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Dracula: The Actors Circle will present Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” adapted and directed by Lou Bisignani on Friday, Feb. 7, Saturday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Tickets are $12, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students. A preview performance will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the preview performance are $8, $6 for students. Call 570-342-9707 for tickets or for more information.


Riverside School News:
Students in the elementary school will have an early dismissal on Friday, Feb. 7. East dismisses at 11 a.m. and West dismisses at 11:30 a.m.

Parent-teacher conference forms will be included in the report card envelope. Parent-teacher conferences will be held Thursday, Feb. 13 and Friday, Feb. 14. East dismissal will be at 11 a.m. West dismissal will be at 11:30 a.m. both days.


Little League:
The Old Forge Lions Little League will hold registration for all baseball, softball and T-ball players, ages 4 through 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. Fees for the 2014 season are $65 for one player, $95 for two players from the same family and $105 for three or more players from the same family. A birth certificate is also required when signing up. Registrations will be taken in the cafeteria of Old Forge High School, 300 Marion St., Old Forge. For more information call 570-457-2934.

Girls softball players in surrounding communities that do not have a Little League softball program may also register.

Benefit Hockey Game: The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will host their third annual “Thanks 4 Fighting Awareness Game” to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Fans who purchase a ticket to the game against the Adirondack Phantoms will also receive a food voucher for a hot dog, soda and potato chips. Plus $4 for each ticket sold will go back to benefit LLS.

For more information or to purchase tickets directly, call Chris Sipsky at 570-970-3607 or email Csipsky@wbspenguins.com.

Brain Bee: Area high school students are encouraged to participate in the 15th annual Northeast PA Brain Bee at The University of Scranton, on Saturday, Feb. 8. The competition is open to high school students in grades nine to 12.

The Brain Bee begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Loyola Science Center on the university’s campus.

The Northeast Pa. Brain Bee encourages high school students to study the brain and how it relates to intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movements, stress, aging, sleep and brain disorders.

All questions for the competition will be drawn from “Brain Facts,” a book on the brain and nervous system published by the Society for Neuroscience.

Sponsored by the Neuroscience Program at the university, the Brain Bee is offered free of charge,

The winner of the Northeast Pa. Brain Bee will be invited to participate in National Brain Bee, which will be held in Baltimore, Md. Aidan Crank of Stroudsburg, the 2012 winner of the Northeast Pa. competition, went on to win the national competition that year.

For more information or to register online, visit sites.google.com/site/nepabrainbee/, or contact Robert Waldeck, Ph.D., program director and associate professor of biology, at 570-941-4324.

Pierogie Sale: St. Michael’s Church, Church and Winter streets, will host a pierogie sale, on Tuesday, Feb. 11, with pick up from 2-5 p.m. Cost is $6 a dozen. Please place orders by Saturday, Feb. 5, by calling Sandra at 570-457-9280 or 570-457-2875.

Breakfast Planned: The Women’s Guild of Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St., Scranton, will host a breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, in the parish center. Featured will be cooked to order omelets and homemade Belgian waffles with fruit toppings. The menu also includes home fries, sausage, bacon and homemade coffee cakes, breads and pastries. Cost is $8 adults; $4 for children younger than 12. Tickets will be sold after all weekend Masses, at the parish office during normal business hours and at the door.

LUC Meeting: North Anthracite Council, League of Ukrainian Catholics will hold a general meeting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 20 Nottingham St. in Plymouth.

Moleben prayer service will be served at 2 p.m., business session at 2:30 p.m. followed by reception and fellowship. Agenda will include discussion of proposed 2014 activities.
Dinner by Design:

POSH @ The Scranton Club will host this year’s Dinner by Design event to benefit the Lackawanna Historical Society on Saturday and Sunday March 1-2. A preview cocktail party will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28.

At Dinner by Design, professional designers create and present table designs and event spaces. Designers will include MCR, Central Park Flowers, Live With It, JK Designs, POSH, John Mackey Design, Cadden Floral, Over the Moon, Our House for Dinner by Judy Sweeney, the Daisy Collective and Penn Furniture.

Tour the designs Saturday, March 1, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, March 2 ,from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All proceeds benefit the Lackawanna Historical Society.

For more information or tickets, call the Lackawanna Historical Society at 570-344-3841 or email lackawannahistory@gmail.com.
Retired Citizens:

The Old Forge Retired Citizens next meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, at Arcaro and Genell’s in Old Forge.

Cocktail Party: Serving Seniors will host its annual “Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Party” on Friday, March 7, at Colarusso’s La Palazzo, 4500 Birney Ave., Moosic.

The party runs from 5:30–8 p.m. The cost is $35. The event also includes hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and entertainment by Jim Buckley’s Jazz Trio.

Call 570-344-3931 to reserve your tickets. Tickets are also available at the door. Proceeds of this event will benefit the programs of Serving Seniors. They include: ombudsman (advocacy), guardianship, PEER (Pa. Empowered Expert Residents Program), nursing home volunteer visitation and community services transportation.

