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Pierogie Sale: 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. Price is $6.50 per dozen. Call 570-383-0785 or 570-489-5591 for more information.

Line Dancing: The United Neighborhood Center’s Mid Valley Active Older Adult Community Center, 310 Church St., Jessup, is offering free line dancing lessons to Lackawanna County residents 55 and older every Friday, noon to 1:15 p.m. All levels welcome. For more information, call 570-489-4415 or 570-335-0804.

A Spectrum of Fun: The Greater Carbondale YMCA will have monthly family fun nights for families with autistic children, youth and young adults. The third Friday of each month, 6-8 p.m., will be for families with younger youth (middle school and younger). Next evening: Feb. 17. The suggested donation is $10 per family. Call 570-282-2210 for more information.

Soup Supper: Community Bible Church, 1352 Heart Lake Road in Montdale, will host “soup-er Saturday” on Saturday, Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A variety of home-made soups will be featured along with baked goods and desserts. Eat in or take out. The church’s music ministry team will perform classic popular tunes as well as country gospel songs.

Sandwich Sale:Wozniak-Pavloski Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7963, 284 Main St. in Eynon, will hold a porketta sandwich sale on Saturday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Price is $3 per sandwich.

Community Luncheon: Trinity Episcopal Church, 58 River St. in Carbondale, will hold a free community luncheon Saturday, Feb. 18, noon to 1 p.m. For information call 570-282-3620

Soup Supper: First Presbyterian Church, 76 Salem Ave. in Carbondale, will hold a soup supper on Saturday, Feb. 18, 5-6:30 p.m. Admission is $8. Call 570-282-4611.

VFW Dinner: Shopa-Davey Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6082, 123 Electric St. in Peckville, will hold a pork and sauerkraut dinner on Sunday Feb. 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until sold out. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from a member or at the door. Eat in or take out.

Hometown Heroes: Archbald Borough will host a Hometown Heroes Banner Program. Anyone wishing to attend the first meeting at the Archbald Borough Building, 400 Church St. in Archbald on Monday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m. Call 570-876-1800 for more information.

Lions Meeting: The Jessup Lions Club will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 12:30 p.m. at The Eatery on Hill Street in Jessup. All members and those interested in joining are asked too attend. President Anthony Ligi will preside. White cane fund raising will be discussed.

Conservation District Meeting: Meetings of the board of directors for the Lackawanna County Conservation District will be held on the fourth Thursday of each month at 12:30 p.m. at the Joe Terry Civic Center in Scott Township. The next meeting is Feb. 23.

Blakely Mardi Gras Planned: Blakely Borough’s Blakely/Peckville Crime Watch will host its annual pre-Lent Mardi Gras on Friday, Feb. 24, 6-10 p.m. at Fiorelli’s 1501 Main St. in Peckville, featuring food and beverages and desserts. A live band will provide entertainment. For more info and tickets, call 570-383-9946.

Free Lunch: at The Red Door Cafe, Peckville United Methodist Church, 732 Main St., on Saturday, Feb. 25, at noon. Lunch is served on the fourth Saturday of each month. Phone 383-1035 day of lunch.

BINGO NIGHT: Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, 624 Madison Avenue, Jermyn, holds BINGO on the first and third Wednesdays of each month (next BINGO night: March 1). Doors open at 5 p.m., early bird games begin at 6 p.m., regular games begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. The evening includes homemade foods such as chili, pierogies, soups and desserts, specialty games , refreshments, door prizes awarded and a progressive jackpot starting at $1,200 with 56 pills (if not awarded, there will be a consolation prize of $500). Contact 570-876- 1061 for more information.

Scott Township Memorial: The Scott Township Veterans Memorial Committee continues to take memorial brick orders. However, if anyone wishes to have a brick installed for Memorial Day, (May 29), the bricks must be ordered by Wednesday, March 1. Brick order blanks are available from any committee person, at the township building, or at scotttownship.org. Call 570-587-3120 or 570-254- 6783 for more information.

Cookbook Club: The Valley Community Library, 739 River St. in Peckville, has begun a cookbook club, which will meet on the first Wednesday of each month (next meeting March 1) at 6 p.m. Registration is required and may be done in person at the library, where the current month’s cookbook is available for viewing. For more information, call the library or visit lclshome.org/valley or facebook.com/valleycommunitylibrary.

Crossing Guards Wanted: Archbald Borough is seeking school crossing guards for Main and Church streets in Eynon and Main and Monroe streets in Archbald, 7-8:10 a.m. and 2:30-4 p.m. on weekdays. Background checks required. For more information, call 570-876-1800.

