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Hoagie Sale: The Moosic Lions will hold its annual Lenten tuna hoagie and homemade red clam chowder sale every Friday through April 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Moosic Youth Center. Hoagies will cost $5, and clam chowder will be $4 per pint or $7 per quart. Proceeds from the sale will help fund the club’s scholarship as well as other projects. To pre-order or to schedule delivery to your place of business. call 570-457-1299. Walk-ins welcome.
Polish Language Classes: Polish language classes will resume at the Taylor Library on Thursdays at 4-5:30 p.m. Call 570-562-2007 for more information.
Jr. Football Registration: For Riverside Jr. Viking football and cheerleading (football: ages 5-14; cheerleading: kindergarten through grade eight) registration will be held Thursday, March 16, and Thursday, April 13, 6-8 p.m. at the Taylor Community Center; Sunday, May 7, and Sunday, May 21, noon to 2 p.m. at the Jr. Vikings Field House on Schlager St. in Taylor. Registration fee is $40 per player and $20 for each additional sibling (5-year-olds for cheerleading or football are admitted for free). Call 570-878-1466 for more information.
Eigen to Speak: Kiel Eigen is booked to speak at Old Forge High School on Friday, March 17, at 1 p.m. Eigen was a former Old Forge student who was paralyzed on the field while playing football. He has established the Kiel Eigen Scholarship Fund on behalf of the Old Forge School District.
Church Dinner: Queen of the Apostles Parish, 742 Spring St. in Avoca, will hold its annual spring chicken dinner on Sunday, March 19, noon to 4 p.m. Menu includes a half chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetable, coleslaw, roll, homemade dessert and beverages. Takeouts will be available beginning at 11 a.m. In addition to the dinner, there will also be cash and theme basket raffles. Tickets are $12; $8 for kids 12 and younger. To purchase advance tickets, call 570-457-3412. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Tax Help: Residents from Lackawanna county with household incomes of less than $54,000 in 2016 can receive free assistance completing their federal, state and local tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The free service is staffed by University of Scranton accounting students and numerous professional volunteers organized by the University and the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, with the support of several local human service organizations.
Walk-in service without an appointment is available in Brennan Hall on the University’s campus Mondays and Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays noon to 5 p.m., and Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Monday, March 20, to Friday, March 31.
Residents are asked to bring: a valid photo ID, all W2 forms, all 1099 forms, real estate tax receipts for the rent/tax rebate, form 8332 for non-custodial parents; Social Security numbers or individual tax identification numbers (ITIN) for all taxpayers and dependents, W-7 forms if appropriate, information related to income and expenses, a personal banking account check if direct deposit is desired and any documentation related to health insurance for themselves and anyone on the tax return, such as Form 1095-A, -B or -C, or paperwork from the Healthcare Market Place. Last year’s tax returns are also requested.
Historical Movie: Taylor Historical Society will present the movie “How Green Was my Valley” on Tuesday, March 21, at 6:45 p.m. at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St. Admission is free. For more information call, 570-562-1225 or 570-346-6179.
Mesh Wreath Class: Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St., will host a Easter deco mesh wreath-making class on Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 p.m. Cost is $12 per person and includes all materials needed to make your wreath. Registration is required. Call 570-562-1234. Visit or call the library to register.
Scholarship Fundraiser: The fourth annual Mary Iacovazzi memorial scholarship fundraiser will be held Thursday, March 23, 5-8 p.m. at the Taylor Deli Cafe, 125 N. Main St. in Taylor. Tickets are $12.99 for the buffet; $2 for unlimited beverages; children younger than 12 will be admitted free. Proceeds will benefit the 2017 Riveride High School graduate(s) post-secondary education or training. There will also be a basket raffle and a 50/50.
Egg Making Class: Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St., will host a Ukrainian pysanky egg making class Saturday, March 25, noon to 2 p.m. Two-hour beginner class will be taught by Tammy Budnovitch. In this class you will learn the basic steps of making your own pysanky. The cost for the class is $20 per person, which includes all supplies needed. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 570-562-1234 for more information and to register.
