Meatless meal: SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church will sponsor a meatless meal for Lent — a baked haddock fish dinner (baked haddock, potato, coleslaw, roll and dessert) — on Friday, April 12, at the Regal Room, 216 Lackawanna Ave., in Olyphant, 5-7 p.m. Eat in or take out. Tickets are $13. Coffee and tea will be served. Call 570-383-9487 for reservations. A limited number of dinners will be available the door at $15. Tickets will be available to purchase after each Divine Liturgy, Saturdays and Sundays.
Church bake sale: The Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church, 313 First Ave. in Jessup, will hold an Easter bake sale on Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Holy Ghost School Hall next to the church. Featuring homemade baked goods including paska bread, kolachi and assorted cookies.
Meat spin: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5544, 205 Dolph St. in Jessup, will hold its Easter meat spin for ham, turkey, kielbasa spare ribs and slab bacon on Sunday, April 14, starting at 2 p.m. at the post home. Chances for baskets and 50/50 will also be held. Free buffet will be served.
KOC breakfast: The Knights of Columbus Jessup/Peckville chapter will sponsor an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Palm Sunday, April 14, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Holy Ghost Hall in Jessup, featuring eggs, sausage and pancakes. Tickets are $9; $4 for kids 6-12 and kids younger than 6 will eat free.
Garden club special meeting: A spotted lanternfly informational meeting will be held by the Mountain View Garden Club on Tuesday. April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Clifford Fire Hall. Lackawanna and Susquehanna County Master Gardeners are sponsoring the meeting regarding the threat of this invasive, non-native species. Refreshments and social time begins at 6:45 p.m.
Sandwich sale: The Nadine Cenci Marchegiani Foundation’s seventh annual porketta sandwich sale will be held Saturday, April 20, at the Jessup Hose Co. No. 2, 333 Hill St., Jessup. Pickup time is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Advanced orders are recommended. Call 570-499-1794. Tickets are $3.50 per sandwich.
Reunion meeting: Graduates of Mid Valley High School Class of 1970 will hold a meeting to plan its 50th anniversary class reunion on Thursday, April 25, 6:30 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5544, 205 Dolph St. in Jessup. Any questions, call 570-780-3095 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basket bonanza: LaSalle Academy will hold its annual Basket Bonanza fundraiser on Friday, April 26, at Fiorelli Catering, 1501 Main St. in Peckville. The theme for this year is “Rock and Roll.” Hundreds of baskets will be raffled. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for preview, and dinner will be at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30; $20 for children 14 and younger. Menu is a chicken Parmesan dinner, dessert and beverages. There will also be a cash bar. Call 570-489-2010 or visit our LaSalle Academy page on Facebook. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Hose Co. dinner: The Excelsior Hose Co. No. 1 annual rigatoni dinner will be held on Sunday, April 27, at Raymond Henry American Legion Post No. 327, 101 Willow St. in Olyphant, 4-8 p.m. Tickets are available from any member or by calling the station 570-307-5085. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the dinner. Dinner includes rigatoni, homemade sauce, homemade meatballs (or complimentary venison), salad, roll and a dessert. Donation is $10.
Lions collecting health items: The Eynon-Archbald Lions Club is collecting slightly-used walkers, wheelchairs, canes, portable toilets and shower chairs. They are available free to anyone who may need them. Call 570-498-9398 to make arrangements for pick up.
The club is also collecting used eyeglasses and hearing aids. The drop off sites are at the corner of Betty and Main streets in Eynon and the lobby of the NBT Bank on Kennedy Street in Archbald. Look for the Lions logo. The eyeglasses donated are recycled, inventoried and distributed to optical missions around the world.
Counselors sought: Archbald Borough is accepting applications for the positions of summer camp counselors. Program hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Applicants must be 16 years or older. Successful candidates are subject to background checks. Applications can be picked up at the Archbald Municipal Building, 400 Church St., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or at archbaldboroughpa.gov. Deadline for submitting applications is Friday, May 3.
Pierogie sale: All Saints Orthodox Church, 211 Willow Ave. in Olyphant, sells frozen pierogies Fridays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., and Sundays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Price is $6.50 per dozen. Call 570-383-0785 or 570-489-5591 for more information.
