Neighborhood group hosting art contest

Archbald Neighborhood Association is hoping residents get a little creative with their sidewalks and driveways this month.

The group is sponsoring a chalk art contest, with judging by members of the borough police department on Oct. 17. Individuals, groups and families can participate by sending their name, the address where the chalk art will be viewed and a phone number to Archbald Neighborhood Association’s Facebook messenger or by Oct. 14.

Chalk is available for free at the borough building, 400 Church St., between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call 570-876-1800, then press 101, before coming to pick up the chalk.

A general timeframe for judging will be posted on the association’s Facebook page. Police will view and photograph each entry. You do not have to be home on Oct. 17 to participate.

The top three entries will receive prizes, which will be announced on the association’s Facebook page. For more information, call Kayleigh Cornell at 570-351-1086.

CA student earns recognition

A Carbondale Area senior has been named as a commended student in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Bayley Grizzanti was presented with a letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

About 34,000 commended students throughout the nation were recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended students placed in the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test.

Bayley is the son of Joanna and Michael Grizzanti, Carbondale. He is currently ranked first in the senior class.

Carbondale fundraiser a walk in the parkA fundraiser benefitting two Carbondale churches will allow participants to admire the season’s beauty and find a little peace.

Called the Carbondale/Simpson Camino, the contemplative, non-competitive event on Oct. 17 invites participants for a special walk along the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail between Carbondale and Simpson. The funds raised will be split equally between Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Rose of Lima Parish.

Groups will start at the YMCA Pavilion every hour on the hour to provide constant witness. Participants will follow the trail to Simpson and return to Carbondale; the total distance is about 3 miles. The trail will be marked with waystations for refreshment of the body and soul.

Entry fees are $15 for adults, which includes a T-shirt. Kids 10 to 18 will cost $5, which does not include a T-shirt. Kids under 10 are free. Participants can order a shirt for a child for $10.

Forms are available online at For more

information, contact 570-282-2991.

Steamtown shows off locomotives

Steamtown National Historic Site will be showing off some mainline steam locomotives this month to celebrate their role in railroad history.

It’s been 60 years since steam locomotives performed mainline revenue rail operations in the United States and Canada. To commemorate the anniversary, Steamtown National Historic Site along with the Iron Horse Society will highlight some of their mainline steam locomotives.

Every Thursday morning, a different mainline steam locomotive will be in to a place of honor on the museum complex turntable and remain there for a week.

Through Oct. 14, the Boston & Maine No. 3713, a Pacific type, will be on display in the Visitors Center and a Union Pacific No. 4012, a Big Boy type, will be displayed in the Locomotive Cutaway area.

From Oct. 15-21, a Berkshire-type Nickel Plate Road No. 759 will be displayed. From Oct. 22-28, a Northern-type Reading Company No. 2124 will be featured. And from Oct 29-Nov 4, the Illinois Central No. 790, a Consolidation type, will be displayed.

Also, Canadian mainline steam locomotives Canadian Pacific No. 2317 and Canadian National No. 3254 will be located on tracks near the core museum complex.

Steamtown National Historic Site has no entrance fee and is open daily from

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Toastmasters club meeting virtually

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to be a better public speaker, Electric City Toastmasters can help.

The group, which helps people develop or improve their public speaking, communication, and leadership skills, has transitioned to online club meetings. They’re inviting people to check it out at no cost.

“During this unprecedented time when most of us find ourselves at home much more than we are accustomed to, we have been presented with a unique opportunity to grow certain skills that many of us may be lacking or want to improve upon,” the group said in an email announcing the virtual meetings. “Electric City Toastmasters is made up of local residents who can help you build your skills in a supportive, self-paced environment.”

For more information on meetings, emaill

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