Announcements, cancellations and postponements

All Lackawanna County libraries are preparing for a partial reopening. Library materials may be returned by placing them in the return book drop outside the buildings. Because of the shutdown, the items are not considered overdue and will not be fined. Book return is the first step for libraries as Lackawanna County enters the yellow phase of Pennsylvania’s tiered approach to returning life to normal. Libraries are still a few weeks away from physically checking out books, DVDs and other items. Ebooks and downloadable audio books are available for check out on the library’s website. For more updates, visit

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department will be redesigning its programming for the remainder of the year due to the COVID-19 crisis to ensure the safety of the public. Upcoming summer programs including The Scrantastic Spectacular on July 3, Art in the Park series and ARTS Engage! Day at the Electric City Trolley Museum have all been cancelled along with our 3 on 3 tournament. Swimming at our parks’ pool and lakes is prohibited. The county is currently running its Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Live! series every Wednesday from 7-9 pm, featuring local artists and other cultural producers, until July 1.

Mid Valley School District: Grab n’ go meals for students will be available for pick up at the Elementary Bus Circle on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon. A full week’s worth of meals will be distributed through July 31.

Valley View School District: The district is expanding collaborative efforts with Jenny’s Kloset to bring all district families a children’s produce market sponsored by Weinberg Food Bank. Meats, milk, produce, canned goods and more will be offered curbside every other Monday at the Elementary School starting. Pick up will be offered from 11 a.m. until food supply is exhausted. Jenny’s Kloset will also be offering curbside pick up for urgent needs every Friday at the Elementary School, 10 a.m,-noon, until further notice. If you have an urgent need for food, contact Jenny’s Kloset at 570-466-0658.

the Jessup 21st Century Association has canceled the 25th annual Family Day Celebration with Fireworks Extravaganza that was scheduled July 5 at Jessup Veteran’s Memorial Stadium, Hill Street. They plan to reschedule the event for July 5, 2021.

Independence Day fireworks will be held at Lake Wallenpaupack on July 4, or July 5 as rain date. People can watch the show from their boat on the lake or in the parking lots at Wallenpaupack Area High School. The school’s parking lots will open at 7:30 p.m. and will be closed once full. Cars will be parked in every other spot to ensure social distancing. The school bleachers will be closed. The display begins at dusk, roughly 9:15 p.m.

The North Pocono Minisink Lions Club has canceled its fireworks planned for July 3 because of uncertainty over COVID-19 conditions in the area. The Lions Club said it will be planning for the event’s return in 2021.

The Rotary Club of the Abingtons canceled its annual fireworks display, set for July 2 on the Abington Heights Middle School grounds.

The Greater Carbondale YMCA is hosting a series of free community meals drive-throughs. On Saturday, June 20 from noon-2 p.m., they’ll serve barbecue chicken, baked beans and strawberries.

Jessup 21st Century Association is collecting donations to help Jessup Hose Co.No.1, Jessup Hose Co.No.2, Ambulance Association’s emergency medical technicans and Jessup Police Department purchase personal protective equipment during this pandemic. Donate by using the following: Or mail to Jessup 21st Century Association, PO Box 21, Jessup, PA 18434.

Honesdale officials voted to keep the pool complex closed throughout the summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic and state, county and borough declarations of disaster. The Parks and Recreation Commission will maintain and improve the facility at 1874 Fair Ave. while it’s closed. Council members also voted to cancel or postpone all requests for the use of public facilities through July 13. The Roots & Rhythm Music and Arts Festival, Troop 1 chicken barbecue, Dessin Animal Shelter flower sale and Fourth of July fireworks display have also all been canceled or postponed.

