SCRANTON - As the holidays draw near, many families begin preparing for abundant feasts and old family traditions. However, for many more, the holidays often mean a struggle simply to provide a Thanksgiving turkey for their children. At United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UNC), Thanksgiving remains a time to help those struggling families prepare for their own holiday traditions with a Thanksgiving food basket.
The Christmas Holiday Bureau will officially open on Monday, Nov. 12 for scheduling of interviews. The Christmas Holiday Bureau will help families with children residing in Lackawanna County that meet eligibility requirements.
Families seeking holiday assistance are asked to call 504-0244 for information and to schedule an interview. The phones lines will be available Monday, Nov. 12 through Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekdays. Interviews, by appointment only, will be conducted in Scranton and Carbondale. Wal-Mart gift cards will once again be distributed to eligible applicants for holiday assistance.
The Christmas Holiday Bureau is a program of the Voluntary Action Center a United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties Partner Agency and has been providing holiday assistance to families for 62 years.
LACKAWANNA COUNTY - On Tuesday, Nov. 20, for the 33rd year, the United Neighborhood Center (UNC) will once again provide almost 2,000 families with children all the trimmings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Each family will receive a basket including a turkey, potatoes, carrots, bread or croutons, cranberry sauce, celery, onions, apples, pumpkin pie mix, pie crust mix, non-dairy whipped topping, and canned vegetables.
Distribution of baskets will begin at 10 a.m. at St. John Neumann Church (633 Orchard St. in Scranton).
Registration for UNC's Thanksgiving Feed-A-Friend Food Basket Program is underway at the agency's Community Services Building, 410 Olive St. in Scranton. Families can register through Friday, Nov. 16, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Registering families must have children 18 or younger living in the household. Proof of income (examples can include access cards, unemployment records, current pay stubs, social security letter) and any form of documentation of family members in the household are required for registration.
Last year, the Thanksgiving Food Basket Program fed more than 1,500 families in the community.
Funding comes directly from community members and donations, and with the increase in need seen throughout the year at local food banks and pantries, UNC expects it will need to raise at least $30,000 this year to meet the growing demand at a cost of $35 per family.
United Neighborhood Centers is currently accepting both monetary and traditional Thanksgiving food donations to assist in the Thanksgiving Feed-A-Friend Food Basket Program. For more information or to make a donation call 346-0759 or go online at www.uncnepa.org/donate.
SCRANTON - On Sunday, Dec. 16, the Robert Dale Chorale will present the 29th annual Messiah Sing-Along, a long-standing Northeast Pennsylvania holiday tradition. The event begins at 3 p.m. in St. Stephen's Episcopal Church at 35 S. Franklin St. in Wilkes-Barre. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and WVIA members, and $7 for students; copies of the music will also be available for purchase at the door.
Members of the Chorale will sing the solos, and the audience and the full Chorale will sing the choruses, including For Unto Us a Child is Born, Worthy is the Lamb, and everyone's favorite: the Hallelujah Chorus. People who just want to listen to one of history's greatest choral works are welcome as well.
MOOSIC - Moosic Borough's 2012 online fall newsletter can be viewed at moosicborough.com. If you do not have access to the Internet, and would like a copy,
feel free to contact the borough office at 457-5480.
Also, when visiting the site, you can now upload more forms and publications, along with a collection of information to assist you in finding your way around the community.
OLD FORGE - The Old Forge High School Class of 1983 will hold a reunion meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Cafe Rinaldi.
TAYLOR - On Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. there will be a dedication at Taylor Memorial Cemetery. Through their senior project at Riverside High School, David Torrisi and Johnny Segilia have created a memorial garden to the unknown buried there. The garden is located in the back of the cemetery on the Pond Street side. It includes a tree, perenial flowers, a monument donated by Sultzer Monuments of Chinchilla and another flat stone. The ceremony will bebrief and shall include members of the Taylor American legion Post 306 and members of the administration from Riverside.