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Every picture tells a story. When I drive through Exeter and look at the banners of young men and women in uniform, I wonder what their stories are. The photos show them in dress uniforms, but I know the stories were written in fatigues.

I imagine it beginning on a bus taking a son or daughter away from home for the first time, heading to a camp where other sons and daughters from all over the U.S., and from all backgrounds, were thrown together and taught skills needed to survive military life.

The stories continue with a deployment, often in foreign lands, where their grit was tested. Some may have had cushy jobs, but most served in desert heat or mountain cold, every climate imaginable, sleeping in huts or tents, eating K rations. Many patrolled desolate terrain where ambush was always possible, or in jungles where the enemy was often unidentifiable. Others were at sea, ready to rush to a hot spot at a moments notice, or in the thick of sea battles and vulnerable to kamikaze attack.

I look at those banners and see the people who liberated Europe twice, fought communism in Korea and Vietnam, stood vigilant during the Cold War, and answered the call to the Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan. I wonder how each story ended. Did they all make it home? Were any injured? I like to think that every one of them survived in tact, no mental or physical harm, settled down and had a happy life. I wish a bio came with each banner, posted somewhere on the internet for me to look up.

From the minute they wave goodbye to tearful mothers and choked up fathers, to the months away from spouses and children, until they come home for good, our servicemen and women make sacrifices the rest of us can only imagine as we drive along the Avenue and look at the young people in dress uniforms. Thanks to the Kiwanis Club, Wyoming and West Wyoming will join Exeter and proudly display banners of our hometown heroes.

Kiwanis Hometown Hero Banner Project

Wyoming Area Kiwanis Club is launching the Hometown Heroes Banner Program to honor residents and family members of Wyoming and West Wyoming who are serving or have served our country in the Armed Forces. Banners will be placed on street poles on Shoemaker Avenue, Wyoming Avenue and Eighth Street.

The banners will be displayed from May 2020 to Nov. 11, 2022. Cost is $225, which includes installation and removal. After the two years, the banners will be permanently removed and given to the service person or family member. To get an application, contact wyomingareakiwanis@gmail.com.

WA Drama pasta dinner

Wyoming Area Drama Club’s pasta dinner and craft fair will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, in the high school cafeteria. Cost is $10 for salad, pasta, meatballs, bread, dessert and beverage. For advanced tickets, contact Jeanette Borosky at 570-817-1339. Takeouts are available.

It’s not too late for vendors to reserve a table.

Wyoming Area Catholic news

Wyoming Area Catholic announces activities for October: Sunday, Oct. 13, Respect Life Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton; Monday, Oct. 14, school is closed for Columbus Day; Friday, Oct. 18, field trip to Jim Thorpe for grades six to eight; Sunday, Oct. 27, Mission Mass at 12:15 p.m. at St. Peter’s Cathedral. Thursday, Oct. 31, Halloween, early dismissal at 11 a.m.

For its September/October Kindness Mission, Wyoming Area Catholic is partnering with Barnes Martial Arts to collect Halloween costumes for children residing in the Catherine McCauley House in Plymouth. The Catherine McCauley House provides temporary shelter to women and their children in crisis who find themselves homeless. If anyone has gently used costumes of all sizes, including infants, consider donating to this worthy cause. All costumes, except those featuring weapons, will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 25. Costumes may be dropped off at Barnes Martial Arts Studio, 1336 Murray St., Forty Fort, during normal working hours or at WAC during school hours.

Wyoming Area Catholic is accepting donations of books to commemorate special events such as the birth of a child, a special anniversary, birthday, special achievement or as a memorial for a deceased loved one. Contact school librarian Theresa Sabetta at 570-654-7982.

Wyoming Council meeting

Wyoming Borough Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at the borough building.

Wyoming Recreation Board’s

trunk or treat party

Wyoming Recreation Board is organizing a trunk or treat event for Saturday, Oct. 26, at Pettibone Park. If you would like to participate and decorate your trunk, you must fill out a registration form available on Facebook or at the town hall.

