When Old Forge resident Pat Stassi stopped in at an estate sale a few years ago to look at an old car, he had no idea he’d find a treasure of another kind.
“I saw a box of files there and saw the name of the Stewart family, which was a prominent family here in Old Forge,” he recalled. “I waited so I could bid on it. When I went through it, I couldn’t believe what was in there.”
Stassi discussed his finds with friend and fellow Old Forge resident Sal Luzio Sr. and the two realized that there could be other pieces to the puzzle of Old Forge Borough history out there that, as Stassi said, could end up “property of the landfill” if something wasn’t done.
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Walk to End Alzheimer’s Committee recently finalized preparations for its kick off event on Thursday, April 16, from 5-7 p.m. at PJ’s 1910 Pub in the Hilton Scranton, 100 Adams Avenue. From left, front row: Rebecca Jacobs, chairperson; Krista Somers, constituent events manager, Alzheimer’s Association; and Sylvia Kolosinsky, committee member. Back row: committee members Jennifer Olechna, Heather Krasa, Chris Carling and Tina Orner.
Kris Tomkins, a member of the Riverside Watershed Team, recently spoke to fourth-grade students at Riverside Elementary West. Team members used animal print molds to teach watershed management methods to the students. Other watershed team members include John Plisko, Nancy Ariza, Ray Smith and Joe Pacholec. Greg Davis is the team’s adviser.
The Penn State Worthington Scranton Alumni Society’s annual breakfast with the Nittany Lion will be held on Sunday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to noon in The View Cafe, in the Study Learning Center on campus.
Society members and student volunteers will serve a breakfast of scrambled eggs, pancakes and sausage, along with juice and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. There will also be lion paw tattoos, coloring books and photos with the Nittany Lion for children in attendance.
Borough Clean Up
Old Forge Borough will host its Great American Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 18. Volunteers are asked to come to the back of the borough building, 310 S. Main St., at 9 a.m. that day. Call 570-457-8852 for more information.
Cherry Blossom Parade
The West Pittston Cherry Blossom Parade will be held on Saturday, May 2, beginning at noon. The parade route is two miles long, beginning on Exeter Avenue across from Cenera Auto Parts. Those participating are asked to arrive at the step-off point by 11:15 a.m. Individuals and groups wishing to participate may contact parade chairman Ralph Salerno at 570-780-0231 or email Rsalerno826@comcast.net by Friday, April 24.
State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich will host a spring cleanup in the Triboro area as part of the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania. The cleanups will take place on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to noon. Rallying volunteers to support the cleanup in the Triboro area are officials from Taylor, Old Forge and Moosic. Alliance Landfill and Waste Management will donate waste containers, transportation and disposal services. McCarthy Tire Company will help dispose of tires collected at the cleanup. Kavulich’s office and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation are contributing safety vests, work gloves, garbage bags and other supplies, and local businesses are invited to contribute refreshments. Borough public works departments are helping in the cleanup, with police departments from the Triboro assisting to make sure the cleanup volunteers are kept safe. Residents, groups and local businesses interested in participating may call Kavulich’s office at 570-562-2350 for more information.
Local deejay EJ the DJ recently emceed the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) pep rally for students in grades three to six at Old Forge Elementary. The pep rally is the culmination of intensive district-wide practice sessions to help students prepare for the PSSA exams. Part of the rally included a quiz show with a mix of questions designed to demonstrate students’ knowledge.