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Open House: The Lackawanna Historical Society will kick off the holiday season with an open house on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave. Wassail and sweet treats, stories and games will be part of this old-fashioned Christmas celebration. Brook Valley Farms will be on hand to offer horse-drawn carriage rides around the downtown and a German toy exhibit will be on display as well.

Founded in 1886 as the Lackawanna Institute of History and Science, the Lackawanna Historical Society provides the community with a record of local history through its museum and library collections, exhibits and programs. In 1942, from the bequest of George H. Catlin, the society established its permanent home at Catlin’s 1912 residence, located at 232 Monroe Ave. in Scranton.

In 1965, Lackawanna County designated the Lackawanna Historical Society as the official county historical society and the society continues to serve the county as a center for local history resources.

For more information about the program, contact the Lackawanna Historical Society at 570-344-3841 or email

Train, Toy Show: The Taylor Fire Department Co. No. 1, will host its Christmas train, toy, craft and collectable show on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission $3 and children younger than 10 are admitted free. Interested vendors should call 570-498-1998.

Spirit of Christmas: The Dianne Haduck Studio of Dance will present the Spirit of Christmas at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Riverside High School.

Donation is $5 and all proceeds will benefit Chrissy Meehan.

Soup Sale: The First Congregational Church of Taylor and Nebo Congregational Church of Old Forge will host a soup sale and lunch, including a variety of homemade soups and chili at the First Congregational Church located at the corner of Union and Pond streets in Taylor.

The event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon to 3 p.m. Eat in or take out.

All soups will be available for a cost of $6 per quart. Call Janet at 562-0881 or Barbara at 587-0563 for more information or to place an order.

Pierogie Sale: St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 428 N. Seventh St., will host a pierogie sale at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. Advance orders are required by Monday, Dec. 2. Call 570-342-3749.

Christmas Concert: United Baptist Church of Taylor, 125 Church St., will present a Christmas concert and caroling at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, with a free will offering to benefit the Vacation Bible School. Refreshments to follow in the fellowship hall.

Celebrate the Season: Students and staff will host Riverside’s free Celebration of the Season from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, in the common area of the Riverside High School.

Activities and performances will be provided by student council, drama club, FACS students, art club, reading club, German club, band and chorus.

Read to the Dogs: The Taylor Community Library will host its program “Read to the Dogs” from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9.

Planning Meeting: Planning meeting for the 10th annual Ukrainian New Year Dinner Dance, Malanka, will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 428 N. Seventh Ave., Scranton.

For information call 570-563-2275.

Nut, Poppy Seed Rolls: St. Michael’s Society is sponsoring a holiday nut roll/poppy seed roll and Christmas Cookie Sale on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Michael’s Church is located at the corner of Church and Winter streets.

Cost is $10 per nut or poppy roll and $8 per pound for cookies. Orders must be placed by Sunday, Dec. 14. Call 570-457-9280, 570-562-1434 or 570-457-2875 to place an order.

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus: A breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus to benefit the construction of a community splash park to be built at Derenick Memorial Park in Taylor will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Riverside High School. Tickets for adults are $7; children $5. Tickets will be available from any member of the committee or by contacting Toni Oustrich at 570-562-3680 or Peg Derenick at 570-562-3206.

Craft activities will be provided for the children; including cookie decorating, ornament making, balloons, tattoos, letters to Santa, making reindeer food bars and face painting. Christmas music will be provided by elementary students. Photos will be taken with Santa.

A Christmas cookie bake sale, basket raffle and 50/50 will be held in the commons area. All proceeds will benefit the splash park.

Breakfast with Santa: Greenwood Hose Co. will host a breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 14. Cost is $7 adults, $3 children and children younger than five are admitted free. Call 570-961-9454 for more information.

Holiday Gift Giving: “Operation Friendship” is a holiday project coordinated through the Visitation Program of Serving Seniors. The main purpose of the program is to bring holiday cheer and greetings to residents of nursing and assisted living/personal care homes in Lackawanna County who may not receive a Christmas card this holiday season.

Serving Seniors 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. Serving Seniors, Inc. currently 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 Lisa M. Torch at 570-344-3931.

Toyland Bingo: Holy Rosary will host Toyland Bingo at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 inside the school gymnasium, 125 Stephenson St. Duryea. Prizes are toys or games and admission is $3 and includes one bingo card.This card is for all regular games. Additional cards can be purchased for 50 cents per card, or $1 for three cards.

Special games include larger prizes and in the past have been items like iPod Touch, XBox game system with Kinect, flat screen TVs.

Food and drinks will also be available.

Hymn, Carol Sing: St. Paul’s, 401 W. Grove St., will host an old fashioned hymn/Christmas Carol sing with cookies, coffee and hot chocolate beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15.

