Announcements, cancellations and postponements

Blakely Borough is looking for crossing guards during the 2021-22 Valley View School District year, beginning Feb. 22. The locations are Lincoln Avenue at Main Street and Josephine and Main streets in Peckville. Crossings are at 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. approximately. For further information, call the borough at 570-383-3340 between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and ask for Margie.

Jessup Democrats Organization announces that anyone who would like to submit their name for a seat on Jessup Borough Council, school director or controller should send a letter of intent for consideration along with a brief resume of professional and civic accomplishments via email to: Joseph Himchak, jhimchak@gmail.com by Saturday, Jan. 20.

Jessup Hose Co. No. 2 Ambulance’s yearly membership drive is currently underway. They are asking all residents to read the letter inserted in their packet for a summary of what they were able to accomplish during this pandemic. The volunteers greatly appreciate your continued support and are always looking for new members to continue our efforts. If you have not received a membership packet, please call 570-489-1141 and leave a message and they will deliver one to you.

Dickson City Fire Department’s Easter kielbasa fundraiser is underway. Order forms and payment due by March 28; orders will be delivered starting March 29. Make checks out to Eagle Hose Co. No. 1. See any member or stop by Berger’s Furniture, 1330 Main St., to order.

The Greater Scranton YMCA is hosting family fun from 12:30 to 1:30 every Saturday in February. All YMCA Family members can join in activities that change each week. For more information, visit Greater Scranton YMCA on Facebook.

Jessup Borough is selling “We Support Jessup Police” signs. Stop in at the police station when an officer is there or call 570-489-0411 to arrange a time to pick one up. A $10 donation to cover the cost of the sign is requested but not necessary.

The Eynon Christmas Light Committee will be canvassing Sturges in Archbald asking residents to donate for the purchase of two new swags. The swags will be hung at either end of town and will be displayed during the 2021 holiday season. Donations should be made by April 15. To make a donation, contact Archbald Mayor Shirley Barrett at 570-498-9398.

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.

Olyphant Freedom Fighter Memorial officials are about to process engraved pavers for placement at the site in summer of 2021. Applications are available at the Olyphant Borough Building, 113 Willow Ave., or call Kim Onda Atkinson at 570-892-0378.

The Forest City Area Historical Society is now accepting applications for 2021 membership and membership renewals for 2019. The FCAHS encompasses Browndale, Forest City, Richmondale, Vandling and the surrounding areas. Memberships are for one year and include an individual membership for $15 or a Family membership for $25. A Lifetime Membership for $125 is also available. Memberships may be purchased on the web site. Anyone interested in joining the Forest City Area Historical Society should contact Juliann Doyle, membership chair at 570-499-4908 or jdoyle@nep.net. Membership applications are available on the web site and should be sent to Juliann at: 305 Martin Street, Browndale, PA 18421. Visit www.forestcityareahistoricalsociety.org to learn more about the organization, download a membership application or purchase a membership or items from

the online store.

The Valley Community Library is asking for donations of your old car, truck or camper. The “Cars for Books” donation is tax deductible for the amount the vehicle receives at auction. To arrange a donation, call library director Michelle Georgetti at 570-489-1765 or Genie Lupini at 570-881-3393.

Freedom Fighter/ Queen City Commemorative Coins are now available at the Olyphant Borough Building, 113 Willow Ave. A $10 donation to own this limited edition coin will help with the future construction of the Freedom Fighter memorial honoring all branches of service; add $2 for shipping and handling. Only 300 minted. Call Kim Onda Atkinson at 570-383-9552 for information or to order.

The Blakely/Peckville Crime Watch is selling “We Support Blakely Police Department” yard signs for $20. Anyone interested in purchasing one can contact Mayor Jeanette Acciare-Mariani at 570-383-9946.

Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce launched an online fundraising campaign called Chamber Chance. The campaign will supports member businesses by raffling off gift cards and products to give businesses an influx of cash and help support the chamber. Purchase chances on the chamber’s

Food giveaway, 2 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday at Olyphant Ambulance & Rescue Squad, 520 E. Park St., by the Valley Village of Volunteers for Midvalley residents. First come, first served. With help from the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank, there will also be diapers and wipes available. Volunteers should arrive by noon to help pack. Senior residents in need of delivery can call Olyphant Police Station at 570-383-1820 and leave a message with name and address. For more information, visit Valley Village of Volunteers on Facebook.

St. John’s 300 Club of St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Mayfield, announced that new membership cards for the next session of this fundraising club are now available. The next session began in October and continues for 26 weeks. To join, send your name, address and payment of $25 to St. John’s Rectory, 706 Hill St., 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. For more information, contact St. John’s Rectory at 570-876-0730.

Rail-Trail Council of NEPA will host 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 winter hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

EVENTS

FEB. 20

Tree hike: 10 a.m., meet at Luciana Park, Lanesboro. Sponsored by NEPA Rail Trail, led by Jim Kessler. With current COVID-19 circumstances, participants should wear a mask and practice social distancing. For more information, contact 570-679-9300.

FEB. 26

A Night of Magic with Dustin Dean: 7 to 9:30 p.m., Hotel Anthracite, 25 S. Main St., Carbondale. Four course dinner and show, $49/person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations suggested. Call 570-536-6020 or visit hotelanthracite.com.

FEB. 27

Full moon hike: 7 p.m., meet at the Union Dale Trailhead, NEPA Rail Trail. With current COVID-19 circumstances, participants should wear a mask and practice social distancing. For more information, contact 570-679-9300.

FEB. 28

Chicken barbecue: Noon until sold out, Meredith Hose Company, 100 Main St., Childs. Drive-thru only. $10 each, includes chicken, potato, vegetable, roll and dessert.

