Announcements, cancellations and postponements
The district office of state Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, will close to the public and operate by telephone and email only.
Borough of Taylor declared a state of emergency. Public access to all public buildings, parks and playgrounds is restricted as of Monday, March 16, until further notice. Includes restricted public access to the borough building, DPW garage, police department, fFire department, borough parks, fields and playgrounds.
The Taylor Community Center, 700 S. Main St., is closed for a minimum of two weeks effective Monday, March 16. The closure also includes the borough’s senior center, which is in the building.
All Lackawanna County Library programs are cancelled until March 29. The Taylor Community Library is closed and will remain closed through Sunday, March 29. All due dates are adjusted to March 30. Online library services (e-books, downloadable audiobooks, research databases) are still available 24/7.
Ham bingo at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church scheduled for March 29 is postponed. A new date will be chosen shortly.
The Riverside Promoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) team vendor craft fair scheduled for April 4 is cancelled.
The Ninth annual Robert V. Semenza Bocce Tournament at Arcaro and Genell’s Bocce Courts scheduled for Saturday, April 18 is postponed.
Old Forge Sons of Italy annual pasta dinner scheduled for April 19 is postponed. A new date has not been set. Any tickets that were purchased will be honored.
Food pantry: St. Michael’s Orthodox Church Food Pantry, 512 Winter St. in Old Forge will be open, Thursday, April 2, from 11 a.m. until noon. Curbside service only. This food pantry serves Old Forge, Taylor and Duryea. Anyone needing assistance from the food pantry should call 570-457-3703 or visit the church website stmichaelof.org for requirements.
Pastie and chicken pot pie sale: The Ladies Guild of the United Baptist Church of Taylor is selling pasties and chicken pot pie for $6 each. Pick up is April 22 from noon to 2 p.m. at United Baptist Church, 125 Church St., Taylor. Call Margaret Shubrick at 570-562-3666 or Donna Rindich at 570-562-3757 to order. Order deadline is April 19.
Bus trip: Saturday, May 16, to New York City, sponsored by the North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics. The itinerary includes the 44th Annual Ukrainian Street Festival sponsored by St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic parish and the 14th Annual Multi-Ethnic Parade and Dance Festival both on the Lower East Side plus a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. Participants are free to do their own thing in the city for all or part of the day if they so wish. Bus will pick up at Edwardsville’s St. Vladimir Church, 70 Zerby Ave. at 8 a.m. and at Scranton’s St. Vladimir Church, 428 North Seventh Ave. at 8:45 a.m. Departure for home will be at 8 p.m. Cost is $45 per person. Full nonrefundable advance payment reserves a seat. For further information and reservations call Paul at 570-563-2275 or Dorothy at 570-822-5354. Early reservations are recommended as this is a very popular trip and the 55 passenger bus is expected to fill quickly.
Fly Fishing Summer Camp: Registration is now open for applications for the 8th annual Keystone TUTeens Conservation Camp for teens ages 14-18. This is a stay-over camp from June 14-20. Teens learn both the art and sciences of conservation and fly fishing. Cost is $450; scholarships available. Register online at flyfishingsummercamp.org. For more info, email email@example.com or call 570-954-5042. Sponsored by Trout Unlimited.
Riverside Class of 1980 classmates sought: A Facebook page is set up to contact classmates (Riverside Jr.-Sr. High Class of 1980 Reunion 40 Years). If you are a class member, please join the page if you plan on attending or not attending to keep track of everyone. Anyone looking for additional information can contact Marlin at firstname.lastname@example.org, Riverside Jr.-Sr. High Class of 1980 Reunion 40 years on Facebook or Tommy Pattison at 570-479-2644. The 40 year reunion will be Friday, Nov. 27.
Riverside School District seeks memorabilia: The Riverside School District is seeking old memorabilia from the former Taylor, Moosic, Taylor-Moosic and Riverside School Districts for an ongoing student project funded by the Lackawanna Heritage Valley. Call Shawn Murphy at 570-239-5720 to donate.
Legion membership: The Taylor American Legion, 208 S. Main St., Taylor, is searching for new members. Without a regular infusion of young veterans, many Legions and VFWs have had to close, as there weren’t enough regular members to support and manage the facilities. The Commander is Jacqueline Colburn, and the regular Legion meetings are on the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. For more information, call 570-562-9920 or email email@example.com.
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 needs to be filled out and submitted along with support documentation. Office staff members 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.
Flag disposal: American Legion Post No. 306 reminds residents that a drop-off box for unserviceable, worn, torn, discolored or faded flags is on the front porch of the post home at 208 S. Main St., 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.
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.
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.
Grief support: VNA Hospice and Home Health, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant, offers a variety of grief/bereavement support groups:
• Bereavement support group. This traditional group assists participants in learning to cope with challenges 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.
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. 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.
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. 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 a good fit for the volunteer program. For more information, call 570-344-3931.
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.
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. For more information, call 570-457-8852.
Peddling notice: It is 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. Anyone engaged in or desiring to be engaged in peddling or other activities licensed under Moosic Borough Ordinance No. 18-1995 must submit to a background check at his or her own expense. The fee for such a permit is $25 per person, per day. Any person, firm or corporation convicted of violating any provision of this ordinance will be fined. Residents should contact Moosic Borough Police Department at 570-342-9111.