Announcements, cancellations and postponements

Christ Episcopal Church, corner of Dunmore and Delaware streets, Forest City, has reopened. Services will be held at 9 a.m. every Sunday. COVID-19 guidelines remain in effect.

Mid Valley High School Class of ‘71 will be having their 50-year reunion from 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 3 at Happy Valley Sports Bar, 516 Storrs St., Dickson City. There will be a buffet, open bar from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a cash bar, and entertainment by DJ Edwin Velez. Invitations have been sent.

Mid Valley High School Class of ‘70 will hold their 50th reunion at 5:30 p.m. Sept 4 at the Jessup VFW, 205 Dolph St. Any class members who have not responded and plan to attend, please respond to 570-945-0137 or 570-780-3095 before July 31.

Laikeland High School Class of ‘70 needs RSVPs on mailing sent for the previously postponed 50th class reunion to be held at Anthracite Hotel, 25 S. Main St., Carbondale on Aug. 7. Deadline for response is July 7; please call Teeny at 570-445-1633, Julie at 570-282-1457 or Patti at 570-357-1108.

Greater Carbondale YMCA is offering a variety of day camps for girls and boys going into first through seventh grade. Camps begin June 14. Registration packets are available at the front desk. Please call the YMCA at 570-282-2210 for any questions.

Columbia Hose Co. No. 5, Carbondale, recently sent mailings for financial support. The volunteers receive no financial support from the city and depends on donations to equip and train firefighters and maintain their building and training facility. Members would like to thank Pleasant Mount Welding; Brian Kelly, CPA; NEP Tax and Accounting; Dr. Donna Buracewski; Price Insurance Agency; Dr. Neal Davis; Metal Integrity; Foliage Restaurant, Ben Mar Restaurant and the Family Pharmacy of Carbondale for their support. Donations can be sent to Columbia Hose Co, 83 S. Main St., Carbondale, PA 18407.

The Valley View School District has scheduled kindergarten registration for June 28, 29, 30 and July 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the elementary school. Registration is by appointment only. Appointments will be scheduled by calling 570-489-7579 between 8:30 and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. kindergarten registration packets for the 2021-22 school year will be available for pickup at the elementary school beginning on May 17 between 8:30 and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Packets must be completed and returned the day of registration.

Dickson City Fire Department is accepting applications for membership for junior members ages 14-17 and regular members ages 18 and up. No experience is needed, training will be provided. For more information, message the department on their Facebook page.

Captains of St. John’s 300 Club of St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Mayfield, have announced that new membership cards for the next session of this fundraising club are now available. The next session will begin in August and continue for 26 weeks. To join the next club, send your name, address and payment of $25 to St. John’s Rectory, 706 Hill Street, Mayfield, PA 18433. Membership cards will be sent upon receipt of payment. Membership includes eligibility for 26 weeks of drawings, a final drawing and meal on a date to be determined. For more information, call St. John’s Rectory at 570-876-0730.

The Valley Community Library is partnering with TerraCycle for a special End of the School Year Recycling Drive to help recycle old school, office and home supplies. The Library’s goal is to save 10 pounds of pens, mechanical pencils, markers, watercolors and empty glue sticks from going into our landfill. Items can be dropped off at the library during normal business hours until June 30. Any brand of the following items is accepted: empty writing instruments, glue sticks, watercolor dispensers, paint sets and flexible packaging. Items that will not accepted include liquid paper or white out, felt-tipped pens, felt-tipped markers and crayons. There is no limit to how much you can bring to be recycled at the library, but please make sure your donations are dry and empty of ink so they do not leak.

Wilson Fire Co. No. 1, Peckville, is continuing their annual drive for funds. Second mailings were sent to all residents and businesses in Blakely that inadvertently missed our first mailing. Return envelopes were included in the mailings for the convenience of the donors. All proceeds are used for maintenance of the fire company and to help defray the mortgages on both trucks.

Archbald Borough is preparing a new comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance. The plan will recommend land development, transportation, parks and preservation actions for Archbald over the next decade. The zoning ordinance primarily controls the ways different types of housing and businesses are allowed in different land areas. The results of this survey will be posted on the borough website. Public meetings will be held in future months. Your responses to this survey will be used to help shape the plan and zoning. Submit the survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Archbald, drop this survey off or mail it to Archbald Borough Building, 400 Church St., Archbald, PA 18403. Please try to return the survey by June 30.

Dickson City Civic Center will be hosting a month-long, socially distant designer purse raffle in June, with a prize each day. Each $25 ticket gives the holder two lucky numbers. If the numbers are an exact match for the Pennsylvania evening lotto Pick 3, the ticket holder will win the prize of the day – all from the comfort of home! Each ticket holder has 60 chances to win in the month of June! All participants must be at least 18 years of age. Tickets are available now. Check our Facebook page for more details, purse previews and options for payment or call 570-383-1813 for more information.