Bingo night: Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, 624 Madison Ave. in Jermyn, holds bingo on the first and third Wednesdays of each month (next bingo night: April 24, no bingo April 17). Doors open at 5 p.m., early bird games begin at 6 p.m. and regular games begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. The evening includes homemade foods such as chili, pierogies, soups and desserts, along with specialty games, refreshments, door prizes awarded and a progressive jackpot starting at $1,100 with 50 pills (if not awarded, there will be a consolation prize of $500). Call 570-876-1061 for more information.
Fish dinner: William Walker Hose Co., 803 Penn Ave. in Mayfield, will hold its annual fish dinner (eat-in or take-out) on Friday, April 12, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dinner will include hand-breaded fried haddock, baked potato, coleslaw and dessert. Price will be $10 pre-sale or $12 at the door. Tickets are available from members, at the Mayfield Borough Office, or by calling 570-282-6059.
Painting class: The Eynon Christmas Lights Committee will sponsor a painting class on Saturday, April 13, 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Fashion Mall in Dickson City. Instructors will guide you step -by-step from blank canvas to your completed masterpiece. Email Spiritedartscranton@gmail.com or call 570-507-1560 or 570-876-2423 to register. Proceeds will benefit the Christmas lights effort.
Church outreach: St. James-George Episcopal Church, 398 Washington Ave. in Jermyn, will hold its free community meal on the last Saturday of the month (next meal: April 27), 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The church also has a food pantry which is open on the last Wednesday of the month (next opening: April 24), 11 a.m. to noon. Call 570-876-4896 for more information.Purse bingo: Trinity Episcopal Church, 58 River St. in Carbondale, will hold a designer purse bingo on Saturday, April 27. Admission ticket $25, early bird 12:45 p.m., regular bingo at 1 p.m. Doors open at noon. Lunch counter available. Call 570-282-3620 for tickets.
Community lunch: The free community lunch will be served at the Red Door Cafe at the Peckville United Methodist Church, 732 Main St., on the fourth Saturday of each month, (next meal is on April 28, noon to 1 p.m.).
Cookbook club: The Valley Community Library, 739 River St. in Peckville, has a cookbook club, which meets on the first Wednesday of each month (next meeting May 1) at 6 p.m. Registration is required and may be done in person at the library, where the current month’s cookbook is available for viewing. For more information, call 570-489-1765 or visit the library’s Facebook page.
State issues: A representative for state Rep. Kevin Haggerty’s office will be available at the Throop Civic Center, 500 Sanderson St., on the first Wednesday of the month from 9-10 a.m. (Next visit is May 1).
Food/clothing distribution: Rescue & Restore Church, 125 Lackawanna Ave. in Olyphant, now offers food distribution on the first Monday of each month (next distribution May 6), 2-4 p.m. The church also has a clothing distribution on the first Friday of each month (next distribution April 5) 2-4 p.m. The church is in need of clothing, especially winter clothing.
Winterthur trip: The library will sponsor a fundraiser bus trip to “Costuming ‘The Crown’” at Winterthur Garden & Musuems on Saturday, May 18. The cost is $99 per person and includes bus, exhibit and tour of Winterthur. Bus leaves the Viewmont Mall at 8 a.m. Garden tram tour will be followed by guided tour of Winterthur. Exhibit includes 40 iconic costumes from the Netflix series “The Crown.” Depart for home at 4 p.m. Lunch is on your own at the museum. Payment is due at time of reservation and seats on bus are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.
Queen City Days: The annual Queen City Days, carnival and picnic, sponsored by Eureka Hose Co. No.4, 717 E. Grant St., Olyphant, will be conducted May 29-31 and June 1. Carnival rides, local food vendors, games and refreshments will be featured. Any business or organization interested in securing space on the midway is asked to call 570-383-1406 as soon as possible.
Tax assistance: Genevieve Lupini, Jessup tax collector will be available to assist any qualifying senior citizen with their state property tax/rent rebate. There are many people who do not realize this program is available to them, which gives rebates from $250 to $650. Eligibility guidelines and assistance required can be obtained by calling 570-383-1217 for an appointment.
