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Softball Signups: Old Forge Lions Little League Softball will have fall ball registrations from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Aug. 10 and 17, at Miles Street Fieldhouse.

All registrations must be completed by Saturday, Aug. 17, in order to be ready for the 2013 season.

Anyone interested in playing on the Little League in the fall should call 332-7177 for more information.

Viking Open: The second annual Vikings Helping Vikings “Viking Open” Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Pine Hills Country Club, 140 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor. Registration is at 1 p.m. and tee-off time is 2 p.m. Cost is $90 golfer/$360 team, and must be paid by Saturday, July 27. Format is captain and crew, shotgun start, with awards, door prizes and dinner to follow. First come, first served, 144 golfers max. Anyone wishing to sponsor a hole in the tournament may do so for $100.

For further information and entry forms, contact Tim Higgins at 575-4306 or Nate Trolio at 851-7131.

Chicken Dinner: The First Congregational Church of Taylor, Church and Pond streets, will hold its annual chicken dinner from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, Takeout will be available. The cost is $8.50 adults; $4 children. The meal consists of a half chicken, homemade potato salad, baked beans, roll, dessert and beverage. Call 562-0881 or 587-0563 for tickets or more information. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Flapjack Fundraiser: Friends of Poland will host its third annual Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee’s in the Viewmont Mall from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17.

This is the main fundraiser for the group’s scholarship fund. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee, tea or milk.

Tickets are $7 per person and can be purchased by contacting Gronski’s on Birney Avenue, Moosic or at the door the day of the event.

Chicken Barbecue: St. Michael’s Orthodox Church, Church and Winter streets, Old Forge, will host a takeout chicken barbecue dinner, Saturday, Aug. 17, from noon to 3 p.m. Dinners are $9 each. Place orders by Saturday, Aug. 10, by calling 562-3965.

Food Festival: St. Joseph Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, 130 N. St. Frances Cabrini Ave., Scranton, will host its 12th annual Lebanese-American Food Festival from 4-11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18. Call 343-6092 for more information.

Bus Trip: The Moosic Little League will hold its seventh annual bus trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport on Monday, Aug. 19. The bus will depart at 8 a.m. and return approximately 10 p.m. to the Moosic Little League Complex.

The trip includes a video bus, breakfast, tour of the Little League Museum and four or five games. It is open to all players, parents and friends of the Moosic Little League.

Cost is $25 for adults; $15 players and children. All 2013 Little League graduates will be free, compliments of the league.

Space limited to the first 56 paid people. Call 905-5485 or 451-0852 to register.

Ethnic Food Festival: Prince of Peace Parish, Old Forge, will host its annual Ethnic Food Festival at St. Lawrence Church Grounds, Main Street, from 5-10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, and Saturday, Aug. 24, and 4-10 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25.

The event will feature food, games, gift baskets, cash raffles (three prizes totaling $5,000), and entertainment nightly. Farmer’s Daughter will perform from 6-10 p.m. on Friday; Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday and The Wannabes from 6-10 p.m. on Sunday.

Clambake: The Scranton Tech Class of ‘61 will host a Clambake on Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Waldorf Tiki Bar in Scranton. For more information call 254-9387.

Chicken Barbecue: The Moosic United Methodist Church, 609 Main St., will host a take-out chicken barbecue from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31. Limited tickets are available by calling 457-3217 or 457-6286.

Taylor Seniors: The Taylor Senior Citizens Association will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a dinner at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Melting Pot in Scranton.

Past presidents will be honored at the event. Cost is $20 and includes choice of beef, chicken or fish. Call 562-2856 for information and to make a reservation.

Bus Trip: A bus trip to Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster to see “Miracle of Christmas” will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Price of the trip is $102 and includes bus seat, show ticket, dinner and driver tip. After the show, dinner will be at Shady Maple’s smorgasbord with time to browse at the gift shop. A $50 deposit per person is required with reservation and the balance of $52 due no later than Tuesday, Sept. 10. Bus leaves from the Pittston Plaza at 9:15 a.m.

For additional information or to make reservations call 654-2310 or 654-8775. The trip is sponsored by the Women’s Group of the United Methodist Church Pittston.

Golfers Wanted: The fifth annual Holy Rosary Golf Tournament will be held at Pine Hills Country Club on Sunday, Sept. 15, with registration at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Lunch and dinner are included for $90 a player or $360 a foursome (includes a tee sponsor). Contact 451-1762 or 457-2553 for information and registration form.

Bus Trip: A bus trip to the Fall Doo Wop Show at the American Music Theater in Lancaster, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Cost is $96 which includes bus seat, show ticket, dinner, all tips and taxes. A $50 deposit is required when making reservation and balance of $46 is due by Sunday, July 21. A smorgasbord dinner at Shady Maple will follow the show.

For additional information or to make a reservation call 603-1915 and leave a message if there is no answer. Trip is being sponsored by the United Methodist Church Pittston Flower Fund.

Class Reunion: Organizers are planning the 40th reunion for the Scranton Technical High School Class of 1973, slated for Saturday, Oct. 5. For more information call 780-0183 or email cvoyack@marykay.com, or kerousel@msn.com.

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.

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

Select games in 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 3 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 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.

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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