Andrew Mazza Diesel Jam is back for 2021. Proceeds from the event on July 10 will still be going to support the Diesel Truck Technology Program at Johnson College and scholarships for Johnson College students. Additionally, proceeds help up to host a 2021 Truck or Treat event for the greater Clifford area, provide scholarships to students at Lakeland, Carbondale Area, Forest City and Mountain View and aid in community enrichment projects. If you or your business is interested in becoming a sponsor of Diesel Jam or an event vendor, please email us at andrewmazzafoundation@gmail.com for more information.

Women to Women: THRIVE, a community group of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, invites area artists and vendors from various mediums, fine arts, visual arts, culinary arts, mixed media, healing arts, photography, film and music to submit an application for a community arts event that will take place outdoors on June 5 in Carbondale. To learn more and receive an application, visit Women to Women THRIVE on Facebook or email womentowomenthrive@gmail.com.

The Bread Basket of NEPA operates two food pantries in the area. The Jessup pantry is open from 3 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday at St. Michael’s Church, 316 First Ave. It serves residents in the following ZIP codes: 18403, 18433, 18411, 18407, 18433 and 18421. The Archbald pantry is open from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday at Christ the King Parish, 411 Church St. It serves residents in the following ZIP codes: 18434, 18447, 18452 and 18519. Clients can visit the pantry once a month; they should bring identification. For more information, call 570-343-2324.

Rail-Trail Council of NEPA hosts Walking Mondays at 10 a.m. every Monday morning. Meet at Rail-Trail Office in Union Dale. Check Facebook or www.neparailtrails.org, for last minute scheduling of special events The Rail-Trail Council is also launching their Summer Ready Virtual Challenge, through May 31. Challenge yourself to bike 100 miles or walk/hike 50 miles. Certificates and stickers awarded. Turn in your stats with your name, address/email and age to trails@nep.net. Donation is appreciated, but not required. Any money raised will offset the maintenance and improvement on the trail.

EVENTS

JUNE 4

Back to Normal Bash: 4 to 7 p.m., Greater Scranton YMCA. Featuring free food, beverages, DJ, bounce house, magician, facility tours, free workouts and more. Joiners fee waived for anyone who signs up for a membership that day. Open to the public.

JUNE 5

Arts Thrive Fest: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., downtown Carbondale. Vendors, interactive art exhibits and more. Free to the public.

Mural grand opening: 10-11 a.m., Lackawanna Heritage Trail at John Street, Carbondale. Hosted by Valley in Motion to celebrate the completion of a 75-foot mural highlighting Carbondale’s history. Free.

Designer purse bingo: Doors open at 10 a.m., games start at noon, Circle Drive-In, 1911 Scranton Carbondale Highway, to raise money for Rescue Animals of Tracey’s Hope Hospice Care Program and Rescue for Domestic Animals Inc. Tickets are $20 per person in advance, which includes 20 games for 20 purses. In addition, there will be four special games for prizes including a 55-inch flat screen TV, a vacation to Assateague Island, Virginia, an overnight stay at Mohegan Sun Casino and the grand prize, $1,000 in a designer purse. Raffles, food, 50/50 drawing also featured. Tickets purchased for last year’s event will be honored. Masks and social distancing required; bring your own table and chairs. To purchase tickets, send a self stamped addressed envelope and make your checks payable to: Tracey’s Hope Rescue, 113 Foote Ave., Duryea, PA 18742. For more information, call 570-457-1625.

A-Team Autism Family Picnic: 3-5 p.m., Greater Carbondale YMCA’s community park. Refreshments for sale, a dunk tank, games, basket raffles and music by The Critchley Brothers. Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit Bowling for Autism, which unfortunately had to be canceled twice due to COVID-19.

JUNE 5-6

Borough-wide yard sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., throughout Jessup. No registration required.

JUNE 6

Plant exchange and marketplace: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Clifford Township Community Center, 119 Cemetery St., Clifford, hosted by the Mountain View Garden Club. Featuring locally grown perennials for purchase or bring two potted perennials from your own garden to trade for plants of like size or value. A marketplace featuring area vendors selling food, art, garden items and other wares will be open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event will be held primarily outdoors with vendors supplying their own pop-up tents. The admission fee for vendors is $20. There will be a few indoor spots available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to be a vendor at this event or would like more information, please contact JoAnn Hall at jodihall@nep.net or 570-222-3591.

JUNE 9

Double “R” Twirlettes graduating seniors will be featured in the group’s dance recital on June 9. From left, Mia Velez, Allie Taffera and Lindsey Kausmeyer.

Double “R” Twirlettes graduating seniors will be featured in the group’s dance recital on June 9. From left, Mia Velez, Allie Taffera and Lindsey Kausmeyer.

Dance recital: 9 p.m., Circle Drive-In, presented by Double “R” Twirlettes. Tickets available at the gate.

JUNE 10

5th Annual Dickson City Flag Retirement Ceremony: 6 p.m., rear of the Dickson City Fire Station on Eagle Lane. Conducted by Boy Scout Troops 21 and 322, Dickson City Veterans Honor Guard, and assistance from the Dickson City Fire Department. Flags can be brought 15 minutes before the ceremony or dropped off at the flag box at the American Legion Post 665, 901 Main St., Dickson City. Masks are not required but social distancing and masks are encouraged.Call Gregory Strony, assistant Scoutmaster at 570-766-7138 for more information.