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 570-457-6099 or 570-983-6332 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 570-963-6633.

Free Flu Shots: The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Hospice and Home Health of Lackawanna County is offering free flu shots to any individual 18 years of age or older. The vaccine will be administered at 301 Delaware Ave., in Olyphant during normal business hours. Call 570-383-5180 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Book Donations: The University of Scranton’s Weinberg Memorial Library is requesting book and tag sale donations for its annual spring book sale, as well as volunteers to help with preparation and staffing for the event, which will take place during the last weekend of April. All proceeds from the book sale benefit the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library Endowment, which supports library collections and services.

The library will accept all titles of used hardcover and paperback books, including children’s books, cookbooks, fiction and non-fiction. In addition, the library is collecting videos, compact discs, audiocassettes, records and tag sale items.

Donations may be placed in the boxes on the Monroe Avenue side of the library, and will be accepted until Wednesday, April 23.

This year’s book sale is scheduled for Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, April 27, from noon until 4 p.m., in the fifth floor Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library. The Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library, the library staff and volunteers will conduct the event. Book prices begin at $1 in addition to specialty priced items.

For additional information or to volunteer, contact Barbara Evans, circulation/access service clerk for the library, at 570-941-4078.

Student Aid Deadline: The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is encouraging high school seniors and their families to prepare to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible this month.

The FAFSA is the federal form that all students must submit to determine eligibility for almost all forms of need-based financial assistance, including the Pennsylvania State Grant, the Federal Pell Grant, work-study programs, the Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program (PA-TIP), various scholarships, some school-based aid, and federal student loans.

Students and families will be able to complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students and families will need the following when beginning the application process:

• Social Security number;

• Student’s driver’s license, if you have one;

• Alien registration number, if you are not a U.S. citizen;

• W-2 Forms;

• Records of untaxed income received, including workers’ compensation, child support, payments to tax-deferred pension and savings plans;

• Federal income tax return (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ); and

• Current bank statements and records of stock, bonds and other investments.

Below is a summary of additional things students and families will need to do to submit their FAFSA:

Find out the filing deadline for each college to which you are applying. Look for this date in the college catalog or admissions application material or on the college’s website. File the FAFSA as soon as possible and before the earliest student aid deadline date for the schools to which you are applying.

Use estimated tax data if you will not file your tax return before the earliest financial aid deadline. After you submit your tax return, correct any income or tax info that is different from what you initially submitted on your FAFSA.

Both students and a parent or guardian should obtain a PIN (personal identification number) from the U.S. Department of Education so you can electronically sign the FAFSA online. Request a PIN at www.pin.ed.gov. If you don’t have a PIN, you can still fill out the FAFSA online. However, you will need to print and sign it, then mail it to the U.S. Department of Education.

Many colleges and universities require students and their families to complete one or more supplemental aid applications. Send these supplemental forms to the school by the deadline given.

First-time Pennsylvania state grant applicants must also complete a state grant form to be considered for the need-based program. A link to the form can be found on the confirmation page of the online FAFSA application or at Account Access at PHEAA.org.

Before selecting a school and submitting a FAFSA, students should carefully consider the many decisions that are necessary for their higher education success plan while avoiding the pitfalls of unnecessary student loan debt. To simplify this process, PHEAA recently launched MySmartBorrowing.org, which provides estimators that assist users in determining their possible higher education costs at different schools, future salary expectations for a particular degree, availability of related employment opportunities, and their potential ability to repay student loans comfortably while also affording an independent lifestyle after graduation.

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 help improve the quality of life of an older adult.

Training provided. For more information contact Lisa M. Torch at 570-344-3931.

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 570-335-5596. Proceeds will be donated to the Robert V. Semenza Fund and the MOF Softball League.

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 570-963-6778.

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.

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, 570-342-9111.

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 570-702-4217 or email info@oldforgecoalmine.com. The group is searching for all types of information, photos, employees list, mine operations, stories and personal experiences.

Health Insurance Information: A new website developed by Penn State Extension specialists is designed to be a one-stop resource for those seeking information on the Health Insurance Marketplace, which was created under the federal Affordable Care Act. The Health Insurance Marketplace is an opportunity for previously uninsured consumers, small businesses and others to shop for health insurance and compare plans at one location.

The open enrollment period runs to Monday, March 31.

The Penn State Extension “Health Insurance Literacy” website provides extensive resources that are just a keystroke or phone call away for Pennsylvania shoppers who want to do their homework before deciding which policy to buy, according to consumer-issues specialist Cathy Bowen, professor of agricultural and extension education in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

The Health Insurance Literacy website can be found at http://extension.psu.edu/.

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 570-947-3575.

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.

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 570-457-8852.

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 570-344-3931.

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 570-457-4037 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, 570-457-5009, 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, 570-585-8099, or Rita Fenton, 570-342-1776 (work) or 570-586-0179 (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 570-562-1234.

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