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Program for Kids: Discover God through the KABOOM club for kids. Attendees will discover the attributes of God through simple science experiments using mostly everyday items and household ingredients. The life of King David and his writing of the Psalms bring a personal perspective to the lesson. 10 weeks in duration. There will also be games, food and crafts.

Program starts Wednesday, Sept. 18, and continues every Wednesday through Nov. 13, from 6-7:30 p.m. at 608 Rocky Glen Road in Moosic.

For more information, call 457-6020.

Grief Issue: The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Hospice and Home Health of Lackawanna County will offer a “Healing Pathway” Grief Workshop beginning in September.

The workshop will begin on Thursday, Sept. 19, and be held every Thursday thereafter until Oct. 10 in Olyphant. The workshop is free and open to anyone who would like to participate.

For more information or to register contact Olympia or Gayle at 383-5180.

Fall Bazaar: The women of the First United Methodist Church, 402 S. Main St., Old Forge, will hold the annual fall bazaar and flea market at the church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. Lunch will be available, along with homemade baked goods, toys, books and other goods.

Craft Fair: The Women’s Guild of Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St., will sponsor its 13th annual Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, in the parish center.

The event will feature 30 local crafters, door prizes all day and refreshments available.

Admission is $1.

Yard Sale: St. Michael’s Orthodox Church Hall, Church and Winter streets, Old Forge, will host its annual yard sale and ethnic food and bake sale, Saturday, Sept. 28, in the church hall. Doors open at 9 a.m. and close at 3 p.m. Come rain or shine.

Fundraiser for Chrissy Meehan: There will be a fundraiser for Chrissy Meehan, a Riverside graduate and former Miss Viking, who is battling stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer at Johnny Rockets on Montage Mountain from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30. There will be basket raffles, a photo booth and a classic car show. Johnny Rockets will donate 20 percent of the restaurant proceeds to this family. If you are willing to donate a basket or help in any way with the fundraiser please contact Jennifer Oustrich at 604-2515 or Sandy Ozark at 562-0742.

Fall Festival: The Taylor Community Library will hold its fall festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the library. A bake sale, a book sale, a food sale and a basket raffle will be held.

The library is located at 710 S. Main St.

Bus Trip: Take in a Broadway show and help make wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, a one-day New York City bus trip to see “Motown the Musical” will benefit Make-A-Wish.

Cost is $110 per person. The bus will depart Stroudsburg Weis on Rte. 611, at 10 a.m. and will return at 8 p.m., the same day.

For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Lisa at ricoli99@yahoo.com or call 484-772-9893.

Vendors Wanted: The Wyoming Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is seeking crafters for its 20th annual Holiday Craft Show to be held during Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 30 to Sunday, Dec. 1, at the armory in Kingston. The event features a wide variety of unique, handmade items including: soaps, lotions, jewelry, holiday crafts, wood crafts, glassware, clothing and pet accessories. All exhibits will be indoors. All crafts must be at least 75 percent handmade. All crafters must bring their own table and chairs.

Last year’s show featured more than 120 crafters and was attended by more than 2,000 shoppers. General admission is $5 per person and children 12 and younger are admitted free. Free parking is available. Proceeds from the event benefit American Red Cross programs and services in the Wyoming Valley.

For more information contact 823-7161 ext. 336 or visit www.redcross/pa/wilkes-barre.

Haunted Trolley Rides: Join the Lackawanna Historical Society to hear haunting tales of early Scranton while riding in a horse-drawn wagon and take your chances on a haunted trolley ride Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-21. The tours will meet at the society’s headquarters, the Catlin House, at 232 Mon­roe Ave., Scranton. Tickets are $25 for society members and $30 for nonmembers. Tickets are available at the Lackawanna Historical Society or by calling 344-3841.

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.

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.

Senior Passes: The Old Forge School Board Golden Age Policy passes, allowing borough residents 65 years of age and older free admission to district-sponsored athletic events, are available in the high school office, 300 Marion St. Old Forge.

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.

Help for Seniors: The staff of state Rep. Marty Flynn will be available to help residents with their questions about state government programs every Friday at the regional Co-Op Farmer’s Market in Scranton.

Flynn’s staff is available from noon to 3 p.m. every Friday through the growing season in November to assist with Property Tax/Rent Rebate inquiries, help with Pennsylvania Treasury unclaimed property searches, and provide assistance and information on any other state-related issues. They also have important information on child safety, preventing identity theft and much more.

The legislator’s regular office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Jay’s Commons, 409 N. Main Ave., Scranton. The phone number is 342-4348.

The open-air market at 900 Barring Ave. consists of more than 40 vendors from noon to 7 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. More information can be found at coopfarmersmarket.com/index.html.

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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