Tax Help: Individuals, families and senior citizens with household income last year of less than $51,000 in the Triboro area can receive free assistance in completing and filing their federal, state and local tax returns through the University of Scranton’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.
Appointments are available at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St., Taylor, on Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday, March 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Call 570-504-0614 to make an appointment.
Pagach Sale: St. George’s Orthodox Church, Keyser Ave, Taylor, is now taking orders for pagach. You may order potato and cheese or cabbage for $6 each by calling 570-562-1179 or 570-562-2090. Orders may also be placed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graham Family Fund: A fund to aid the Graham family has been established at the Citizens Bank, 137 S. Main St., in Taylor. Checks may be made payable to the “Graham Family Fund.”
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.
Pasta Dinner: The United Baptist Church Taylor, 125 Church St., will host a pasta dinner from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. Takeout will be available from 3-4 p.m. Cost is $9 adults; $5 children 10 and younger. For tickets and information call 570-562-2856 or 570-457-6079.
Snowtube-a-Thon: Camelback Mountain Resort in the Pocono Mountains of eastern Pennsylvania will host the country’s first Relay For Life Snowtube-A-Thon, Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9, in partnership with the American Cancer Society.
Dubbed, Give Cancer The Cold Shoulder, the all-night Relay For Life Snowtube-A-Thon will begin on Saturday at 6 p.m. and conclude on Sunday at 6 a.m.
Interested participants can register a Relay For Life team or come out to support the cause as an individual, family or with friends by purchasing a ticket to tube. Because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant tubing at all times.
Participants are welcome to camp out overnight and take turns snowtubing.
The night will include special events, live entertainment, dance contest, prizes and giveaways. Participants are also encouraged to get in the spirit by dressing and decorating their vehicles in a winter wonderland theme.
At Relay for Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much.
The evening will also include the traditional luminaria ceremony of remembrance and hope in honor of those who have battled or are currently battling cancer.
Up to 50 percent of the ticket proceeds collected from the Snowtube-a-Thon will go directly to Relay for Life.
Kindergarten: Riverside principals Scott Pentasuglio and Nicole Van Luvender have announced that kindergarten registration for the 2014-’15 school year will take place on the following dates: East Elementary Tuesday, March 11, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. West Elementary on Wednesday, March 12, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The following documents must be brought to registration: Child’s original birth certificate, and proof of immunization for DPT 1 dose on or after 4th birthday, polio, measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis b, varicella (chicken pox), along with tb testing. Also, four acceptable proofs of residency: may be deed or lease agreement, driver’s license, motor vehicle registration, two utility bills, voter registration, tax statement, check stubs from paycheck, public assistance, or Social Security, court order, or sworn affidavit.
Kindergarten Registration: The Old Forge School District will hold kindergarten registration on the following days and times:
Tuesday, March 11, from 9-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m.; and Thursday, March 13, from 9-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. All new entrees need to have the following: proof of residency, original birth certificate and immunization records.
Clam Chowder, Bread: The Society of St. Michael’s will host a clam chowder and homemade bread sale on Friday, March 14. The Society of St. Michael’s on the corner of Church and Winter streets. Cost is $6 a quart and $5 a loaf. Place orders by Tuesday, March 11 by calling 570-457-9280, 570-562-1434 or 570-457-2875.
Chili Dinner: Prince of Peace Parish will host a takeout chili dinner, with pickup between 3-6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, at St. Mary’s, corner of Grace and Lawrence streets. Orders are $8 and include a quart of chili, corn bread and sherbert. Orders must be placed by calling 570-457-5900, 570-451-0112 or 570-457-9757 by Wednesday, March 19.
Food Sales: Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Duryea, Sacred Heart of Jesus Hall, Stephenson Street will offer homemade red clam chowder, pierogie, haluski, pizza and a bake sale will be available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 28.
Welsh Cookies: The Taylor Community Church is hosting a Welsh cookie sale. The cost is $5 per dozen and orders must be placed by Friday, April 4. Cookies will be available for pickup at the library on Monday, April 14 and Tuesday, April 15.
Big Blue Devil Classic: The third annual Big Blue Devil Golf Classic will be held Saturday, May 17, at Blue Ridge Golf Trail. The captain-and-crew format tournament will tee-off with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Cost of the tournament is $125 per player or $500 per team and includes, cart and green fees, lunch, cash prizes for flight winners and runner-ups, scats, prizes, tournament dinner and tournament gift. To reserve a foursome or make a donation, email email@example.com or call Rick at 570-650-9356. All proceeds benefit the Richard P. Notari Sr. Scholarship Fund.
Softball Registration: Taylor Girls Softball registration will be held every Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., at the Taylor Community Center, for girls ages 5 to 17. Registration fee is $45 for the first child, $10 for each additional child with a family maximum of $70.
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: Luzerne County Head Start is conducting “open recruitment” at area centers. Applications will be taken in Luzerne and Wyoming Counties for the 2014-2015 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 2014-’15 school year begins in this set higher, and no transportation is provided for PreK Counts.
To apply, or for more information call 570-829-6231 or toll-free (800) 551-5829. You can also learn more about LCHS on at www.lchs.hsweb.org.
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.
Bus Trip: A bus trip to Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster to see “Moses” will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 15, with a smorgasbord lunch at Shady Maple Restaurant. Bus will leave from the Pittston Plaza at 9 a.m. Cost is $105 which includes bus seat, show ticket, lunch and driver tip. A $50 deposit is required with your reservation and the balance due by Thursday, July 31. To make a reservation call 570-654-8775 or 570-654-3755. Trip is sponsored by the Women’s Group United Methodist Church Pittston.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.