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Moosic Raiders: The Moosic Raiders Junior Football Association will hold registrations at the football field every Monday through Thursday, from 6-8 p.m., until Thursday, Aug. 30. You do not have to reside in Moosic to participate in the program. Boys and girls ages 5 to 13 are eligible. For more information visit www.moosicraiders.com.

Pep Rally: High school cheerleaders will host a season kick-off pep rally at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, at Veteran's Memorial Stadium in Old Forge. Admission is free.

Church Fundraiser: St. Nicholas Byzantine Church, Old Forge, is sponoring a September Daily Number Lottery Ticket sale for $5. You can win straight only. Sunday through Friday the prize is $50 and on Sunday the prize is $100. If interested, call 562-1083. Proceeds will be used toward church repairs.

Railfest: Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton, will present Railfest 2012 on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1 - Sept. 2. The annual event is a celebration of railroading past, present and future, with visiting equipment displays, children's programs, special shop demonstrations and, of course, train rides on both days of the event.

The event begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, with the presentation of colors by the Delaney DeLacy guard and the Confederation of Union Generals. Park Superintendent Kip Hagen will then host the opening ceremony, welcoming special event Grand Marshal Al Boscov, president and chief executive officer, Boscov's department store. The Lackawanna Historical Society will also present the fourth annual Alan Sweeney Memorial Award to an individual who has demonstrated unwavering dedication to the heritage of the Lackawanna Valley.

Visiting equipment this year will include an Amtrak P42 passenger locomotive in a "Heritage" (40th anniversary) paint scheme and an F-40 non-powered cab unit. The Amtrak train set, which will be open to the public, will include a Viewliner Diner and Sleeper and an Amfleet II passenger coach; additionally, several private passenger cars are scheduled to be open to the public during the Amtrak visit. Amtrak celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011 and painted several locomotives in "Heritage" paint-schemes to commemorate the occasion. Amtrak's Viewliners were designed as replacements for single-level cars, built between 1940 and 1956.

There will be an excursion to Moscow, on each day, with ''photo run-bys" at Moscow Station. Each trip will feature the Canadian National No. 3254 steam locomotive. The excursions will depart the Steamtown Boarding Platform at 12:30 p.m. each day with a planned return to Scranton at approximately 3 p.m. Excursion fares are $24 for adults 16 to 61, $22 for seniors 62 and older, and $17 for children ages 6-15. Children 5 and younger require a "no-charge" ticket.

Commemorative limited edition Railfest 2012 shirts will be also available at the Park's Museum Shop during park hours. Additional information and reservations may be made by phoning 340-5204 daily, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Class Reunion: The Moosic High School all-class reunion is open to anyone who attended Moosic High School and their guests which includes classes from the 1930s to the last graduating class and lower classmen of 1961, the year the school closed.

This year the format will change from an all-day, outdoor picnic to an indoor, afternoon event. It will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at St. George's Center, Keyser Avenue, Taylor, on Saturday, Sept. 8.

If you attended Moosic High School and have not received a letter, call 587-1768, 347-3719 or 343-4679.

Ethnic Traditions: The Scranton Iron Furnaces will host "Scranton Cultural Crossroads: A Celebration of Ethnic Traditions" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

This event is intended to be a cross cultural program with a market-place feel featuring artisans, craft and food vendors. Programs for children will be offered including creating masks through art work and storytelling. The purpose of the program is to create an ethnic community day at the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces for both local citizens and visitors to the city.

The event is co-sponsored by the Africa Community Exchange (ACE), the Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Associates, the Elm Street Revitalization Project, United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Shalom Scranton and the University of Scranton. The event is free and open to all. Blankets and chairs are welcome, and ACE will have raffles.

The Scranton Iron Furnaces, 159 Cedar Ave., Scranton, is one of 25 historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History. The site is operated in partnership with the Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Associates.

Craft Fair: The Women's Guild of Divine Mercy Parish, Davis Street, will sponsor its 12th annual craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, in the parish center. Door prizes all day. Refreshments available. Admission is $1.

Zombie 5K: They're coming for you NEPA and they're hungry!

It is, after all, feeding time and hungry zombies love to chase and terrorize healthy humans - especially the running kind - with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting area charities. After months of planning, the generals at Infection Control have made public tickets to the area's premiere zombie-themed race, The Zombie Survivor Challenge (ZSC), just in time to kickoff the Halloween season.

ZSC is a zombie-infested 5K obstacle course, sponsored by Infect Scranton. The race will be held in Taylor, on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Runners will traverse nine obstacles as they evade the clutches of "shambler" zombies throughout the course. But these slow and slow witted zombies aren't the only on course threat. Attempts to cure the plague have resulted in mutated "hyper" zombies. The public can participate as either a human runner or a zombie. Zombies will have the option of being either a Shambler or a fast zombie. Intentional zombie/human contact will not be permitted. Zombies will not take flags while runners are entering, on or leaving an obstacle. Shambler zombies will not turn into hyper zombies. Hyper zombies must move forward on the course.

