Throop church holds festival
After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Blessed Sacrament Parish is hosting its 15th annual Family Festival on Saturday and Sunday.
From wiffle ball and a magic show to a pigs in a blanket dinner and even bingo, the event has a little something for everyone, organizers said.
“We’re hoping to be successful,” said volunteer Karen Doyle. “We need to
see each other again, we need to be together again.”
Festivities kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday with a wiffle ball event organized by Anthony “Zaz” Zelazny and Ed Long, who have been involved in youth sports programs for a combined century.
There will be a home run derby, a base running contest, catch and more for children 13 and under. An awards ceremony will follow at 11:45 a.m. The event is free and all are welcome.
Also Saturday, Damian the Magician will perform for kids and adults starting at 9:30 a.m.
A pigs in the blanket dinner will be served from noon to 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall for take-out and eat-in for $10. Tickets can be obtained from the parish office at 570-489-0752 or by calling Karen Doyle at 570-489-2552.
A variety of foods will be available on Saturday from 3 to p.m. They’ll also have a bake sale and games for children.
On Sunday, bingo will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Doors open at noon. Food will be available and the church will also host a basket raffle and a 50/50 raffle.
“The hope is to bring the parish community together as one, a chance for people to come out to spend time together, and to get to know one another at a deeper level, and to celebrate who we are as a community of faith, also to invite our neighbors,” said the Rev. Scott Sterowski, pastor at Blessed Sacrament.
Local student in leadership program
A Valley View student was one of four local high schoolers to participate in a leadership program in Shippensburg this year.
Jamie Heid attended Keystone Boys State, a premiere leadership program that includes a week of leadership, civic participation and learning by doing. Hricak McAndrew American Legion, Post 869 in Archbald sponsored him.
KBS uses state government simulation as the vehicle for instilling the principles of civic engagement, democracy and patriotism in the students who attend. Parents and families were invited to the closing ceremony which also included a behind-the-scenes look at the discipline, respect and responsible manner the students were taught in modeling our own local and state governments.
All four students are seeking military careers. Applications are now open for next summer’s Keystone Boys/Girls State.
County approves grants
Lackawanna County Commissioners approved eight applications for redevelopment assistance capital grants during a meeting earlier this month.
Local projects and amounts sought include:
- The Dunmore Distillery on property at 1325 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, owned by Alsqstop Real Estate LLC, $1.5 million.
- Valley View Business Park Lot 24 and Lot 36, property owned by an arm of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, $3 million each.
- The Blakely Health Center, a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant, on Blakely property owned by BlakelyRidge LLC, $3 million.
Valley View students earn honors
Valley View High School students have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs.
These National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them meaningfully connect to colleges and stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs identify students awarded National African American, Hispanic, Indigenous and/or Rural/Small Town Recognition through College Board’s Student Search Service.
Students who may be eligible have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP exams; and are Black, Hispanic, indigenous and/or attend school in a rural area or small town.
“We’re thrilled that our students have earned this recognition. We are very proud of them for their achievements in their classrooms and on College Board assessments,” said Lawrence Pegula. “These programs help students from underrepresented backgrounds stand out to colleges during admissions.”
Students who earned the following recognition based on their academic achievements in school and outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT exam include Alahna Pidich, National African American Recognition Award; Evan Chilek, National Rural and Small Town Award; Connor Peters, National Rural and Small Town Award; Della Noon, National Rural and Small Town Award; and Molly Murphy, National Rural and Small Town Award.
Author featured at fundraiser
The 14th annual Local Author’s Luncheon to benefit the Forest City branch of the Susquehanna County Library System will be held at Elkview Country Club at Crystal Lake on Oct. 12.
This year’s luncheon is being dedicated in memory of Diana Junior, who served as the Forest City Librarian for 33 years.
Kelly Ann Hopkins, librarian and creative writing teacher at Lackawanna Trail High School, is this year’s featured author. Hopkins is the author of” Gulf of Deception,” “High Vices” and “Buried Beneath.”
The annual luncheon is sponsored by the Novel Woman Book Club and will start with a time of hospitality at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m., followed by the speaker and a book signing.
The cost is $25 and checks can be made payable to the Forest City Library and mailed to Susquehanna County Library System, 458 High School Road, Montrose PA 18801.
For additional information, call