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Riverside Closed for Presidents Day: Due to the observance of Presidents’ Day, there will be no classes in the Riverside School District on Monday, Feb. 18.
Reunion Planning: The OFHS Class of 1964 has begun planning for their 55th Reunion to be held at Arcaro and Genell Banquet Facility in Old Forge on Oct. 12. Further information will be available as plans progress. The next meeting to continue with plans will be on Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at Arcaro and Genell in Old Forge.
Tax Assistance at U. of S.: Accounting students from The University of Scranton will assist local residents with filing their federal, state and local tax returns as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The students, joined by numerous professional volunteers organized by the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, with the support of several local organizations, will provide the free service to residents of Lackawanna and Wayne counties with household incomes of $54,000 or less for 2018.
Walk-in VITA service without an appointment is available in room 111 of Brennan Hall, Madison Avenue, on the university’s campus on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Wednesday, March 6, and from Monday, Mar. 18, to Wednesday, April 3. Hours of service will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays; from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays. Service on campus will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis and advance appointments cannot be scheduled. The university reserves the right to cap the number of walk-in residents they can serve within a single day.
Residents using the VITA service are asked to bring the following items:
• a valid photo ID
• all W2 forms
• all 1099 forms (interest, dividends, pensions)
• unemployment paperwork
• real estate tax receipts for rent/tax rebate
• form 8332 for non-custodial parents; Social Security cards for all taxpayers and dependents
• W-7 forms if appropriate; information related to income and expenses (business, rental properties, sale of stocks)
• a personal banking account check if direct deposit is desired
• and any documentation related to health insurance for themselves and anyone on the tax return, such as Form 1095-A, -B or -C. Last year’s tax returns are also requested.
In addition to the University’s campus the VITA service is available by appointment only at the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne counties office at 615 Jefferson Ave.
Valentines Spectacular: The inaugural Valentines Spectacular will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, at Lucca Restaurant, 802 S. Main St. in Taylor, and will feature Gerald Mayer and John Lewis performing golden oldies and love songs. Doors open at 5:30; dinner is at 6 p.m.; dancing will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35. BYOB. Call 570-499-4904 for tickets.
Designer Purse Bingo: The Electric City Shock travel softball team will sponsor designer purse bingo on Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Eagle McClure Hose Co., 375 Milwaukee Ave. in Old Forge. Doors open at 11 a.m.; bingo starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance. For more information call 570-885-0475 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seeking Players: The Moosic-Old Forge Mens Softball League is looking for one or two teams for 2019 season. This is an adult, wooden-bat slow-pitch league. Call 570-335-5596 for more information.
Church Breakfast: The annual Divine Mercy Parish breakfast will be held on Sunday, Feb. 17, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Featured will be cooked-to-order omelets and homemade Belgian waffles with fruit toppings. The menu also includes home fries, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, homemade coffee cakes, breads and pastries and beverages. Cost is $8; $4 for kids 4-10. Tickets will be sold after all weekend Masses, at the parish office during normal business hours, and will also be available at the door.
Program Helps Kids Succeed: Are you a parent or caregiver of a fifth or sixth grader? Would you like to learn some additional skills to help your child succeed and make your strong family stronger? The free Strengthening Families program may be able to help. 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.
Two sessions will be held in Moosic on Thursdays from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Riverside Elementary East School starting Jan. 31. The free program includes dinner for the family, prizes for attendance and free child care for younger family members. For more information or to register, call 570-963-6842.
Recycling Containers: Taylor Borough is distributing new recycling containers to borough residents at the Taylor Community Center, 700 S. Main St. and will continue weekdays, 1-8:30 p.m. Residents will be required to show proof of residency via tax bill, utility bill or photo ID.
Seeking Legion Members: The Taylor American Legion is searching for new members. Without a regular infusion of young veterans, many of our Legions and VFWs have had to close, as there weren’t enough regular members to support and manage their facilities. The Legion is at 210 S. Main St. in Taylor. Call 570-562-9920 or email email@example.com. The Commander is Jacqueline Colburn, and the regular Legion meetings are on the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m.
Banner Program Programs
• The Old Forge heroes banner program is under way and will run through Feb. 14, 2019. Applications are available at the Old Forge borough building during normal hours of operation. There will be one open application period this year; banners should be in place by Memorial Day, 2019.
• The Taylor Borough program, honoring veteran heroes is currently under way and will run through March 15. Applications can be picked up at the Taylor Borough Building during normal business hours or from members of the committee. Information can be found on the borough web page or call the borough building at 570-562-1400. Banners will be displayed from Memorial Day until Veterans Day in 2019 and during the same time period in 2020.
Tax Collector Days: Tax collector days in Taylor will be Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.
Polish Language Classes: Polish language classes are held at the Taylor Community Library on Thursdays at 4-5:30 p.m. Call 570-562-2007 for more information.
Clothing Dropbox: Moosic Alliance Church, 608 Rocky Glen Road, in cooperation with St. Paul Textile, is sponsoring a clothing drop-off shed as a fundraiser to send youth to camp. The youth at Moosic Alliance Church will receive $40 for every 1,000 pounds of clothing donated.
