Chicken Dinner, Bake Sale: The United Methodist Church Pittston, corner of Broad and Church streets, will host a family-style roast chicken dinner and bake sale with takeout at 4:30 p.m. and seatings from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.
Menu includes a half roast chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, pepper hash, cranberry sauce, dessert and beverage.
Tickets are $10 adults; $6 children younger than 10. For tickets call 570-603-1915 by Monday, April 14.
A limited number of tickets will be available at door, however it is strongly recommended to reserve your tickets in advance.
Scholarship Dinner: The Mary Iacovazzi Scholarship Dinner will be held Thursday, May 1, at Fanucci’s, 112 S. Main St., Old Forge. Doors open at 6 p.m., cocktails (cash bar); buffet at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 via advance tickets sales only by Friday, April 25. Contact Michelle Nash at 570-540-0064. Donations will be accepted at the door for the scholarship fund.
Healthy Kids Day: On Saturday, April 26, the Greater Scranton YMCA will hold a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home. The event will be held at the Greater Scranton YMCA on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Features of the day will include: a kids fun run, extreme laser tag, zip line, petting zoo, face painting, magician, train ride, photo booth, youth exergame fitness arcade, bounce house, entertainment, health fair (featuring local hospitals, pediatricians, podiatrists, orthodontists and public service agencies), nutrition and healthy living education for youth and families.
Cleanup: On Saturday April 26, Old Forge Borough will work with the Great American Cleanup Pennsylvania and Waste Management, Taylor for the cleaning of streets. It will begin at 9 a.m. Volunteers are needed and everyone is welcome to help. Any questions call Old Forge Borough Building at 570-457-8852.
Roast Beef Dinner: A roast beef dinner will be held at Acacia Lodge No. 579, 617 Union St., Taylor from 4-7 p.m., with takeout 3:30-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Donation is $10 adults; $4.50 children 12 and younger.
For tickets call 570-313-9861 or 570-562-1935.
Craft Fair: The Riverside East Elementary and High School PTAs will host a craft fair on Sunday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverside High School in Taylor. Spaces are still available.
Contact Caryn at 570-466-4129 for further information. Admission is $2 and students are free. The fair will also include raffle baskets, a bake sale and a food stand.
Mother’s and Father’s Day: The Old Forge Retired Citizens will have their Mother’s and Father’s Day Dinner at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, at Arcaro and Genell’s in Old Forge.
Breakfast: Queen of the Apostles Parish will have its final monthly breakfast for the spring season from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the parish hall in the former St. Mary’s School, 742 Spring St., Avoca. The menu includes eggs, home fries, pancakes, sausage, toast, coffee, tea, juice and homemade baked goods. Tickets, which are $6 per adult and $4 for children 12 and younger, can be purchased in advance by calling the parish office at 570-457-3412 or at the event. All proceeds will support the parish and its sponsored Boy Scout troop. The Rev. Philip J. Sladicka is the pastor.
Crime Watch: The Old Forge Neighborhood Watch will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 28, in the senior center, located in the rear of Old Forge Borough Building. April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month and guest speaker is Chief Deputy Attorney General Ellen Granahan, along with Special Agent Justin Leri from the Child Predator Unit for the state Attorney General’s Office. For more information, email OldForgeWatch@gmail.com, or visit facebook.com/OldForgeCrimewatchAssociation.
Blood Drive: Eagle Scout candidate Logan LaClair is organizing a blood drive with the Taylor Community Library for his Eagle project. The drive is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, at the Taylor Community Library on Main Street.
Class Reunion: The Old Forge Class of 1964 Reunion meeting will be Wednesday, May 7, 7 p.m. at 110 Foley St., Old Forge.
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.
Bocce Tournament: Old Forge Sons of Italy will sponsor a Bocce Tournament to benefit veteran organizations on Saturday, May 24, at the Downtown Bocce Courts at Arcaro and Genell’s in Old Forge.
