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As advisor to drama club, yearbook, senior class, and WAVE at one time or another, I had to do a lot of fundraising. Along with the kids and their parents, I would do anything within the law to get a buck. I sold poinsettias, T-shirts, candy bars, pens, magnets, mugs, pizzas, pasties, cakes, cookies and hoagies. I’ve held dances and variety shows, entered contests and competitions, applied for grants and cooked hamburgers outside of Sam’s Club.

Not counting ticket sales to the spring musicals, the biggest money maker was selling ads for show programs or for the yearbook. We always counted on businesses in our community to help us with an ad. Same for football. They have a program, and business ads are displayed on the fence around the stadium.

We’ve all had our hands out for years. Now, many of these businesses need our help. If you are a Wyoming Area grad, a parent or grandparent of a grad, think back to who chipped in to allow your club or team to function. What businesses were willing to donate to keep you afloat? Who pitched in so your class could have a prom or all-night party?

I’ll mention just two of many today. Petrucci’s Modern Market in Exeter has been dear to the hearts of Warriors for years. I wish they had a tally of how many of their hoagies we’ve consumed. The price was always right for a variety of sandwiches, soups and salads. You can buy lunch and leave with change in your pocket. The Petrucci family has purchased our ads and helped us with hoagie sale fundraisers.

You can still get your porchetta fix at Modern Market. They put a set of shelves outside the front door. The honor system applies. Take your sandwich, chips and soda, and put money in a bucket. I hadn’t had one of their hoagies in a while but was driving past recently and saw the display. I just had to stop and boy am I glad I did. The sandwiches are as great as I remembered and still a bargain. I noticed they are asking WA seniors for their class pictures, to be displayed in the store window. Great idea.

Of course, Petrucci’s closes mid-afternoon. So if you’re looking for a great dinner, Valenti’s is also open for takeout. Michael and Mara have been in business since 1999, both WA grads who always support our kids. Michael’s mom Toni has been on the WA school board for many years and has attended every play for as long as I can remember. I can even tell you exactly where she sits.

Valenti’s has many great offerings, but my very favorite is the antipasto. I’ve said, if I’m ever on death row, give me a Valenti’s antipasto as my last meal. The menu is tailored for takeout, and you can order online at app.upserve.com/s/valentis-restaurant-exeter.

These are only two of the businesses that deserve our loyalty. Count on me to remind you of more in the future.

One day it will be safe for us to leave our homes again, and when we do I hope some things are different, but I pray that some are the same. There isn’t much most of us can do to fight the virus, but we can fight for the vitality of our own community. Set one day a week aside for takeout from your favorite restaurants and please remember those who always stood by our kids.

Food giveaway

Wyoming, West Wyoming, and Exeter residents are eligible for free food from the Al Beech Food Pantry from 9 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday at the Church of Christ Uniting, 786 W. Market St., Kingston. The food is available without any proof of income, but proof of residence is required. This is drive through only; no walk ups. You must remain in your car and food will be placed in your trunk only. Everyone is welcome.

Wyoming police chief returns

Welcome back Chief Chris Mercavitch, who returned to work Monday after battling coronavirus for more than two weeks. The Wyoming Police Department has been hard hit with three members getting coronavirus, but we hope for a speedy recovery for all of our officers and we look forward to their return.

Wyoming Free Library

mask fundraiser

Brackney Leather is selling cloth face masks for $5 each, with $3 from each mask sold being donated to Wyoming Free Library and the Wyoming Recreation Board. A wide variety of colors and patterns are available. Order on the company’s Facebook page. Pickup time outside the warehouse on Susquehanna Avenue will be arranged, as the store is closed at this time.

Wyoming yard waste

Wyoming Borough yard waste will be picked up the first and third Saturday through November. The following are 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. 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. Rental property owners, not the tenant, are responsible for the bill.

No cash payments will be accepted. Check or money order should be made out to Wyoming Borough Sanitation.

The borough building is closed to the public. All bills must be mailed or placed in the secure box outside the entrance to the building.

Hose company fund drive

Wyoming Hose Company No. 1 is continuing 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 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.

Ambulance membership

The Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance announced its 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 notices

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Exeter Borough Council has extended the due date for the second quarter billing of the Exeter Borough sewer payments. The new payment deadline is June 30.

Refuse stickers are available 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.

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 barbarabullions@gmail.com or call 570-301-2185 by Monday.