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Tax Information: Moosic Borough tax collector Bryan Fauver announces the following schedule for the upcoming tax collection season. During the month of April (discount period only), Fauver will be at the borough building from 5:30-7 p.m. on Wednesdays and at the Greenwood Hose Company from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursdays.
May through December will be by appointment only. If there are any questions regarding tax collection Fauver can be reached at 677-5361, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Air Force Reunion: The 92nd Aerial Port Squadron Air Force Reserve Unit, Wyoming, will hold its fifth annual reunion from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the American Legion Post 644, 259 Shoemaker St., Swoyersville. The cost is $25 per person and includes full buffet and open bar. Purchase tickets by Sunday, April 1. Make checks payable to Mike Tressa, 55 Shoemaker St., Forty-Fort, PA 18704; or Norman L. Washick, 103 Woodland Drive, Peckville PA 18452-1010: You may also call 287-4899, or 383-1245. Supply member's and guests names with reply.
Travel Show: Stucker Tours will host its annual Travel Show on Sunday, April 15, at the Jenkins Township Hose Co. in Port Griffith at 1:30 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Free admission. There will be musical entertainment from 12:30-1:30 p.m. There will be door prizes and refreshments served. With every deposit there will be a chance to win a free trip for two to New York City.
There will be a 50/50 drawing to benefit the Luzerne County SPCA, as well as a donation box for pet items.
For more information contact 655-8458.
Casting Call: Azzarelli Family Productions will hold open casting calls for the upcoming play "A Walk through the Past" on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 21, from 1-3 p.m., also by appointments at the Scranton Iron Furnaces, 159 Cedar Ave., Scranton
For more information contact Margo at 346-6179, or email email@example.com.
Historical Prersentation: The Taylor Historical Society will offer "Regional Connections to Titanic," presented by David DeCosmo at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, at the Taylor Community Library on South Main Street.
For more information call 346-6179.
Pastie Sale: The United Baptist of Taylor, 125 Church St., will host a pastie sale on Wednesday, April 18. The cost is $4.75 each. Orders must be received by Sunday, April 15. To place an order call 562-1458, 562-3757 or 562-7518.
Orders can be picked up at the church between noon and 2 p.m.
Little League: The little league will host opening day ceremonies on Saturday, April 21. Registration is still being accepted for children of all ages. Contact Ronny Sompel at 947-9909. The league is also looking for a manager for the teener league.
Track Meet: The boys and girls varsity track meet against Carbondale originally scheduled for April 24 will now be run as a double dual (varsity and junior high meets at the same time) starting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25.
Basketball Banquet: The Riverside basketball banquet will be held on Sunday, April 29, at 5 p.m. in the Riverside High School cafeteria. Tickets will be $15 for an adult and $10 for children younger than 10. There will be no tickets sold at the door. For tickets, call Pat at 650-5500.
Pasta and Meatball: Prince of Peace Parish Society, Old Forge, will host a take out only pasta and meatball dinner, including salad, roll and dessert, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at St. Lawrence Church Hall, Main Street, Old Forge. Tickets will be available at the door, $8 per person. Call 457-5900 for more information.
Donations Needed: The University of Scranton's Weinberg Memorial Library is accepting book and tag sale donations for its annual spring book and plant sale during the last weekend of April. The library is accepting all titles of used hardcover and paperback books, including children's books, cookbooks, fiction and non-fiction. In addition, the library is collecting videos, compact discs, audiocassettes, records and tag sale items. Donations may be placed in the boxes on the Monroe Avenue side of the library, and will be accepted until Wednesday, April 25.
This year's book sale is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, April 29, from noon to 4 p.m., in the fifth floor Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library.
The Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library, the library staff and volunteers will conduct the event. Book prices begin at $1 in addition to specialty-priced items.
For additional information, call 941-4078.
Field Dedication: The Robert V. Semenza field dedication will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at Pagnotti Park. The Men's Moosic Old Forge Softball League and the Old Forge Borough Council invites all former players, coaches and umpires to the dedication.
Former players who would be interested in participating in an "Alumni Game" to contact either Tony DiMattia 335-5596 or Pat Revello 430-1113 for more information.
This day will include a dedication ceremony, followed by a tournament featuring all current teams in the MOF Softball League.
Visit www.freewebs.com/mofsoftball for more information.
Ladies Night: NEPA Mom Prom will sponsor a "Ladies Night" on Saturday, May 5, from 7-11 p.m. at Memorable Occasions in Duryea. The event is open to women only ages 21 years old and over. Tickets are $35 per person and all proceeds will benefit the Women's Resource Center. For more information or tickets please contact Kim 561-5846 or Chris 561-5714.
