NOV. 7 Food pantry open:
St. Michael’s Orthodox Church Food Pantry, 512 Winter St., in Old Forge will be open Thursday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. until noon. This food pantry serves Old Forge, Taylor and Duryea. Anyone needing assistance from the food pantry should call 570-457-3703 or visit
stmichaelof.org for criteria.NOV. 10 Turkey bingo: St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 700 Oak St., Taylor, will host its annual turkey bingo on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. Doors open at noon. Door prizes will be awarded as well as a money raffle. Food and refreshments will be available. Admission is $3. Extra cards are $2.
NOV. 13 and 20 “Chernobyl” showing: Wednesdays, Nov. 13 and 20 at 6:30 p.m. the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St., will show episodes from the HBO mini series of “Chernobyl,” the story of the 1986 nuclear disaster in Russia, one of the most devastating man-made catastrophes in history.
NOV. 16 Potato soup sale: The Stewart Memorial United Methodist Women will host a potato soup sale on Nov. 16. Soup is $6 a quart. Orders must be in by Nov. 9. Pickup is anytime after 4 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the church, 174 N. Main St., Old Forge. Call Joyce at 570-562-2774 to place an order.
NOV. 17 Harvest dinner: Scranton’s St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church will sponsor a harvest dinner on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 12:30 p.m. at St. Vladimir Parish Center, 428 North Seventh Ave. Cost is $13 for adults, $8 for students 6-12 years and no charge for children age 5 and under. Reservations close Monday, Nov. 11. No tickets will be sold at the door. Takeouts available only by advance order and must be picked up promptly between 11:30 a.m. and noon. Several door prizes will be awarded along with a basket of cheer and Ukrainian tablecloth raffles. For reservations, call 570-503-1514.
NOV. 18 Monday Movie Matinee: Monday, Nov. 18 at 12:30 p.m. the Taylor Community Library will show “Late Night,” in which a legendary late-night talk show host’s world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women separated by culture and generation are united by their love of a biting punchline. A complimentary snack will be provided. Registration is requested. Call 570-562-1234 to register.
NOV. 23 Suicide prevention training and discussion: The Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St., Taylor, will host suicide prevention training and discussion on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 11 a.m. Kathy Wallace, vice president of Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative will provide the training.DEC. 1 Bus trip: The Taylor Community Library will sponsor a bus trip to New York City to see the Rockettes starring in Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular. Show admission and bus seat is $140. A $70 deposit is required to confirm your reservation, and balance is due Nov. 15. The trip is a fundraiser for the library.
The bus will depart from the library at 8 a.m. and leave New York City at 6:30 p.m. The show begins at 2 p.m. and is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. For more information, call the library at 570-562-1234.
DEC. 18 Holiday basket raffle: A holiday basket raffle will take place at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St., Taylor, on Dec. 18. Tickets are two for $1, 12 for $5 or 25 for $10.
Volunteers needed: Serving Seniors, Inc. is looking for individuals and groups of all ages to write and send/hand deliver personalized Christmas cards to area nursing and assisted living/personal care home residents who may not receive a Christmas card this holiday season. Serving Seniors, Inc. has a list of more than 3,000 residents from various long-term care facilities throughout Lackawanna County who would benefit from a holiday greeting. Students of all ages, scout troops, church and civic groups as well as individuals who would like to share this simple yet meaningful gift of holiday giving are invited to participate. For more information, contact Bernadette R. Jones at 570-344-3931 ext. 4 or e-mail email@example.com.
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, 208 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, call 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 traditional group assists participants in learning to cope with challenges 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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