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Pittston St. Patrick’s

Parade Committee

plans purse bingo

The Pittston City St. Patrick’s Parade Committee will hold a purse bingo Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Monsignor Bendik Pastoral Center of St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 William St., Pittston. Doors open at 1 p.m. and play will begin at 2. There also will be raffle baskets, a 50/50, food and drink for sale, and door prizes.

The cost is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce, 104 Kennedy Blvd., Pittston, or the Knights of Columbus Home, 55 S. Main St., Pittston.

Proceeds from the purse bingo will help defray the costs of the 2020 parade, which includes pipe and drum bands, balloons, insurance, police and DPW fees, etc.

The seventh annual Pittston City St. Patrick’s Parade will be held at noon Saturday, March 7.

Art E Fekts will host

artist Sam Barrese

Art E Fekts Gallery, 71 S. Main St., will show new works by artist Sam Barrese from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. The exhibit, “Blues Legends,” showcases this artist’s vivid acrylic portraits of musicians. All of the pieces will be for sale and on display for the remainder of October. Enjoy wine and cheese while browsing fine art in the gallery and listening to live blues music by musician Lee Delray.

Barrese has had his work displayed at The Antique Automobile Museum in Hershey, The State of Pennsylvania’s “Art of the State” exhibit in Harrisburg and The Baseball Hall of Fame’s permanent art collection in Cooperstown, N.Y. He is a member of the Motoring Artist Association. He has participated in many of the area’s art walks and has donated his art to raise money for local musicians, Meals on Wheels, and local high school art courses. Barrese also has played drums for local bands Shearwater, Take Five, The Hurricanes and The Bell Mountain Blues band.

‘The Nightmare

Before Christmas’ coming to Phoenix

Phoenix Kids will present “The Nightmare Before Christmas” Oct. 18-27, with shows at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. The show is a dance, acted adaptation to the classic movie using the soundtrack as a guideline.

Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 for kids 5 and younger. Call 570-457-3589 for reservations. Handicap seating is available. Tickets will be available at the door.

Director/choreographer is Lee LaChette with Amanda Hunisch-Hall as assistant choreographer. Sets and tech directing are by Colleen Neel.

Rosary Rally planed at Oblates of St. Joseph

A Rosary Rally will be held at the Oblates of St. Joseph Grotto at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in observance of the 102nd anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Mother at Fatima, Portugal, and “The Miracle of the Sun” witnessed by 70,000 people. Mass will follow the rosary at 4 p.m. in the chapel.

More than 20,000 rallies are planned throughout the country, sponsored by America Needs Fatima, to call attention to devotion to Mary and Jesus by praying the rosary.

The Rev. Joseph Sibilano, O.S.J., director of the Oblate Seminary, will lead the prayers at the seminary site, and Ernie Pappa, musician and recording artist, will provide music.

This is an opportunity for everyone to come and honor the Blessed Mother on her special anniversary and the public is invited to participate. For information, call the Oblates of St. Joseph at 570-654-7542.

Pittston Central

Catholic, Class of ’55, plans dinner meeting

Pittston Central Catholic High School, Class of 1955, will hold its monthly dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Valenti’s, 1180 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. All former classmates and spouses are invited. For information, call Cataldo “Ky” Lazzari at 570-825-2648.

St. John’s Lutheran

Church lists events

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7 Wood St., Pittston, announces the following church activities:

Members of the church will be selling Gertrude Hawk candy bars at Redner’s Market, Pittston, on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Planning will meet after the 8 a.m. service Sunday, Oct. 6.

Week Night School will be held at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 and 17.

Council will meet after the service Sunday, Oct. 13.

A tea and braille printing program will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Scranton.

The church will host a trunk or treat from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

Craft show planned

at St. Joseph Marello

The Altar and Rosary Society of St. Joseph Marello Church will hold a craft show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the parish hall, William Street, Pittston.

St. John’s, Class of ’70,

planning 50th reunion

St. John the Evangelist High School, Class of 1970, is planning its 50th reunion to be held in September 2020 at Fox Hill Country Club. Find information by going to the Facebook page, St. John’s Class of 1970 Reunion and click “Like” to keep up with the event information and registration. Classmates without access to Facebook can send an email to and instructions on how to register for the event and details of the reunion will be emailed.

