Announcements, cancellations and postponements

All Lackawanna County libraries will remain closed until further notice. The Carbondale Public Library and the Valley Community Library are closed and all scheduled events, presentations, meetings and clubs are canceled. Books and other material people borrowed from a Lackawanna County library prior to the shut down will not be due back until the libraries reopen and there will be no late fees imposed on books with due dates after March 13. Requested items and items on hold will be kept at the library until it reopens.

Carbondale Area School District: Breakfast and lunch are available from a grab-and-go station in the high school courtyard from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Forest City Regional School District: Weinberg Food Pantry Distribution is Thursday from 1-3 p.m. at the high school. Breakfast and lunch distribution is Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Forest City Regional Elementary School (traffic circle for drive-by pick-up), Union Dale Methodist Church, 2839 Route 2067, Union Dale and Pleasant Mount Social Hall, 389 Great Bend Turnpike, Pleasant Mount. Families who are unable to attend but need food should call 570-785-2403 to schedule an alternate time for pickup or delivery.

Lakeland School District: Breakfast and lunch will be available from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mayfield Campus, 501 Linden St., Mayfield.

Mid Valley School District: Grab-and-go breakfast and lunch available for pick up from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mid Valley Elementary Center bus circle for any Mid Valley student each day of the school closures.

Valley View School District: Grab-and-go lunches are provided in the commons area of the high school, near gym and auditorium, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

St. James-George Episcopal Church in Jermyn has suspended all activities including but not limited to services, Bible study, food pantry and community meal.

Throop Borough Tax Office: Notice of temporary change of payment acceptance for 2020 tax bills. In order to insure the health and safety of the tax office personnel and borough residents due to the coronavirus pandemic, residents are to ONLY mail in tax payments to 436 Sanderson St. Throop, PA 18512. Checks should be made payable to Tax Collector — Throop. Receipts will be mailed if a self addressed, stamped envelope is provided.

Archbald and Throop borough recycling change: Due to the current health concerns regarding COVID-19, Lackawanna Recycling Center, Inc. will no longer accept commingle material. The Center will continue to accept deliveries of newspaper and cardboard. As a result, Archbald will stay on the current bi-weekly schedule for the recycling of newspaper and cardboard. There will be no commingle (glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and jars, and aluminum/steel cans) pickup. Residents can store clean commingle until the health crisis subsides and services are restored or they can put the commingle material into the trash.

The Jessup 21st Century Association has set up Neighbors Helping Neighbors through its Facebook page. Donations are being collected that will go toward purchasing gift cards for local businesses. For more information or to donate, visit Jessup 21st Century Association’s Facebook page.

Keystone College has canceled its Fly Fishing Summer Camp scheduled for June 14-20. Registration is closed.

Lynnette’s Twirlerettes annual baton twirling recital is postponed until further notice.

Jessup Hose Co. No. 1 has canceled the spring chicken barbecue scheduled for Sunday, April 26. If you purchased tickets, contact you seller for a refund or call 570-489-3100.

Red Door Cafe’ at the Peckville United Methodist Church is canceled for the free lunch in April.

Archbald Borough’s Fishing Derby scheduled for May 9 at Aylesworth Park is postponed. A new date will be announced in the future.



Emergency food distribution: Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Scranton will hold an emergency food distribution on Friday, April 24, at Saint Rose of Lima Parish, 6 North Church St., Carbondale. The event will be 3-5 p.m. and will provide assistance to individuals by drive-thru and walk-up services.

MAY 12

Reunion planning meeting: Graduates of Mid Valley High School Class of 1970 will hold a meeting to plan its 50th anniversary class reunion on Tuesday, May 12 at 6 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5544, 205 Dolph St. in Jessup. All classmates are urged to attend. Any questions call 570-780-3095 or 570-945-0137 or e-mail at

MAY 23

Community lunch: Saturday, May 23 at noon, the Red Door Cafe at the Peckville United Methodist Church will host a community lunch.


Bags for Beads bingo: Sunday, June 14 at St. Michaels Hall, 403 Delaware St., Jermyn, the District 14H Lions Club will host Bags for Beads designer purse bingo. Doors open at noon, games start at 1 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. There will be basket raffles, 50/50, bingo games and specials. All proceeds go to Palermo Heart to Heart Beads of Courage. For tickets call or text Karen 570-604-7682 or Fran 570-470-7838.


