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FOOD PANTRY OPEN: St. Michael’s Orthodox Church Food Pantry, 512 Winter St. in Old Forge, will be open Thursday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m. to noon. This pantry serves Old Forge, Taylor and Duryea. Anyone needing assistance from the pantry should call 570-457-3703 or visit the church website stmichaelof.org for requirement criteria.
Basketball Fundraiser: Old Forge Youth Basketball will host a happy hour fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 8, 5-7 p.m. at Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St. in Old Forge. Cost is $20 for this adults-only event. Draft beer, pizza, appetizers and entertainment included. There will also be basket raffles. Email email@example.com to reserve a spot.
Christmas Cookies: Saint Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church, 320 Vine St. in Old Forge, will hold its annual Christmas cookie sale on Saturday, Dec. 15, 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 with the cookies you like for $9 per pound. Orders can be placed by calling 570-457-9292 or 570-457-8275. Orders will be accepted until Saturday, Dec. 8.
Seeking Volunteers: Serving Seniors Operation Friendship is looking for volunteers of all ages individuals and groups to make holiday cards for residents of nursing and personal care homes in Lackawanna County. Volunteers can hand deliver the cards to the facility. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 570-344-3931 ext. 4, for a listing of facilities and residents.
Tax Collector Days: Tax collector days in Taylor will be Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.
Seeking Legion Members: The Taylor American Legion is searching for new members. Without a regular infusion of young veterans, many of our Legions and VFWs have had to close, as there weren’t enough regular members to support and manage their facilities. The Legion is at 210 S. Main St. in Taylor. Call 570-562-9920 or email email@example.com. The Commander is Jacqueline Colburn, and the regular Legion meetings are on the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m.
Polish Language Classes: Polish language classes are held at the Taylor Community Library on Thursdays at 4-5:30 p.m. Call 570-562-2007 for more information.
Clothing Dropbox: Moosic Alliance Church, 608 Rocky Glen Road, in cooperation with St. Paul Textile, is sponsoring a clothing drop-off shed as a fundraiser to send youth to camp. The youth at Moosic Alliance Church will receive $40 for every 1,000 pounds of clothing donated.
Banner Program: The Old Forge heroes banner program is under way and will run through Feb. 14, 2019. Applications are available at the Old Forge borough building during normal hours of operation. There will be one open application period this year; banners should be in place by Memorial Day, 2019.
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 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.
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.
Flag Disposal: American Legion Post No. 306 reminds residents that a dropoff box for unserviceable, worn, torn, discolored or faded flags is on the front porch of the post home at 208 S. Main St. in 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.
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.
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.
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. in Olyphant, offers a variety of grief/bereavement support groups.
• Bereavement support group. This more traditional group assists participants in learning to cope with the new challenges facing them 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.
• be a Pennsylvania resident;
• have a disability that prevents independence on a standard phone;
• have an individual gross income of less than 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines;
• have current telephone service (i.e. a landline or digital home service); and
• have the ability to learn how to use the requested device(s).
For more information, call 570-347-3357 (voice) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free demonstrations and/or short-term equipment loans are also available to help determine what equipment works best.
TDDP is managed by Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT), a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC).
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.
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.
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:Old Forge residents should note that garbage stickers are available at the following locations:
• Ary’s Xpress, Main Street;
• Convenient Food Mart, Main Street;
• Convenient Food Mart, Moosic Road;
• Gerrity’s, Birney Avenue, Moosic;
• Northeast ACE Hardware, Main Street;
• Price Chopper, Main Street, Taylor;
• Ray’s ShurSave, Lawrence Street;
• Sayona, Keyser Avenue; and
• Turkey Hill, Main Street.
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 570-457-8852.
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).
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 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.
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.