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Holiday Bureau: The Christmas Holiday Bureau will help families with children residing in Lackawanna County that meet eligibility requirements. Families seeking holiday assistance are asked to call 504-0244 through Wednesday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., to schedule an interview. Interviews by appointment only will be conducted in Scranton and Carbondale. Wal-Mart gift cards will once again be distributed to eligible applicants for holiday assistance.

Senior Center: Mid Valley Senior Community Center, 310 Church St., Jessup. Regular activities: Bingo Mondays, 9-11 a.m. Tai chi Mondays, 1-2 p.m., $5. Pokeno and bingo Wednesdays 9-11 a.m. Red Hat Foxy Ladies dinner offsite every third Wednesday. Bingo Fridays, 9-11 a.m. Birthday party on the third Friday of the month, 11 a.m. for everyone born that month. Dinner at noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, $5/$1.25 for age 60 and older. Food boxes on the third Wednesday of the month; you must register. Free computer available. Monthly party holiday celebration with live music.

Call 489-4415 for more information.

- Thanksgiving dinner Friday, Nov. 16 at 9 a.m..

- Christmas party for all centers Sunday, Dec. 9, at 12:30 p.m. at Fiorelli's Catering.

- Christmas party Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 9 a.m..

Parents Nights Out: Dickson City Civic Center, 935 Albert St., Dickson City will hold more "Parents Night Out" nights Fridays, Nov. 16 and 23 and 30, 6:30-10:30 p.m. All children must have an emergency slip on file. Admission is $7 for Dickson City residents; $10 for non-residents. Family discounts are available. Children can participate in games, Wii and crafts projects and will be offered snacks. Please register no later than the day before night your child will attend. Call 383-1813 for more infomation.

'Any Wednesday': The Actors Circle will present "Any Wednesday," Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Rd. in Scranton. It's 1964 Tony Award-winning comedy about mistresses and misunderstandings. Call 342-9707 or visit for more information.

Thanksgiving Dinner: North Valley Baptist Church, 1300 Old Plank Road, Mayfield, will hold a free Thanksgiving dinner Sunday, Nov. 18, at noon. Call 282-2413 or 282-2408 for more information.

Benefit Dinner: The family and friends of Blakely resident Beth Devine, who has been diagnosed with cancer, are holding a benefit rigatoni and meatball dinner Saturday, Nov. 17, 4-7 p.m. at the Blakely Hose Co., 315 Second St., Blakely. Tickets are $10. Proceeds will to toward Devine's medical expenses. To make a monetary donation, donate a raffle item or purchase tickets call 840-3356 or 650-5397.

Benefit Dinner: The "Save St. Mary's Church" organization will hold a pasta dinner Sunday, Nov. 18, 1-5 p.m. at the Michael Sterner American Legion Post No. 411, 508 Church St., Jessup. The menu will include spaghetti and meatballs with homemade desserts and non-alcoholic beverages. Eat in or take out. Tickets are $10 and are available from committee members or by calling 489-3929 or 489-2796.

Library Tea: The Valley Community Library, 739 River St., Peckville, will host a library tea fundraiser Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. The special guest speaker will be Chef Joseph Caputo, author of "The Accidental Chef: A Collection of Recipes and the Stories Behind Them." Copies of this book will be available for purchase and signing. This year's tea is dedicated to the memory of Nancy Jane Kasprowicz, who chaired this event since its inception four years ago.

Attendees are asked to bring their favorite teacup and saucer. All ladies are encouraged to wear their favorite hat. Traditional high tea fare will be served. There will also be door prizes and other raffle surprises. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can be obtained at the Library. Call 489-1765 for more information.

Call 489-1765 for more information.

VFW Meeting: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5937 will meet Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. at the American Legion Post No. 665, 901 Main Street, Dickson City.

Choral Concert: The Mid Valley High School Mixed Chorus, The Marywood University Chamber Singers and the Dunmore Elementary Chorus will be among the groups performing at The Catholic Choral Society's 11th annual Generations Sing Concert, to be held Sunday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 at St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton. Admission is free. Call 587-2753 or visit for more information.

Yard Waste in Archbald: Yard waste collection in biodegradable bags will start again the week of Nov. 19 and continue every other week on your recycling day, weather permitting. Ashes are now being picked up every Tuesday. Call 876-1800 for more information.

