Icon makes appearance in Mayfield

A myrrh-streaming icon will visit a Mayfield church later this month.

The V. Rev. Mitred Archpriest John D. Sorochka, pastor of St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, has announced that with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, the wonder-working and myrrh-streaming “Hawaiian” Iveron Icon of the Mother of God will be brought to cathedral, 706 Hill St., Mayfield, on Sept. 7.

The icon will be present for a service of intercession at 6:30 p.m. in the cathedral. Services on Sept. 7 are open to the public. Attendees can venerate this holy icon and be anointed with the holy myrrh that streams from Her. Prayer requests can be made by filling out prayer lists that will be available at the candle desk in the church vestibule.

For more information, call St. John’s Rectory at 570-876-0730.

LHV offering grants to groups

Lackawanna Heritage Valley invites community organizations to apply to their partnership grant program through noon on Sept. 15.

Successful grant applicants will receive up to $5,000 each to conserve, preserve and educate the public about Northeastern Pennsylvania’s historic, cultural, economic and natural resources.

The program is open to members of nonprofit and civic organizations, municipal and governmental agencies and educational institutions with proposals for projects designed to enhance the quality of life within the Lackawanna Heritage Valley.

Lackawanna Heritage Valley, designated as both a national and state heritage area, has provided more than $3 million in funding assistance to community organizations through its Partnership Grants Program since its inception.

Successful applicants will receive up

to $5,000, requiring a dollar-for-dollar funding match, for projects and programs that benefit Lackawanna Heritage Valley’s

service area. This funding is an investment in Northeastern Pennsylvania that stimulates the region’s economic development, enhances tourism initiatives, strengthens the capacity of community organizations and increases the quality of life for area residents.

For grant program guidelines and applications, those interested are asked to visit www.LHVA.org or call Lackawanna Heritage Valley’s office at 570-963-6730.

Archbald announces alert system

Borough Council along with police, fire and emergency officials are excited to announce that Alert Archbald Borough is now available to all residents.

Alert Archbald Borough is a free service that allows individuals to sign up for notifications sent from borough officials. Alert Archbald Borough keeps residents informed on happenings in the borough, including changes in garbage/recycling, holiday schedules, events happening in our borough and other issues that may occur during the year.

Alert Archbald Borough enables officials to notify the community in real time. The service is free and residents can sign up at www.alertarchbaldborough.com to receive alerts via email, text or voice message. They can also identify when and how they are alerted.

Borough residents and travelers can also download the Smart911 app to sign up for Alert Archbald Borough to receive key information needed in an emergency. The Smart911 app provides enhanced functionality by sending targeted alerts based on the user’s location. Smart911 app users will receive the highest priority National Weather Service alerts including tornado warnings, flash flood warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings. Download the Smart911 App on the Apple Store or Google Play.

If you are unable to sign up via smart phone or computer, you can call 570-876-1800 ext. 101.

Pittie palooza returns to Midvalley

Maiolatesi Wine Cellars is going to the dogs — for a good cause, that is.

The 5th Annual Pittie Palooza Festival at Maiolatesi Wine Cellars will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Sept. 19. This annual event is hosted by PittieChicks.com and Treasure’s Hope, a 501c3 animal welfare organization.

Northeast PA’s only dog-friendly music and wine festival features live music, animal rescue and welfare groups, vendors and artisans, food trucks, a variety of wines and more. And you don’t have to be a pitbull lover to attend; friendly, well-socialized dogs of all breeds are allowed to come. Dogs must be leashed at all times during the event. Only one dog per handler, retractable leashes are not allowed and all handlers must pick up after their dogs.

Tickets are $25 at the gate and includes entry to the festival, a wine tasting, two glasses of wine and, for the first 100 people, a souvenir wine glass. Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance at www.pittiepalooza.com. Designated driver tickets are available at a reduced rate of $10. It is not recommended that children attend. All proceeds from the festival will be donated to rescues in attendance at the festival.

No outside food, beverages or coolers allowed. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. The event will be held rain or shine.

Sewing club seeks members

Area youth from ages 8 to 18 who are interested in learning to sew can join a 4-H Sewing Club to learn.

An organizational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the White Sewing Center, 735 Oak Street, Scranton.

Parents should accompany their child to this meeting to assist in finding the appropriate project and club time for meeting.

For more information, contact Sandi Graham at 570-963-6842 or e-mail saa224@psu.edu.