18-25. Don’t let yourself run out of great summer reads this season. Save the date and swing by the community room during that week to shop a selection of books and help support the Small Library with a Big Heart.

Toy Town community yard sale

The citizens of Toy Town in West Wyoming are hosting a yard and bake sale Saturday, June 18. This event is a fundraiser, and to start, you can head over to 406 Washington Ave. to see what enticing goods are up for grabs. If you are interested in participating and having your home added to the map, contact Leigh Ballew at leighballew7@gmail.com or the “Toy Town, Pa” Facebook page. They hope to see you there. If the event is rained out, it will be pushed to Saturday, June 25.

West Wyoming BSA Girl Troop 3366

The Girl Troop in BSA in West Wyoming is a traditional Scouting experience for young girls in fifth grade through high school. It promotes leadership development, community engagement through Scout-led service projects, and allows Scouts to work toward their very own Eagle Scout rank.

To join the adventure or learn more information, call 570-510-2133 or email cmadar@vantagetrustfcu.org.

Trash payments

— Exeter’s deadline to purchase refuse stickers has passed and they are now in penalty. Any resident who has not purchased a sticker will be cited. Regular stickers are now $200, plus the $110 penalty for a total of $310. Senor citizens price is $150 plus the $110 penalty for a total of $260. Seniors must be 65 or older to receive the discount. For information, call Lynda at 570-654-3001, ext. 2.

— Wyoming Borough residents are reminded the face period for the 2022 sanitation fee ended May 13. A $50 late charge will now be added to the $295 fee or to the $285 fee for senior citizens. Check or money order made payable to Wyoming Borough Sanitation is welcome; no cash payments will be accepted. Payments may be sent by mail to: 277 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, PA 18644 or dropped off at the secure black box to the right of the borough building entrance. Bills also can be paid online at: Wyomingpa.org, by e-check with a $1.50 fee, or by credit card, which carries a 2.65% transaction fee. Please note that vacant properties are not exempt.

— West Wyoming’s trash fee is now $300. Payments may be placed in the drop box attached to the building or mailed. If paying by credit card, payments can be made at www.westwyoming.org. Mastercard, Discover, and Visa are accepted, and there will be a $3 credit card service fee applied per transaction.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Nancy Albert, of Wyoming, who celebrated her 70th birthday June 5.

Send in your summer scoops!

Let’s build our community together. If you would like to share joyful community news such as birthdays, anniversaries, or get well wishes, or your organization’s upcoming events, fundraisers, or meetings, please contact me at gberlew@pittstonprogress.com by 5 p.m. Monday to be included in the upcoming week’s edition of the Exeter, Wyoming, West Wyoming community news. Thank you so much, and have a happy, healthy week ahead of you!

Grace Berlew writes about Exeter, Wyoming and West Wyoming every week. To list an item, email gberlew@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2185 by 5 p.m. Monday.

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