During a recent home dedication of a Habitat for Humanity home in Pittston, Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity presented the 2021 Gottfried Csala Award to attorney Eric Mahler. The Gottfried Csala award is an honor given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution of professional expertise and knowledge to further the mission of Habitat over the past year. Mahler is the managing partner of Mahler Law Firm, LLC in Forty Fort. From left, are Karen Evans Kaufer, executive director, Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity, and attorney Eric Mahler, award recipient and managing partner of Mahler Law Firm.

There winners of the city’s holiday home decorating contest are Janet Pohoda, for Best Classic Holiday; Beth O’Boyle, for Best Themed Décor, and Ashley Ferretti, for Best in Show.

To everyone who participated in the contest and to everyone who decorated their homes, thanks for helping make our holidays a little brighter!

Prizes will be sent to the winners early in the new year.

Kiwanis purse bingo

If Santa didn’t bring you the purse you had on your wish list, you have another chance at snagging that bag.

The Pittston Kiwanis Club will host a designer purse bingo at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at the former Seton Catholic auditorium. Doors open at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $20 per person for 20 games of bingo, during which 20 purses will be awarded. There also will be a basket raffle, 50/50, basket of cheer, bake sale, food sale, instant bingo tickets and four special games of bingo.

Tickets are limited. Contact any club member for tickets and information.


Spring course registration is now open at the Luzerne County Community College Pittston Center.

To schedule a registration appointment, call 570-740-0270 or email pittstoncenter@luzerne.edu.


Greater Pittston YMCA will be closed New Year’s Day.

The Y will host its first blood drive of the new year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, in the gymnasium. Pre-register online at www.redcrossblood.org.

The YMCA is beginning a few programs starting at the end of January.

An adult basketball program for ages 18 and older will be held from Jan. 30 to April 3. There is a nine-week regular season and one week of playoffs. Games are Sunday mornings/early afternoons. Practices and game times will depend on the number of teams. Cost is $600 per team, and includes all referee and scorekeeper fees. The team captain will register the team. Registration closes Monday, Jan. 24. You can register online or at the front desk.

There will also be a youth flag football and a touch football program. Both will run from Tuesday, Jan. 25, to Tuesday, March 1. Flag football is for ages 6 to 11 years old and the touch football is for ages 3 to 5 years old. Sessions for both age groups will take place Tuesday evening and will last 45 minutes. Registration for members is $50; $100 for non-members. Register at the front desk or online by Monday, Jan. 17.

The schedule for daily classes at the Y is being posted and updated every day on the YMCA’s website.

Katie Kelly writes about Pittston every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To list an item, email kkelly@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-821-2002 by 5 p.m. Monday.

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