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TRIBORO AREA - State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich is working with state Rep. Tarah Toohil to establish anti-gang legislation to protect youth throughout the commonwealth.
Kavulich recently introduced House Bill 2506 which would establish an anti-gang counseling pilot program. The measure would require the Department of Education to launch the program to educate students, teachers and parents on methods to discourage participation in criminal gangs. Law enforcement participation would be an integral element of the pilot project.
"This pilot program would educate students and parents on the consequences of gang activity in our justice system," Kavulich said. "We need to do all we can to keep our schools and streets safe. Awareness and education are known factors in preventing involvement in gangs, and in turn, the consequences of being involved in these types of gangs."
Kavulich's bill is just one component of an initiative called "Operation Gang-Up" established by Congressman Lou Barletta and state Senator John Yudichak. The measure would establish sentence enhancements for crimes associated with street gangs.
"I am happy to partner with Congressman Barletta, Senator Yudichak and Rep. Toohil on this bipartisan issue that makes the safety of our youth and communities a top priority," he said.
House Bill 2506 is currently awaiting consideration by the House Education Committee.
OLD FORGE - Pumpkin Painting will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Bloomin' Idiots, 100 Lonesome Road, with Damian the Magician.
TAYLOR - The Congregational Church will conduct a soup luncheon and sale from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the church, located at the corner of Union and Pond streets. Several varieties of soup will be served. Takeout is available for $5 per quart. You can also eat in and will receive a beverage, roll and dessert along with a bowl of soup. To place an order or for more information, call 562-0881 or 587-0563.
Patchoski Graduates from Basic Training
DUPONT - Air Force Airman Kathryn A. Patchoski graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Patchoski is the daughter of Patricia Patchoski, Dupont and Stanley Patchoski, Scranton.
She is a 2007 graduate of Wyoming Area High School, Exeter.
MOOSIC - The Moosic United Methodist Church, 609 Main St., will host a chicken barbecue dinner from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. Takeouts only. For tickets call 457-3217 or 457-6286.
Roast Beef Dinner
TAYLOR - A roast beef dinner will be held at Acacia Lodge No. 579, 617 Union St., Taylor, from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. Takeouts will be served from 3:30-4 p.m.
Donation is $10 adults; $4.50 children younger than 12. For tickets call 313-9861 or 562-1935.
Fire at the Furance
SCRANTON - The Scranton Iron Furnaces, 159 Cedar Ave., Scranton, will present bonfire at the Iron Furnaces from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21. The second annual event features visual arts group The Pop-Up Studio, The Tom Petty Appreciation Band, a Jack O'Lantern Carving Competition, fire artist Chris Mina and food and drink. To highlight the art of storytelling Scranton StorySlam will tell traditional stories by around a fire bowl lent to the event by nationally recognized local artist, Elena Colombo, and poet and Jack McGuigan will return to the main stage for Celtic Readings.
For more information about the Scranton Iron Furnaces visit www.anthracitemuseum.org.
MOOSIC/TAYLOR - Riverside superintendent David A. Woods has announced there will be no classes in the district on Monday, Oct. 8, in observance of Columbus Day.
OLD FORGE - A flu shot clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Oct. 7, at Prince of Peace parish on Grace Street. The shots are free with most insurances. Call 457-0844 for more information.