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Preparing for Memorial Day

OLD FORGE — The American Legion Post 513 is requesting volunteers to help place flags and spruce up at the cemetery off of Moosic Road at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24. All individuals, scout or youth groups are welcome.

Butterfly Release

LACKAWANNA COUNTY — A butterfly release will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 at St. Gabriel’s Monastery and Retreat Center, 631 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the ceremony.

For more information, call (800)870-0085.

Concert Planned

MOOSIC — The Jacobs Brothers will hold a concert at the Moosic Alliance Church at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. This is a free event and is open to the public. The evening includes music and entertainment with refreshments and snacks.

Memorial Day Parade

OLD FORGE — Old Forge Borough’s annual Memorial Day parade, sponsored by the American Legion Post 513 and VFW Post 4954 will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 27. The starting point is the corner of Main and Miles streets, across from Rite-Aid. Participants should arrive by 9:30 a.m. The Villa Capri Cruisers will provide an “honor ride” in the parade for any veteran that cannot march. The parade will travel down Main Street to Moosic Road, where a ceremony will follow at the Old Forge Cemetery.

Verrastro Awarded State Funds

OLD FORGE — State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich announced that more than $200,000 has been awarded to L.T. Verrastro Inc. through the state Natural Gas Energy Development Program.

“I had the pleasure of touring L.T. Verrastro’s Distribution Center and was quite impressed with their dedication to environmentally friendly construction practices,” Kavulich said. “They are on the cutting edge of the industry and this grant will allow them to take advantage of the financial and environmental benefits of natural gas.”

Verrastro is an importing beer distributor located in Old Forge and serves eight counties throughout the commonwealth. In total, the distributor will receive $217,399 to construct a compressed natural gas fueling station and purchase five tractor compressed natural gas trucks.

Kavulich said he strongly believed in the project and urged the Department of Environmental Protection to financially support the plan.

The Department of Environmental Protection is responsible for administering the Natural Gas Energy Development Program. The program was established under Act 13 of 2012 and designates a portion of impact fees assessed on drilling operations to fund the initiative.

Halupki Sale

OLD FORGE — St. Michael’s Church Society, Church and Winter Streets, Old Forge, is hosting a Halupki Sale on Saturday, June 1. The cost is $1 each. Orders are due by Wednesday, May 29. Orders may be picked up from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, in the church hall. Call Sandra at 457-9280; Dorothy at 562-1434 or 457-2875 to place orders.