Mount Zion U.M.

serving soup, salad

Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Mount Zion Road, Harding, is holding the season’s first all-you-can-eat soup and salad supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. A variety of soups, chili, salads, breads, desserts and beverages will be offered. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Public is invited.

Pittston U.M. Church plans theater trip

United Methodist Church of Pittston will hold a bus trip to see the “Joy To The World” at American Music Theater, Lancaster, Saturday, Nov. 2, for the 3 p.m. show. Price of $115 includes bus, show, Shady Maple Smorgasbord, tips and taxes. Bus leaves the Pittston Plaza at 11 a.m. For reservations, contact Cathy at 570-603-1915 or

Chicken dinner set at

St. John the Evangelist

St. John the Evangelist Church will hold a chicken dinner from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. The dinner can be eaten there or taken home.

Tickets are $10 for half a chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw, bread, cake and a beverage.

Walks-ins are welcome, but advance reservations are appreciated by filling out the form in the bulletin and placing it in the donation basket or by calling 570-654-0053.

Railroad historical

slideshow planned

Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society will hold its 10th annual Sentimental Journey Slideshow on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Dupont Hose Company. Doors open at 9 a.m. with a social hour with coffee and donuts. Slideshow runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year’s presenters include John Durant, “Northeast Variety;” Tim O’Malley, “A Steamtown Look Back;” George Gula, “Pittsburgh Traction/Port Authority;” Harry Owens, “Along the LV Bowman’s Creek Bridge Part 2 and 3,” and Kermit Geary Jr., “Lehigh and Wyoming Valleys in Black and White.”

Tickets are $26 and include coffee, soda, water, donuts, buffet lunch, cake and entry in door prize raffles. Food is catered by Dupont Hose Company and includes kielbasa, stuffed cabbage, chicken, potato, vegetable, rolls and butter. There also will be a cash bar.

Door prize donations are being accepted. Also, old railroad equipment and memorabilia are being accepted for a white elephant table with a 15% commission being added to the slideshow proceeds to benefit chapter activities.

Payment can be sent to Ed Philbin, 36 E. Cole St., Pittston, PA 18640 with checks payable to Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley NRHS Chapter. Name tag and ticket will be received at the door. If space allows, tickets at the door are $31.

For information, contact Philbin at 570-954-7981 or email

Pittston Memorial Library lists activities

Pittston Memorial Library announced the following upcoming special events:

Pittston Memorial Library will host its annual Scarecrow Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Admission is free and the festival will include refreshments, free kids’ crafts, $10 fall sign making, 25-cent games, a scarecrow contest, a pie contest and more. Contact the library for tickets. To enter a scarecrow, email the library at To enter the pie contest, call Kristin at 570-654-9565, ext. 21.

Friends of the Pittston Library’s fill a bag book sale concludes Saturday, Oct. 5. The sale includes new and used books, DVD’s, audios and more.

Pittston Memorial Library will host its fourth annual Murder Mystery Dinner, “Midnight at the Masquerade,” on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Fox Hill Country Club. Tickets are $60 each and include a cocktail hour, buffet dinner and dessert. No tickets will be available at the door. For reservations, call the library at 570-654-9565.

Pittston Memorial library’s fifth annual health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the John P. Cosgrove Center at the library. This event will feature at least 28 vendors with information on available resources to families in Greater Pittston and adjoining counties. Snacks will be available. The event is free to the public. For information, contact Howard J. Grossman at 570-262-3443 or email

Pittston Memorial Library announces Tiebrary at the Library. Tiebrary is a initiative sponsored by the Tom and Dianne Tigue literacy program. The mission of Tiebrary is to make available ties for those in the community who may need them for job interviews and special occasions. The ties are checked out just like a book. A large variety of ties have been donated. The ties come complete with illustrated instructions on how to tie a standard knot.

Friends of the Pittston Library meet at 3 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month in the library. New members are welcome. For information, call the library at 570-654-9565.

