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Wyoming Area Catholic School and Barnes Martial Arts are collecting Halloween costumes for children residing at Catherine McCauley House in Plymouth, which provides a temporary residence to women and their children who are in crisis which leaves them homeless. New or gently used Halloween costumes for boys and girls for all ages, including infants, can be dropped off at Barnes Martial Arts Studio, 1336 Murray St., Forty Fort, or at Wyoming Area Catholic, Wyoming Avenue, Exeter. All costumes, except for those featuring weapons, will be accepted. Donations will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 25. In front, from left, are Victoria Sabetta and Ivy Bubblo. Second row: Abby Butler, Tessa Cegelka, Aaron Glaser, Vincent Contardi, Master Gary Barnes, of Barnes Martial Arts Studio; Michael Weiss as the WAC Cougar, Abby Buzza, Samara Belles and Kendall Morris.

Time and again, I’ve seen the good work of teachers and advisers who help children learn social values like empathy and compassion, patriotism and gratitude. Youth organizations like Key Club, Mini-Thon and Scouts get kids to look beyond themselves.

I recently wrote about the Kindness Mission at Wyoming Area Catholic School, where students are collecting Halloween costumes for children at the Catherine McCauley House. As of this writing, four boxes are filled and more are arriving every day.

At Wyoming Area, the kids and their adviser, Maureen Pikas, are planning their annual Veterans Day program. All veterans are invited to be honored with a luncheon followed by a program involving the entire student body. The students whose parent or grandparent is among the honored beam with pride.

When I was teaching, this was a difficult day for me. I grew up with vets, men and women who fought in World War II. My classmates served in Vietnam. Patriotic music chokes me up. My eyes tear when I pledge allegiance to the flag. Seeing veterans from our community interacting with our students and watching those kids applaud those brave heroes is incredibly moving.

If you’re a veteran, please participate. Encourage others to take part. This is more than honoring those who served. It’s also about building a connection between generations and teaching our children to respect the sacrifice given. Call the secondary center at 570-655-2836 for information and reservations.

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

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 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 Free Library news

Wyoming Free Library announces the following events:

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.

Wyoming United Methodist Church pork dinner

Wyoming Methodist Church will hold a pork and sauerkraut dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 to 12. Dine in or drive through take outis available. For ticket information, call 570-693-2821.

Wyoming/West Wyoming Seniors news

Wyoming/West Wyoming Seniors will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at St. Monica’s Parish Hall on Eighth Street, West Wyoming. Bakers are Ann Kozloski and Mary Matani.

Marge Malarkey, JoAnn Kwasny, Del McDermott and Mary Matani won the 50/50 at the last meeting. Dorothy Rossick and Marge Marlarkey won the bingo jackpot.

The church hall is handicapped accessible. New members are welcome and do not have to be a resident of Wyoming or West Wyoming to join. For information, contact JoAnn at 570-283-3388.

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.

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 each month.

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