Mardi Gras Party: The Blakely/Peckville Crime Watch will hold a pre-Lent New Orleans style Mardi Gras celebration on Friday, March 1, at Fiorelli Catering, 1501 Main St. in Peckville. An informal evening is planned; wear your favorite mask. The New Orleans-inspired menu includes Italian-seasoned chicken, pasta and desserts. The event will have an open bar, a Dixieland band and the Jeffrey James Band. Donation: $45, advance purchase only; there will be no ticket sales at the door. For tickets call Mayor Mariani at 570-383-9946.
Walking the Halls: From now until Thursday, May 23, Forest City Regional School is open after hours for walkers 6-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The building is heated, secure and well-lit. For more than a decade, Wayne Memorial Hospital has partnered with local school districts to offer an indoor exercise option during the coldest months of the year. For security reasons, walkers must be registered and log in/log out for each visit. Logbooks are kept near entryways or school offices. To register, call Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Community Health office at 570-253-8990. There is a one-time $5 fee for badge processing and mailings. Each year, returning participants will receive a sticker reading ‘19’ to place on their badge.
Registration also asks participants to fill out a waiver and questionnaire that asks them about topics they would like to hear more about. For more information, visit wmh.org.
Suicide Prevention Class: The Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative will offer free training on suicide prevention on Monday, March 25, at 5:30 p.m. to first responders. EMS, law enforcement, firefighters and all first responders are at higher risk for trauma and come in contact with other at-risk people. This program is approved for EMS continuing education credits. Dinner is included for this free training to be held at the Anthracite Hotel in Carbondale but you must call 570-575-2343 to reserve your spot.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any information you might have.
Crossing guard sought: Blakely Borough is looking for a crossing guard for the current Valley View School District school year. The location is Keystone Avenue and Gino Merli Drive. Crossings are at 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (times are approximate). For further information, call 570-383-3340 on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and ask for Margie.
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.
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.
‘Wait Until Dark:’ Actors Circle presents the thriller “Wait Until Dark” at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road in Scranton. Show dates are Thursdays through Sundays, through Feb. 10. Show times are 8 p.m. on Thurdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $12; $10 for seniors and $8 for students. For reservations call 570-342-9707, or email email@example.com.
The play depicts the plight of a blind woman who becomes embroiled with a group of con-men hatching an elaborate scam.
Valentines Day Dinner: Trinity Episcopal Church, 58 River St. in Carbondale, will hold a Valentine’s Day pasta and meatball dinner on Thursday, Feb. 14, which includes: pasta with sauce and meatballs, salad, Italian bread and dessert. Dine in or take out. Donation is $10. Walk-ins welcome. Call 570-282-3620 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: Feb. 20). 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 and a progressive jackpot worth at least $1,000 (if not awarded, there will be a consolation prize of $500). Call 570-876-1061 for more information.
• A food pantry will be open on the last Wednesday of the month (next pantry: Feb. 27) from 11 a.m. to noon at the church. Call 570-876-4896 for more information.
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 Feb. 23, noon to 1 p.m.).
Bingo Benefit: The Forest City Lady Foresters high school softball team will hold a bingo night in the high school cafeteria on Saturday, Feb. 23. Tickets are available for $25 for 17 games. Doors open at 3 p.m.; bingo will begin at 4 p.m. Food and beverages will be sold. There will also be basket raffles, a 50/50 and a raffle for $300 worth of lottery tickets. Email Gillettem66@outlook.com for bingo tickets or if you wish to make a donation.
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 (Feb. 23), 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 (Feb. 27), 11 a.m. to noon.
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 March 6) 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.
Program Helps Kids Succeed: Are you a parent or caregiver of a 5th or 6th grader? Would you like to learn some additional skills to help your child succeed and make your strong family stronger? If so, then register for the free Strengthening Families program this fall.
The program is for parents and youth ages 10-14. It is a seven-week program designed to reduce adolescent substance abuse and other problematic behaviors. Officials say it has been scientifically tested and results have shown that children who have completed the program are less likely to become involved in risky behaviors like drug and alcohol abuse.
Parents and children begin each Strengthening Families session with a shared meal followed by breakout sessions for adults and youth. During the last hour the families reunite to increase family bonding, positive communication skills and learn to solve problems together.
The sessions will be held on Sundays starting on Feb. 10, 5:30-8 p.m. at the Carbondale Area Elementary School. For more information or to register, call 570-963-6842.
Food/clothing distribution: Rescue & Restore Church, 125 Lackawanna Ave. in Olyphant, now offers food distribution on the first Monday of each month (next distribution March 4), 2-4 p.m. The church also has a clothing distribution on the first Friday of each month (next distribution March 1) 2-4 p.m. The church is in need of clothing, especially winter clothing.
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 March 6).
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.
Senior Health Monitoring: In partnership with the Lackawanna County Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Area Agency on Aging, the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties is offering free remote health monitoring for Lackawanna County residents age 60 and older in Carbondale and Scott Township.
Remote Older Adult Monitoring (ROAM) is a voluntary, weekly program that monitors vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse, blood oxygen and weight for area seniors at no cost between visits with their physician. Trained telehealth technicians from area colleges and universities use non-invasive, FDA-approved medical devices to obtain and track senior’s vital signs. The readings are transmitted to a nurse from the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging who will contact the senior at the first sign of an alert.
ROAM is offered for free on Mondays at the Scott Township Municipal Building (1038 Montdale Road in Scott Township) from 1-2:30 p.m.; and on Wednesdays at the Carbondale South High Rise (60 S. Main St.) from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 570-343-1267 ext. 239 or visit uwlc.net/roam.
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.
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.
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.
D.C. Tax Info: Dickson City Tax Office hours will be Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 570-489-8126 for more information.
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.
Tax Rebate Help: Genevieve Lupini, Jessup Tax Collector, will be available to assist any qualifying senior citizen with their 2017 state property tax/rent rebate. Eligibility guidelines and assistance required can be obtained by contacting the Jessup tax office. Call 383-1217 for appointments.
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.