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Dean’s list

• Seton Hall University has named the students who made the dean’s list for the fall semester. Among them is Adam Rinehimer of Moosic.

• Colgate University has named the students who made the dean’s list for the fall semester. Among them was Ashley Bound, a graduate of Old Forge High School.

Food pantry open

St. Michael’s Orthodox Church Food Pantry, 512 Winter St. in Old Forge will be open Thursday, March 7, 11 a.m. to noon. This food pantry serves Old Forge, Taylor and Duryea. Anyone needing assistance should call 570-457-3703 or visit the church website for requirement criteria.

Craft fair

The Riverside Promoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) team is hosting a spring vendor and craft fair on Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverside Elementary East School. Vendor space is available for $30 for a single space, and all exhibitors are asked to provide a door prize. Proceeds will benefit PROSPER drug and alcohol prevention programs at Riverside Elementary East School. For more information or a vendor application, call 570-963-6842.

U of S Competitions

The University of Scranton will host several academic competitions for area middle school and high school students during the spring semester.

• On Friday, March 29, the annual computer programming contest will be held in the Loyola Science Center. The competition for high school students will involve using programming languages to solve six computer-programming problems. Immediately following the competition, an awards banquet will recognize the first-, second- and third-place teams. For additional information, call 570-941-7774 or email

• On Saturday, April 6, The University will host Region 2 of the National History Day competition for the state of Pennsylvania. The competition allows junior and senior high school students from northeastern Pennsylvania to compete in the categories of historical essays, performances, documentaries, websites and exhibits on a historical theme. Contest winners will move on to the Pennsylvania state competition, with the potential to compete in the national championship in Washington, D.C., in the summer.For additional information, email

• The University of Scranton will sponsor an Earth Day essay contest for area students in grades seven to 12 with submissions due electronically by Wednesday, April 3. Essay contest winners will be announced at an Evening of Environmental Science, which will take place on Thursday, April 11, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Loyola Science Center. The event, which is open to contest participants and their families as well as the general public, will include University student-run interactive science experiments and displays, as well as the exhibit of essay contest submissions. For additional information, call 570-941-7520.

• On Tuesday, April 16, the University will host its annual Hayes Competition for physics and engineering. The day-long contest tests high school students’ knowledge of physics through a series of hands-on games and challenges. Students compete individually and as part of a team. The competition can help participants prepare for Advanced Placement (AP) tests. Advance registration is required. For additional information, email

• On Tuesday, April 23, the annual Math Integration Bee for high school students will take place at 4:30 p.m. The competition, which is hosted by the Mathematics Department, can help high school students improve their skills for AP mathematics tests. The Bee is offered free of charge. For more information, call 570-941-6580 or email

• Business Scholars competition, hosted by University faculty and the High School Business Club, is planned for Saturday, May 4. A business case and instructions will be provided to the teams of one to four students prior to the event, and students will be judged by faculty and area business leaders on their presentations. The top teams are awarded plaques and cash prizes. For more information, call 570-941-4047 or email

• The University will host National Biomechanics Day programming on Wednesday, April 10, for middle and high school students in the University’s state-of-the-art exercise science labs. Area students will participate in hands-on activities including motion capture analysis, posturography, force plate activities, electromyography and other activities designed to introduce them to biomechanics. For more information, email The University is also planning a social and digital media conference for high school sophomore and junior students on Tuesday April, 30. For more information, email

Bus Trip

Bus Trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 to see Neil Simon’s hit play “Barefoot in the Park.” This is a fundraiser for the First United Methodist Church of Old Forge. Price of the trip is $100 (includes, bus, entree, coffee, hot tea, show, tax, gratuity and driver tip). Bus leaves the Pittston Plaza at 9 a.m. To make a reservation or for additional information please call 570-603-1915 or email

Ham bingo

The parishioners of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 320 Vine St, Old Forge are sponsoring their annual ham bingo on Sunday, April 7, at 1 p.m. There will be theme baskets, door prizes and various bingo specials will be available throughout the afternoon. The kitchen opens at 11 a.m. A variety of food items and refreshments will be available. The church will also sponsor a bake sale during the bingo. Admission is $3.

4-Boro Ministerium

The 4-Boro Ministerium will host ecumenical Lenten services each Tuesday during Lent. The services will be held in the churches of the Ministerium each Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. The weekly offering will be donated in support of the food pantry at the Moosic United Methodist Church. A social will follow the weekly service. If school is cancelled due to snow, the service for that Tuesday evening will not be held.

March 12 — Bethel United Methodist Church, Avoca; homilist: Roger Griffin;

March 19 — Moosic United Methodist Church, homilist: Sharon Deitz;

March 26 — Queen of Apostles R.C., Avoca; homilist: Carmen Bolock;

April 2 — Moosic Presbyterian Church; homilist Philip Sladika;

April 9 — St. John’s Primitive Methodist Church, Avoca; homilist Michael Shamboro.