Aid for Veterans: Temporary emergency funding to support either Pennsylvania veterans or nonprofit groups that serve veterans, is available through the Lackawanna County Veterans Affairs Office. An application needs to be filled out and submitted along with support documentation. Office staff are able to provide assistance in completing the application. They review the paperwork and generally provide an answer in two or three business days. The average grants are about $1,000, depending on need. The staff may also be able to suggest other forms of assistance and benefits that may be available. For more information, call 570-963-6778.
Pet Notice: Old Forge residents are reminded that the borough has an ordinance governing the curbing of pets and other animals and the responsibility for the removal of all animal waste. This ordinance applies to all borough parks. Any person violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be subject to fines.
Flag Disposal: American Legion Post No. 306 reminds residents that a dropoff box for unserviceable, worn, torn, discolored or faded flags is on the front porch of the post home at 208 S. Main St. in Taylor. A ceremony is held annually at the Taylor Memorial Cemetery to properly dispose of the collected flags. For more information, call 570-562-9920.
Senior Passes: The Old Forge School Board golden-age policy passes, allowing borough residents 65 and older free admission to district-sponsored athletic events, are available in the high school office, 300 Marion St., Old Forge.
Yard Waste Notice: Moosic Borough can no longer accept grass and leaves in any type of plastic bag (biodegradable or not). This is a requirement by the Department of Environmental Protection. Grass and leaves must be placed in separate open containers, weighing no more than 35 pounds. Brush and tree limbs cannot be mixed with grass and leaves. They can be bundled together or placed in open containers.
Sewer Payment Notice: Old Forge residents are reminded that the borough sewer bills are to be paid at the Old Forge Branch of Penn Security Bank only. Other branches of Penn Security will not accept these payments.
Help for Seniors: Older residents with questions about Medicare or health insurance coverage may visit state Rep. Marty Flynn’s office, 409 N. Main Ave. in Scranton, the second Monday of each month for assistance. Appointments are suggested by calling 570-342-4348.
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 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 our homeless community. Tuesdays 1-2:30 p.m.
• Yoga for healing. 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.
Bulky Waste: Old Forge Borough Council has enacted an ordinance establishing a bulky waste collection rate of $6 per bulk waste item. The definition of bulky wastes is appliances, furniture, bedding and the like. The use of three $2 stickers is required. If you have any questions, call the administrative office at 570-457-8852.
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.
• 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); and
• have the ability to learn how to use the requested device(s).
For more information, call 570-347-3357 (voice) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 (PIAT), a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC).
Peddling Notice: In response to community concerns and complaints, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to engage in the business of peddling, hawking, selling or soliciting for the sale of any types of goods, services, wares or merchandise, at any residence or along any street within the confines of the Borough of Moosic, or conduct any other type of temporary commercial activity without first having secured a temporary sales permit. All individuals engaged in or desiring to be engaged in peddling or other activities licensed under Moosic Borough Ordinance No. 18-1995 shall submit to a background check at their own expense. The fee for such a permit shall be in the amount of $25 per person for each day of intended activity. Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined not more than $600, plus costs of prosecution, for each such offense, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, shall be imprisoned for a period of not more than 30 days and each day that a violation occurs or continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
Residents should contact Moosic Borough Police Department at the non-emergency number, 570-342-9111.
Garbage Stickers: Old Forge residents should note that garbage stickers are available at the following locations:
• Ary’s Xpress, Main Street;
• Convenient Food Mart, Main Street;
• Convenient Food Mart, Moosic Road;
• Gerrity’s, Birney Avenue, Moosic;
• Northeast ACE Hardware, Main Street;
• Price Chopper, Main Street, Taylor;
• Ray’s ShurSave, Lawrence Street;
• Sayona, Keyser Avenue; and
• Turkey Hill, Main Street.
Recycling Notice: Old Forge Borough officials remind residents that a state law requires recycling in the borough. Cans, bottles and plastic are picked up at the curb on alternate weeks with newspaper and cardboard. If you have any questions or for more details on what can be recycled please call 570-457-8852.
Support Group: The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Pennsylvania hosts a support group meeting every Tuesday of the month from 7-8 p.m. For reservations, call 570-585-8099.
Seeking Volunteers: Serving Seniors is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and care of nursing home, assisted living/personal care home residents and older adults throughout Lackawanna County through its community services, transportation program, volunteer visitation, guardianship and ombudsman services and PEER (Pennsylvania’s Empowered Expert Residents) program. Serving Seniors is funded by the Lackawanna County Commissioners through the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging with funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Federal Administration on Aging and the United Way of Lackawanna County. If you are available a few hours a month, 18 or older, concerned about the rights of nursing home and assisted living/personal care home residents and interested in making a difference in the lives of older adults, then you may be perfect for the volunteer program. For more information, contact 570-344-3931.
Borough Meetings: The Old Forge Borough Council meetings are scheduled as follows: work session meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.; public meetings are the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.; and planning meetings are the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m.
All meetings are held in council chambers located at the Old Forge Borough Building.
Support Meeting: T.O.P.S. Chapter 1569 will meet at the Taylor Library on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 570-562-1234.