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department has launched a new initiative during the COVID-19 to provide entertainment and education to the public, while supporting artists and other cultural producers. Lackawanna Arts & Culture Live! is an online series of programming, live streamed every Wednesday from now until July 1 from 7 — 9 pm on ECTV’s YouTube channel, Comcast Channel 19, and at Arts & Culture’s Facebook Live. The program will feature musicians, visual artists, performers, and lectures on history and heritage. You can check out the lineup each week by visiting the Arts and Culture Department’s Facebook page or by emailing

The Browndale Fire Co. will be holding a gun or cash raffle for the month of August. The winning number will be the 3-digit lottery number of the first drawing of the state evening lottery number. Each day will have the prize of either a shotgun, rifle, cross bow or inline and the winner has the choice of the firearm or a cash value as stated for that day on the winner’s ticket. Winners will be contact by phone or mail. All winners must comply with all firearms regulations, otherwise the winner must take the cash value for that day. All firearm prizes must be claimed by the winner at Heberling’s Sport Shop in Prompton by Oct.16th. The firearms are subject to availability. Tickets are available from any Browndale Fire Company member, or by calling 570-785-5300, messaging us on our Facebook page or visiting our website at

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.

Jessup taxpayers should mail payments to 395 Lane Street, Jessup, PA 18434 or leave them in the mail lock box at the rear door of the Jessup Borough Building. Do not leave cash or county tax payments. For help with property tax rebates, call Jessup Tax Collector Genevieve Lupini at 570-881-3393.

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.

The Blakely/Peckville Recreation Committee has canceled their planned annual events for this year, including the annual Junefest which was scheduled for June 19 and 20.

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce has decided to further postpone its Empower: Women’s Leadership Conference to Thursday, September 10, 2020, as well as move the event to Kalahari Resort in the Pocono Mountains. The event was originally planned for April 17, then postponed to June 10. But, to ensure the continued safety of our community, the chamber felt it best to postpone the event to later in the year and move it to a venue that can better accommodate social distancing guidelines. Register by visiting

The Marjon Senior Golf League will continue through Sept. 9. The league plays every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Anyone interested, please call 570-489-8458.

The third annual Andrew Mazza Diesel Jam at Johnson College on June 13 has been canceled. Truck and vendor registration fees will be saved and credited for 2021’s event. For reimbursement or more information, email

The District 14H Lions Club has canceled its Bags for Beads Bingo event scheduled for June 14. The group is working to reschedule the event. For more information, call or text Karen 570-604-7682 or Fran 570-470-7838.

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



The Circle Drive-In will host a special screening of the beach classic “Jaws” on June 17 at dusk. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children, with proceeds to benefit the Lackawanna Historical Society. Raffle baskets will be available as well. All guests are asked to follow social distancing guidelines set by the Circle Drive In. For more information, contact the Society by email at


Annual Helen Keller Day Fashion Show and Luncheon: Sunday, June 28. Reservations close June 19. Fiorelli Catering, 1560 Main St., Peckville. 570-489-6777 or


Lynnette’s Twirlerettes recital: Tuesday, July 14 at dusk, approximately 8:45 p.m. at the Circle Drive-In, Dickson City. The show, titled “TV Tunes Re-Runs,” was previously recorded over four days with more than 12 hours of recording time. The performers from all three divisions — Carbondale, Forest City and Lake Ariel — observed all CDC guidelines and social distancing rules. Admission is $10 per person, with proceeds benefiting St Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital. For more information, visit or call 570-281-9797.

AUG. 22

Fundraising banquet: Saturday, Aug. 22 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 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 each, $95 for couples and $25 for youths under 21. The banquet was rescheduled from Sunday, June 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.

SEPT. 26

Susan G. Komen Northeastern Pennsylvania Race for the Cure: Saturday, Sept. 26. ($30) Registration opens 6:30 a.m.; survivor breakfast, 7; race, 8:30; walkers start, 8:35. Celebration of Hope Parade Awards immediately follows the race/walk. Lackawanna County Courthouse Square, 200 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 570-963-6800 or


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: George M. Boniewicz, Andrew Bookin, Edward Borden, 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 or Amalia Wisniewski, contact 570-945-0137, 570-780-3095 or email

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.

Contact The Advantage:; 570-348-9185

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