Fundraising banquet: Sunday, June 21 at Genetti Manor, 1505 N. Main St., Dickson City the Northeastern Pennsylvania Friends of NRA will hold its 28th annual fundraising banquet. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 each, $95 for couples and $25 for youths under 21. For more information, call 570-947-8024 or email

SEPT. 12

Valley View Class of 1980 reunion: Valley View Class 1980 will hold its 40th reunion Saturday, Sept. 12 at AC Field, Archbald, at noon. The Planning Committee will hold meetings. For more information, call 570-702-5908.


Mother’s Day plant sale: With every donation of $20 received, the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Lackawanna County, will give a flowering hanging basket to the workers of St. Mary’s Villa in Elmhurst to show appreciation for their community’s dedicated healthcare workers. The hanging baskets will be delivered to St. Mary’s Villa for Mother’s Day weekend. Each basket will include plant care information and a message of gratitude from the Master Gardeners. Proceeds from the basket donations will benefit Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Lackawanna County. To donate a basket, visit In the comment section of the form, write “hanging basket.”

Online store open: The Saint Ubaldo Society announced the opening of its online apparel store though We Talk Shirty. There are many items including apparel, white pants, flags and more. There are sizes for all ages. Visit to order. No decisions have been made yet regarding The Saint Ubaldo Society’s upcoming events.

Community calendar: Archbald Borough has added a Community Calendar to the borough’s website. Organizations that would like to add a community event to the calendar can contact Michelle Bianchi, borough secretary at The Archbald Borough website is

Broom sale: The Mayfield Lions Club will continue its broom sale at the Mayfield Municipal Building, 739 Penn Ave., Mayfield. The club also collects used eyeglasses at the same location.

Volunteers sought: Volunteers are needed to help stuff mailers for the upcoming Valley View 50th class reunion. The meeting will be held at the club house at the Highlands of Archbald. Contact Lorraine at 570-687-1610 with any questions.

Classmate info sought: If anyone has any information on the following classmates: Mary Ann Bartkowski, George M. Boniewicz, Andrew Bookin, Edward Borden, Susan Calpin, Pamela Cioffari, Francis A. Colger, Christine Cucura, Vincent Cummings, Edward Dixon, Patricia Frushon, Mary Gillgallon, Diane Harvilchuck, Denise Kotchkoski, Gary Karluk, Edward Malinowski, David Parkyn, Joan Marie Roshak, Amalia Wisniewski. Contact 570-945-0137, 570-780-3095 or email

Olyphant Hometown Hero Banners renewal: Olyphant is erecting a one-of-a-kind memorial, The Freedom Fighter, honoring 21st century soldiers. It is slated to be dedicated in 2020. You can have your banner that was hung during Phase One in 2017 returned to you and/or buy a new one to be hung for $160; have your original banner rehung for a suggested donation of $25-$50 which would help with construction costs of The Freedom Fighter memorial, or you can have a brick/paver engraved to be placed at The Freedom Fighter Memorial site and also have your banner rehung for another three years for a $100 donation. Applications are available at the Olyphant Borough Building. Deadline is April 1, 2020. For info call Kim Onda Atkinson 570-892-0378.

Weekly pierogie sales: All Saints Orthodox Church, 211 Willow Ave., Olyphant, sells frozen pierogies every Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and every Sunday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. The cost is $6.50 per dozen. For more information, call 570-383-0785 or 570-489-5591.

Municipal notices

Throop Borough paper recycling change: Paper recycling has been changed to the Monday prior to your normal Tuesday recycling collection. Paper is to be placed in a bin to be collected. No bags are allowed. Call 570-489-8311 with any questions.

Archbald Borough grass clipping and leaves collection: Archbald Borough DPW will collect grass clippings and leaves every other week the same day as your regular recycling pickup beginning the week of April 27. 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 $2.50 for five bags. No plastic bags are allowed for this service. Vegetation set out in plastic bags will not be picked up by the borough or municipal Solid Waste Collection and Removal. 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.

Branch chipping will begin on April 27. Call 570-876-1800 to be put on the list. Ashes will also be picked up the week of the 27th and then continue every other week. Yard Waste Pickup Weeks – on your recycling day: April 27, May 11 and 25, June 8 and 22, July 6 and 20, Aug. 3, 17 and 31 and Sept. 14 and 28.

Contact The Advantage:; 570-348-9185

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