At nine months of age, I was far too young to remember the fateful events of Sept. 11, 2001; however, my mother has recounted the story of holding me in her arms as the breaking news forever changed life in America.

A carpenter friend of ours was upstairs working in my nursery when my mother went to the bottom of the stairs, yelling up, “I think you better come downstairs and see this.” With a puzzled expression, he came into the room, looked at the TV, and sat down next to us. He reached out and held my tiny hand. I was oblivious to what was happening, of course, but they were overwhelmed with grief and sorrow; however, my mother always follows up this devastating story with an emotional memory of the strength and fortitude of our tight-knit community. She speaks of the American flags hung from porches all over the valley the next day. She details the kindness that everyone showed one another. The sense that we were all in this together, and a truly united nation.

Twenty years later, we recall the heroes of that tragic day in American history, as we think of the innocent lives lost, and the unity it created among Americans. We continue to remember, honor, and hold dear those who perished that day. May we never forget, and may God bless America.

Scout registration

Cub Scout Pack 310 has dens for both boys and girls in kindergarten through fifth grade who would enjoy the adventures of Scouting. The pack will hold its registration from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Exeter Scout Home, 53 Lincoln St., Exeter. Contact Wally at 570-693-1930 or Lorraine at 570-693-3724 for information.

Beer for Books

Wyoming Free Library invites you to a fun-filled afternoon of Beer for Books from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12. The event is being held at Rodano’s, 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Tickets include unlimited pizza, stromboli, domestic draft beer, and non-alcoholic drinks. Cost is $25 for ages 13 and older; $12.50 for ages 5 to 12 years, with those 5 and younger eating free. The event will feature raffles and 50/50, plus live music by Empire in Decline. All ages are welcome. ID must be shown for alcohol. For information, visit bit.ly/beerforbooks.

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

Octoberfest at St. Barbara’s

A great time is to be had at St. Barbara’s Octoberfest celebration at St. Anthony of Padua on Erie Street. Octoberfest will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 26, on the church grounds. All meals will be sold as platters in takeout containers with CDC protocols in place to clean throughout the entirety of the festival. Patrons will then have the option of dining there at the picnic tables under the “Biergarten” in the German style of dining together, or simply ordering the food to take out. The menu will include bratwurst, spaetzle (butter egg noodles,) schnitzel (breaded chicken,) frikadellen (specially made meat patties,) German style pretzels, french fries, soda, water, Octoberfest beer, and homemade German style cookies. Come hungry! They look forward to seeing you there.

Wyoming yard sale

The fall community yard sale in Wyoming will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. If rain causes the sale to be cancelled this weekend, the rain date is Saturday, Sept. 18. For information, contact the borough clerk at clerk@wyomingpa.org or call 570-693-029.

Wyoming notices

Wyoming Borough sanitation bills are past due and are now $300. Vacant properties are not exempt from sanitation fees. Rental property owners, not tenants, are responsible for fees.

Cash will not be accepted. Check or money orders should be payable to Wyoming Borough Sanitation or paid online at wyomingpa.org using credit card or E-check. A small fee will apply.

Wyoming residents are reminded they are not to utilize the West Wyoming compost site for their yard waste, or they will be fined. The contract with West Wyoming was terminated in 2019.

If trash, recycling or yard waste is not picked up on the scheduled day, report it immediately to J.P. Mascaro at 1-800-243-7575 so they can dispatch workers to your residence. Also, please inform the borough.

WA scholarships

Wyoming Area Scholarship Program is working on developing new scholarships to offer seniors during the 2021-22 school year. Any individual, family, group, civic group, or business that has considered offering an award to Wyoming Area graduating seniors is invited to call Teddi Rabel at the high school at 570-655-2836, ext. 2339 and give your name and phone number. A committee member will contact you to discuss your ideas and to help you develop an award.

Scholarships being awarded in the 2021-22 school year must be developed by Sept. 30 in order to get them on the website and in time to present them at the Scholarship Information Night Program planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the high school cafeteria. However, scholarships still can be accepted up to early spring 2022.

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. Please 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 $35 per item. To purchase bulk stickers, contact the Exeter Borough Refuse Office at 570-654-3001, ext. 2. A bulk item includes small furniture, carpet, mattress, or an appliance.

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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