Wyoming ordinances

Wyoming Borough reminds residents of the following ordinances:

Responsibilities of Dog and Cat Owners — It is unlawful for any person who owns or keeps cats or dogs to allow the animal to run at large in the borough. It is unlawful to own or harbor any dog or cat or other domesticated animal whose barking, howling, yowling, purring or making other loud noises or any other act which causes annoyance, disturbs the peace and quiet enjoyment of persons in Wyoming.

Property Maintenance — No person, firm, or corporation owning or occupying any property within the Borough of Wyoming shall permit any grass or weeds or vegetation whatsoever to exceed a height of 8 inches. Alleyways behind properties also need to be maintained. Any property owner in violation of the borough ordinance will be cited by the Wyoming Borough Code Enforcement Officer.

Residents also are reminded to please rinse jars, bottles and cans for recycling. Greasy cardboard like pizza boxes cannot be recycled. Please only put out clean, flat cardboard.

Wyoming United Methodist Church theater trip

Seats on the bus trip to Sights and Sound Theater in Lancaster are filling quickly. The show, “Queen Esther,” is a new production for the theater. The show is April 15, 2020, and already there are only a few seats left. The price is $121 and includes bus, show, dinner and all gratuities. Gift certificates are available if you would like to give this as a gift.

Wyoming Free Library news

Wyoming Free Library announces the following events:

Fill a bag book sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Books are $5 per bag; $10 for larger bags.

The library is sponsoring a Halloween Party in the Park from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. Children will enjoy activity stations, refreshments, trunk or treat, raffles, and a parade from the West Wyoming Borough Building to the Ralph Daley Park, starting at noon. There is no charge and costumes are optional. Contact the library to sponsor a trunk.

The library is celebrating the 200th anniversary of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” with an event at noon Saturday, Oct. 19. The library will show the Disney movie and make headless horseman pumpkins. Registration is required as space is limited.

West Wyoming trash fee

West Wyoming Borough reminds residents sanitation fees are past due and the penalty fee of $300 is in effect.

Please wash out containers before placing them in your recycling.

St. Barbara’s news

St. Barbara’s Parish will hold its second annual Taste of the Parish from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at St. Anthony’s Center, Exeter. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

The event will include a variety of food offerings from appetizers, soups, salads, meats, pasta, casseroles, breads, desserts and a variety of beverages, including apple cider. There also will be baskets raffles and prizes.

The Parish of St. Barbara will have a service for anointing of the sick at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at St. Anthony’s Church, 212 Memorial St., Exeter. Parishioners and visitors are welcome to participate and be anointed.

Exeter fall festival

Exeter Events Committee will host its second annual Howl at the Moon Fall Festival from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the St. Cecilia’s Church Grounds on Wyoming Avenue.

Live music and entertainment will include the Music Box Theatre, Broadway on the Boulevard, Rockology, and the Bus 5 Band. In addition, enjoy local food trucks like Noti’s Gyro King, Dominic’s Pizza, PananaMan, Giddy Up and Go, homemade potato pancakes, and of course the SBC Beer Truck. Children’s activities like face painting and a bounce house will be available. The event also will feature a basket raffle, various vendors selling jewelry, Scentsy, handcrafted candles, craft dips, home goods, and Champi’s Greenhouse offering corn stocks, mums and more. The committee also will sell Exeter T-shirts.

Exeter trash reminders

Exeter Borough is now using Waste Management for garbage collection. Garbage still has to be placed curbside by 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. Trash can be placed curbside Tuesday night.

Missed garbage may not be picked up until the following week.

Extra bag tags are $3.25 each. Bulk tags are $33 each. A list of acceptable bulk items is available at the Exeter Borough Building.

The penalty phase is now in effect for refuse stickers and the price is $250. Stickers can be purchased at the Exeter Borough Building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Stickers also can be purchased by mail by sending a self addressed, stamped envelope to Exeter Borough Refuse Department, 1101 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, PA 18643. Please use a long business size envelope.

For information, call Lynda at 570-654-3001, ext. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Barbara Bullions writes about Exeter, Wyoming and West Wyoming every week. To list an item, email barbarabullions@gmail.com or call 570-301-2185 by Monday.