The tournament will be limited to 16 teams. A team will consist of four people per team at $25 per person. Alternate team members are $25 per person. The public is welcome to attend. A $20 fee will be charged. Refreshments and food will be available during the tournament. The tournament will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 24. Contact Lou Febbo at 570-499-8063 for additional information and/or to enter a team. Teams will be limited to Old Forge until May 1, then teams are eligible to enter from any other location.
Memorial Day: The annual Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by Taylor Post No. 306 will be held on Monday, May 26, starting at 10 a.m. The starting point will be at Taylor Hose Company No. 1, 600 Union St. Participating groups should arrive for 9 a.m The parade route will travel down Union Street to Main Street then continue on to the Taylor Community Center, 700 S. Main St.
Brief ceremonies will be held at the Taylor Municipal Building, Taylor Memorial Cemetery and the closing ceremony at the Taylor Community Center.
The officers of Post 306 invite everyone to participate in this event. Any past groups that have participated in this annual parade are encouraged and invited to attend. Any local groups (new or old) that would like to march in the parade are requested to contact 570-562-9920.
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 5 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 children 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.
Karate Lessons: Beginning Monday, June 2, and continuing on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6-7 p.m., karate lessons will be offered outside of the Taylor Community Center for children ages 6 and older. Sneakers and socks required. Must be enrolled and participating by Monday, June 30.
If interested, contact Jerry Rizzo 570-562-1891 or Taylor Community Center 570-562-1917.
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.
Golf Tournament: The ninth annual Mike Shimko Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 7, at Pine Hills Country Club in Taylor. The captain and mate format will have a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost of the tournament will be $75 a person, which includes green fees, cart fees, buffet dinner and cash prizes. The cost of sponsoring a hole is $50. All proceeds benefit “Uplifting Athletes, Kidney Cancer Fund, Penn State University, In Memory of Mike Shimko.” Make checks payable to “Penn State Uplifting Athletes.” Payment due on or before Wednesday, May 28th. Contact JoAnn Shimko 570-562-2849, Andrew Fedor 570-562-2157 or George Kofira 570-906-0870 to register or for more information.
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 14, at the Taylor Memorial Cemetery to properly dispose of the collected flags.
Any questions, contact Taylor Post No. 306 at 570-562-9920.
Bus Trip: The Friends of the Taylor Community Library will sponsor a bus trip to New York City on Saturday, June 21. The bus will leave from the Birney Plaza in Moosic at 8 a.m. and from New York City at 6:30 p.m. The bus will let passengers off and pick them up at 49th and Eighth streets. The cost is $30.
For more information, or to make a reservation, contact the library at 570-562-310 and ask for Jeanie.
Study in Italy: Art teachers who wish to study ceramics and creative writing can enroll in Wilkes University’s two-week study abroad program in Tuscany, Italy. The program is offered in partnership with La Meridiana International School of Ceramics. It will be held from Friday, June 27, to Saturday, July 12.
The three-credit graduate course stresses hand building pottery techniques and pedagogical skills for teaching art in American schools. The creative process will be explored through writing exercises and visual journaling. While designed for American art teachers, the course may be of value to artists and others interested in ceramics. It is appropriate for all skill levels.
Travel companions who do not wish to enroll in the ceramics course may also attend. They will participate in the same cultural experiences as students, with additional field trips planned to the Tuscan region.
The cost to enroll is $3,950, which does not include airfare. Daily breakfasts and dinner on weeknights are included. Field trips to Florence, San Gimignano, Certaldo Alto and surrounding areas are also included.
The balance is due by May 1. For more information or to register, visit wilkes.edu/italy or contact Michele Garrison at 570-408-4239.
Bus Trip: Bus trip to the Doo Wop Cavalcade Show at the American Music Theater in Lancaster, on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. Cost is $99 and includes bus seat, show ticket, dinner, all tips and taxes. Reservations must be made no later than Sunday, June 1. A $50 deposit is required when making reservation and balance is due by Thursday, July 31. Smorgasbord dinner at Shady Maple following the show. For additional information or to make a reservation call 570-603-1915 leave a message if no answer.
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 is 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.