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FEB. 6

Food pantry open: St. Michael’s Orthodox Church Food Pantry, 512 Winter St. in Old Forge will be open, Thursday, Feb. 6, 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 the church website, for requirements.

FEB. 8-11

Hope and Peace Mission Series: Saturday, Feb. 8 through Tuesday, Feb. 11, Queen of the Apostles Parish will host its 2020 mission, “Hope and Peace,” at the church, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca. The event will feature Marty Rotella, who will integrate his gift of music with a unique preaching style, at the three weekend Masses and special mission services. The weekend Masses are 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, and at 8 and 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 9. The mission services, which will include Mass, are at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, Monday, Feb. 10 and Tuesday, Feb. 11. Mass also will be celebrated at 8 a.m. on Feb. 10 and 11. For more information, call the parish office at 570-457-3412. The Rev. Phillip J. Sladicka is the pastor.

FEB. 12

A citizens guide to our Constitution: Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Taylor Community Library. Presented by Rick Green, former state legislator. Facilitator is Matt Zale. Session is open to anyone 12 and older and will include a question and answer discussion.The subject is the Judicial Branch. Course is free. Registration is required. An optional workbook is available at for $15. Any questions, call Matt Zale at 570--357-4517.FEB. 15 Night at the Races: Queen of the Apostles Parish will host Night at the Races, Saturday, Feb. 15, in the parish hall, 742 Spring St., Avoca. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and races begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 per person and includes food and beverages. Horse sponsorships are $10 each. The sponsor of the winning horse wins $50. Sponsorship registration forms are available in the church vestibule or the parish office. They should be returned to the parish office by Friday, Feb. 7, for inclusion in the event program. Returns made after this date will be added to a race the night of the event. Guests are invited to BYOB and snacks for their table. For information, contact the parish office at 570-457-3412 or

FEB. 16

Divine Mercy Parish Breakfast: Sunday, Feb. 16 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Parish Center, 312 Davis St. in the Minooka section of Scranton. There 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 for adults and $4 for children ages 4-10. Tickets will be sold after all weekend Masses, at the parish office during normal business hours and available at the door.


Pysanky workshop: Saturday, March 28 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St., Taylor. Tammy Budnovitch will instruct. Class is $20 per person and includes all materials. Class size is limited.

MAY 16

Bus trip: Saturday, May 16, to New York City, sponsored by the North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics. The itinerary includes the 44th Annual Ukrainian Street Festival sponsored by St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic parish and the 14th Annual Multi-Ethnic Parade and Dance Festival both on the Lower East Side plus a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. Participants are free to do their own thing in the city for all or part of the day if they so wish. Bus will pick up at Edwardsville’s St. Vladimir Church, 70 Zerby Ave. at 8 a.m. and at Scranton’s St. Vladimir Church, 428 North Seventh Ave. at 8:45 a.m. Departure for home will be at 8 p.m. Cost is $45 per person. Full nonrefundable advance payment reserves a seat. For further information and reservations call Paul at 570-563-2275 or Dorothy at 570-822-5354. Early reservations are recommended as this is a very popular trip and the 55 passenger bus is expected to fill quickly.


Riverside School District seeking memorabilia: The Riverside School District is seeking old memorabilia from the former Taylor, Moosic, Taylor-Moosic and Riverside School Districts for an ongoing student project funded by the Lackawanna Heritage Valley. Call Shawn Murphy at 570-239-5720 to donate.

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. 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

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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