Advance Dinner Plans: Eureka Hose Co. No. 4, 717 E. Grant St. in Olyphant, has set the date of Saturday, March 4, for its annual spaghetti dinner. Mayor John Sedlak Jr. is dinner chairman and is in charge of ticket distribution.

Teen Fly Fishing School: Registration has begun for Teens Fly Fishing school. There are nine lessons running every other Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. at the Scott Township municipal building. The lessons are free. A Boy Scouts of America fly fishing merit badge is also available. All equipment provided. Sponsored by the Lackawanna Valley Trout Unlimited. Call 570-954-5042, email ffnepa@epix.net or register at A&G Outfitters in Dickson City.

Food Collection: Mayfield Crime Watch is collecting food for the needy in those in need in the Mayfield area. If you know anyone deserving, please contact Chief Joseph Perechinsky at the Mayfield Borough Building or leave a note in the suggestion box by the front door of the borough building. number is 570-876-4391.

Library Challenge: The Lackawanna County Library System wants to help readers to 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.” Stop by any library to learn more.

DCCC Soldier Collection: The Dickson City Civic Center (DCCC) is looking to send care packages to some of our local service members. Does your family have someone serving who would like to receive a care package from home? Contact the DCCC at 570-383-1813 to provide their mailing information.

Jenny’s Kloset: Jenny’s Kloset is an ongoing local collection for Valley View Elementary students and families. Drop off locations are The Caverna on Church Street in Jessup, The Eatery on Hill Street in Jessup, Lavender Goose on Main Street in Peckville and Quinn’s in Peckville. Items needed are non perishable food, clothing and monetary donations. For more information, call 570-466-0658.

Mayfield Crime Watch notes: Mayfield Crime Watch reminds residents they can report suspicious activity or problems in town by dropping a note in its drop box at the borough building, 739 Penn Ave. Also let the group know of any elderly person who may need food. It is checked often and you can remain anonymous.

Cardboard Recycling: Archbald borough residents are reminded that cardboard must be recycled. Cardboard can be flattened and placed in the blue recycling bin. All cardboard not placed in the bin must be broken down and bundled. Do not throw loose cardboard to the curb.

Civic Center Activities: At the Dickson City Civic Center, 935 Albert St.:

• Toddler Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30 a.m. to noon. Craft, snack, story time, peer play and more. For children and caregivers.

• Birthday parties: Rent the gym for a great space to celebrate a special day. Call 570-383-1813 for more information.

Helping Mayfield seniors food collection: Non-perishable items can be dropped off at the Mayfield Borough Building. Items will be donated to elderly people in need in the borough.

Knitting Group: The Knitting Group continues to meet weekly at Trinity Episcopal Church, 58 River St, Carbondale on Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. New members are always welcome. Call 570-222-3568 for more information.

Throop Yard Waste: In Throop Borough: all yard waste needs to be in yard waste bags or open containers for collection. Yard waste bags are available at the borough building.

Meals for the Needy: St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen has established a joint effort with St. Rose of Lima and Our Lady of Mount Carmel parishes in Carbondale, Christ the King Parish in Archbald and Holy Cross Parish in Olyphant to provide free hot meals to those in need within the neighborhoods of those parishes.

The meals, served by volunteers from the parishes, are being offered on Wednesdays, noon to 12:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Olyphant; on Thursdays at St. Rose of Lima Church in Carbondale; and on Tuesdays at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Archbald.

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 the 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 the homeless community. Tuesdays, 1-2:30 p.m.

• Yoga for healing. Soothing the body, mind and spirit in a gentle way 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.

COLTS Senior Services: The Mid-Valley and Carbondale Active Adult Centers will host a signup for services provided by the County of Lackawanna Transportation System (COLTS) transportation services, including the Senior Shared Ride Program. If you are 65 or older, you can ride the bus for free. You can sign up for a Commonwealth Transit ID card and for the Senior Shared Ride Program. You should bring proof of age.

Throop Borough Recycling:

• Commingled, newspapers, corrugated cardboard, shredded paper and junk mail: First and Third wards – first and third Tuesdays; Second and Fourth wards – second and fourth Tuesdays.

• Yard Waste (April through October): first and third Mondays.

• Electronics: First Monday of the month (residents must call in advance).

• Tires (May through October): Last Tuesday of the month (call in advance).

Recycle in Carbondale: The Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Think Recycle, a program that collects used print cartridges, digital cameras and cell phones in the community. Greentec, the company behind Think Recycle, collects, processes and recycles the cartridges and cell phones, diverting the electronic waste from landfill sites. The program also helps the chamber of commerce raise funds. The public can drop off old cell phones, digital cameras or printer cartridges during business hours at The Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, 27 N. Main St., Carbondale. Visit thinkrecycle.com for more information.