Pigs in a blanket dinner: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Shopa-Davey VFW Post 6082, 123 Electric St., Peckville. Tickets are $11, available from any member. Takeout available.

Turkey dinner giveaway: starting at 11 a.m. until all 250 prepared meals are given out, Johnson College campus, 3427 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Limits four dinners per car. ShopRite is donating all of the food, which will be prepared and packaged by Toyota of Scranton staff and Johnson College students. Once on campus, vehicles will be directed to line-up for pick-up. Johnson College students and Toyota of Scranton staff members will load the meals into each vehicle’s hatch or trunk. Face coverings and gloves will be worn by all volunteers. Vehicles cannot line up on campus before 11 a.m. and cannot park on Main Street.

MARCH 4

Chicken and biscuit dinner: noon to 5:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 58 River Street, Carbondale. Dinner includes chicken and biscuit, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetable and dessert. Donation $10. Take out only. To pre-order, call 570-282-3620.

MARCH 5

Soup fundraiser: 4-7 p.m., prepared by and pick up at Cafe Soriano, 523 Main St, Peckville, organized by Friends of The Valley Community Library. Chicken noodle, cheeseburger, potato with bacon

and cheddar on the side or clam chowder, $10 a quart; crab bisque with real crab meat for $15 a quart. All soups come with crackers. Orders may be placed at the library’s circulation desk and must be placed and paid for by Feb. 25. Any questions, call Ann at 570-479-0806.

MARCH 6

Spaghetti dinner: 3 to 7 p.m., Eureka Hose Co. No. 4, 717 E. Grant St., Olyphant. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the dinner will be take-out only. $10 tickets are available from members or at the station on Mondays between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Proceeds help offset company building and firefighting equipment expenses including insurance, utilities and repairs.

MARCH 12

Blood drive: Noon to 5 p.m., Forest City Emergency Services, 380 Railroad St.,

Forest City. In memory of Walter Burnis and Joseph “Butch” Vozel. For an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code Burnis, call 1-800-REDCROSS or contact Christopher Burnis at

chrisburnis03@gmail.com.

MARCH 13

Ham and cabbage dinner: 4 to 8 p.m., Kenny’s Pub, 153 Spruce St, Archbald. Takeout only. $12 per dinner. To order in advance, call 570-876-4204.

MARCH 27

Easter event: 11 a.m., Archbald Ambulance Building, 195 Delaware Ave., Archbald. Organized by the Eynon-Archbald Lions Club. Drive-through only. Easter treat bags filled with candy, snacks and small toys donated by Gertrude Hawk, PEI Power of Archbald, Fidelity Bank and Lions members. Cars are asked to enter from Main Street to Line Street and turn left onto Delaware and proceed in front of the Archbald Ambulance building. For more information, visit our Eynon-Archbald Lions Club Facebook page or call Andrea at 570-876-2597.

APRIL 11

Helen Keller Day drive-thru celebration: 1 to 4 p.m., Fiorelli Catering, 1501 Main St., Peckville, to benefit the Lackawanna Blind Association. Pasta dinner, basket raffles, raffle tickets and wine pull, all from the comfort of your car. For tickets, visit www.lackawannablind.org/helen_keller_day. Reservations close April 5.

APRIL 24-25

Inaugural Endless Mountains Race Festival: D&H Rail Trail in Forest City. Four races each day: a marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K. For more information or to register, visit raceroster.com/events/2021/38554/endless-mountains-marathon-race-festival.

APRIL 24

Bus trip: Flight 93 National Memorial and Que Creek Mine rescue site. Depart Berwick, 6:30 a.m., return 10 p.m. Free for veterans. One escort per veteran, $70 each, includes bus, meals and T-shirt. RSVP by March 21. To reserve a spot or for more information, call Karen, 570-855-4961.

ONGOING/REMINDERS

2021 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.

Swim clinics: The Greater Scranton YMCA is holding an introductory competitive swim clinic from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning March 8 through March 25. The clinic is ideal for new swimmers wanting to learn more about competitive swimming. It is meant for children who will be new to competitive swimming or have only one season of experience and would like to continue learning strokes, turns and starts. The clinic is $112 for YMCA members and $150 for non-members. The Y will also host a competitive swimming stroke and condition clinic from 6:45 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning April 5 through April 22. The clinic is for current competitive swimmers with a minimum of two years of competitive experience. That clinic is also $112 for YMCA members and $150 for non-members. Register at https://bit.ly/3toxLhg.

2021 softball registration: Jessup Youth Sports Association softball is not having in person registration this year. To register go to our website www.ballcarts.com/jysa30, click the handout tab and the registration form will appear. Mail the registration form and your fee to 123 Hill St. Jessup, PA 18434 or get it back to your coach from last year. Ages: T-ball, 4 to 5; coach-pietch, 6 to 8, 10u, 12u, 14u, 18u. Registration is $70 per player or $110 per family. T-ball fee is $45 per player. For more information, contact 570-878-3110.

Lenten pizza sales: Every Friday from Feb. 19 to April 2, Christ Episcopal Church, 700 Delaware St., Forest City. Prepared and ready to heat; $10 for 12-cut three cheese pizza, $12 for 12-cut pagash pizza (potato, cheese, onion). Call 570-785-3425 to order. Pickups, 3 to 6 p.m.

Lenten food sales: Every Friday during Lent. Broccoli and pasta, haluski or macaroni and cheese, $3.50 a pint/$7 a quart; pierogies, 3 for $2.50/6 for $3.50/12 for $7. Pickup 4 to 6:30 p.m., except Good Friday, 2-6:30 p.m., Kingsbury Masonic Lodge, 410 Delaware Ave., Olyphant. For information, call John at 570-906-5360.

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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