Farmers market coming to Carbondale

Fresh produce lovers, rejoice.

A new farmers market will debut in Carbondale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 22. The market, located at 185 Fallbrook St., will feature several local vendors selling an assortment of products. It is organized by United Neighborhood Centers and the preview event is sponsored by Moses Taylor Foundation.

Area Agency on Aging will be distributing farm market vouchers to eligible senior citizens. Pre-registration is not required and vouchers can be used immediately at the Carbondale market. For more information on the voucher program and eligibility, visit or call 211.

The market will also accept SNAP benefits.

Neighborhood group develops kids’ challenge

The Archbald Neighborhood Association is helping keep kids entertained this summer.

Through Sept. 22, the group is challenging kids to visit 10 locations throughout the borough. Kids or their parents should take photos of themselves with the challenge map at each location and submit all 10 via Facebook message to the association’s page or by emailing

The Top 10 Activities for Kids Challenge includes visits to Aylesworth Park, the Archbald Pothole state park, David Maslar Memorial Park, the Laurel Street trailhead and the Gilmartin Street trailhead of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, Ed Staback Memorial Park, meals at three Archbald restaurants and a treat and a round of mini-golf at the Tasty Freeze.

The challenge is geared for kids 1-12, but any kid under 18 who visit all 10 locations and submit photos as required will be eligible for a prize. Participants do not need to be residents of Archbald. Anyone outside of Archbald will have to pick up their prize; Archbald kids who earn a prize will have theirs dropped off at their home.

For a full list of locations, a map and other information about the challenge, visit Archbald Neighborhood Association on Facebook.

Veterans group receives grant

David Ragan, president and founder of Veterans Promise in Dickson City accepts a $15,000 grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation to support local veterans in crisis.

David Ragan, president and founder of Veterans Promise in Dickson City accepts a $15,000 grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation to support local veterans in crisis.

A Midvalley veterans group received a $15,000 grant to help vets in crisis.

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation awarded the money to Veterans Promise in Dickson City last month. It will be used to assist veterans dealing with difficult financial circumstances.

“Often when we address the immediate financial hardship such as falling behind in rent, or car repairs, we can then focus on longer term goals,” president and founder David Ragan said in a press release. “We want to let veterans know that we are here for them. This one time hand up is a short-term fix while we work with them to find other financial programs, join one of our groups and many times become a volunteer. There is nothing better than giving back to a brother or sister who has served their country.”

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation’s Capacity Building Grant program provides grants to like-minded organizations who provide support to veterans and disabled veterans alike. The Capacity Building Grants provide support to our nation’s veterans. Grants are awarded to organizations around the country who are addressing the mental and physical recovery of veterans. Service dogs, equine therapy, yoga, art therapy, and recreational therapy are just a few of the innovative programs that DVNF supports.

“We are proud to support Veterans Promise, as they continue to make a positive impact in veterans’ lives,” said Joseph VanFonda, CEO of the Disabled Veterans National Foundation. “We would like to congratulate and thank them for their commitment to assisting the men and women who served in defense of our country.”

Choir holding auditions this month

The Arcadia Chorale is planning an in-person 2021-22 season and will hold auditions for new singers on July 27 and July 29.

Auditioning singers are required to be fully vaccinated and will need to sing a prepared solo or choral selection and demonstrate sight-reading ability. The auditions will take place from 6:30 -9 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Scranton.

There are paid openings available in the tenor and bass sections. The chorale is also looking for sopranos and altos as substitutes for the ensemble. For more information and to reserve a time, please contact Matthew Rupcich, interim music director of the chorale, at or 646-457-7344.

The chorale’s upcoming season begins with a joint concert with Voce Angeli at McDade Park on Sept. 19. A fall concert in October will focus on highlighting and supporting first responders. The Christmas Concert, Angels, Shepherds & Animals, Oh My!, will focus on the characters of the Christmas story.

Arcadia Chorale and WVIA-FM will co-sponsor the 37th annual Messiah Sing-Along on Dec. 19, which will be broadcast on Christmas Eve via WVIA. In March, the chorale will present the 36th Annual Bach Festival. A special Memorial Concert for Dr. Steven Thomas, former director of the Arcadia Chorale, will take place on May 1.

The chorale’s season concludes on May 20 with the Annual Pops Concert.

Founded as the Robert Dale Chorale in 1977, the Arcadia Chorale serves Northeastern Pennsylvania with concerts, public appearances and other community functions. The Chorale has received critical acclaim for performances of works ranging from the Renaissance to the present, and has appeared on local television, on WVIA-FM, and on many regional performing arts series. Singers are auditioned every year to continue the tradition of excellence to which the chorale is dedicated. More information can be found online at