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Facebook is fun if you avoid political posts. I get recipes, travel ideas, and product information. I’ve found old friends and classmates, kept up with what shows my old drama kids are in and see photos of former students’ weddings and babies. I even keep up on what’s going on in the community through Jessica Yurek’s Wyoming Area Community.

A page I get a kick out of is You Know You’re From Wyoming PA When ….. People post photos from the early days and ask if anyone can identify a place or a person. I’ve seen pictures of the old drugstore on the corner of Eighth Street and the avenue. Someone posted a Communion class from St. Joseph’s. There have been several elementary school class photos with long comments about the teachers.

The thing that stands out is how much people love Wyoming and the fond memories of growing up in a small town where kids felt free to ride their bikes all over town and roam along the river bank, stopping at one of the many corner stores for candy or a soda. A common theme is the fun at the Butler Street Park on hot summer days when the pool was packed with screaming kids and the grass covered with sunbathers.

Times changed. People started putting pools in their backyards and fences to protect them. Corner stores were replaced with supermarkets and playing outside was replaced with TV and video games. When we isolate ourselves, we lose the sense of community that makes small town life so rich. That’s why I promote activities that get us out of our homes and encourage us to mingle with our neighbors.

I was reminded that we are still a small town when the Wyoming Recreation Board invited the community to the park for free ice cream sundaes. Young and old, they all came, mostly by foot, and spent a beautiful evening that didn’t cost a dime. Children played as parents chatted away with friends. Volunteers scooped out 176 cups of ice cream and provided a buffet of toppings. Then Wyoming Hose Company No.1 showed up with a fire truck for kids to climb on, a treat at any age. This is the stuff that memories are made of.

The recreation board was dormant for a while in Wyoming, but Roseanne Colarusso and Jim Tregan are heading the revived group. A flea market and raffle raised the money for an Easter egg hunt and this Sundae in the Park event. Many people and groups made donations and volunteers came out to help. The Wyoming Veterans of Foreign Wars Post donated ice. I spoke to Roseanne and she is excited about the response they’ve had from the community. Of course, it’s an ongoing thing. They will need more donations and more volunteers to keep this going.

The next event will be Movie Night in the Park on Friday, Aug. 2. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Snack boxes with popcorn and a drink will be provided. To volunteer or make a donation, contact Roseanne at the borough building at 693-0291, ext. 5 or Jim at ext. 102.

Whether from Wyoming, West Wyoming, or Exeter, get involved in your community. There is always something going on and groups looking for help. I’ll be assisting Rita Mauriello with her funnel cakes at St. Anthony’s (St. Barbara’s) bazaar. Bring the kids and make some memories.

The summer bazaar at The Parish of St. Barbara, which includes St. Anthony of Padua and St. Cecilia’s, concludes from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Enjoy potato pancakes, red and white pizza, piggie casserole, porketta, meatball hoagies, and funnel cakes. There will be an air conditioned indoor flea market, basket raffle, music by local DJs and much more.

Wyoming U.M. Church news

Wyoming United Methodist Church will host a blueberry festival from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, serving sandwiches, blueberry sundaes and deserts.

They also are planning a trip to the Hiawatha Paddle Boat Cruise on the Susquehanna River in Williamsport on Thursday, July 25. Cost is $58 and includes the motor coach, cruise, buffet lunch at The Country Cupboard in Lewisburg and all gratuities.

Call Audrey at 570-693-0905 or 570-693-2821.

Free movie night

The Wyoming Area Kiwanis will hold another free movie night at 8 p.m. Friday, July 26, in Daley Park, West Wyoming.

Popcorn and water will be provided. Just bring a chair or blanket.

Kiwanis Duck Derby

It’s time to purchase tickets for the Wyoming Area 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 Club member.

Library news

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

basketball camp

and uniform exchange

Wyoming Area Catholic School is offering a Basketball Skills and Drills Camp for boys and girls in third through eighth grade.

The camp will run from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 29 to Friday, Aug. 2. Cost is $50. Register by Monday, July 22.

The school also is holding a uniform exchange during summer hours, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays. The exchange ends Friday, Aug. 16.

For information, call the school at 570-654-7982.

West Wyoming

compost warning

West Wyoming Borough is giving notice that as of July 6, the community compost will be only for West Wyoming residents. Anyone from another town caught will be fined up to $300 plus court fees.

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 include an item in her column, email barbarabullions@gmai­ or call 570-301-2185 by Monday.