Discount tickets are available online at www.infectscranton.com for a limited time.

For more information about the race, email info@infectscranton.com, visit Infect Scranton (2012) on Facebook, or follow @pazombiecon on twitter.

Zombie Brunch: A zombie brunch, featuring authors Matt Mogk and Kirk Allmond, and celebrities from AMC's "The Walking Dead," will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 10:30 a.m. at the Taylor Community Library. Limited tickets for this fundraising brunch discussion are $20 and available only by calling 562-1234. Tickets to attend the discussion, standing room only, are also available for $10.

State of the District: The Old Forge School District will hold a "State of the District" presentation for all interested community members at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, in the high school auditorium. This presentation will include the past, present, and projected state of academics, facilities and finances in the Old Forge School District.

Annual Sale: St. Michael's Orthodox Church, Church and Winter Streets, Old Forge, will host its annual yard sale and ethnic food and bake sale, Saturday, Sept. 29, in the church hall.

The event is rain or shine, with doors to open at 9 a.m. The event ends at 3 p.m.

Raffle Tickets: Prince of Peace Parish, Old Forge, still has tickets still available for its $10,000 raffle. Tickets cost $50 each. There are only 400 tickets being sold, with prizes of $5,000 for first, $3,000 for second and $1,000 for third and fourth place.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting the rectory 123 West Grace St. in Old Forge, calling 457-5900 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or mailing a check.

Tax Notice: Tax collector Gary Propersi informs real estate property owners that the 2012 Old Forge School District taxes will be mailed through Saturday, Aug. 4. Rebate period, as shown on the statement, will be in effect until Sunday, Sept. 30. Payments can be made daily at the Penn Security Bank Old Forge or payments may be made by mail and a receipt will be sent to those enclosing a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Any property owner not receiving a tax bill is asked to contact the tax office at 457-6408 ext. 5.

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 swbbaronsfan@aol.com. 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 swbbaronsfan@aol.com.

Polish Lessons: Polish Language Lessons will be offered from 4-5:30 every Thursday, at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main Street in Taylor. All Call 562-2007 or 562-1487 for more information.

Karate Classes: The Simko-Ryu Karate Club will conduct free classes for beginners only. Children ages six and older will meet for classes at 7:15 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. All classes will be held on the side grounds of the Taylor Community Center. Socks and sneakers are required. Loose-fitting clothing is also recommended.

For registration and more information, contact 562-1891 or 562-1917.

Peddling Notice: In response to community concerns and complaints, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to engage in the business of peddling, hawking, selling or soliciting for the sale of any types of goods, services, wares or merchandise, at any residence or along any street within the confines of the Borough of Moosic, or conduct any other type of temporary commercial activity without first having secured a temporary sales permit. All individuals engaged in or desiring to be engaged in peddling or other activities licensed under Moosic Borough Ordinance No. 18-1995, shall submit to a background check at their own expense. The fee for such a permit shall be in the amount of $25 per person for each day of intended activity. Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined not more than $600, plus costs of prosecution, for each such offense, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, shall be imprisoned for a period of not more than 30 days and each day that a violation occurs or continues shall be deemed a separate offense.

Residents should contact Moosic Borough Police Department at the non-emergency number: 342-9111.

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.

Church Fundraiser: Saint Nicholas Byzantine Church, Old Forge, Is sponsoring a September Daily Number Lottery Ticket sale for $5 each. You can win straight only. Sunday through Friday the prize is $50 and $100 on Saturday. If interested, call 562-1083. Proceeds will be used toward repairs needed for the church.

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 info@oldforgecoalmine.com. 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.

Flag Program: Moosic Borough initiated a Memorative Flag Donation Program a few years ago; however the borough has exhausted all the flags and is in need of new ones.

When a member of the Fire Service or a Veteran of the United States Armed Services loses their life, the family of the deceased is usually presented with a United States Flag. Generally, this flag has never been raised and flown. The Memorial Flag Program will give individuals an opportunity to have their flags raised and flown in honor of their loved ones. The Memorial Flag Program may serve as closure for a family in mourning.

This program also gives Moosic Borough an opportunity to pay tribute to brothers and sisters in the fire service and to veterans in the armed services.

The flags are flown on a monthly basis from the date which the council holds its monthly meeting to the next meeting. Once the supply of flags is exhausted, the flags will be returned to the flagpole until it is no longer useful. Anyone wishing to donate a flag in memory of a loved one can do so by dropping off their flag at the Municipal Building.

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 2012 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.

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