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I’m not a gambler. I rarely buy lottery tickets and go to the casino only twice a year to donate about $50, but I know a sure bet when I see one.

The ducks are chafing at the bit to be let out of their coops and race down the Susquehanna to victory in the fourth annual Kiwanis Duck Derby. I’m sure my duck will be last to cross the finish line, but no matter. We all win this race because the proceeds support activities that make our communities better places to live.

Families are treated to Movie Night in the Park in West Wyoming during the summer. In May, McKenna’s Place, a park in Exeter, was cleaned and readied for summer. All winter debris was removed, graffiti erased, park equipment painted, and new swings installed. A section of the back road is maintained. A local daycare center is adopted. Members cook a meal once a month for the Ronald McDonald House in Scranton.

The Wyoming Area Kiwanis Club sponsors the WA Key Club, Builders Club, and Wyoming Area Catholic Builders Club. They donate two $500 scholarships to graduating Key Club members. The newest project is to provide 25 grants to kids who are just short of qualifying for a free lunch at school.

I wish I had a nickle for every time I heard someone say we should take care of our own first. Here’s our chance. It’s more important now than ever to help children, families, and our communities. Purchase a duck for $5 at FNC in Exeter, at the Tomato Festival, or email wyomingareakiwanis@gmail.com. You don’t have to be present to win. Prizes are $500, $300, and $200. Buy a duck. Everyone wins.

Wyoming U.M. Church

chicken barbecue

Mark your calendars for the Wyoming United Methodist Church pork barbecue dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 You can eat in picnic style or take out. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 to 12. Tickets will be available at the door. For information, call Audrey 570-693-2821.

Library fundraiser

A fundraiser for the Wyoming Free Library is planned at Sabatini’s Bottle Shop, with Beer for Books from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22.

Cost is $25 for three drinks and all-you-can-eat pizza. Music will be provided by Empire in Decline. There will be raffles and 50/50.

Tickets are on sale now and the library is asking for basket donations.

Wyoming Area Catholic

Wyoming Area Catholic is holding a uniform exchange during summer hours, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Fridays. The exchange ends Friday, Aug. 16.

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.

The Summer Cougar Cash schedule continues through August. Gift cards/certificates for the following stores will be sold on a first come, first served basis: Gerrity’s Weis/Mr. Z’s, Price Chopper Pizza Perfect, Redner’s Wegmans, McDonald’s, Cold Case Beverage, Grotto Pizza, Superior Plus, Schiel’s, Perkins, Sabatini’s, Sapphire Salon, Quinn’s and Crest Cleaners.

Orders for other merchants available through the Cougar Cash program will be taken Wednesday morning and will be available for pickup the following Wednesday.

The Cougar Cash schedule is Wednesday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m. The summer Cougar Cash Schedule for August is as follows: Aug. 7, no new Cougar Cash orders; July 31 orders can be picked up. Aug. 14, all merchants. Aug. 21, no new Cougar Cash orders; Aug. 14 orders can be picked up. Monday, Aug. 26, is the first day of school and regular Cougar Cash orders will begin.

Trash payments

• The 2019 Wyoming garbage fee is in penalty phase. Please mail checks or money orders for $250 to Wyoming Borough Sanitation, 277 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, PA 18644. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. A secure payment box is located outside the entrance. Any questions, please call 570-693-0291.

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

• Exeter refuse stickers for 2019 are in penalty phase 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 or 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.

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

Exeter trash

collection change

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, depending on the circumstances.

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

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

State office hours

State Rep. Aaron Kaufer’s Exeter office, 1101 Wyoming Ave., is open from noon to 2 p.m. the third Friday of the month.

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