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Softball League: The County Line Girls Softball League will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday Jan. 17, at the Dupont Borough Building. All town/team reps are asked to attend. Any town, team, organization that wants to join the league for this season is welcome to attend. For more information call Bob Cappelloni at 881-8744.

Deadline Approaching: Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, is encouraging Guardsmen and Reservists to nominate their civilian employers for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award before the Jan. 21 deadline. The Freedom Award is the nation's highest recognition for employers supporting Guard and Reserve members. Employers of every size and industry are eligible to receive the honor. Guard and Reserve members, or a family member acting on their behalf, may nominate their employers at www.FreedomAward.mil.

Any civilian employer who has not previously received the award is eligible. Service members who have previously nominated their employers are encouraged to do so again. The Department of Defense will recognize nominees, semi-finalists and finalists. The 2013 recipients will be announced in early summer and honored in Washington, D.C. during a ceremony in the fall. Past recipients have met with the President of the United States, Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Dog Licenses: Dog licenses will be available for Moosic residents between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Moosic Borough Building, 715 Main St. Anyone desiring to obtain a license for their pet may do so at this time and date.

Celebrity Bartender Night: The Moosic Little League will host a celebrity bartender night from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24 at The Penalty Box, 3277 Pittston Ave., in Scranton.

All proceeds will benefit the Moosic Little League.

Recycling Notice: The Lackawanna County Office of Environmental Sustainability would like to advise all residents that as of Thursday, Jan. 24, landfills in Pennsylvania will no longer be allowed to accept electronics under the provisions set forth in the Covered Device Recycling Act (Act 108) of 2010.

Items such as laptops, desktops, monitors, televisions, and computer peripherals will no longer be able to be collected via curbside pick-up or dumpster refuse. Municipal and private haulers will not be able to dispose of these items in a landfill or other solid waste facilities. The items must be recycled.

Barbara Giovagnoli, the county's community outreach coordinator and education specialist, noted that the Lackawanna County Recycling Center does accept these types of electronics free-of-charge on a daily basis. This would be the most prudent and environmentally sound way to dispose of them.

For further information on either Act 108 or recycling protocol, contact Giovagnoli at 963-2017, ext. 1.

Christmas Tree Collection: The Moosic Borough Department of Public Works will pick up Christmas Trees every Thursday and Friday throughout the month of January. All decorations must be removed.

Hockey Night: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) of Eastern Pennsylvania has partnered with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to present the second annual Thanks 4 Fighting Awareness Night at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Fans who purchase a ticket to that game will also receive a Penguins hat and a food voucher for a hot dog, soda and potato chips; $4 for each ticket sold will benefit LLS.

For more information or to purchase tickets directly, call Chris Sipsky at 970-3607 or email him at Csipsky@wbspenguins.com.

Mardi Gras: Prince of Peace Parish, Old Forge, will host a Mardi Gras celebration from 6:30-10:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, at Arcaro & Genell's on Main Street in Old Forge. The event is $30 per person (adults only) and includes entertainment by Frankie Gervasi of the Poets and a hot and cold buffet with beer, wine and soda.

Reservations close Friday, Feb. 1. Call 457-5900 or 451-0112 to make a reservation.

Ham Dinner: The Moosic United Methodist Church, 609 Main St., will host a family-style ham dinner on Saturday, Feb. 16. Cost is $9, $6 for children younger than 10. Takeout will also be available. Call 457-3217 for reservations.

Night at the Races: Moosic RedWings will hold its yearly Night at the Races fundraiser from 7-11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Greenwood Hose Company.

Head Start: Luzerne County Head Start, is currently accepting applications in Luzerne and Wyoming counties for the 2013-2014 school year. Luzerne County Head Start offers a range of comprehensive programs for children from birth to age five and pregnant women, funded by a variety of sources, including federal and state, school district, United Way, community groups, organizations, and individuals. Head Start works with low-income children and families to help them achieve their full potential and attain school readiness.

Preschool services for 3- and 4-year-old children, which are free of charge, include education, health, family support, parent involvement, transportation on a limited basis and opportunities for children with disabilities. Families must meet specific criteria, including age and income eligibility, to qualify. Parents/guardians are encouraged to apply early, as selection for the 2013-2014 school year begins in the spring.

Luzerne County Head Start, Inc., also offers PreK Counts, a state-funded preschool program, in partnership with several school districts in Luzerne County. Services are similar to Head Start preschool services; however, income eligibility is set higher, and no transportation is provided for Pre-K Counts.

Luzerne County Head Start provides Early Head Start services in select areas of both Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. Early Head Start is a full-year, home-based program providing child development and family support to pregnant women and children from birth to age three.

To apply, or for more information on Head Start, Early Head Start, or Pre-K Counts, call 829-6231 or toll-free (800) 551-5829. You can also learn more about LCHS at www.lchs.hsweb.org.

One-Bin Recycling: Moosic Borough has opted to implement a combined stream, "one-bin" format for recyclable paper fiber. The conveyor and processor line have been retooled to implement this new program.

The new system allows each household to combine or commingle newspaper, office paper, magazines, phone books and heavy and light cardboard in one recycling bin. Heavy and light cardboard and office paper are new additions and consist of items such as office paper, mailing envelopes and discarded mail, cereal boxes, tissue boxes and gift boxes, among other items.

Glass bottles and jars without tops, aluminum and steel cans, beverage and food containers, plastic bottles, jars tubs, plastic tops and lids will continue to be included in a separate "one-bin" format for containers. These items should be free of any food waste and debris.

Flynn Announces Hours: State Rep. Marty Flynn's constituent services office is open and ready to assist residents of the 113th Legislative District in navigating state government agencies and services, particularly the property tax/rent rebate program.

Flynn said Thom Welby, chief of staff, and Ryan Healey, legislative assistant, will staff the office - 409 N. Main Ave., Jay's Commons in Scranton - from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The phone number is 342-4348.

The freshman legislator said his office can provide free assistance with the property tax/rent rebate program, which provides state rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2011 to eligible Pennsylvanians 65 and older; widows and widowers 50 and older; and people with permanent disabilities 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security, Supplemental Security or federal Railroad Retirement Tier I income is excluded.

Arena Climb: The American Lung Association is planning an informational Arena Climb meeting at Odyssey Fitness in Wilkes-Barre at 5:30 p.m. every first Thursday in February, March and April until the climb on Saturday, April 6.

This meeting will explain the American Lung Association's Arena Climb at the Mohegan Sun Arena and how you can be a part of the event and help in the mission to save lives. Everyone participating in the meetings is encouraged to share ideas, accomplishments and inspiration.

Everyone attending this event will earn a free day pass to Odyssey Fitness to start their preparation for the climb.

Climb information and registration can also be found at www.lunginfo.org/arenaclimb.

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.

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 info@oldforgecoalmine.com. The group is searching for all types of information, photos, employees list, mine operations, stories and personal experiences.

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.

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