Watershed Connections Programs Offered: The Lackawanna River Conservation Association (LRCA) offers “Watershed Connections” programs to local community groups, churches and municipalities through a public education and outreach collaboration with the Lackawanna River Basin Sewer Authority (LRBSA). The program includes a video presentation about the river and the community’s efforts to revitalize it and it will conclude with audience participation and a question-and-answer session. For more information or to schedule a presentation, call the LRCA at 570-347-6311 or 570-407-1124 or email jhatala@epix.net or lrca@lrca.org.

Updating the Veterans Monument: The Dickson City Veterans Monument Committee is searching for the names and history of Dickson City residents who were killed in action through all wars. The committee would like to update the list of names on the Dickson City Veterans Monument at the corner of Boulevard Avenue and Main Street in Dickson City. Visit American Legion Post 665, 901 Main St., or call 570-489-4303. A representative will return your call.

Knitting Group: The Knitting Group continues to meet weekly at Trinity Episcopal Church, 58 River St, Carbondale on Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. New members are always welcome. Call 570-222-3568 for more information.

Mid Valley Senior Center: 310 Church St., Jessup: Weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (beginning April 5, Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Mondays, Wednesdats and Fridays, 9-11 a.m. bingo. Tuesday and Thursday, crafts and quilting; big bingo first Wednesday of the month; tai chi Mondays 1-2 p.m.; Yoga Tuesdays 1-2 p.m.; Zumba Gold dance exercise Thursdays 1:30-2:15 p.m.; line dancing Tuesdays noon to 12:50 p.m., Fridays 1-2 p.m.; Food box distribution, third Wednesday of month, registration required. TIPS, Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. noon. Lunch served daily 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for those 60 or older. Weekly crafts and monthly art/painting days. Pokeno, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon to 1 p.m. Trips and parties, various informational programs and presentations. Monthly raffle tickets $5. For more information, call 570-489-4415.

Carbondale Senior Center: 66 N. Church St., the hours of operation have changed. The center now opens Mondays, in addition to Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 8:30 a.m. and closes at 1:30 p.m. A lunch is served at 11:45 a.m. with a reservation; $2 donation. Regular activities: bingo 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-1 p.m. Chair exercises daily 9:30-10 a.m. Also available: pool, darts and current movies and popcorn. Call 570-282-6167 or email carbondaleseniorcenter@yahoo.com for more information on any of these programs.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Respite: The Greater Carbondale YMCA, 82 N. Main St., is offering a care and support group Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon, for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. The Y offers two hours of care for loved ones, supervised by a registered nurse and volunteers. During that time, caregivers have the opportunity to use the YMCA facilities and participate in a support group, also led by a registered nurse. The cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Registration and intake information is required. Call 570-282-2210 for more information.

VFW Membership: The members of Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post No. 7963, 284 Main St., Eynon, remind you that if you live in Eynon, Archbald, Jermyn and Mayfield areas, served in any major conflict since World War II and have not become a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), or have let you membership expire, you are invited to stop by the post home and inquire on how to become a regular member.

Emergency Stickers: The Jessup Ambulance Association is offering 5-by-6-inch reflective window evacuation stickers that will notify emergency responders that there is an occupant in the home who requires assistance if sudden evacuation is required. Residents may request a sticker by calling 570-383-6426 or sending an e-mail to Jessup_ambulance@verizon.net.

D.C. Tax Info: Dickson City Tax Office hours will be Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 570-489-8126 for more information.

Scout Uniforms: Boy Scout Troop 21, chartered since 1928 to Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Dickson City, is asking for donations of used Boy Scout uniforms: shirts, pants, shorts and belts. Call 570-489-4626 or visit vbvm.org/troop21 for more information.

Cell Phone Dropoff: American Legion Post No. 411, 508 Church St., Jessup, now has a collection box for old, used and unwanted cell phones. The phones will be reconditioned and sent to our troops overseas. Phones can be dropped off at the post’s collection box anytime.

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.

Applicants must:

• 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)


• have the ability to learn how to use the requested device(s)

For more information, call 570-347-3357 (voice) or email ucptech@yahoo.com. 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, a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, in conjunction with the PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the PA Public Utility Commission.

Emergency Kits: The Carbondale/Forest City American Red Cross is selling emergency preparedness supplies as part of a fundraising drive. It is selling an AM/FM water-resistant radio with weather alerts, TV-VHF, flashlight, siren and cell phone charger for $59.95 and a road hazard triangle kit for $25.95. Call 570-282-2520 to purchase these items or for more information.

Broom Sales: The Mayfield Lions Club sells brooms for $14 each at the Mayfield Municipal Building, 739 Penn Ave. or at the NBT Bank, 500 Lackawanna Ave. The club also collects used eyeglasses at the same locations. Call 570-876-4391 for more information.