Toy Collection: The Old Forge Borough Administration will be collecting new unwrapped toys from now until Monday, Dec. 16, to help benefit Catholic Social Services and Friends of the Poor at the borough building on Main Street during normal business hours. For more information call 570-457-8852.

Political Conference: The University of Scranton has rescheduled the Ready to Run Northeast Pennsylvania conference to Saturday, Feb. 1. The conference, conducted in partnership with the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University, has been postponed from its originally scheduled date of Saturday, Nov. 16.

The day-long conference, which will now be held in February, prepares women from 24 Pennsylvania counties to run for office, seek higher office, or work on a campaign. At the conference, prominent elected leaders and consultants will provide expertise on developing and executing a political campaign.

The conference serves residents of Berks, Bradford, Carbon, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne and Wyoming counties.

For additional information or to register for the Feb. 1, Ready to Run Northeast Pennsylvania, visit

Membership Drive: The Old Forge Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is conducting a membership drive. The VFW is seeking men and women who have served in any branch of the United States military. To be eligible you must have served in a foreign war or eligible campaigns.

The VFW will pay first year dues for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Contact Louis Cusumano at 457-6099 or 983-6332 for more information.

Head Start Help: Developmental and hearing screenings, dental checks, nutritional snacks and meals, health services, social services, parent involvement, individualized teaching and integrated services for children with disabilities are offered free of charge to income eligible families via the Head Start program in Lackawanna County.

Morning and afternoon sessions with transportation is available in certain areas. Full-day, full-year services are provided on a limited basis for both working families and those pursuing further education. There is also an early head start program for children age birth to 3 years old.

For more information, call 570-963-6633.

Help Needed: Serving Seniors is seeking dedicated and caring people of all ages to provide friendly visits and companionship to residents in long-term care and personal care homes within Lackawanna County. As a visitation volunteer, you will be helping to improve the quality of life of an older adult. Training provided. For more information contact Lisa M. Torch at 570-344-3931.

Senior Passes: The Old Forge School Board Golden Age Policy passes, allowing borough residents 65 years of age and older free admission to district-sponsored athletic events, are available in the high school office, 300 Marion St. Old Forge.

Advertising Fundraiser: The Moosic Old Forge Men’s Softball League is selling advertising space on the outfield fencing at Robert V. Semenza Field at Pagnotti Park in Old Forge. Anyone wishing to purchase a sign can contact league president Tony DiMattia at 570-335-5596. Proceeds will be donated to the Robert V. Semenza Fund and the MOF Softball League.

Aid for Veterans: Temporary emergency funding to support either Pennsylvania veterans or non-profit groups that serve veterans is available through the Lackawanna County Veterans Affairs Office.

The Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation is another tool the county’s veterans affairs office is able to offer to area veterans and their families in need of emergency assistance.

Lackawanna County Veterans Affairs Director Robert Tuffy explained that a simple application for aid needs to be filled-out and submitted along with a brief narrative and support documentation (files and other backup data) to his office.

Tuffy and his staff 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.

By monitoring the application process, the County’s Veterans Affairs staff may also be able to suggest other forms of assistance and benefits that may be available.

For more information call 570-963-6778.

One-Bin Recycling: Moosic Borough has opted to implement a combined stream, “one-bin” format for recyclable paper fiber. The conveyor and processor line have been retooled to implement this new program.

The new system allows each household to combine or commingle newspaper, office paper, magazines, phone books and heavy and light cardboard in one recycling bin. Heavy and light cardboard and office paper are new additions and consist of items such as office paper, mailing envelopes and discarded mail, cereal boxes, tissue boxes and gift boxes, among other items.

Glass bottles and jars without tops, aluminum and steel cans, beverage and food containers, plastic bottles, jars tubs, plastic tops and lids will continue to be included in a separate “one-bin” format for containers. These items should be free of any food waste and debris.

Peddling Notice: In response to community concerns and complaints, it shall be 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. All individuals engaged in or desiring to be engaged in peddling or other activities licensed under Moosic Borough Ordinance No. 18-1995, shall submit to a background check at their own expense. The fee for such a permit shall be in the amount of $25 per person for each day of intended activity. Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined not more than $600, plus costs of prosecution, for each such offense, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, shall be imprisoned for a period of not more than 30 days and each day that a violation occurs or continues shall be deemed a separate offense.

Residents should contact Moosic Borough Police Department at the non-emergency number, 570-342-9111.

Clothing Dropbox: The Moosic Alliance Church, 608 Rocky Glen Road, in cooperation with St. Pauly Textile, is now sponsoring a clothing drop off shed as a fundraiser to send youth to camp. The youth at Moosic Alliance Church will in turn receive $40 for every 1,000 pounds of clothing that is donated.

Coal Miners Wanted: Did you work the coal mines of Old Forge in the 1950s and ‘60s?

