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Spring Musicals: First-grade elementary students in the Riverside School District will present a spring musical at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, in the high school auditorium. Kindergarten students will present a spring musical at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium on Thursday, April 25.

Books and Brew: The Moosic United Methodist Church, 609 Main St., will host “Books and Brew” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Free coffee will be served and used books, DVDs and cassettes will be available for purchase. Prices will range from $1-$2.

Autism Awareness: The eighth annual Minooka Lions Club Autism Awareness Night will be held from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Divine Mercy Parish Hall, Davis Street.

Tickets are $15 per person and includes appetizers, beverages, entertainment and door prizes. Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting minookaautism@aol.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Proceeds from the event benefit the following:

The Friendship House Autism Program; Allied Services Pediatric/Autism; Parents Loving Children Through Autism; and Minooka Lions Club Autism Foundation.

Roast Beef Dinner: Acacia Lodge No. 579, 617 Union St., Taylor, will host its roast beef dinner from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Adults are $10, children 12 and younger are $4.50. Takeout served from 3:30-4 p.m. Call 313-9861 or 562-1935 for tickets.

Bike Safety: The Lackawanna County Commissioners Bike Safety Fair and Helmet Giveaway is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, at McDade Park, Keyser Avenue, Scranton, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Three hundred helmets will be given away free-of-charge to the youngsters who attend and participate in a brief bike safety talk. Bike safety talks will be done by Lackawanna County Safety Coordinator Kathy Fox and The Scranton Police Department.

The Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority will be supervising the bike rodeo. Several other fun activities and an opportunity to visit the Bookmobile are planned.

Kost Tire & Auto Service, Cedar Bike & Paddle, Gerritys Supermarkets, FNCB, Penn Security Bank, Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank and PNC Bank are sponsoring the event.

As part of the fair, Lackawanna County is coordinating a helmet design competition. Youngsters can go to lackawannacounty.org, print-off a blank helmet and then let their imaginations run wild. The designs will be judged and one boy and girl will win a bike, provided by Cedar Bike & Paddle. A drawing for another bike will be conducted the day of the fair.

For further information, contact 963-6750 or email pantusof@lackawannacounty.org.

Breakfast: Taylor Fire and Rescue, 1137 Reynolds Ave., will host a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 28. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased at the door.

Golf Clinics: Lackawanna County will host a Womens Golf Clinic on Tuesdays, April 30, May 7, 14 and 21, (rain date is May 28). Limit is 75. The clinic will be held at the Scott Greens Golf Club. More information is available online at lackawannacounty.org under parks and recreation.

Kennel Club: The Lackawanna Kennel Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, at the Keyser Valley Community Center, 101 N. Keyser Ave., Scranton.

Guest speaker will be Dr. Charles McBrien from the Northeast Veterinary Hospital who will discuss the newest surgical procedures for small animals.

Dr. Andrea Williamson, a physical rehabilitationist, will also speak about the Northeast Veterinary rehabilitation clinic.

Retired Citzens: The Old Forge Retired Citizens will meet at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, at Arcaro and Genell’s on Main Street in Old Forge. Reservations and payments for the Sunday, May 26, 1 p.m., Mother’s and Father’s Day Dinner will be collected then.

Great Expectations: Get your tickets now to attend Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations,” a recorded simulcast performance from London, to be shown at 7 p.m. on May 2 in the Riverside High School Auditorium. Proceeds to benefit the Drama Club.

Directed by Graham McLaren, the production was captured live from the Vaudeville Theatre on London’s West End and made ready for its big screen debut.

Tickets are $5 for students and $6 for adults can be purchased at the door, or in advance online at www.riverside.ticketleap.com/great-expectations/dates/May-02-2013_at_0700PM.

Mom Prom: The third annual “Mom Prom,” sponsored by NEPA Mom Prom, will be held from 7-11 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Scranton. The cost is $35 and benefits childrens’ programming for the Friends of the Poor.

The event is open to women 21 years of age and older. For more information, call 561-5846 or 561-5714.

Chicken Barbecue: Taylor Fire Department, Ladder Co. 95 will host its semi-annual chicken barbecue from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. The dinner is $8 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 calling 878-1466 or seeing a members from Ladder 95.

Menu will include homemade baked beans, half chicken, homemade potato salad, dessert and beverage.

The fire company will also be selling T-shirts and mugs.

Pasta Dinner: The first Congregational Church of Taylor, corner of Church and Union streets, will hold its annual spaghetti and meatball dinner from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the church. Dinner is eat in or takeout.

The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. The meal consists of spaghetti, meatballs, salad, roll, dessert and beverage.

Call 562-0881 or 587-0563 for tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Relay for Life: The inaugural Triboro Relay For Life will be held Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, beginning with opening ceremonies at 4 p.m., at Old Forge’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.

To register a team, become a team member or donate, visit www.relayforlife.org and search Triboro relay.

For more information, contact Meghan Livingston at 562-9749 or email meghan.livingston@cancer.org.

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.

Flag Disposal: Taylor Post No. 306 wishes to notify all residents that a drop off box for unserviceable, worn, torn, discolored or faded flags is located on the front porch of the Taylor Post, 208 S. Main St., Taylor. An 11 a.m. ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 15, at the Taylor Memorial Cemetery to properly dispose of the collected flags. Any questions, contact Taylor Post No. 306 at 562-9920.

Membership Drive: The Old Forge Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is conducting a membership drive. The VFW is seeking men and women who have served in any branch of the United States military. To be eligible you must have served in a foreign war or eligible campaigns.

The VFW will pay first year dues for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Contact Louis Cusumano at 457-6099 or 983-6332 for more information.

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.

Trolley Rides and Baseball: The Electric City Trolley Museum is taking a page out of the area’s rich railroad history by offering 10 excursion runs to PNC Field this spring and summer for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders ballgames.

Select games in May, June, July and August will offer fans an opportunity to “take the trolley” to the park for $20 per person and includes the trolley fare, game ticket and a $2 voucher for either the concession stand or team store.

If you have game tickets and just want to ride the trolley, the cost is $11. Reservations for both packages are required. Visit the county’s website lackawannacounty.org for the schedule or contact the museum at 963-6590 for 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.

Help Needed: Serving Seniors is seeking dedicated and caring people of all ages to provide friendly visits and companionship to residents in long-term care and personal care homes within Lackawanna County. As a visitation volunteer, you will be helping to improve the quality of life of an older adult. Training provided.

For more information contact Lisa M. Torch at 344-3931.

Advertising Fundraiser: The Moosic Old Forge Men’s Softball League is in the process of selling advertising space on the outfield fencing at Robert V. Semenza Field at Pagnotti Park in Old Forge. Anyone wishing to purchase a sign can contact league president Tony DiMattia at 335-5596.

Proceeds will be donated to the Robert V. Semenza Fund and the MOF Softball League.

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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