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DEC. 1 Christmas celebration: Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at Greenwood Fire Station, 37727-41 Birney Ave., Moosic, the Borough of Moosic and Greenwood Fire Department will host a community Christmas tree lighting event. There will be caroling led by Viking Voices and a tree lighting to welcome Jolly Old St. Nick to town. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, school clubs and other groups are invited to help decorate the tree with homemade ornaments. For more information call the fire station at 570-961-9454.DEC. 2

New to Medicare class: Monday, Dec. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Taylor Community Library. At this class, presented by APPRISE, you will be able to discuss all of your Medicare options and get the information needed to choose the plan right for you. Advance registration is required. Call APPRISE at 570-347-5616 for registration.

Christmas Pet Photos with Santa Paws: Monday, Dec. 2 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Taylor Community Library. Bring your pet to visit Santa Paws. Take your own photo for $5 or $10 for (1) 5x7 photo mailed to you via Shutterfly. All proceeds benefit Pawsitively for the Animals. For information, call the library at 570-562-1234.

DEC. 6

New to Medicare Class: Friday, Dec. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Taylor Community Library. At this class, presented by APPRISE, you will be able to discuss all of your Medicare options and get the information needed to choose the plan right for you. Advance registration is required. Call APPRISE at 570-347-5616 for registration.

DEC. 7

Make a snowman ornament: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. at the Taylor Community Library. Patrons age 12 and up are invited to warm up with a snowman ornament craft, hot chocolate and holiday movie. Admission is free, but registration is required and can be made by calling the library at 570-562-1234.

DEC. 8

Pre-Christmas breakfast: Sunday, Dec. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Nativity of Our Lord Parish Men’s Society will host its fifth Annual Pre-Christmas Breakfast at Sacred Heart Hall, 529 Stephenson St., Duryea. Menu includes: scrambled eggs, homefries, kielbasa, ham, pancakes, Danish, juice and coffee. Takeout or eat in. Tickets are, adults: $9, children ages 5-12: $5, children 4 and under: free. For tickets, call Jef at 570-881-6006 or email or call Mike at 570-885-6267 or email

DEC. 10

St. Michael’s pierogi sale: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2-5 p.m. at St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church, Church and Winter streets, Old Forge. Order by Sunday, Dec. 1 by calling Sandra at 570-457-9280 or the church hall at 570-457-2875. Price is $7.

DEC. 13 & 14 ‘A Christmas Story: The Musical’: Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea, will present “A Christmas Story: The Musical” on Friday, Dec. 6 and Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission; $5 for children age 5 and younger. Reservations can be made by calling the box office at 570-457-3589 or online at

DEC. 14

Christmas Cookie Sale: Saint Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church, 320 Vine St., Old Forge, is holding its annual Christmas Cookie Sale on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All cookies are homemade including anise wedding, thumbprint, pepper cookies, chocolate chip, peanut butter kisses, nut rugalach, linzer, Welsh cookies and more. Fill a box for $9 per pound. Pre orders can be placed by calling Betty 570-457-9292 or Maria 570-457-8275. Pre-orders will not be accepted after Dec. 8.

Winter Pet Expo and Pet Photos with Santa Claus: Saturday, Dec. 14 at The Marketplace at Steamtown in Scranton. Hosted by Tracey’s Hope Hospice & Rescue for Domestic Animals, Inc., based in Duryea. Photos will be $15 each and will be available from 1-4 p.m. There will be prizes and raffles, pets for adoption and more. There is no entrance fee. All 501C3 non-profit organizations are welcome to set up a table by contacting Denise at 570-457-1625.

DEC. 18 Holiday basket raffle: A holiday basket raffle will take place at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St., Taylor, on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Tickets are two for $1, 12 for $5 or 25 for $10.

DEC. 21

Christmas Jingle and Mingle: Saturday, Dec. 21 from 3-6 p.m. at Moosic Alliance Community Church, 608 Rocky Glen Road, Moosic. There will be free hot chocolate, cookies, photo opportunities, games, make-you-own ornament and cookie decorating.


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 email

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

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 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.

Municipal notices

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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