If so, contact Carl Orechovsky, evenings at 570-702-4217 or email The group is searching for all types of information, photos, employees list, mine operations, stories and personal experiences.

Health Insurance Information: A new website developed by Penn State Extension specialists is designed to be a one-stop resource for those seeking information on the Health Insurance Marketplace, which was created under the federal Affordable Care Act. The Health Insurance Marketplace is an opportunity for previously uninsured consumers, small businesses and others to shop for health insurance and compare plans at one location. The open enrollment period runs to March 31, 2014, with coverage beginning as early as Jan. 1, 2014.

The Penn State Extension “Health Insurance Literacy” website provides extensive resources that are just a keystroke or phone call away for Pennsylvania shoppers who want to do their homework before deciding which policy to buy, according to consumer-issues specialist Cathy Bowen, professor of agricultural and extension education in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

The Health Insurance Literacy website can be found at

Successful Living with Chronic Illness: All lupus patients and their family members or friends are invited to attend a support group that meets the third Thursday of each month at noon at 615 Jefferson Ave., Scranton.

For more information, call (888) 995-8787.

Crohn’s Support: A Crohn’s and Colitis support group meets the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Community Medical Center in Scranton. For more information, call Maria Huggler at 570-947-3575.

Flag Program: Moosic Borough initiated a Memorial Flag Donation Program a few years ago; however the borough has exhausted all the flags and is in need of new ones.

When a member of the Fire Service or a Veteran of the United States Armed Services loses their life, the family of the deceased is usually presented with a United States Flag. Generally, this flag has never been raised and flown. The Memorial Flag Program will give individuals an opportunity to have their flags raised and flown in honor of their loved ones. The Memorial Flag Program may serve as closure for a family in mourning.

This program also gives Moosic Borough an opportunity to pay tribute to brothers and sisters in the fire service and to veterans in the armed services.

The flags are flown on a monthly basis from the date which the council holds its monthly meeting to the next meeting. Once the supply of flags is exhausted, the flags will be returned to the flagpole until it is no longer useful. Anyone wishing to donate a flag in memory of a loved one can do so by dropping off their flag at the municipal building.

Garbage Stickers: Attention Old Forge residents should note that garbage stickers are available at the following locations:

- Convenient Food Mart, Main Street;

- Convenient Food Mart, Moosic Road;

- Gerrity’s, Birney Avenue;

- Heer Xpress, Main Street;

- Medicine Shoppe, Main Street;

- Ace Hardware, Main Street;

- Ray’s ShurSave, Main Street;

- Sayona, Keyser Avenue; and

- Turkey Hill, Main Street.

Pet Notice: Old Forge residents are reminded that the borough has an ordinance governing the curbing of pets and other animals and the responsibility for the removal of all animal waste. This ordinance applies to all borough parks. Any person violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be subject to fines.

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.

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.

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 separate open containers.

Mass Schedule: The following is a Mass schedule for Prince of Peace Church, Old Forge: Saturday vigil is celebrated at 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s, Church Street, and at 5:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence’s Church on Main Street. Sunday Mass is celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s and 11:15 a.m. at St. Lawrence’s.

New Members Welcome: The members of the First United Methodist Church, Harrison Street, Old Forge, announced that anyone new to the area who is looking for a place of worship is welcome to join the parish. Worship begins at 11:15 a.m. Children and people from all denominations are always welcome. The church is handicap accessible.

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. Serving Seniors is funded by the Lackawanna County Commissioners through the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging with funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Federal Administration on Aging and the United Way of 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 perfect for the volunteer program. For more information, contact 570-344-3931.

Borough Meetings: The 2013 Old Forge Borough Council meetings are scheduled as follows:

Work session meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.; public meetings are the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.; and planning meetings are the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m.

All meetings are held in council chambers located at the Old Forge Borough Building.

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. If you have any questions or for more details on what can be recycled please call 457-8852.

Seeking Members: The Moosic Lions Club is opening membership for those interested in becoming a Knight of the Blind and Hearing Impaired and helping people in need. The group also sponsors a children’s Christmas party and a Easter egg hunt. To apply, call 570-457-4037 or attend a meeting, which are held the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Grande’s Restaurant, and on the third Wednesday of the month in the rear of the Moosic Youth Center at 6:30 p.m.

Big Band Society: The Big Band Society of NEPA is accepting applications for 2011 memberships. Dues are $15. The group meets the first Friday of each month at Genetti’s in Wilkes-Barre. Call Glenn Smith, 570-457-5009, for more information.

Support Group: The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Pennsylvania hosts a support group meeting every Tuesday of the month from 7-8 p.m. For reservations, contact Rhonda Falk, 570-585-8099, or Rita Fenton, 570-342-1776 (work) or 570-586-0179 (home).

Support Meeting: T.O.P.S. Chapter 1569 will meet at the Taylor Library on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 570-562-1234.