Yard Waste in Throop: There will be a borough-wide yard waste pickup Monday, Nov. 19. Please have yard waste curbside by 7 a.m. This will be the final yard waste pickup of 2012.

Camera Club: Camera Club for Kids will meet Monday, Nov 19, at 6-7:30 p.m. at Angela Ceccarelli Photography, 498 N. Main St., Archbald. Children ages 12-18 are welcome. Call 510-2405 for more information.

Bread Sale: St. John's Russian Orthodox Cathedral will hold its annual Thanksgiving bread sale Tuesday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. John's Center, 703 Hill St., Mayfield. Raisin or white round ($7) and pan loaves ($3.50) will be sold. Orders may be placed by calling 876-0730, 876-3372 or 876-0391.

Garden Club: The Mountain View Garden Club elected new officers at its annual meeting: president Lois Todd, vice president Mary Pucul, recording secretary Deb McNamara, corresponding secretary June Walters and treasurer Dawn Howell. The next meeting will be Tuesday Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Clifford Township Fire Hall on Route 106. New members are always welcome. Dues may be sent to the Mountain View Garden Club, P.O. Box 81, Clifford, PA 18413.

Class Reunion: Valley View High School classes of 1972 and '73 will hold a reunion Saturday, Nov. 24, at Fiorelli's Catering, 1501 Main St., Peckville. $40 per person. If you haven't received an invitation, call 876-5539 for more information.

Trips to NYC: - The Double "R" Twirlettes will sponsor a bus trip to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Monday, Nov. 26. Cost of $99 includes round trip motor coach and an orchestra level seat with popcorn and a beverage at the show. Call 489-1935. The bus will leave from Peckville.

- The annual family Christmas in New York City trip, sponsored by the Jermyn Shade Tree Commission, is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 26, with an 8 a.m. departure from the Jermyn Community Center, 440 Jefferson Ave., Jermyn. Cost of $80 round trip bus ride and ticket to Radio City Christmas Show at 5 p.m. You will have six hours of free time to enjoy New York City. Call 876-4758 or 876-1477.

Christmas Parties: The Regal Room, 216 Lackawanna Ave., Olyphant, has announced several Christmas parties:

- Stanky's Christmas polka party will be Friday Dec. 7, 6-10 p.m. with a buffet dinner and live entertainment by Joe Stanky & his Cadets. Tickets are $20.

- The deluxe semi-private Christmas party will be Saturday Dec. 8, 7 p.m. to midnight with a full course dinner and live entertainment by the Jeffrey James Band. Tickets are $35-$52.60 per guest, depending on the meal. Final balance is due Friday, Nov. 30.

- The deluxe open house Christmas party will be Saturday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. to midnight with buffet dinner and live entertainment by Aim & Fire. Tickets are $20. Advance reservations and payment required. No one under 21 years of age will be admitted.

Call 489-1901 for more information.

Bus Trip: Mid Valley Golden Agers Trips will sponsor a trip Monday, Dec. 17 to the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse Christmas Show with full lunch. Call 489-8274 for more information.

Polish Carols: Padre Pio Assembly Knights of Columbus of Mayfield is now taking orders for a music CD titled "100 Years of Christmas Memories," a collection of 23 Polish Christmas Carols performed in Polish and English by Members of the St. Michael's Choir of the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Mayfield, under the direction of organist/choir director Michael L. Mroczka. The digitally enhanced CDs are available now, priced at $12, $15 if they are to be mailed directly. Call 876-0786, 876-1873, 254-9928, 876-2739 or 876-1193.

Cruises Planned: Mainly Hair by Dorie and Scott Greens Golf Club are both planning a trip to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic Tuesday, Feb. 26, to Friday, March 1, 2013. Price includes round-trip bus fare to Philadelphia; a golf package available. Proceeds from the Scotts Green trip will benefit the junior golf scholarship fund. To book with Mainly Hair by Dorie call 383-5090 or 504-6998. To book with Scotts Greem call 383-0544 or visit

Library Activities: At the Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St., Carbondale:

- Toddler free play and story time: Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for children ages 3 and younger are welcome for playtime, socialization with other children their age, stories and a light snack. Siblings are welcome. Call 282-4281 to register.