JUNE 12

Flag retirement ceremony: 11 a.m., Jessup Hose Co. No. 1, 632 Fourth Ave. Sponsored by Jessup Scout Troop No. 34. Open to the public. If you have a tattered, worn or faded flag, bring it so it can be retired properly.

Open air summer market: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Memorial Park in Carbondale, across from city hall. Vendors, crafts, and more. Benefits the Carbondale Public Library.

JUNE 13

Historical society meeting: 6 p.m., Forest City Area Historical Society headquarters, Dundaff and Main Streets. Now accepting applications for 2021 membership and membership renewals for 2021. Individual membership, $15; family membership, $25; lifetime membership, $125. Memberships maybe purchased on the website, www.forestcityareahistoricalsociety.org or contact contact Juliann Doyle at 570-499-4908 or jdoyle@nep.net.

JUNE 17-19

Pop up book sale: Held by the Valley Community Library, 739 River St., Peckville. Featuring history, travel, true crime, hobbies and other non-fiction. Cookbooks and fiction will not be available. June 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; June 18,10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and June 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

JUNE 19

Porketta sandwich sale: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Jessup Hose Company No. 2, 333 Hill Street, Jessup. Benefits the Nadine Cenci Marchegiani Foundation. Sandwiches are $4 each, drive-thru pickup only. Call 570- 383-0783 for tickets.

JUNE 22

Blood drive: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in front of Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St. Register online at www.redcrossblood.org.

JUNE 25

Trivia challenge: 6 p.m., AC Field, Harrison Ave, Archbald. Event starts at 6:30, hosted by Jeff Cavanaugh. Entry is $10/person with proceeds benefiting Eynon Archbald Lions Club upcoming community events. There will also be a basket raffle. Tables of eight are recommended but not necessary. Bring your own food and drinks. For more information or to reserve your table call Karen at 570-877-4845.

JUNE 26

Rummage sale: 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Rescue & Restore Church parking lot, 120 Willow Ave., Olyphant. Tables available for $20 fee and $20 security deposit. Call 570-483-4114 to reserve a spot.You must bring your own table. Rain date is July 3.

JULY 9

Library night with the Railriders: 7:05 p.m., PNC Field, 235 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic. Benefits the Carbondale Public Library. Field reserved seats, $15 each. Available at the library, 5 N. Main St., prior to the game.

AUG. 21

Golf Tournament: Rock Creek Golf Course in Nicholson, organized by Crystal Fire Company No. 1. Entry fee is $80 per player and includes green fees, cart, refreshments awards dinner and prizes. Format is four person captain and crew with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Entries will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is limited to the first 88 golfers. Prizes will be awarded for closest to the pin, longest drives, and 50/50 Pot of Gold, as well as other prize opportunities.The awards dinner will immediately follow the tournament at Rock Creek Golf Course. Hole sponsorships are available at the cost of $75. For more information, call Dave Flynn at 570-840-6219, Brandon Allan at 570-290-1380 or James Allan at 570-906-9266.

ONGOING/REMINDERS

The Throop mayor requests all letters sent to him concerning issues in the borough be signed by the property owner.

Archbald recycling changes: Due to the high volume of recycling in the borough, officials will make the following changes starting June 7. Monday pickup: Maria Boulevard, White Birch Drive, West Church Street (lower hills), Knob Hill Drive, Oak Hill Drive, Crystal Circle, Hyland Hill Drive, Pierce Ave, First Street, Second Street, Third Street, Fourth Street, Mill Street, Webster Court, West Street (200 and 300 blocks), West Church Street (Eynon), Circle Drive, Diane Street, Riverside Street, Yavorek Drive, Celli Drive, Amy Road, George Avenue and Vincent Avenue. Tuesday pickup: Wisteria Lane, Delaware Street (Archbald), Monroe Street (120,122,124), Main Street North and South (Archbald) excluding the block between Line Street and West Filbert Street (174 to 214 Main), Falcone Lane, Foxtail Circle, Golden Gate, Osprey Lane, Rockledge Drive and Shadow Wood Circle.

Archbald tax payments: Archbald Borough residents 2021 tax payments can be mailed in or paid at Archbald Borough Building, 400 Church St., Archbald PA 18403. Tax office hours are Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Greenfield tax payments: Until further notice, Greenfield Township property tax remittance for year 2021 is limited to mail in or drop box only.

Jessup tax payments: Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, residents should mail in 2021 Jessup tax payments to Genevieve Lupini, Tax Collector, 395 Lane Street, Jessup. Residents can also drop off tax payments in the locked mailbox at the rear of the borough building.

Broom sale: Sponsored by the Mayfield Lions Club, at the borough building. Used eyeglasses are also collected at the same location. For more information, call 570-876-4391.

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.

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