My 88 year old aunt, the family matriarch, directs our activities and reminds us of our obligations. Yes, I’m an adult in my late 60s, but I still take my marching orders from Aunt Del. I have confined her to her house until the virus passes, but virus or not, there are certain things that can’t be neglected.
Take the cemetery, for example. Every year, without fail, we must take flowers to the graves for Easter. I didn’t mind going this year. I was the only live person there, so I didn’t even need a mask. (I am trying not to say anything about the 6-foot rule).
Easter requires lilies on our family graves, so I made my plan to go to Kasarda’s. The pandemic has been tough on the flower business. It’s not considered essential, so the many Easter plants, nurtured well in advance of the holiday, would have gone to waste if not for creative thinking. Kasarda’s solution says a lot about the owners, Adam Pendolphia and Susan and Patrick Kane. They gave the flowers away.
People were able to drive up to the greenhouse, and workers wearing masks brought flowers to their cars. There was no charge, but donations were accepted and every penny was donated to our local healthcare systems. This kind gesture raised $3,157.72, which was immediately turned over to the Geisinger COVID-19 Relief Effort and the Wilkes-Barre General COVID-19 Fund.
In addition, Kasarda employees delivered more than 1,500 Easter flowers and plants to several nursing homes, hospital emergency rooms, and healthcare workers who live within a 5-mile radius of the greenhouse.
Adam and Patrick are WA grads, local guys with deep roots in our community. Many of you will remember Pat’s grandfather, Frank Zavacki, principal at West Wyoming High School and administrator at Wyoming Area. Another name that will jog some memories is Pat’s uncle, Franny Zavacki, who was captain of the Wyoming Redskins football team in the late ’50s and class president. Franny went on to the Air Force Academy and served as a marine in Vietnam, where he sustained injuries that led to his death at the age of 27.
That’s the kind of stock Patrick comes from. He, his wife Susan, and their business partner, Adam, have demonstrated their commitment to our community, lifted our spirits and reaffirmed my belief in the goodness of people.
I know we all look forward to the day when we can repay their kindness and get on with our gardening. The greenhouse, located across from the Midway Shopping Center, is closed until business restrictions are lifted.
Thank you, Adam, Pat and Suzie!
Wyoming yard waste
Wyoming Borough will collect yard waste the first and third Saturday through November.
The following is considered yard waste: grass clippings, branches, leaves and weeds.
Dirt is not yard waste.
Waste must be placed in reusable containers or 30-gallon biodegradable paper bags. Brush (branches) must be tied in 4-foot lengths. If not properly bagged or tied, it may be left behind.
If trash, recycling or yard waste is not picked up on the scheduled day, report it immediately to J.P. Mascaro so they cab dispatch workers to your residence. Also inform the borough so it can be reported to the Mascaro site manager. Mascaro’s phone number is 1-800-243-7575.
Wyoming payment notices
Wyoming residents can pay bills to the borough with credit cards online at wyomingpa.org. Sanitation fees for 2020 are $250 until May 15. After that, late fee is $300. Senior discount is $240.
Vacant properties are not exempt from fees.
No cash payments will be accepted. Check or money order should be made out to Wyoming Borough Sanitation.
Rental property owners, not the tenant, are responsible for the bill.
At this time, the borough building is closed to the public. All bills owed to the borough must be mailed or placed in the secure box outside the entrance to the building.
Wyoming Hose Company fund drive
Wyoming Hose Company No. 1 is now in the final month of its fund drive. Residents are asked to please respond with the request forms that everyone received in the mail. Without public support, the volunteers will not be able to assist in a time of need.
The drive will officially end April 30.
The hose company members would like to thank all who have already donated. Also, new members are always welcome.
Wyoming U.M. Church news
Wyoming United Methodist Church announced church services are canceled until further notice.
United Presbyterian news
First United Presbyterian Church is not conducting public services but services are being broadcast live on Facebook at 11 a.m. Sunday. Look for the live stream at First United Presbyterian of West Pittston/Wyoming. Also, through Zoom, the church is holding a time of Bible reflection and prayer at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29. Call 570-609-5410 for information.
The Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance announced the membership drive for West Wyoming residents has begun. Membership packets have been mailed to residents. If anyone has questions, please contact the ambulance at 570-654-1202. Thank you in advance for your support.
West Wyoming trash bills
West Wyoming sanitation bills are due. All residents must pay this bill. The cost remains the same as last year. The cost is now $300.
You can pay by credit card at www.westwyoming.org. Mastercard and Discover will be accepted.
Exeter Borough notices
Exeter Mayor Denise Adams and Police Chief Joseph Schlagel announce that due to the COVID-19 virus, as of March 16, the borough building is closed to the public and open only to essential personnel until further notice.
Police, fire and medical emergency medical services are still being offered, however, walk-in visitors are not being accepted. Please dial 911 in the event of an emergency.
Payments for trash, taxes, tickets, building permits, and dumpster permits can be dropped off at the secure payment box outside of the entrance of the borough building. Entrance into the borough building for these payments will not be allowed. Please call 570-654-3001 or visit www.exeterborough.com.
All residents are urged to practice social distancing as well as good hygiene, check on the elderly and the young, and have patience as we navigate through this national emergency along with the rest of our nation.
Exeter Borough officials said they are in constant contact with county EMA and are staying on top of the directions by government agencies to protect the safety of the town.
Exeter refuse stickers
Refuse stickers for Exeter Borough are available. The price remains the same at $130 for seniors and $180 for all other residents. The March 31 deadline has been extended with no penalty until further notice.
It is mandatory to purchase a sticker.
At this time, the borough building is closed to the public. All bills must be paid by mail or placed in the secure payment box outside the borough building.
For information, call Lynda at 570-654-3001, ext. 2.
Exeter emergency alerts
Exeter Borough has begun a CodeRED notification system to send alerts and updates to citizens during emergencies. Registration is required and can be done online at public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF7C830C8725 or on your smartphone text AlertExeterPA to 99411. You will get a text back with the link to register.
If your loved one lives in Exeter and you do not, you can register to keep yourself up to date with Exeter news. Choose to be alerted via land line, text, or email and you can add as many contacts as you want.
There also are options for the hearing impaired.
Citizens without the internet can call 570-654-3001, ext. 7.
WA scholarship reminder
Wyoming Area seniors are urged to apply to the Luzerne Foundation website for available scholarships. There are several scholarships for Wyoming Area students. Read the specifications and apply.
For information or assistance, contact Juel Ann Klepadlo or Rosella Fedor.
WA bagged lunch program
Wyoming Area has begun a new COVID-19 bagged lunch program. Bagged lunches will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the secondary center cafeteria’s side door entrance.
Barbara Bullions writes about Exeter, Wyoming and West Wyoming. To list an item, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-301-2185 by Monday.