Announcements, cancellations and postponements

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, community meal and Easter basket signup.

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 after Friday, March 27.

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 starting Monday, March 30. 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. 

The baked haddock dinner at the Regal Room sponsored Ss. Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church scheduled for April 3 is cancelled.

The fried haddock dinner at William Walker Hose Company scheduled for April 3 has been postponed. A new date will be announced.All previously purchased tickets will be honored or refunds are available from your seller.

Northeastern Pennsylvania Friends of NRA fundraising banquet scheduled for April 4 at Genetti Manor has been rescheduled to June 21.

The Eynon-Archbald Lions Club annual Easter egg hunt at the Archbald Community Ambulance Building scheduled for April 4 is cancelled.

Nite at the Races at Eureka Hose Co. No. 4 in Olyphant, hosted by the Mid Valley Youth Soccer Organization and the fire station, scheduled for Saturday, April 4 is postponed. Plans will be made to have the event later in the year.

The Knights of Columbus Palm Sunday breakfast at Holy Ghost Church in Jessup scheduled for Sunday, April 5 is postponed. The event will be rescheduled at a later date.

The Paska and Kolachi sale scheduled for Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10 at St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 701 Hill St., Mayfield is cancelled.



Puppy purse bingo: Sunday, April 5 at the Anthracite Center at NBT, 41 North Main St., Carbondale. Doors open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $30 for 15 games. Rock 107’s Prospector will call the games. There will be 50/50 and basket raffles. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Call or text Tabitha 570-533-3912 or Moira 570-280-6809 for tickets.


Trivia night: Saturday, April 18 in the basement of St. Thomas Church, Christ the King Parish, 411 Church St., Archbald, the Eynon-Archbald Lions Club will host trivia night. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 which includes four sessions of trivia games, freshly made hoagies, snacks and complimentary drinks and BYOB. Team tables of eight are suggested. Tickets must be purchased prior to event by calling 570-877-4845.

Books Appetite: Thursday, April 23 from 6-8 p.m. at the Valley Community Library, 702 River St., Peckville. This annual event showcases area restaurant offerings, the raffle of gift baskets and more. Tickets can be purchased at the library for $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Proceeds support the operation of the library. For more information call 570-489-1765.


Bus trip: Saturday, April 25, the Carbondale Public Library is sponsoring a bus trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens at the height of cherry blossom season and during its annual Japanese festival, “Sakura Matsuri!” This experience celebrates Japanese culture with a program of events including traditional tea ceremonies, art and dance demonstrations, acrobat performances and more. Seats for adults and children age 12 and older are $60 and for children under 12 are $30. This price includes the bus ride and admission to the gardens and festival. After the gardens, we will stop at a Brooklyn eatery for an early dinner before heading home. Payment holds your spot. Call 570-282-4281 for more information.


Purse bingo: Sunday, April 26; doors at noon, games at 1:30 p.m. at the Forest City Emergency Services Building, 380 Railroad St., Forest City. There will be 16 games and four specials and raffle baskets. Tickets are $25. For tickets or more information call 570-785-3837.

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


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.


Lenten pizza sales: Fridays through April 10 at Christ Episcopal Church, 700 Delaware St., Forest City. Pizzas, cut into 12 pieces, are available in three-cheese for $10 or pagash (potato, cheese and onion) for $12. Call 570-785-3425 to order. Pickup is 3-6 p.m.

Homemade Easter egg sale: The Clifford Community Youth Group is running its 13th annual homemade Easter egg sale through March 25. The cost is $2.50 each for homemade peanut butter or coconut cream eggs. The eggs will be available for pick up on March 21 and March 28 at the Clifford United Methodist Church. The fundraiser will help the youth be able to attend conferences and youth gatherings throughout the year. Preorders are appreciated. To place an order, call Robin Correll at 570-222-4344 or Lisa Barhite at 570-222-5493.

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.

Fly Fishing Summer Camp: Registration is now open for applications for the 8th annual Keystone TUTeens Conservation Camp for teens ages 14-18. This is a stay-over camp from June 14-20. Teens learn both the art and sciences of conservation and fly fishing. Cost is $450; scholarships available. Register online at For more info, email or call 570-954-5042. Sponsored by Trout Unlimited.

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 from the Mid Valley Class of 1970: Mary Ann Bartkowski, George M. Boniewicz, Andrew Bookin, Edward Borden, Susan Calpin, Pamela Cioffari, Francis A. Colger, Elizabeth Ann Cortazar, 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 or 570-780-3095 or email

“Murder, They Read” book club: A new murder and crime themed monthly book club meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Valley Community Library. The first meeting is on March 25 at 2 p.m. Join for snacks and a fun book discussion. Call 570-489-1765 or email with any questions and to register.

Knitting and crochet group: The Valley Community Library is looking for new members to join its Knitting and Crochet group. The group meets at the library on the first and third Friday of the month at 1 p.m. All skills and levels are welcome. Members can bring their own current project or help make items for the community. For more information, call Kristen at the Valley Community Library at 570-489-1765, or email

Senior aerobics: Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. at the Throop Civic Center. For more information call the civic center at 570-383-7906.

Digital media classes: Valley Community Library is offering digital media classes. Learn basic computer, phone or tablet skills, how to use Microsoft Office, use the library’s electronic resources, research genealogy and more. Registration is required, classes are by appointment only. For more information, call Danielle at the Valley Community Library at 570-489-1765, or email

Evening fitness classes: At the Mid Valley Active Older Adult Community Center, 310 Church St. in Jessup, Strong, Fit and Flexible classes for adults ages 50 and beyond are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15-6:15 p.m. All fitness levels welcome. Bring a mat if you have one. Weights and other equipment will be available for use during class. Parking is available on the street or in the parking lot behind the center. There is no fee for classes, but donations are welcome. For additional information, call the center at 570-489-4415.

Valley Community Library Vets’ Group: the monthly Vets’ Group meets on every second Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. at the Valley Community Library. Active duty, reserves, retired or just served one enlistment period or more. No matter whether you served during war time or peace time. Thank you for your service to our country and enjoy a free meal and meeting new people. Call 570-489-1765 if interested in joining, to ensure there is enough supplies for each month.

Parents A 2nd Time Support Group (new location): The “Parents A 2nd Time” (PAST) Group meets at the Throop Civic Center on the fourth Monday of every month. Are you an older adult raising children of a family member? You’re not alone…attend a monthly support group to hear similar situations that others are experiencing. Learn about potential resources, community programs, services and agencies that can provide connections, guidance and peer support to older persons living with, caring for and parenting the children of loved ones. Child care and refreshments provided and transportation available. Registration is required. Call Julie at the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging, 570-963-6740, or email

The Stone Soup Kitchen at Christ Church: There will be no community luncheons at Christ Episcopal Church in March due to winter weather issues. Guests are invited to share a hearty lunch on April 25 when it reopens. More information will be available in the spring flyer.

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.

Toddler Time: at the Dickson City Civic Center, recommended for those 18 months and older with caregiver. Toddler Time runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cost is $6 for Dickson City residents, $8 for non-residents.

Senior Fitness: at the Dickson City Civic Center, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. Free for Dickson City residents, $10 per calendar year for non-residents.

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 Valley Advantage:; 570-348-9185

Contact The Valley Advantage:; 570-348-9185

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