Announcements, cancellations and postponements
All Lackawanna County libraries are preparing for a partial reopening. Local library directors are discussing which services to offer during a partial reopening, assessing personal protective equipment for staff members, obtaining cleaning and disinfecting supplies, creating schedules and protocols and developing a communication plan. 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. 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.
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 on June 1. Pick up will be offered from 11am until food supply is exhausted. Jenny’s Kloset will also be offering curbside pick up for urgent needs every Friday at the Elementary School, 10am-12noon, until further notice. If you have an urgent need for food, contact Jenny’s Kloset at 570-466-0658.
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 6 from noon-2 p.m., they’ll serve Italian hoagies, chips and desserts. On Wednesday, June 10 from noon-2 p.m., they’ll serve meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, green beans and a selection of desserts. And 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: paypal.me/jessup21stcentury 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 golf tournament which was scheduled for June 6 and 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 weblink.scrantonchamber.com.
The Marjon Senior Golf League will begin June 3 thru 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 AndrewMazzaFoundation@gmail.com.
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.
Eureka Hose Co. No.4, 717 E.Grant St., Olyphant, will conduct a free pasta dinner for Olyphant residents, on Saturday, June 6 beginning at 3 p.m. at the fire station. Meals will be distributed by company members, while supplies last, on a first-come first-served basis to residents that drive to the station and remain in their vehicles. Maximum of four dinners per vehicle. Everyone attending should follow all safety guidelines, including social distancing and wearing masks.
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 email@example.com.
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 fiorellicatering.com.
Art in the Park: Merli-Sarnoski, Tuesday, July 7, 10 a.m. to noon. Merli-Sarnoski Park, 286 Sandy Banks Road, Fell Twp. 570-963-6764 or lackawannacounty.org.
Art in the Park: Aylesworth Park, Tuesday, July 21, 10 a.m. to noon. Aylesworth Park, 511 Hudson St., Jermyn. 570-963-6764 or lackawannacounty.org.
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.
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 lackawannacounty.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The Archbald Borough website is archbaldboroughpa.gov.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 began 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: May 11 and 25, June 8 and 22, July 6 and 20, Aug. 3, 17 and 31 and Sept. 14 and 28.