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The spirit of the old West Pittston High School was revived and in full voice in late August when the West Pittston High School Alumni Association held its third annual all-classes reunion at Irem Country Club on Saturday, Aug. 25. In a few short years, the reunion has become a treasured opportunity for old friends who shared the great experience of living and going to school in West Pittston to get together, remember the good old days, and catch up on what’s happening now.

The last class graduated from West Pittston High School in 1966 — 52 years ago — but the spirit lives on.

The reunion has quickly become a place to celebrate milestones. John Markarian, Class of ’35, who celebrated his 100th birthday at last year’s reunion, was there again this year. Sharing the limelight with Markarian was Bill Hastie Sr., Class of ’36, who has attended all three reunions. Fourteen members of the class of 1956 celebrated their 80th birthdays and members of the Class of 1966 celebrated their 70th birthdays. Sylvia Barnes Richards, Joan Keim Pribula, Henrietta Mary Pellicotti Sellani, Ann Vallere Alaimo and John Williams graduated from West Pittston High School in 1948 and got together again to mark the 70th anniversary of their graduation.

West Pittston’s Alma Mater begins with “We are proud of football records” and the reunion provided an opportunity for many of West Pittston’s football heroes to replay some of the old games. Football coaching legend George Chaump, who graduated from West Pittston High School in 1953 and later went on to coach Ohio State, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and at the Naval Academy, to name a few of his jobs, was there with his brothers, Louis, Class of ’52; Donald, Class of ’58 and John, Class of ’65. Sharing the day with them were other WPHS football stars: Arthur Tambur, Bill Yeomans and Kenneth Weiskerger, from the class of ’54; Bob Tambur, Nick Volpetti and Gordon William, from ’56, and Leonard Brown, Don Lloyd, Donald MacDonald, Mickey Melberger and Terrell Salerno, from ’57. Not to be missed were Merle Bainbridge, ’56 and Jerry Zezza, ’59, who also returned to their alma mater to coach.

The reunion once again proved that the last stanza of the WPHS Alma Mater was right: “And though age will overtake us, As the long years pass in flight, We shall ne’er forget old high school, And the dear old Green and White.”

Trinity Episcopal Church news

Trinity Episcopal Church offers noon prayer every Wednesday.

The church hosts giant community yard sales the first Saturday of each month through October. The next sale is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. The church is now taking reservations for sellers for the October sale. Costs is $10 per space. Call 570-654-3261 to reserve a spot.

Corpus Christi Parish news

Religious education classes for the 2018-19 school year will begin in the parish Sunday, Sept. 23. Classes for boys and girls in kindergarten through seventh grade will be held from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Sunday mornings. Classes for children in grades kindergarten through four will be held in the school, grades five and six will have classes in the church hall and grade seven will have classes in the rectory. In the next couple of weeks, a letter and registration forms will be mailed to the families of children who attended classes last year.

Confirmation classes for students who will be in eighth grade this fall will be held in the school twice a month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Parents/guardians of students who will be in eighth grade this fall are asked to attend a meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, in the Immaculate Conception hall.

The parish’s religious education program is in need of volunteers. Teachers are needed for grades three and seven. Because of the class sizes, the parish would like to have assistants in every classroom this year. Religious education teachers are called catechists. The word catechist comes from a Greek word meaning “to echo” and catechists echo the word of God to the parish children. They can be women, men, confirmed teenagers, parents, grandparents, etc. They are not expert teachers or brilliant theologians. They are ordinary people who generously volunteer their time to share the Catholic faith and its values and traditions with children. They are positive role models who help children grow in faith, and through their words and actions, the message of Christ continues to spread throughout the world. For information or to volunteer, please contact Joyce at 570-654-27583 or jcecconi50@gmail.com.

The pariah will host a liturgical ministry cookout at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Immaculate Conception Hall. All altar servers, extraordinary ministers of communion, lectors, heavenly hosts, ushers, choir members, cantors, members of the baptism team and their families are invited to an afternoon of good food and fellowship. If you would like to, you are welcome to bring along your favorite dessert to share. In order for the church to prepare enough food, please contact the coordinator of the ministry in which you serve to let them know if you are able to attend.

Sail the high seas with the parish’s new lottery, Pirate’s Treasure. Just match the evening drawing of the three-digit daily number and on Sundays in September and you could win a treasure of $1,000. Sept. 19, you could win a captain’s treasure of $600, and all other days during September, you could win $100. This lottery will run through Sept. 30. Parishioners should have received a ticket in the mail. If you do not receive yours, or if you would like additional tickets, stop by or call the rectory. This is your chance to become a lucky pirate!

First United Methodist Church news

West Pittston First United Methodist Church has Sunday worship at 10 a.m. Children and youth Sunday school is at 10:15 a.m.

First United Methodist Church will have a bus trip to Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster to see “Jesus” on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The bus will leave the Pittston Plaza at 7:20 a.m.

A few seats still remain at a cost of $125 each. Tickets include the bus, show, dinner and all taxes and gratuities.

For information, contact Doris at 570-654-2689.

Library news

West Pittston Library announces the following programs:

West Pittston Writer’s Workshop: Kings College graduate Jamie Marino’s popular writing workshop moves to Thursdays for the fall season. This free workshop is designed to challenge and inspire the poet or storyteller in you with writing exercises, coaching and community. The workshop will be held in the reading room at 6 p.m. Thursdays Sept. 20, Oct. 4 and 18 and Nov. 1 and 15. Call the library at 570-654-9847 to sign up.

West Pittston Walkers: Morning walks are held at 9 a.m. the first and third Fridays of each month with walks continuing Sept. 21, Oct. 5 and 19 and Nov. 2 and 16. Evening walks will be held at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month with walks slated Sept. 13 and 27 and Oct. 11 and 25. If you enjoyed the library’s shade, side-street, and special tree walks this summer, join the walkers as they stroll around the Garden Village this fall for more informational walks, including a photo walk and a bird walk.

Please call the library at 570-654-9847 to put your name on the roster and get more information about each week’s walk. 

Computer Lab Saturdays:

Course will be held from 10 a.m. to noon the first and third Saturday of each month. To help patrons learn basic computer skills, the library is offering computer classes and labs in the Adult Computer Area two Saturdays per month throughout the fall. Library friend and neighbor Angelo Blades will lead a more structured class on the first Saturday and an open computer lab on the second Saturday. Seats are very limited, so call the library to register. Classes continue Sept. 15, Oct. 6 and 20 and Nov. 3 and 17. 

The Great American Read: PBS is hosting an eight-part series designed to get the country reading and talking about books. Visit the library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 24 and Oct. 22 for a viewing of one of the episodes along with discussion of the books and what would be on your Top 100 books list. Call the library at 570-654-9847 to register.

Parks and Recreation news

West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board holds monthly meetings at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month in the borough building. New members are welcome.

Recycling

Recycling containers located at the Public Works Building on Delaware Avenue are open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Curbside collection of recyclables remains the first and third Thursday of each month. The Public Works Department asks that residents place their recyclables in front of their homes Wednesday evening prior to collection Thursday morning.

Yard waste

The Public Works Department will collect yard waste from Erie Street to Montgomery Avenue every Monday. Yard waste from Montgomery Avenue to Susquehanna Avenue will be picked up every Tuesday.

Please avoid using plastic bags. If needed, use biodegradable paper bags.

See you around town.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston. To include an item in his column, email jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.