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.
Hose Co. Dinner: Excelsior Hose Co. No. 1 will hold its annual rigatoni dinner on Saturday, April 22, at Raymond Henry American Legion Post No. 327, 101 Willow St. in Olyphant. Take-outs are available 4-5 p.m., seating is 5-8 p.m. Tickets are available from any member or at the door the day of the dinner. Dinner includes rigatoni, homemade meatballs, salad, dinner roll and assorted baked goods. For more information, call the station at 570-307-5085.
Pasty Sale: Blakely Baptist Church, 201 Main St., will hold a pasty sale Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. to noon. Orders are $5.50 each. Call 570-489-9326 or 570-489-3715 to order. Order deadline is Monday, April 24.
Fell Alumni Meeting: The Fell Alumni Association committee will meet on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at the VFW on Main Street in Simpson. Any and all alumni are welcome to attend. The alumni reunion is on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Morrison’s Grove.
Italian Classes: Italian Classes will be held every other Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the Saint Ubaldo Society Cultural Center, 310 Third Ave. in Jessup. Anyone interested in learning some Italian or brushing up on basics is encouraged to attend. Some vocabulary topics include: greetings, travel and reading the menu. Dates of classes: April 26 and May 3. Cost is $5 per person per class. Call 570-445-8959 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 April 27. Books Appétit: Valley Community Library, 739 River St. in Peckville will hold its 12th annual “Books Appétit” fundraising event on Thursday, April 27, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Patti Chen, of newly opened Patti’s Pitas in Archbald, will give a live chef demonstration of flavorful Middle-Eastern cuisine and attendees will be able to see, smell, and taste the unique spices found in the food of Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco and Israel. Tickets are $25, available for sale at the library. Proceeds will benefit the library. Call 570-489-1765, ext. 0.
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 May 3) 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.
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: May 3). 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 $1,000 with 58 pills (if not awarded, there will be a consolation prize of $500). Contact 570-876- 1061 for more information.
YMCA Summer Activities: At the Greater Carbondale YMCA, 82 N. Main St.:
• Day camp registration is open for kids in first through seventh grade.
• Preschool registration is open for half-day and full-day classes for kids 3½ to 6. Call 570-282- 2210.
Reunion Planned: The Mid Valley High School class of 2007 will hold its 10-year reunion on Saturday, July 22, 6-11 p.m. at Genetti Manor in Dickson City. Visit email@example.com or call 570-575-9225 for more information.
Yard Waste in Archbald: Archbald Borough Department of Public Works have begun picking up yard waste curbside in biodegradable bags, on your recycling day and continue every other week. Grass clippings and leaves are accepted by the borough only if they are in biodegradable bags. Lawn and leaf bags can be purchased at home and garden stores or the borough office for $2 for 5 bags. No plastic bags are allowed for this service. Vegetation set out in plastic bags will not be picked up. There can be no commingling with any other materials; that is, no brush or branches, no garbage, animal waste, dirt, construction material, or other recyclables. Yard waste will be picked up on your recycling day during the week of April 24; May 8 and 22; June 5 and 19; July 3, 17 and 31; Aug 14 and 28; Sept. 11 and 25; and Oct. 9 and 23.
Branch chipping has also begun. Call 570-876-1800 to be put on the list. Ashes will be picked up every other Tuesday until Oct 31. Visit archbaldboroughpa.gov for all borough news and information.
Class Reunion: The Benjamin Franklin High School Carbondale Class Of 1967 will hold a reunion on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Grand Hotel in Carbondale. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or
Historical Society: The Forest City Area Historical Society (FCAHS) is accepting applications for membership and membership renewals. The FCAHS encompasses Browndale, Forest City, Richmondale and Vandling. Anyone with pictures or items to donate are asked to call 570-785-5659.
Memberships are for one year: an individual membership for $15; a family membership $25. A lifetime membership is $125. Call 570-499-4908 or email email@example.com. Meetings are held on the second Sunday of each month at 6 p.m. Visit forestcityareahistoricalsociety.com to learn more about the organization or to download a membership application.
Fire Co. Fund Drive: The Wilson Fire Co. No.1 in Peckville is holding its annual drive for funds. Envelopes were sent to all businesses and residents in Blakely Borough. Donations can be mailed to the company in the supplied mailing envelope. Funds are used for general operation of the company and towards the mortgage on the aerial ladder truck.
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.
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.
Vendors Sought: Light The Night Team Mel’s Family is having a craft and vendor fair at the Genetti Manor in Dickson City on Sunday, July 23, to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Craft and direct-sales vendors are welcome. Call 570-840-8539 or 570-877-9188 for information.
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? Call 570-383-1813 to provide mailing information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
• 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 email@example.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.