Freedom fighter monument: Donations are being accepted along with applications for memorial bricks for the Olyphant Borough Freedom Fighter Memorial, a tribute to the modern day soldier. This 6-and-a-half-foot stainless steel soldier will stand near the center of town in honor of all military who served from Desert Storm to present day. Applications for bricks can be picked up at the borough building. Donations can be sent to the Olyphant Borough Freedom Fighter, 113 Willow Ave. Olyphant, PA 18447. You can also follow the progress on Facebook at “Olyphant Borough Freedom Fighter.” Call 570-892-0378 for more information.
Lunch at the Civic Center: The Throop Civic Center has been expanding the Senior Center and will be offering lunch on Mondays, to be served at noon. Reservations are needed by the Thursday prior. Contact the Throop Civic Center at 570-383-7906 for reservations and details.
Classmates sought: Members of the Mid Valley Class of 1970 have formed a 50th anniversary class reunion committee and are seeking current address of classmates. Call 570-780-3095 or email email@example.com with any information you might have.
Avoiding event conflicts: Mayfield borough officials are seeking the cooperation of all civic groups in Mayfield with scheduling of fundraising activities for 2019. Any civic group or organization planning an event is asked to call 570-876-4391 to set aside dates needed in order to avoid conflicts and insure maximum effect of the activity.
Classmates sought: Members of the Archbald High School class of 1969 have formed a 50th anniversary class reunion committee and are seeking current addresses of classmates. Visit the Archbald High School Class of 1969 Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 570-575-0651 with any information.
Toddler Time: Toddler Time at the Dickson City Civic Center will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon, featuring story time, craft, snack, songs, games and more. Recommended for kids 18 months of age and older and their caregiver. Fee is $5 per class for Dickson City residents and $7 per class for nonresidents. Call 570-383-1813 for more information.
Throop yard waste: In Throop Borough, yard waste collection now runs April through November on the first and third Mondays. All yard waste needs to be in yard waste bags or open containers for collection. Yard waste bags are available at the borough building.
Historical society: The Greenfield Township Historical Society is seeking new members for 2018. Annual memberships help to maintain the museum building, Carpenter School and historical collections. Membership is open to all. Membership dues are $10 for an individual; $15 for a family; $100 for a lifetime membership. Send dues to Clara Gardner, 423 Hickory Ridge Road, Greenfield Township, PA 18407. Make checks payable to the: Greenfield Township Historical Society.
Residents are also welcome to attend monthly meetings. They are held at the Museum Building on the first Monday of each month, at 7:30 p.m. Additionally, the museum building and Carpenter School are open on the first and third Saturday mornings of each month, 9-11:30 a.m., or by appointment, for other days and times, or call 570-282-2768 or 570-222-4875.
Historical society: The Forest City Area Historical Society (FCAHS) is accepting applications for membership and membership renewals. The FCAHS encompasses Browndale, Forest City, Richmondale and Vandling. Anyone with pictures or items to donate is asked to call 570-785-5659. Memberships are for one year: an individual membership for $15; a family membership $25; a lifetime membership is $125. Call 570-499-4908 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Meetings are held on the second Sunday of each month at 6 p.m. Visit forestcityareahistoricalsociety.com to learn more about the organization or to download a membership application.
Jenny’s Kloset: Jenny’s Kloset is an ongoing local collection for Valley View Elementary students and families. Drop off locations are The Caverna on Church Street in Jessup, The Eatery on Hill Street in Jessup, Lavender Goose on Main Street in Peckville and Quinn’s in Peckville. Items needed are non perishable food, clothing and monetary donations. For more information, call 570-466-0658.
DCCC soldier collection: The Dickson City Civic Center (DCCC) is looking to send care packages to some of our local service members. Does your family have someone serving who would like to receive a care package from home? Call 570-383-1813 to provide mailing information.
Mayfield Crime Watch notes: Mayfield Crime Watch reminds residents they can report suspicious activity or problems in town by dropping a note in its drop box at the borough building, 739 Penn Ave. Also let the group know of any elderly person who may need food. It is checked often and you can remain anonymous.
Helping Mayfield seniors food collection: Non-perishable items can be dropped off at the Mayfield Borough Building. Items will be donated to elderly people in need in the borough.
Meals for the needy: St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen has established a joint effort with St. Rose of Lima and Our Lady of Mount Carmel parishes in Carbondale, Christ the King Parish in Archbald and Holy Cross Parish in Olyphant to provide free hot meals to those in need within the neighborhoods of those parishes.