Concert Planned: On Sunday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m., the United Churches of Taylor will host a benefit concert for the Taylor Community Vacation Bible School at the United Baptist Church, 123 Church St., in Taylor.
A group of praise singers, "Step by Step Praise Band" from Shavertown have volunteered their time to come and help raise extra funds for the Taylor Community Daily Vacation Bible School program this summer. There will also be some local youth talent from the area as a part of the program. There will be a time of fellowship and refreshment following the program in the fellowship hall.
Tournament: The seventh annual Mike Shimko Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Pine Hills Country Club in Taylor on Saturday, May 19, beginning with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
The format is "Captain and Mate," with a cost of $75 per person.
The price includes green fees, cart, buffet dinner and cash prizes. The dinner will be held at St. George's Center 743 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor. Payment for the tournament is due on or before Thursday, May 10.
Anyone wishing to sponsor a hole, the price is $50 per hole.
Payment arrangements can be made by calling 562-2157, 906-0870, or 562-2849
All proceeds benefit Uplifting Athletes at Penn State University in Memory of Mike Shimko.
Golf Tourney Planned: The inaugural Big Blue Devil Golf Classic will take place Sunday, May 20 at the Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club.
Cost for the captain and crew event will be $125 per golfer or $500 per foursome. Cost includes cart and green fees, tournament dinner, cash prizes to flight winners and runners-up, scats, prizes and tournament golf shirt.
To register your team, email BigBlueDevilClassic@gmail.com or call Rick Notari at 650-9356. Hole sponsorships are available for $100, corporate sponsorships for $250. A $50 patron sponsorship is also available. All sponsorships will be advertised at this year's tournament and other events to take place this year.
If you cannot play and wish to make a donation to the Richard P. Notari Sr. Scholarship Fund, you can send donations care of Rick Notari to 13 Lincoln St., Old Forge, PA 18518. Checks can be made payable to the Richard P. Notari Sr. Scholarship Fund.
Flag Disposal: Taylor Post No. 306 notifies all residents that a drop-off box for unserviceable, worn, torn, discolored or faded flags is located on the front porch of the Taylor Post, 208 S. Main St., Taylor. A 11 a.m. ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 9, at the Taylor Memorial Cemetery on Main Street to properly dispose of the collected flags. For more information contact the Taylor Post No. 306 at 562-9920.
Teener League: Children 13 and 14 years of age that are interested in playing baseball this summer should contact Ronny Sompel at 947-9909 or email information to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Moosic Little League is also looking for coaches to help at this level.
Boys League: Moosic Williams Post 604 is looking for 13-year old players for this coming season. Boys from Old Forge, Taylor and Moosic are eligible to participate.
The season starts after the school season and does not conflict with Teener League. Contact Ronny Sompel at 947-9909 or email info to email@example.com.
Head Start: Luzerne County Head Start, Inc. (LCHS) announces an evening of "open recruitment" at area centers. Applications will be taken for the 2012-13 school year for Head Start, PA Pre-K Counts and the Early Head Start year-round program.
For any additional information, contact the LCHS Central Office at 829-6231 or (800)551-5829.
Reading to Dogs: The Taylor Community Library is once again hosting a "Read to the Dogs" program for children in grades one through five. They are encouraged to come to the library and read to a therapy dog. The program is held on the fourth Monday of the month. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and books will be provided for the child to read. If you have any questions or would like to participate in this program contact the library at 562-1234. Registration is required.
Clothing Dropbox: The Moosic Alliance Church, 608 Rocky Glen Road, in cooperation with St. Pauly Textile, is now sponsoring a clothing drop off shed as a fundraiser to send youth to camp. The youth at Moosic Alliance Church will in turn receive $40 for every 1,000 pounds of clothing that is donated.
Coal Miners Wanted: Did you work the coal mines of Old Forge in the 1950s and '60s?
If so, contact Carl Orechovsky, evenings at 702-4217 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The group is searching for all types of information, photos, employees list, mine operations, stories and personal experiences.
Simply Smart: First National Community Bank, as part of a larger community outreach program, announced a program that rewards local students for their hard work and success during the school year, called Simply Smart. This program rewards students with $1 for every A or number grade above 90 percent on their report card every marking period. Starting with the current marking period, students need to bring their report card to any of the 21 FNCB branches in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe and Wayne counties. The reward amount will then be deposited into their new or existing interest-bearing youth savings account. In addition to the monetary reward, all participating students will receive a personalized certificate of participation.
Student Help: As students and parents begin the process of applying for college financial aid, state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich reminds them that there is free help to complete the forms.
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency is offering free FAFSA completion sessions for students and parents who are filing FAFSA forms. For the complete listing of sessions, and more information on FAFSA, visit www.PHEAA.org/FAFSA.