Pancake Breakfast: Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St., will sponsor its annual pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 26, at the Acacia Lodge, 617 Union St. in Taylor, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $7; $5 for kids ages 4-12; free for kids 3 and younger. There will also be a basket raffle and a bake sale. For tickets or information, stop in or call the library at 570-562-1234.
Handmade Quilt Raffle: The Taylor Community Library will hold a raffle for a handmade quilt. The quilt is approximately 40-inches-by-57-inches and has “Dolly Dingle” type applique squares in the colors of cream, light green and pink. Raffle tickets are $2 each or three for $5. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St. in Taylor. Call the library for more information. All proceeds benefit the Taylor Community Library.
Library Trip: Taylor Community Library is sponsoring a bus trip to see “Anastasia,” the new stage musical inspired by the 1997 animated film, on June 3. Price per person is $129, which includes bus fare and admission to the show. The show is appropriate for ages 7 to adult; children younger than 4 are not permitted in the theatre. All sales are on a first-come-first-served basis and are non-refundable. Bus will depart from the library parking lot. Deposit of $65 to reserve your seat. Seats are limited and filling up fast. For more information, call 570-562-1234.
Library Challenge: The Lackawanna County Library System wants to help readers add a little spice to their reading this year by asking them to pick books that they might otherwise overlook.
This year it’s simply called the “2017 Book Challenge.” There are no complex rules just good books to read,” said Mary Garm, library system administrator. “We are asking people to step outside their reading comfort zone. People can stop at any of Lackawanna County’s 10 libraries and pick up a flyer that provides details of the challenge and offers reading ideas.” Stop by any library to learn more.
Clothing Dropbox:Moosic Alliance Church, 608 Rocky Glen Road, in cooperation with St. Paul Textile, is sponsoring a clothing drop-off shed as a fundraiser to send youth to camp. The youth at Moosic Alliance Church will receive $40 for every 1,000 pounds of clothing donated.
Anthracite Museum Winter Hours: The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, in McDade Park off Keyser Avenue in Scranton, will be closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays through April, 2017. However, groups of 10 or more may make an appointment for a guided tour by calling the museum in advance at 570-963-4804. The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Visit anthracitemuseum.org for more information.
Fill Needed: Eagle McClure Hose Co, 375 Milwaukee Ave. Old Forge, is requestiong that area contractors provide fill for the field expansion area at the Eagle Park soccer field behind the fire house. This is an National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) site. Call 570-702-4217, for directions or information. The new fields will expand the soccer program of the TriBoro Soccer League and provide additional parking and fields for public use.
Seeking Volunteers: The American Cancer Society has a specific need for Road To Recovery volunteer coordinators. The volunteers would assist in scheduling rides for patients in upper Luzerne County, Wilkes-Barre and surrounding cities. The volunteers don’t need to live in Luzerne County, but it is helpful. This is a good volunteer opportunity for a retiree, an administrative professional or someone who works part time and has good computer skills.
Volunteer coordinators are essential to organize and schedule volunteer drivers, who will provide transportation assistance to cancer patients to and from appointments. The requirements are: good communication and listening skills, strong organizational and time management, working knowledge of Microsoft and computer skills (the organization uses a web-based database to coordinate rides).
The coordinator must have internet access, email and a phone. A short orientation and training session will be provided. Volunteers need to fill out some paperwork and have a clear background check. The hours are flexible and a volunteer coordinator may spend about five hours per week calling drivers and responding to ride requests.
If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity or being a volunteer road to recovery driver, call 570-562-9749 or email to Jennifer.email@example.com.
Food Collection: Taylor Community Library collects food for the area food bank. Any canned, boxed or jarred food items will be accepted. Items may be dropped off at the library during regular business hours.
Flag Disposal: American Legion Post No. 306 reminds residents that a dropoff box for unserviceable, worn, torn, discolored or faded flags is on the front porch of the post home at 208 S. Main St. in Taylor. A ceremony is held annually at the Taylor Memorial Cemetery to properly dispose of the collected flags. For more information, call 570-562-9920.
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.
