If you have lived in this area for the past couple of years, chances are good that you have participated in a Paint Pittston Pink event, or have at least seen the gentlemen on “PA Live!” in diamond studded high heels and stiletto go go boots, wondering to yourself what it was all about! Well, Paint Pittston Pink, a nonprofit, all-volunteer, 501c3, is an organization that is very close to my heart and that of my family.

It is brilliantly led by heroes Barb Sciandra and Qiana Murphy Lehman. Through their leadership, they have comprised a group of dedicated volunteers who share their vision of immunotherapy as key to a cure for all cancers. Although they are relatively small, they are mighty, having donated just under half a million dollars since the group’s 2014 inception. Additionally, as mentioned, Paint Pittston Pink is run entirely by volunteers, which means that your hard earned donation money is going where you want it to go: to research, and not salaries.

Both the Family Fun Run and Color Me Pink 5K will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, in downtown Pittston. It is always one of the most fun days of the year, and that says a lot. If you are looking for something to do, 11 a.m. this Saturday, downtown Pittston is the place to be! You can register for the Family Fun Run and Color Me Pink 5K in-person on race day at the YMCA from 9 to 10:45 a.m. The race begins at 11 with the Family Fun Walk kicking off at 11:05. Prize medals are given to the first-place winners in 10 categories. Spectators are welcome to stay for the Gentlemen’s Dash at noon. See which gentleman is first to cross the finish line, running in his high heeled shoes! Join in the fun by lining Main Street and cheering on these amazing gentlemen who have raised an impressive $95,842.62 as of Thursday afternoon.

While Paint Pittston Pink isn’t necessarily a West Side event, cancer is something that, unfortunately, impacts everyone. Wyoming area residents are urged to help this worthy cause. Several Exeter businesses are doing their part, with Sabatini’s, Grico’s, Fox Hill Country Club and All Service Rite Inc. sponsoring and providing prizes for Paint Pittston Pink’s calendar fundraiser. Calendar tickets are $10 or three for $25 and can be purchased through Vemo @PaintPittstonPink or at www.paintpittstonpink.org. The drawings, which offer 31 chances to win, will be held live daily throughout October on the group’s Facebook page.

Help Paint Pittston Pink make cancer a memory and check out the website or Facebook page for information.

Library news

Wyoming Free Library has planned a magical day of “Potter in the Park!” Join them from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Ralph Dailey Park in West Wyoming. The parade starts at noon at the West Wyoming Borough Building. Activities include trunk or treat, light refreshments and raffles. Costumes are optional and children of all ages are invited to attend this fun-filled event! Please call the library at 570-693-1364 for information.

With our evenings getting darker earlier, who doesn’t love to wrap up in a warm blanket on a crisp autumn evening with a great book? Wyoming Free Library wants to help make that a reality! The library is having a fill-a-bag book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. The cost is a tremendous bargain at only $5 per bag. Mark your calendars and be sure to stop by and find some treasures.

The Wyoming Free Library is selling tote bags for $10 each.

There are always fantastic events and programs going on at the Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave, Wyoming. Check out the website at www.wyomingfreelibrary.com for details.

Wyoming U.M. dinner

Wyoming United Methodist Church will hold its annual pork and sauerkraut dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the church, 376 Wyoming Ave, Wyoming. The dinner will be take-out or drive-thru only. Tickets are $12 and include pork, sauerkraut, real mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, apple sauce, dinner roll, and dessert. Takeouts are available beginning at 4 p.m. Tickets are available from any Wyoming UMC member or by calling the church office at 570-693-2821. Purchasing and picking up tickets by Nov. 3 is advised. The church members look forward to seeing you and appreciate your support!

Emergency contact information

Wyoming Borough is asking each household to provide contact information in case of emergency, or to be used when the borough needs to reach residents. Much of the information on file is currently outdated. This is totally voluntary, but will be much appreciated. Contact Kelsie, the Wyoming Borough clerk, by phone at 570-693-0291 or through email at clerk@wyomingpa.org. Please be sure to include your name, address, phone number and email address.

Exeter refuse stickers

Exeter refuse stickers are past due, and with penalty added, now cost $310. Anyone who fails to purchase a sticker will be cited by police. Mail or place the check or money order in the box marked “refuse, taxes, and zoning.” A sticker will be mailed to you. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope, business size No. 10. The mailing address is: 1101 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, PA 18643. For information, call Lynda at 570-654-3001.

Bulk collection stickers are available at $35 per item.

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 Monday.

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