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Fall Festival: Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 125-127 Stephenson St., will host its annual fall festival from 4-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, and 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. The festival will be held in the hall of the church and cafeteria and gym of the school.

There will be cash raffles, baskets, games, games of chance, instant bingo, homemade food and baked goods and kids games.

Historical Cemetery Tour: There will be a Taylor Memorial Cemetery Historical Tour at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7. The Taylor Memorial Cemetery is located at 208 S. Main St.

Taylor Memorial Cemetery and the 1848 Presbyterian Church are Taylor's two oldest landmarks. Beyond those gates holds much of the borough's history. Come hear the stories of Eliza Pulver who once taught President Grover Cleveland, Parley Hughes who fought in the Revolutionary War and many more.

The tour is presented by the Triboro Historical Society under the direction of Christine Schaefer and Margo Azzarelli. The event is free and no reservations are required.

For more information call 562-1225 or 346-6179.

Fall Festival: Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church, 174 N. Main St. will host a fall festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. Homemade clam chowder, potato soup, wimpie, sausage and peppers, baked goods, crafts and white elephant items will be available.

Ethnic Food Festival: St. George's Orthodox Church, Keyser Ave. will host its annual ethnic food festival from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7. The event will feature homemade pierogie, holupki, haluski, clam chowder, kielbasa and potato pancakes.

Chicken Barbecue: The Taylor Fire Department, Ladder Company 95 will host its semi-annual chicken barbecue from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. The dinner is $8 per person and will be held in the fire company hall, 614 Union St. Tickets will be available at the door.

Tickets can also be obtained by either calling John Tigue 878-1466 or seeing a member from Ladder 95.

The menu includes homemade baked beans, a half chicken slathered with the fire department's secret barbecue sauce, homemade potato salad, dessert and beverages.

In addition, Ladder 95 will be selling T-shirts (blue or red) and mugs at the door.

Fall Festival: Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St., will host its annual fall festival from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7. The event will feature a basket raffle, 50/50 raffle, children's games, big six wheel and other games of chance with live streaming of football games and live entertainment by Aime and Fire.

Hockey Game: A trip to the Penn State vs. American International game will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre. All tickets are $10. The reservation deadline for tickets is Friday, Sept. 21. Checks are payable to "Penn State" and mailed to your local Penn State Campus representative. The campus representatives are Carole Shearer, (Penn State Hazleton), Patty Shoener, (Penn State Schuylkill), Karen Brace-Hodle, (Penn State Wilkes-Barre), or Deborah Johnson, (Penn State Worthington Scranton). Email your representative for the mailing address.

Free Clothing: The Hope Church, Cee Kay Auto Complex, 4951 Birney Avenue, Moosic, will host an open closet clothing give-away from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. For more information call 451-7460.

Quilt Bingo: There will be a quilt bingo at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14, at St. Nicholas Parish Center, 320 Vine St., sponsored by the Women's Guild of Divine Mercy Parish. Handmade quilts, baby quilts and blankets made by the Divine Mercy Quilters will be featured as prizes. Refreshments available. Admission is $5.

A quilt raffle for a queen-size appliqué quilt with matching pillow shams, a handmade afghan and a baby quilt will also be held at the bingo. Raffle tickets are $1 each, or six for $5. Both admission and raffle tickets can be obtained at the parish office, from any guild member, or at the door.

Pastie Sale: The United Baptist Church of Taylor, 125 Church Street, will host a pastie sale Monday, Oct. 15. Cost is $5. Orders must be received by Saturday, Oct. 13 and may be picked up at the church between noon and 2 p.m. To place an order call 562-3757 or 562-1458.

Chicken Dinner: A family-style roast chicken dinner and bake sale will be held at the United Methodist Church Pittston, corner Broad and Church streets, from 4:30-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Menu includes a half roast chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, pepper hash, cranberry sauce, dessert and beverage. Cost is $9 adults, $4.50 children younger than 10. For tickets call 603-1915 or 332-9156 by Monday, Oct. 15.

A limited number of tickets will be available at door.

Penn State: The Greater Scranton Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will host a bus trip to the Ohio State home game on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Beaver Stadium. Game time is 6 p.m. Bus trip does not include your ticket for the game. The cost is $40 per person. Bus leaves PSU Worthington Scranton Campus at 10 a.m. Contact Candy for more information Mail check made payable to: "Greater Scranton Penn State Chapter" Post Office Box 77 Scranton, PA 18504 or use PayPal

Pancake and Sausage: Taylor Fire and Rescue Co., 1137 Reynolds Ave., will host a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. Price $6 and tickets are available at the door.

Bus Trip: The Women's Group of the Pittston United Methodist Church will host a bus trip to the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater in Lancaster on Thursday, Nov. 29 to see "A Swingin' Christmas." Price of the trip is $80 and includes a buffet dinner, bus seat, show ticket and bus driver tip. A $40 payment is required with reservations and the balance is due by Monday, Oct. 15.

For additional information, or to make a reservation call 654-2310 or 654-8775.

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.

Reunion Planning: The Old Forge Class of 1947 is planning its 65th reunion. Any graduate interested in attending should call 457-2007 or 457-6329.

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 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

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.