Successful Living With Chronic Illness: All lupus patients and their family members or friends are invited to attend a support group that meets the third Thursday of each month at noon at 615 Jefferson Ave., Scranton.
For more information, call (888) 995-8787.
Crohn's Support: A Crohn's and Colitis support group meets the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Community Medical Center in Scranton. For more information, call Maria Huggler at 947-3575.
Garbage Stickers: Attention Old Forge residents should note that garbage stickers are available at the following locations:
- Convenient Food Mart, Main Street;
- Convenient Food Mart, Moosic Road;
- Gerrity's, Birney Avenue;
- Heer Xpress, Main Street;
- Medicine Shoppe, Main Street;
- Ace Hardware, Main Street;
- Rossi's, Main Street;
- Sayona, Keyser Avenue; and
- Turkey Hill, Main Street.
Pet Notice: Old Forge residents are reminded that the borough has an ordinance governing the curbing of pets and other animals and the responsibility for the removal of all animal waste. This ordinance applies to all borough parks. Any person violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be subject to fines.
Zumba Classes: Zumba classes will be held at Romar Dance Studio at 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. The class is taught by Melissa Jones-Mariotti, certified Zumba instructor. The cost is $5 per class. For information, call at 457-6576.
Bulky Waste: Old Forge Borough Council has enacted an ordinance establishing a bulky waste collection rate of $6 per bulk waste item. The definition of bulky wastes is appliances, furniture, bedding and the like. The use of three $2 stickers is required. If you have any questions, call the administrative office at 457-8852.
Sewer Payment Notice: Old Forge residents are reminded that the borough sewer bills are to be paid at the Old Forge Branch of Penn Security Bank only. Other branches of Penn Security will not accept these payments.
Yard Waste Notice: Moosic Borough can no longer accept grass and leaves in any type of plastic bag (biodegradable or not).
This is a requirement by the Department of Environmental Protection. Grass and leaves must be placed in separate open containers, weighing no more than 35 pounds. Brush and tree limbs cannot be mixed with grass and leaves. They can be bundled together or placed in separate open containers.
Mass Schedule: The following is a Mass schedule for Prince of Peace Church, Old Forge: Saturday vigil is celebrated at 4 p.m. at St. Mary's, Church Street, and at 5:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence's Church on Main Street. Sunday Mass is celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. at St. Mary's and 11:15 a.m. at St. Lawrence's.
New Members Welcome: The members of the First United Methodist Church, Harrison Street, Old Forge, announced that anyone new to the area who is looking for a place of worship is welcome to join the parish. Worship begins at 11:15 a.m. Children and people from all denominations are always welcome. The church is handicap accessible.
Seeking Volunteers: Serving Seniors is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and care of nursing home, assisted living/personal care home residents and older adults throughout Lackawanna County through its community services, transportation program, volunteer visitation, guardianship and ombudsman services and PEER (Pennsylvania's Empowered Expert Residents) program. Serving Seniors is funded by the Lackawanna County Commissioners through the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging with funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Federal Administration on Aging and the United Way of Lackawanna County. If you are available a few hours a month, 18 or older, concerned about the rights of nursing home and assisted living/personal care home residents and interested in making a difference in the lives of older adults, then you may be perfect for the volunteer program. For more information, contact 344-3931.
Borough Meetings: The 2011 Old Forge Borough Council meetings are scheduled as follows:
Work session meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.; public meetings are the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.; and planning meetings are the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m.
All meetings are held in council chambers located at the Old Forge Borough Building.
Recycling Notice: Old Forge Borough officials remind residents that a state law requires recycling in the borough. Cans, bottles and plastic are picked up at the curb on alternate weeks with newspaper and cardboard. If you have any questions or for more details on what can be recycled please call 457-8852.
Seeking Members: The Moosic Lions Club is opening membership for those interested in becoming a Knight of the Blind and Hearing Impaired and helping people in need. The group also sponsors a children's Christmas party and a Easter egg hunt. To apply, call 457-4037 or attend a meeting, which are held the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Grande's Restaurant, and on the third Wednesday of the month in the rear of the Moosic Youth Center at 6:30 p.m.
Big Band Society: The Big Band Society of NEPA is accepting applications for 2011 memberships. Dues are $15. The group meets the first Friday of each month at Genetti's in Wilkes-Barre. Call Glenn Smith, 457-5009, for more information.
Support Group: The Alzheimer's Association of Greater Pennsylvania hosts a support group meeting every Tuesday of the month from 7-8 p.m. For reservations, contact Rhonda Falk, 585-8099, or Rita Fenton, 342-1776 (work) or 586-0179 (home).
Support Meeting: T.O.P.S. Chapter 1569 will meet at the Taylor Library on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 562-1234.