Free Lunches for Students: The Food 4 Kids Summer Lunch Program provides free lunches to any student under the age of 18 on weekdays at:
• Dickson City Civic Center, 935 Albert St. in Dickson City, 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;
• Russell Park, 11th Avenue, Carbondale, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• St. James-St. George Church, 398 Washington Ave., Jermyn, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The students simply show up on weekdays and can have a nutritious meal. For more information, call 570-826-0510, ext. 206.
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.
Heroes Banners: Olyphant Borough has joined the nationwide program to honor our veterans, past and present. The “Hometown Heroes Banners” phase one, will take place this fall with a target date of Sept. 11 as the dedication date. A donation of $160 includes a 24” X 54” all-weather vinyl banner double sided with photo of your honoree, name, rank, era and branch of service, brackets and shipping. Banners will hang this year until the holiday season and will again be hung from Memorial Day to Veterans Day of 2018. Each banner will be returned to sponsors after two years as a keepsake or every effort will be made to have it placed on the pole in front of your home at the time of retirement. Applications are available at the Olyphant Borough Building, 113 Willow Ave. Phase one applications are limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Deadline for ordering is Friday, Aug. 18, but the first printing will be submitted by Aug. 1. Phase two will begin in the Spring of 2018. For more information, call 570-383-9552.
Twirling Classes Resume: Lynnette’s Twirlerettes will offer complimentary baton twirling classes for new students during the month of September in conjunction with the start of its 35th baton twirling season. Classes are held in Carbondale, Forest City and Lake Ariel. New students are asked to register by Saturday, Aug. 26, by calling 570-281-9797. More information can be found at lynnettestwirlerettes.com or the Lynnette’s Twirlerettes Facebook page.
Envelope Drive: The annual envelope drive for funds benefitting Eureka Hose Co. No.4, 717 E. Grant St. in Olyphant, is under way. Residents, businesses and industrial locations have been mailed information detailing the needs of the volunteer company. Return donations by depositing at the fire station, mailing in the included envelope or dropping at the Olyphant Borough Electric Office. Call 570-383-2255 for more information.
Political Clambake: Jessup Independent Democrats will hold a clambake at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5544, 205 Dolph St., on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 5 p.m. Tickets are $12, which includes a dozen clams, corn, hotdogs, hamburgers, cole slaw and beverages. Cash bar available. There will also be basket raffles and a 50/50. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available by calling 570-815-9237. Entertainment by Jiggzy Piconi.
Hose Co. Dinner: Mayfield Hose Co. No 1 will host its annual chicken barbecue on Sunday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the firehouse, 900 Maple St. in Mayfield. Eat in or take out. Cost is $10 per dinner, which includes a half chicken, baked potato, cole slaw, corn on the cob, roll and dessert. Tickets may be purchased from any hose company member or at the Mayfield Borough Building or by calling 570-766-2063.
Yard Waste in Archbald: Archbald Borough Department of Public Works picks up yard waste curbside in biodegradable bags, on your recycling day every other week. 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 Aug. 14 and 28; Sept. 11 and 25; and Oct. 9 and 23. Branch chipping: 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.
BINGO NIGHT: Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, 624 Madison Ave., Jermyn, holds BINGO on the first and third Wednesdays of each month (next bingo night: Aug. 16). 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. Free hot dog available with ticket. The evening includes homemade foods such as chili, pierogies, soups and desserts, specialty games, refreshments, door prizes awarded and a progressive jackpot starting at $1,175 with 55 pills (if not awarded, there will be a consolation prize of $500). Contact 570-876-1061 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 Aug. 24.
Car Cruise: Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Club will hold a cruise night on the first Friday of the month (next cruise: Sept. 1) 6-9 p.m. in the parking lot of the Advance Auto Parts, 161 Brooklyn St. in Carbondale, featuring food, music, door prizes, a 50/50 and trophies.
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 Sept. 6) 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.
Calling All Seventh Graders: In order to help youth engage in fun, healthy activities, the Greater Carbondale YMCA is once again offering the Seventh-Grade Initiative. All young people entering seventh grade are invited to take part in this program, which provides a one-year YMCA membership for a discounted $20 registration fee (that’s a savings of $120.) Register by Saturday, Aug. 15.
Free Lunch: A free lunch will be served at Peckville United Methodist Church’s Red Door Cafe, 732 Main St., on Saturday, Aug. 26, noon to 1 p.m. Lunch and fellowship are offered on the fourth Saturday each month. Enter by the ground-level door to the downstairs dining hall.
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
Purse Bingo: Dickson City Civic Center, 935 Albert St., will hold a designer purse bingo on Sunday, Oct. 1, 1-4 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available for purchase now. Ticket includes 20 games of bingo. Additional cards may be purchased at the event. Basket raffle tickets, 50/50 chances and food/snacks will be for sale throughout the event. This is an adults-only event. Call 570-383-1813 for more information.
Hose Co. Fund Drive: Eagle Hose Co. No. 1’s fund drive is underway. For more information, call the fire station at 570-383-0923.
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 is 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.
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.
Veterans Bricks: The Scott Township Veterans Memorial Committee continues to take memorial brick orders. The Veterans Committee is planning a Veterans Day service for Saturday, Nov. 4. Brick order forms are available from any committee person, at the township building, or on the township website, scotttownship.org. Call 570-587-3120 or 570-254-6783 for more information.
Support Throop Police: The Throop Neighborhood Watch sells “We Support Throop Police” signs at the Throop Borough Building on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The signs are $10 each.
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.
Throop Residents: Throop Borough Council seeks five volunteers to form an activities committee. Individuals interested should call the borough building at 570-489-8311.
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.
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).
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.
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.