Night at the Races: Holy Rosary School, Duryea, will host its third annual Night at the Races event for area residents age 21 and older. It will be held, Friday, Nov. 16, at Holy Rosary School, 125 Stephenson St.
Admission for the night is $10 and includes food and beverage. All proceeds will benefit Holy Rosary School. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and races start at 7 p.m. Contact Debbie Davis at 451-1762 to purchase advance tickets, horses, or advertise as a race sponsor.
Class Reunion: Old Forge High School Class of 1972 will hold its 40th reunion at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Arcaro and Genell's in Old Forge. For more information contact Ted Giglio at 457-3277.
Halupki Sale: St. Michael's Society Halupki sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. Cost $1 each.
Place orders by Sunday, Nov. 11 by calling 457-9280, 562-1434, or 457-2875.
Craft, Food Fair: St George's Altar Society, 743 S. Keyser Ave., will host a craft and ethnic food fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.
Admission is $1
Concert Planned: Eleventh Generations Sing Concert is scheduled for St. Peter's Cathedral at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18.
Food Baskets: 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.
Holiday Help: 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 is officially open 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 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.
Class Reunion: The Riverside High School Class of 1987 will hold its 25th class reunion from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, at Pine Hills Country Club. If you haven't received your invitation either through Facebook or in the mail contact Karen Fuller at 961-1960.
Messiah Sing-Along: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Flag Program: Moosic Borough initiated a Memorial 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;
- Ray's ShurSave, 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.