It’s the end of June, and it’s not quite the Fourth of July. In these parts, that means two summer festivals, both of which have become annual traditions, are back.
In Blakely it’s JuneFest, sponsored by the Blakely/Peckville Recreation Committee. It will be Friday and Saturday, June 26-27, starting at 4 p.m. each day, at the Wilson Fire Co., 700 Erie St. in Peckville.
On Friday there will be a firefighters’ parade stepping off at 7 p.m. It will end at the firehouse, where there’ll be food, homemade desserts, beverages, a beer tent, kids’ games, a bouncy house and musical entertainment from Top shelf Entertainment, Marilyn Kennedy and Flashdrive. Call 570-383-9946 for more information.
The Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Township, will kick off its renovation and expansion on Saturday, June 27, beginning at 11 a.m. Activities will include a brief program, refreshments, music by the Ron Leas Jazz Trio, canine demonstrations and more. Pet adoptions will be available. Call 570-586-3700 for more information.
Pierogie Sales: All Saints Orthodox Church, 211 Willow Ave. in Olyphant sells frozen pierogies Fridays 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Sundays 10:30-11:30 a.m. The price is $6.50 per dozen. Call 570-383-0785 or 570-489-5591 for more information.
Blood Drive: Hospice Advantage will be sponsoring a blood drive Friday, June 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dunmore Community Center, 1414 Monroe Ave. The drive will honor the memory of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson and to honor Pennsylvania Trooper Alex Douglass. To schedule an appointment, call 570-266-2645 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The University of Scranton conferred 37 doctor of physical therapy degrees and 642 master’s degrees at its recent graduate commencement. Among the area residents recognized with outstanding academic awards were: Cameron David Afshari of Dickson City, who received a doctor of physical therapy degree, for master’s level programs; and Logyn Elizabeth Pezak of Jessup, who received a degree in operations management.
Valley Area Girls Softball is looking for coaches and staff for the upcoming 2016 travel ball season for the new and upcoming Valley Venom Travel Teams. Coaches and staff should be knowledgable with rules and regulations of ASA, USSSA and PONY and must have Ace certification and background checks. Divisions will include 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U. Any interested candidates should email email@example.com.
Students representing eight high schools competed in the annual computer programming contest hosted by The University of Scranton’s computing sciences department. During the competition, 15 teams used their programming language to solve computer-programming problems.
Above: Forest City Regional High School’s team A: Lucas Johns (left) and Tyler DeBrino.
Below: Forest City Regional High School’s team B: Quintin Sloan (left) and Neal Albright.
The Dickson City Civic Center’s summer camp is underway. The campers and their counselors are shown before they headed out for the first field trip of the summer season.