Grief Support: VNA Hospice and Home Health, 301 Delaware Ave. in Olyphant, offers a variety of grief/bereavement support groups.
• Bereavement support group. This more traditional group assists participants in learning to cope with the new challenges facing them as they grieve. Third Thursday of each month, 6-8 p.m.; and second Wednesday of each month, 12:30-2 p.m.
• Knitting and crocheting group. Beginners and experienced join together with instructors on hand, knitting/crocheting items for preemies, which are donated to hospitals in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. Bring your own knitting needles and crochet hooks. Patterns and instruction provided. Mondays, 1:30-3 p.m.
• Fisherman knot rosary and sleeping bag project. VNA provides the twine needed to produce these soft rosary that are then donated to skilled nursing facilities, personal care homes and VA Hospital in Wilkes-Barre. They also make sleeping bags for our homeless community. Tuesdays 1-2:30 p.m.
• Yoga for healing. Helps the whole being to relax and heal. There is a $10 fee per class. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket. Tuesdays, 6:15-7:30 p.m. Call 570-383-5180 with questions.
One-Bin Recycling:Moosic Borough has a combined-stream, “one-bin” format for recyclable paper fiber. The system allows each household to combine or commingle newspaper, office paper, magazines, phone books and heavy and light cardboard in one recycling bin.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.
Polish Language Classes:Polish language classes will resume at the Taylor Community Library. The theme is Polish Christmas and traditions. Call 570-562-2007 for more information.
Senior Passes:The Old Forge School Board golden age policy passes, allowing borough residents 65 and older free admission to district-sponsored athletic events, are available in the high school office, 300 Marion St., Old Forge.
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. Call (888) 995-8787 for information.
Help for Seniors:Older residents with questions about Medicare or health insurance coverage may visit state Rep. Marty Flynn’s office, 409 N. Main Ave. in Scranton, the second Monday of each month for assistance. Appointments are suggested by calling 570-342-4348.
Aid for Veterans:Temporary emergency funding to support either Pennsylvania veterans, or nonprofit groups that serve veterans, is available through the Lackawanna County Veterans Affairs Office.
An application for aid needs to be filled out and submitted along with a brief narrative and support documentation. Office 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. The staff may also be able to suggest other forms of assistance and benefits that may be available. For more information call 570-963-6778.
Assistive Technology Available: Pennsylvania’s Telecommunication Device Distribution Program (TDDP) provides specialized land-line telephone equipment, free to eligible Pennsylvanians with disabilities that prevent them from having independent access to the telephone. This includes people who are deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired, blind or have visual problems, or have physical or intellectual disabilities.
• be a Pennsylvania resident;
• have a disability that prevents independence on a standard phone;
• have an individual gross income of less than 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines;
• have current telephone service (i.e. a landline or digital home service); and
• have the ability to learn how to use the requested device(s).
For more information, call 570-347-3357 (voice) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free demonstrations and/or short-term equipment loans are also available to help determine what equipment works best.
TDDP is managed by Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT), a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC).
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.
Taylor Recycling: Taylor Borough will pick up recycling in the following manner:
• The Department of Public Works will collect commingled recyclables, which consists of plastic bottles, jars, tubs and tops, glass bottles and jars and aluminum and steel (tin) cans; and
• The Department of Public Works will collect paper only, including items such as newspapers, catalogs, office/computer paper, phone books, envelopes and unwanted mail, magazines, cardboard (shipping boxes), cereal boxes, cracker boxes and paper towel rolls.
Visit taylorborough.com for more information.
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.
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:Old Forge residents should note that garbage stickers are available at the following locations:
• Ary’s Xpress, Main Street;
• Convenient Food Mart, Main Street;
• Convenient Food Mart, Moosic Road;
• Gerrity’s, Birney Avenue, Moosic;
• Northeast ACE Hardware, Main Street;
• Price Chopper, Main Street, Taylor;
• Ray’s ShurSave, Lawrence Street;
• Sayona, Keyser Avenue; and
• Turkey Hill, Main Street.
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 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 570-457-8852.
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.F