The meals, served by volunteers from the parishes, are being offered on Wednesdays, noon to 12:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Olyphant; on Thursdays at St. Rose of Lima Church in Carbondale; and on Tuesdays at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Archbald.
COLTS Senior Services: The Mid-Valley and Carbondale Active Adult Centers will host a signup for services provided by the County of Lackawanna Transportation System (COLTS) transportation services, including the Senior Shared Ride Program. If you are 65 or older, you can ride the bus for free. You can sign up for a Commonwealth Transit ID card and for the Senior Shared Ride Program. You should bring proof of age.
Grief support: VNA Hospice and Home Health, 301 Delaware Ave. in Olyphant, offers a variety of grief/bereavement support groups.
• Bereavement support group. This more traditional group assists participants in learning to cope with the new challenges facing them as they grieve. Third Thursday of each month, 6-8 p.m.; and the second Wednesday of each month, 12:30-2 p.m.
• Knitting and crocheting group. Beginners and experienced join together with instructors on hand, knitting/crocheting items for preemies, which are donated to hospitals in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. Bring your own knitting needles and crochet hooks. Patterns and instruction provided. Mondays, 1:30-3 p.m.
• Fisherman knot rosary and sleeping bag project. VNA provides the twine needed to produce these soft rosary that are then donated to skilled nursing facilities, personal care homes and VA Hospital in Wilkes-Barre. They also make sleeping bags for the homeless community. Tuesdays, 1-2:30 p.m.
• Yoga for healing. Soothing the body, mind and spirit in a gentle way helps the whole being to relax and heal. There is a $10 fee per class. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat or blanket. Tuesdays, 6:15-7:30 p.m. Call 570-383-5180 with questions.
VFW membership: The members of Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post No. 7963, 284 Main St., Eynon, remind you that if you live in Eynon, Archbald, Jermyn and Mayfield areas, served in any major conflict since World War II and have not become a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), or have let you membership expire, you are invited to stop by the post home and inquire on how to become a regular member.
Emergency stickers: The Jessup Ambulance Association is offering 5-by-6-inch reflective window evacuation stickers that will notify emergency responders that there is an occupant in the home who requires assistance if sudden evacuation is required. Residents may request a sticker by calling 570-383-6426 or sending an e-mail to Jessup_ambulance@verizon.net.
Scout Uniforms: Boy Scout Troop 21, chartered since 1928 to Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Dickson City, is asking for donations of used Boy Scout uniforms: shirts, pants, shorts and belts. Call 570-489-4626 or visit vbvm.org/troop21 for more information.
Cell Phone Dropoff: American Legion Post No. 411, 508 Church St., Jessup, now has a collection box for old, used and unwanted cell phones. The phones will be reconditioned and sent to our troops overseas. Phones can be dropped off at the post’s collection box anytime.
Assistive Technology Available: Pennsylvania’s Telecommunication Device Distribution Program (TDDP) provides specialized land-line telephone equipment, free, to eligible Pennsylvanians with disabilities that prevent them from having independent access to the telephone. This includes people who are deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired, blind or have visual problems, or have physical or intellectual disabilities. Applicants must:
• be a Pennsylvania resident;
• have a disability that prevents independence on a standard phone;
• have an individual gross income of less than 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines;
• have current telephone service (i.e. a landline or digital home service)
• have the ability to learn how to use the requested device(s)
For more information, call 570-347-3357 (voice) or email email@example.com. Free demonstrations and/or short-term equipment loans are also available to help determine what equipment works best. TDDP is managed by Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology, a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, in conjunction with the PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the PA Public Utility Commission.
Emergency Kits: The Carbondale/Forest City American Red Cross is selling emergency preparedness supplies as part of a fundraising drive. It is selling an AM/FM water-resistant radio with weather alerts, TV-VHF, flashlight, siren and cell phone charger for $59.95 and a road hazard triangle kit for $25.95. Call 570-282-2520 to purchase these items or for more information.
Broom Sales: The Mayfield Lions Club sells brooms at the Mayfield Municipal Building, 739 Penn Ave. (570-876-4391) and at a new location, Tuzze’s Pharmacy, 509 Poplar St. (570-876-0740). The club also collects used eyeglasses at the same locations. Call for more information.