Pierogie Sales: All Saints Church, 213 Willow Ave., Olyphant, will sell pierogies every Friday, 9-11:30 a.m. and every Sunday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. To place an advance order call 489-7701, 383-0785 or the church hall at 489-5591.

Senior Center: The Carbondale Senior Community Center, 66 N. Church St., Carbondale. Regular activities: Card club Mondays 10-11:30 a.m. Bingo Monday, Wednesday and Friday noon to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-1 p.m. Chair exercises daily 9:30-10 a.m. Pokeno club Fridays 10-11:30 a.m. Also available: pool, darts and current movies and popcorn. Meals served at 11:30 a.m.; $1 donation. Call 282-6167 or email for more information on any of these programs.

Panama Cruise: The Queen City Cruisers are planning a 12-day cruise to Hawaii on Royal Caribbean, Sept. 6-18, 2013. Cabins start at $1,254 per person. Call 840-3841 for more information.

Line Dancing: Fall line dance classes have begun at Trinity Episcopal Church, 58 River St., in Carbondale. Ruth Wheeler will lead the class from 11 a.m to noon on Wednesdays. Cost of class is $5 per session. Call 222-3568 for more information.

Knitting Group: A knitting group is forming at Trinity Episcopal Church, 58 River St. in Carbondale. It will meet Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Supplies and instruction will be provided free. If you already knit, come for the evening, bring your current project and share ideas. Call 222-3568 for more information.

Civic Group Reminders: Several communities are seeking the cooperation of all civic groups with regard to scheduling fund-raising activities in order to avoid conflicts and ensure maximum effect of the activity.

- Jermyn residents are asked to call the borough office at 876-0610.

- Throop residents are asked to call Phyllis Mikulski at 489-3355 for available dates to schedule events.

Tax Rebate Help: Genevieve Lupini, Jessup Tax Collector, will be available to assist any qualifying senior citizen with their 2011 state property tax/rent rebate, which gives rebates from $250 to $650. Contact her at 383-1217 for information on the income limits, qualifications and eligibility guidelines.

Broom Sales: The Mayfield Lions Club sells brooms for $12 each at the Mayfield Municipal Building, 739 Penn Ave., or at the PennStar Bank, 500 Lackawanna Ave. The club also collects used eyeglasses at the same locations. Call 876-4391 for more information.

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 383-6426 or sending an e-mail to

Plaza Pavers: You can still purchase engraved paving stones to be placed at the Archbald Memorial Park at High School Plaza. Bricks measuring 6 inches by 9 inches are $100, bricks measuring 12 inches by 12 inches are available for $250; $275 for a brick with a logo. Forms are available at the Archbald Borough Building. Call 876-1800 for more information.

Recycle in Carbondale: The Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Think Recycle, a program that collects used print cartridges, digital cameras and cell phones in the community. Greentec, the company behind Think Recycle, collects, processes and recycles the cartridges and cell phones, diverting the electronic waste from landfill sites. The program also helps the chamber of commerce raise funds. The public can drop off old cell phones, digital cameras or printer cartridges during business hours at The Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, 27 N. Main St., Carbondale. Visit for more information.

Throop Yard Waste/Recycling: Throop Borough did not hold its annual "spring clean up" program this year. Residents having excessive volume of material for disposal may schedule the borough's truck by calling the Throop Municipal Building during normal business hours or by applying for a landfill permit. Call 489-8311 for further information. Commingled newspapers and corrugated cardboard: in the first and third wards on the first and third Tuesdays of the month; in the second and fourth wards on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Shredded paper and junk mail: the second and fourth Mondays of the month in all wards. Yard waste (April through October): the first and third Mondays if the month in all wards. Tires (May through October): the last Tuesday of the month (residents must call in advance).

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 489-4626 or visit 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.

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 282-2520 to purchase these items or for more information.

Flag Kits: The Olyphant Lions Club will continue its flag program through November. A complete kit with a 3-foot-by 5-foot American flag is $15. Replacements are $8. They are available for purchase at Bosak's Choice Meats, 524 Burke By-Pass, Olyphant. Call 383-5260 or 489-8816 for more information.

Tax Office Hours: The Jessup Tax Office, 395 Lane St., will be open 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 9-11:30 a.m. Saturdays during in March, April, August and September.

Word to the Wise: Genevieve Lupini, Jessup tax collector, urges residents to visit the Web site, a database of unclaimed funds. You may discover money you're owed.