What a treasure we have in Wyoming. It’s our library, a recent recipient of a bronze star from the Pennsylvania Library Association’s PA Forward Star Library program. The award recognizes efforts to make investments in literacy-aligned programs.
There are five key literacies — basic, information, civic and social, health, and financial. I know I’ve been promoting activities at the library, but when I stopped by to chat with librarian John Roberts I was impressed with how much is going on there.
There is a Furry Tails program every third Saturday of the month. Kids read to therapy dogs from Lehigh Valley. Beginning Monday, Oct. 21, Roberts will be having story time for pre-schoolers. The kids will have an activity and snack to accompany the story. The library’s STEAM program will start up again Saturday, Sept. 28. Kids 3 and older will take part in activities involving science, technology, engineering, art and math.
The theme of the summer session was space. I got a heads up on the Halloween STEAM session. Kids will make “puking pumpkins” and candy structures. Oct. 19 marks the 200th anniversary of “The Legend of Sleepy Hallow.” The library will show the Disney movie and make headless horseman pumpkins. Halloween in the Park will be held Saturday, Oct. 19. And for Christmas, there will be a Very Lego Christmas Party where kids will make Lego gingerbread houses and reindeer ornaments. Legos are a big part of activities year round.
Kids age 8 and older can learn to sew. Rae Anusiewicz offers three sessions per year. Each session lasts about seven weeks with two classes each week. Rae began this program in 2012 with one sewing machine. They now have 14, all donated. In fact, all materials are donated so there is no cost to the children. Next session begins in September with classes scheduled to accommodate school schedules.
A major program at the library is the children’s produce market held once per month in conjunction with the Commission on Economic Opportunity. Families with children can go to the library and receive free food and staples. No proof of income is necessary. Wednesday, Aug. 21, a representative from state Sen. John Yudichak’s office will host a community outreach event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to answer questions from the community.
Of course, you can also borrow a book or DVD, pick up tax return forms, photo copy, and use the internet. All of these programs are free to the public but are an expense for the library. Donations are welcome. In fact, there are some opportunities to help the library happening right now. Buy a ticket to Beer for Books at Sabatini’s Bottle Shop. There will be a basket raffle and baskets are already on display at the library. You can stop in and buy chances now. It’s not too late to donate a basket either.
The book sales also help. Donations of books are being accepted and the fill a bag book sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Pumpkins also will be needed for the Halloween program. Every little bit helps.
In an era when small town libraries are closing, ours is thriving. Many thanks to John and the library staff, volunteers like Rae Anusiewicz and Carol Skalski and all community members who pitch in to help.
Battle of Wyoming tours
The Luzerne County Historical Society announces that its Battle of Wyoming walking tours will run Saturday, Sept. 14, and Sunday, Sept. 15. Join attorney Stephen B. Killian, Luzerne County Historical Society board member, for an account of the disastrous Battle of Wyoming and the massacre that followed.
Killian will lead the group through the battlefield and talk about the tactics, troops and equipment of the Americans, Tories and the Native Americans, as well as discussing, with an audience-driven demonstration, the infamous flanking maneuver and retreat that lead to the massacre. Insight about the area before and after the battle also is included.
This is a two-hour, two-mile outdoor walking tour that takes place rain or shine. Each day, the tour starts at 1 p.m. at the corner of Fourth Street and Susquehanna Avenue in Wyoming.
Cost is $7 for LCHS members, $10 for nonmembers and $5 for all children under 18. Each tour is limited to the first 45 reservations. Reservations are required. To make reservations, call 570-823-6244, ext. 3 or email email@example.com.
Kiwanis Club news
Don’t miss the last free movie night of the summer at Daley Park in West Wyoming. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. Bring a chair or blanket. Popcorn and water will be provided.
It’s time to purchase tickets for the Kiwanis Duck Derby, which will take place Sunday, Sept. 1. Prizes are $500, $300 and $200. Purchase tickets for $5 from any Wyoming Area Kiwanis member.
Wyoming Area Catholic news
Wyoming Area Catholic School’s annual Back to School Ice Cream Social will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20. All games and activities along with a visit from a balloon artist will take place in the Wyoming Area Catholic gym. It will be a night of re-connecting as the new school year begins. Please RSVP to 570-654-7982 with total number of people attending.
