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Coloring Contest: The Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Jersey Auction, which will benefit pediatric programs at Allied, is currently underway. The coloring contest is open to all children 12 and younger and forms are available at all Allied Services locations and the RailRiders Office at 50 Glenmaura National Blvd. Suite 101, Moosic. All entries must be submitted by opening day on Thursday, April 4.

Two random entries will be featured as a one-time design on team jerseys, which will be worn on Saturday, June 8, as well as, the design to be published on the cover of the "GuideRail" game program. Every child who submits an entry will have his or her design on display at the game.

For information on the contest, call 348-1498.

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.

Chicken Dinner: The United Methodist Church Pittston, corner of Broad and Church streets, will host a family-style chicken dinner and bake sale from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, with takeout from 4:30 p.m. The menu includes a half chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, pepper hash, cranberry sauce, dessert and beverage. Adults are $9 and children younger than 10 are $5. Call 603-1915 by Monday, April 8, for tickets.

Pastie Sale: The United Baptist Church of Taylor, 125 Church St., will host a pastie sale on Wednesday, April 10. The cost is $5 each. Orders must be received by Sunday, April 7. Orders can be picked up at the church between noon and 2 p.m. To place an order call 562-1458, 562-3757 or 562-7518.

Civil War Ball: On Saturday, April 13, the Lackawanna Historical Society will host its ninth annual Grand Civil War Ball at The Century Club, 612 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Doors open at 7 p.m. and dancing begins at 8 p.m., with music by period dance band Spare Parts and prompting (calling) by Ball Preceptor Martha Griffin.

The Civil War Ball is an effort to recreate a period ball from the 1860s. Dancers will spend the evening participating in many of the dances that were popular during the time of the Civil War.

Period dress and dress blues or greys are greatly admired, but not required. Modern formal wear is acceptable. A dance workshop will be held at 1 p.m. at The Century Club for those who wish to learn or review the dances before the ball. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple; the ball does not include dinner and tickets are non-refundable but can be purchased at the door.

On Sunday, April 14, the fun continues with a Downton Abbey Fashion Show and Tea at the Historic Tripp House, 1011 N. Main Ave, from 1-3 p.m. Models will show and discuss period clothing from the early 1900s, the time period shown in the BBC series Downton Abbey. Tea and luncheon will be provided. Tickets are $35 per person and must be reserved by April 10.

For more information or tickets, call the Lackawanna Historical Society at 344-3841 or email lackawannahistory@gmail.com.

Travel Show: Stucker Tours will host its annual free travel show at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, at The Jenkins Township Hose Company, 2 Second St., Jenkins Township. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. There will be musical entertainment from 2:30-3:30 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.

Bus Trip: The Friends of the Taylor Community Library will sponsor a bus trip to Sight and Sound on Saturday, April 20, to see the play "Noah" and dine at a restaurant. Cost is $125 for a member of the friends or $130 for non-members. For more details or to make a reservation, contact the library at 562-1234.

Pasta Dinner: The Old Forge Sons of Italy Association will hold its pasta dinner on Sunday, April 21, at the Felittese Association grounds. The dinner will be the same as last year's and drive-thru service will be advertised and incorporated into the dinner. Tickets are $8. Contact any member or call Lou Terruso at 498-0178 for tickets.

Memorial Pet Walk: Tracey's Hope Hospice Care Program and Rescue for Domestic Animals, will hold a memorial pet walk from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, at McDade Park Pavillion No. 2.

In addition to the walk, there will be food, games, a basket raffle, entertainment, the Scranton K-9 unit, pets for adoption and demonstrations.

Class Reunion: The Taylor High School Class of 1967 will host a class reunion party during the summer. Interested class members are invited to call Francis E. Zaliski at 562-0703 for more information.

Head Start Help: Developmental and hearing screenings, dental checks, nutritional snacks and meals, health services, social services, parent involvement, individualized teaching and integrated services for children with disabilities are offered free of charge to income eligible families via the Head Start program in Lackawanna County.

Morning and afternoon sessions with transportation is available in certain areas. Full-day, full-year services are provided on a limited basis for both working families and those pursuing further education. There is also an early head start program for children age birth to three years old.

For more information, call 963-6633.

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, 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.

Aid for Veterans: Temporary emergency funding to support either Pennsylvania veterans or non-profit groups that serve veterans is available through the Lackawanna County Veterans Affairs Office.

The Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation is another tool the county's veterans affairs office is able to offer to area veterans and their families in need of emergency assistance.

Lackawanna County Veterans Affairs Director Robert Tuffy explained that a simple application for aid needs to be filled-out and submitted along with a brief narrative and support documentation (files and other backup data) to his office.

Tuffy and his staff are able to provide assistance in completing the application. They review the paperwork and generally provide an answer in two or three business days. The average grants are about $1,000, depending on need.

By monitoring the application process, the County's Veterans Affairs staff may also be able to suggest other forms of assistance and benefits that may be available.

For more information call 963-6778.

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.

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.

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 2013 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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