Greater Pittston YMCA is hosting its third annual spin-a-thon, with the theme being Spin for Scholarships. The event is being held to help support families in the early learning programs to help offset childcare expenses. The spin-a-thon will be held throughout the day Saturday, March 6. At 7 and 8 a.m., Michaelene will be the instructor. Candy will instruct the 9 a.m. class, and the final class, at 10 a.m., has Elena as the instructor. Each class lasts 45 minutes.

To increase the number of participants and in light of the pandemic, the event is taking place in three locations, the Pittston Y, the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA and a live stream via Zoom. Bikes will be placed in the gym to allow for adequate spacing. Additional safety precautions will be mandated throughout the event, including mask wearing and having sanitation stations available.

In 2020, the event raised more than $8,000 to support the Greater Pittston YMCA’s newly opened child care facility. This year’s goal is to match the support from last year. Local businesses can also support the event by becoming a sponsor. They will receive recognition on participant T-shirts and have their business information displayed for the whole year in the Y’s spin room.

Registration fee is $25 and includes St. Patrick’s Day theme spin-a-thon T-shirts. There also will be awards for those best dressed in the St. Patrick’s Day theme. The music also will be St. Patrick’s Day themed.

Please register and chose a time slot and location where you wish to participate. Space is limited for the in-person spin times. You can register in person or online on the website. T-shirt orders must be in by Friday, Feb. 26.

Registration is open for the Y’s indoor triathlon for spring 2021. The program includes a six-week training plan with the triathlon instructor, as well as personalized instruction, goal setting and more.

With the program, you’ll get a full six-week structured plan, access to instructional videos, private Facebook group for support and social interaction, consultations with the instructor, and specialized strength classes twice weekly.

PA Class of 2021

Pittston Area High School is looking for donations to ensure the Class of 2021 can have its end-of-year picnic. There’s still uncertainty due to the pandemic, but the school is hoping to be able to have the party and is doing its best to keep the graduating class in good spirits and good health. There is a link on the Pittston Area Class of 2021 Facebook page to donate.

Library news

There are still a few book bundles available at Pittston Memorial Library for $5. These include kids’ books, DVDs and more. There are numbered pictures of the bundles on the library’s Facebook page. Call the library to reserve your number.

The library is holding an online auction from midnight to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 13, called Luck of the Library through Bidding Owl. Bid on art, gift cards, jewelry, autographed books, crafts and children’s items.

Downtown Pittston Partnership urges everyone to support the city’s downtown restaurants and eat local for Foodie February. For every $100 purchased at any of the following restaurants, customers will receive a free $20 gift card for a participating restaurant of their choice. Dine in, delivery and takeout all count. Receipts totaling $100 must be readable and itemized with the date of purchase, name of business and the total amount for orders through Sunday, Feb. 28. Submit your receipts by Friday, March 5, online at

Participating Pittston restaurants are: Arcaro’s The Next Generation, Napoli’s Pizza, Callahan’s, Knights of Columbus, Vince’s Pizza Express, Fuji, Lizza’s Mezzo Mezzo, Rikasa, Majestic Lunch, Vito’s Bistro, Tomato Bar & Bistro, The Red Mill, Gramercy, China III and Golden Star.

Fidelity Bank

Fidelity Bank announced the lobby of the bank on Kennedy Boulevard is open. Please use social distancing. Masks will be required. There also is the option to use the drive-thru, the mobile app, or call 1-800-388-4380.

Katie Kelly writes about Pittston every week. To list an item, email or call 570-821-2002 by 5 p.m. Monday.

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