The annual pre-k and kindergarten orientation is at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. The orientation is for students and parents registered for the pre-k and kindergarten classes. Teachers Erin Weiss, pre-k, and Stephanie DePhillips, kindergarten, along with aides Carolyn Suhocki and Ann DeLucca, will introduce the students to the classroom to let them explore and also to the outdoor playground to play. Principal Eileen Rishcoff will meet with parents to explain some of the routines of the school and to assist with paper work. Lunch will be provided for all.
First day of school for students of Wyoming Area Catholic will be Monday, Aug. 26. Dismissal will be at 11 a.m. all week. Upon arrival to the school, students will report to the gym/cafeteria. Bus riders will be dropped off in the morning at the main entrance. All car riders are to enter the school through the main front door no earlier than 7:30 a.m.
Parents are invited to Back to School/Meet the Teachers Night at 6 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 28. The night will begin in the gym with a welcome from the principal, who will introduce the faculty and staff. Afterward, PTG President Lisa Pribula will talk about upcoming PTG sponsored events. Mark Stransky, instrumental music teacher and band director, will be at this assembly to explain instrumental music lessons and school band for students in grades three to six. At 6:20 p.m., parents will move to the classrooms to meet the teachers and receive information about the curriculum.
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.
Paper shredding in Wyoming
A Community Shredding Day will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Pettibone Park on Monument Avenue, Wyoming. Bring any documents you no longer need that contain personal information, including social security numbers, credit card information, account numbers, etc. Proof of residency is required. There is a limit of three boxes per resident. Shredding is limited to confidential and sensitive materials.
Back to school safety
The 2019 school year begins Monday, Aug. 26. Wyoming Borough asks everyone to be mindful when parking by the 10th Street school. For the safety of the students and crossing guards, please refrain from blocking the crosswalks and intersections and from parking on lawns.
Wyoming Rotary news
The Rotary Club of Wyoming recently held its annual Great Cash Giveaway at Bo Brothers restaurant in Wyoming. For many years, the club has hosted numerous non-profit organizations at the same time for a buffet dinner and check presentation. Representatives were in attendance from local volunteer fire and ambulance associations, libraries, Northeast Sight Services, Greater Pittston YMCA, Camp Cadet and local recreation boards.
Frank Sobeck is chairman of the giveaway and Wendy Carey is Rotary Club president.
The club meets Thursday evenings at Fire and Ice in Trucksville and is always looking for guest speakers and welcomes new members. Call 570-760-1644 for information.
Wyoming United Methodist Church news
Purchase and release a live monarch butterfly to honor or in memory of a loved one. The butterfly release will take place at Wyoming United Methodist church following the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Aug. 25. Everyone is welcome to attend the service, which will highlight the theme of rebirth. The actual release will be at approximately 11:30 in front of the church. The butterflies cost $8 and must be ordered in advance. Call Audrey at the church office to place an order or for information.
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 date 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 birthday or Christmas present.
First United Presbyterian Church news
B.J. Ahearn from the Center for Public Safety will present information on first aid and bleeding control at First United Presbyterian Church from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. You can learn how to react in an emergency. The program offers instructions and practice for determining the best course of action until professional help is available. The event is free and will be held at the Wyoming Institute, 40 Institute St. in Wyoming.
Dr. Francis J. Murray, professor emeritus of history at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, will host a special discussion regarding his collection of signatures of the Presidential First Ladies. Dr. Murray spent years collecting the signatures of all U.S. presidents. He is now working on obtaining the First Lady signatures. A few will be on display at the event, which will be held at Wyoming Free Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20. Registration is required and space is limited.
A fundraiser for the Wyoming Free Library is planned for Sabatini’s Bottle Shop. Beer for Books will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. Cost is $25 for three drink tickets and all-you-can-eat pizza. Music will be provided by Empire in Decline. There will be raffles and a 50/50. Tickets are on sale now and the library is asking for basket donations.
A children’s produce market is held on the first Saturday of the month. The next market will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. The Commission on Economic Opportunity distributes canned goods, non-perishables, fruits and vegetables to any Luzerne County family with children. After the children receive their food, what is left over is boxed for senior citizens to pick up later in the day. Registration is required and must be completed by 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26. Applications are available at the library at 570-693-1364.
• 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. 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 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.
Exeter Fire Department chicken barbecue
Exeter Borough Fire Department will hold its annual chicken barbecue at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the fire station, 1405 Susquehanna Ave.
Barbara Bullions writes about Exeter, Wyoming and West Wyoming every week. To list an item, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-301-2185 by Monday.