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Back-to-school fair

The Riverside Elementary Schools will hold the annual back-to-school fair on the grounds of East Elementary on Thursday, Aug. 15, 5-8 p.m. Families of elementary students in the district are welcome to attend. There will be free basket raffles, school supplies and food along with beneficial information from various organizations. There will also be activities for the students.

Flag retirement

The Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1227 and Duryea Boy Scout Troop No. 375 will host a flag retirement ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m. at the post home, 492 Stephenson St. If you have any flags to retire you may bring them in. The post also has a container to collect them at any time. Vist the post’s Facebook page or call 570-457-3983 for more information.

‘How to write a book’

The Taylor Community Library will host three local authors on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 3 p.m. for a question-and-answer session on “How to Write a Book.” Susan Campbell Bartoletti, is the author of more than 25 young adult and children’s books and the winner of several awards.

Victoria Eremo, a recent college graduate living in Old Forge, released her first book on photography and poetry in 2018. Greylan Heffernan Mlodziensky, a local English teacher, wrote her first romance e-book, “Out of the Darkness Comes Love,” at age 17.

They will discuss the ins and outs of publishing books and a wealth of information to share with other would-be authors. For ages 12 and older. Registration is required. To register call the library at 570-562-1234.

College graduates

Nearly 1,300 students received their academic degrees from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, including: Stephanie Golosky of Taylor, who graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education; Mallory Puchalski of Taylor, who graduated magna cum laude with a degree in special education; James Segilia of Moosic, who earned a master of science degree in speech-language pathology; and David Torrisi of Taylor, who earned a master of science degree in speech-lang pathology.