SEPT. 26 Meeting notice: Old Forge Historical Society will resume monthly meetings on Thursday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. in the lower level community room at the Old Forge Borough Building, South Main Street. Park and enter in the rear. Snow Forge and other events for the coming year will be discussed. Everyone is welcome.SEPT. 28 Craft fair: The Women’s Guild of Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St., Minooka section of Scranton, is sponsoring its 19th annual craft fair on Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parish center. Featured will be handmade jewelry, seasonal decorations, ceramics and gifts from 40 local crafters. Door prizes all day, bake sale, 50/50 and refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission is $2.
Bazaar and flea market: Taylor United Methodist Church, 402 South Main St., Taylor, will host its annual bazaar and flea market on the church grounds, Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be available for purchase. Free admission.
The Moosic Presbyterian Church’s annual rummage sale: Saturday, Oct. 5, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, 625 Main St., Moosic.5K run/walk: The PROmoting School – community – university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) teams in partnership with Lackawanna Heritage Valley will host the Kristy Ryczak Memorial 5K Run/Fun Walk Saturday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m. at the Olive Street Trailhead on the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, Scranton. The event is in memory of Kristy Ryczak, former Carbondale PROSPER team member and PROSPER 5K committee member. Proceeds from the event will be used for PROSPER evidence-based drug and alcohol prevention programs in the Carbondale Area and Riverside School Districts. The cost to participate is $25; $15 for ages 16 and under. Awards will be presented. Registration is available online at runsignup.com/prosper5ksignup or by calling Penn State Extension at 570-963-6842.
Fall festival: The Stewart Memorial UM Church, 174 N. Main St., Old Forge will host a fall festival Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Features homemade food, crafts, white elephant table and books.St. George Orthodox Church’s Annual Ethnic Food Festival: Saturday, Oct. 5, noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 6, noon to 6 p.m. at the church grounds, 745 South Keyser Ave., Taylor. The event will include holupki, pierogie, haluski, kielbasa, clam chowder, potato pancakes and more.
OCT. 12 Haunted Gettysburg bus trip: The Taylor Community Library, in conjunction with all other Lackawanna County Library System libraries, is sponsoring a teen Haunted Gettysburg bus trip on Oct. 12. The cost for the trip, which is for ages 12-18, is $15. It will include a licensed tour guide for the Gettysburg National Battlefield and Cemetery and private tours of either the Jennie Wade House or the Haunted Orphanage. The library will supply the chaperones. Tickets can be purchased at any county library on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is only confirmed with full payment.
OCT. 13 Designer purse bingo: Sunday, Oct. 13 at Eagle McClure Hose Co., Old Forge. Doors open at 11 a.m., bingo starts at 1 p.m. Admission is $25. Refreshments, basket raffle and 50/50 available. Sponsored by Women’s Guild and Prayer Shawl Ministry of Divine Mercy Parish. For tickets, call Sue Otten at 570-604-2343, Kathy Bauer at 570-961-2663 or any committee member. Tickets will also be sold after Masses the weekend of Oct. 5-6.
NOV. 2 Bus trip: First United Methodist Church of Old Forge will sponsor a bus trip to “Joy To The World” Christmas show at the American Music Theater in Lancaster on Saturday, Nov. 2. The show is at 3 p.m. Price of the trip is $115 (includes, bus, show tickets, Shady Maple Famous Smorgasbord, taxes, gratuity and driver tip). To make a reservation or for more information, call Cathy at 570-603-1915 or email email@example.com.
Food sale: The Old Forge Sons of Italy is selling porketta, sausage and peppers and foot-long hot dogs for the remainder of the farmers market season (through Thursday, Oct. 31) every Thursday at St. Lawrence Church in Old Forge. The group is also taking orders for sauce and meatballs for $6 per quart, to be distributed and sold on Oct. 31.Old Forge farmers market: The Old Forge Borough farmers market is open every Thursday, noon to 6 p.m. at 620 S. Main St. (the former Saint Lawrence rectory). For more information, call 570-457-8852.
Riverside School district artifacts: Riverside School District is seeking artifacts depicting the history of the district, including the former Taylor and Moosic School Districts, for display purposes at Riverside Junior-Senior High School. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-239-5720 with information.
Legion membership: The Taylor American Legion, 210 S. Main St., Taylor, is searching for new members. Without a regular infusion of young veterans, many Legions and VFWs have had to close, as there weren’t enough regular members to support and manage the facilities. The Commander is Jacqueline Colburn, and the regular Legion meetings are on the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. For more information, all 570-562-9920 or email email@example.com.
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 members 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.
Flag disposal: American Legion Post No. 306 reminds residents that a drop-off box for unserviceable, worn, torn, discolored or faded flags is on the front porch of the post home at 208 S. Main St., 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.
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., 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.
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. 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.
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. 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 a good fit for the volunteer program. For more information, call 570-344-3931.
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.
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.
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. For more information, call 570-457-8852.
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.
Peddling notice: It is 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. Anyone engaged in or desiring to be engaged in peddling or other activities licensed under Moosic Borough Ordinance No. 18-1995 must submit to a background check at his or her own expense. The fee for such a permit is $25 per person, per day. Any person, firm or corporation convicted of violating any provision of this ordinance will be fined. Residents should contact Moosic Borough Police Department at 570-342-9111.
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