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St. Mary’s Holy Week/Easter: At St. Mary’s Parish in Duryea:

April 14, Palm Sunday: 9 a.m. solemn blessing and distribution of palms, procession outdoors (weather permitting) Holy Mass, Reading of the Passion.

April 17, Wednesday of Holy Week: 8 a.m. Holy Mass.

April 18, Holy Thursday: 7 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Procession to the Repository and stripping of the Altar; the church will remain open until 10:30 p.m. for private prayer.

April 19, Good Friday: day of fast and abstinance. At 3 p.m. church will open for private prayer; at 7 p.m. Good Friday service Reading of the Passion, Veneration of the Cross, Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified and Burial of the Lord; the church will remain open until 10 p.m.

April 20, Holy Saturday: 10:30 a.m. Easter Vigil Service, Blessing of fire, Paschal candle, Reading of the Four Lessons, Blessing of Water, Blessing of Easter Food.

April 21, Easter Sunday: 9 a.m. solemn Procession of Resurrection outdoors (weather permitting), Mass of Resurrection, Blessing of Easter Food.

April 22, Monday of Bright Week/Easter Week, Holy Day; Dingus Day; 7 p.m. Holy Mass.

Report cards/conferences: Report card distribution at Riverside Elementary Schools for the third marking period will take place on Monday, April 15. Parent-teacher conferences will be held in the afternoon on Thursday, April 25. East will dismiss at 11 a.m.; West at 11:30 a.m.

Dodgeball tournament: The Old Forge High School Student Council and National Honor Society will co-host a dodgeball tournament on Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27, for students in grades one through 12. Teams can register at

Lodge dinner: The Sons of Italy Gloria Lodge No. 815 of Old Forge will hold its annual takeout-only/drive-through penne pasta dinner on Sunday, April 28, 11 a.m to 3 p.m. at the bocce courts of Arcaro and Genell on Main Street in Old Forge. This event benefits the lodge’s scholarship program. Walk-ins welcome. Advance orders are available. Tickets are $10 and include penne pasta, meatballs, salad, roll and dessert. Sauce is $6 per quart; meatballs are $6 per pint. For tickets, call 570-498-0178.

Soup sale: Acacia Lodge No. 579, 617 Union St. in Taylor, will sell Manhattan clam chowder on Fridays, April 12 and 19, 4:30-6 p.m. Takeout only. Cost is $8 per quart.

Lions dinner: The Old Forge Lions Club will hold its annual takeout-only chicken dinner on Sunday, April 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Arcaro & Genell’s take-away counter on Main Street in Old Forge. Cost is $10 and includes a half chicken, mashed potatoes and beans. Tickets are available from members or at the door.

Library fundraisers: The Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St., is planning three fundraising events:

• A risotto sale will be held on Thursday, April 18. The risotto will be prepared by Cafe Rinaldi in Old Forge, and will be sold as takeout-only. Orders will be taken until Saturday, April 13. The cost is $10 (payment must be made when order is placed). All proceeds benefit the Taylor Community Library. Call 570-562-1234 for more information.

• The library will sponsor a bus trip to “Costuming ‘The Crown’” at Winterthur Garden & Musuems on Saturday, May 18. The cost is $99 per person and includes bus, exhibit and tour of Winterthur. Bus leaves the Viewmont Mall at 8 a.m. Garden tram tour will be followed by guided tour of Winterthur. Exhibit includes 40 iconic costumes from the Netflix series “The Crown.” Depart for home at 4 p.m. Lunch is on your own at the museum. Payment is due at time of reservation and seats on bus are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.

• The library will hold a raffle drawing for the American Girl 2019 doll of the year, Blair Wilson. Prize includes the accompanying book, Blair’s Garden and garden accessories. The drawing will be held on Sunday, Aug. 11, as part of the library’s American Girl/Lego bingo, 1-4 p.m. (doors open at noon). Tickets are two for $1, 12 for $5, 25 for $10.

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 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

Lodge dinner: Acacia Lodge No. 579, 617 Union St. in Taylor, will hold a roast beef dinner on Saturday, April 27, 4-7 p.m, (takeouts 3-4 p.m.). Donation: $12; $6 for kids younger than 12.

Bus trip:
There will be a bus trip to to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 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, call 570-603-1915 or email

Recycling containers: Taylor Borough is distributing new recycling containers to borough residents at the Taylor Community Center, 700 S. Main St. and will continue weekdays, 1-8:30 p.m. Residents will be required to show proof of residency via tax bill, utility bill or photo ID.

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 The Commander is Jacqueline Colburn, and the regular Legion meetings are on the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m.

Tax collector days: Tax collector days in Taylor will be Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Applicants must:

• 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 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).

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.

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, call 570-585-8099.

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.