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Golf Tournament: The third annual Vikings Helping Vikings (VHV) golf tournament will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Pine Hills Country Club, 140 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor. Registration is at 1 p.m. and start time is 2 p.m.

Cost is $95 per golfer/$380 per team. Format is captain and crew with awards, door prizes, grab-and-play lunch at the turn and dinner to follow at Taylor Hose Co. No. 1, top of Union Street, Taylor. 144 golfers max — first come, first served.

Anyone wishing to sponsor a hole in the tournament with signage on the course may do so for $100. For further information and entry forms, contact Michael McKeefery at 570-575-6624 or Jared Godlewski 570-540-0612.

Tickets are $5 and also available for a chance to win $500 cash in the golf ball drop, which will take place just prior to the 2 p.m. shotgun start of the golf tournament. All purchased balls not to exceed 500 will be dropped onto the green from high above. The ball that goes into the hole, or the ball closest to the hole if none goes in, will win the prize money. In the event of multiple winners, the prize money will be divided among the winners. Call Jared Godlewski or any VHV member for tickets.

The annual Vikings Helping Vikings Tournament and golf ball drop are fundraisers which help to provide scholarships to graduating Riverside seniors each year.

The 2014 class received scholarships totaling more than $26,000.

Church Yard Sale: St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, 200 Stephenson St., Duryea, will hold a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23. For $10 you can rent table space (you must bring your own table) to sell your unwanted treasures. The yard sale is open to anyone who would like to sell their stuff. Food and beverages will be available all day, as well as door prizes and a bake sale. Vendors and crafters are also welcome. To reserve a table space, phone 570-457-2291.

Golf Tournament: The ninth annual Holy Cross Crusader Pigskin Open Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, at Scranton Municipal Golf Course, Mt. Cobb. Captain-and-crew format, $90 per player includes lunch, dinner, 18 holes with cart, gift bags; and prizes. It begins with a 12:30 p.m. registration and 1:30 p.m. shotgun start.

Email Josh Watters at watters.josh16@gmail.com or call 570-383-9688 for more information.

Checks payable to HCFPA. The event benefits the Holy Cross High School Football Program.

Retired Citizens: The Old Forge Retired Citizens Association will have its annual luncheon Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 1 p.m., at Arcaro and Genell’s in Old Forge. A meeting will follow the luncheon.

Senior Fair: In his continued effort to keep area seniors informed of state programs and programs that may be useful to them, state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich will host his fourth annual senior fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8, at St. Mary’s Center located at 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton.

Many state and local organizations will be available to share information on programs and services benefiting older Pennsylvanians in the 114th Legislative District. Local residents 60 or older are invited to attend the event and take advantage of free health screenings and enjoy door prizes and light refreshments.

Kavulich and his staff will be on hand to help seniors with any state government-related questions they may have.

Chicken Dinner: St. Michael’s, Church and Winter streets, Old Forge, will host a takeout barbecue chicken dinner with pickup from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. Price is $10 and includes half chicken, corn on the cob, potatoes, cole slaw, roll and cake. Place orders by Sunday, Aug. 10, by calling 570-562-3965.

Summer Cocktail Party: Serving Seniors will host its annual fundraising summer cocktail party at Abington Manor, 100 Edella Road, Clarks Summit, from 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22. The cost is $35 and includes hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and entertainment. For tickets call 570-344-3931.

Alumni Invited: Lynnette’s Twirlerettes is currently seeking alumni twirlers that would be interested in performing at this upcoming Miss America Parade on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City.

The parade will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Former students are asked to contact Lynnette at 570-281-9797 or visit lynnettestwirlerettes.com.

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.

Online Degrees: The Wilkes University School of Education is offering a new online master’s degree program beginning in fall 2014 that will allow career changers to earn Pennsylvania teaching certification at the middle level — grades four to eight. Students enrolled in the program will choose an area of specialization: math, science, social studies or English/language arts.

The online master’s degree in middle level education is a 39-credit program that prepares students to enter the education field with initial teaching certification and an advanced degree. The program is ideal for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, the sciences, English, communications or the social sciences.

Wilkes also will consider candidates who hold an undergraduate degree in other disciplines but who have at least 18 credits in one of these core areas. Individuals interested in the program are encouraged to contact Wilkes for a transcript review before applying.

Officials say the program will be tailored to meet each student’s needs, based on their educational histories. The program also requires observation and student teaching hours that can be performed at a school near the student’s home.

The program, which is aligned with Pennsylvania Department of Education standards and requirements, is enrolling students for the fall 2014 semester. Apply online by visiting wilkes.edu/applyonline. In addition, applicants must submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, two recommendations and required background clearances indicating “no record.”

For more information, visit wilkes.edu/pages/graded or contact Holly Fry, Wilkes associate director of graduate admissions, at 570-408-5535 or holly.fry@wilkes.edu.

Farmer’s Market: United Neighborhood Centers (UNC) of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Elm Street Revitalization Project hosts its fifth annual South Side Farmer’s Market every Saturday through October, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Scranton Iron Furnaces, 159 Cedar Ave.

According to organizers, the market has continuously grown since its inception in 2010 as part of UNC’s efforts to engage the South Scranton community.

The community will be able to purchase fresh food, baked goods, wine, herbs and other items from local vendors. For more information, call 570-346-6203 ext. 16.

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.

School Registration: All Saints Academy in Scranton is now registering children for preschool through eighth grade for the 2014-2015 school year. Children of all faiths are welcome. The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 25. Contact 570-343-8114 for registration information.

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.

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 2014 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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