Regular programs include:

Children’s programs

Tales on Tuesday, Storytime with Miss Kristin: This program features age appropriate stories, songs, activities and free play for infants, toddlers and pre-school age children. Programs include: Books and Babies, for ages newborn to 18 months, at 9:30 a.m.; Terrific Twos, for ages 18 months to 3 years, at 10:30; Preschool Pals, ages 3 to 5 years, at 11:30 a.m. Registration is required. Session ends Oct. 22.

Grown-Up and Me: Kids 18 months to age 5 are welcome to bring their grown-up to the library for a fun story, craft and free play on Monday evenings. The program is split into two sessions with kids 18 months to 3 meeting at 5:30 p.m. and kids 3 to 5 years meet at 6 p.m. Registration is required. Session ends Oct. 21.

Furry Tails Reading Partners: Children can choose their favorite books to read to gentle, lovable and furry therapy dogs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the second Saturday of every month. Register by calling the library.

STEAM Club: Love science, technology, engineering, art and math? Monthly STEAM activities are available for kids in kindergarten to fifth grade every third Thursday of the month.

Hands-On Club: This club will meet every first Thursday of the month for a crafting project. Open to kids from kindergarten up to fifth grade.

Building Club: Anyone ages 3 to 11 is welcome to free build whatever they would like from 4 to 5 p.m. every Monday. The library provides the Legos or Lincoln Logs and participants provide the creativity. Participants can display their creation on the library’s book shelves.

For children’s programs requiring registration, sign up in the children’s wing or by calling the children’s department at 570-654-9565, ext. 26.

Tween/Teen programs

Page Turners Tween Book Club: Fourth to sixth graders who like to read for fun, talk about books, enjoy a snack and love doing crafts are invited to join Miss Noelle and Miss Kristin for this book club. The library will provide a snack and participants will make a craft related to the book. Call 570-654-9565, ext. 26 to register for this free club. Copies of the books are available at the children’s circulation desk.

Teen Reading Lounge: The Teen Book Club will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, to discuss “The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love” by Sarvenaz Tash. For information or to register, call 570-654-9565.

Tweens & Teens Color Me Corner: Color and help spruce up the teen tables for the new school year. Large coloring sheets will be available while supplies last all September.

Tween MAD Science Lab: Visit the library for some spooky science experiments just in time for the Halloween season. Program is open to tweens in grades four to six. Register by calling the library or messaging the Facebook page.

Adult programs

Book Club: The club meets every second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. A limited number of books are available at the front desk.

Art Afternoon: All are welcome to come to the library Fridays from 1:30-3:30 for art afternoon. Work on some zen coloring in the library or bring your own supplies and work on some crochet, knitting or felting.

Crochet Club: Beginner or advanced is welcome at Crochet Club. The group meets from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays. Bring supplies, including a crochet hook sized I, J, or K and yarn.

Kaufer’s office offers

assistance programs

State Rep. Aaron Kaufer reminds residents that his office offers assistance events to veterans, persons with disabilities and small business owners each month at his office at 161 Main St., Luzerne.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, Brian Stolarski, department service officer with the American Legion, is at the office to assist veterans, their spouses and their dependents with a range of issues including compensation, pensions, death benefits, education and health care, as well as many other veteran-related issues.

The fourth Wednesday of each month, from 2 to 5 p.m., Bob Fox, from the Center for Independent Living will be available for the Disability Advocacy Program to assist persons with disabilities, 18 and over. Fox can assist with skills training, information and referral to additional services, peer counseling, home modifications, attendant care and community integration, and deaf and autism services.

The second Thursday of each month, a counselor from the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center is available during Small Business Development Center Outreach to help existing business owners grow their business, explore new markets, plan strategically and operate with confidence. The outreach event is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Appointments for events must be made in advance by calling Kaufer’s office at 570-283-1001.

Kaufer also provides services to residents at local satellite offices in Exeter Twp. and Exeter Borough the third Friday of each month. Hours in Exeter Twp., at 2305 State Route 92, are 9 to 11 a.m., and in Exeter Borough, 1101 Wyoming Ave., from noon to 2 p.m.

For information, contact Kaufer’s district office at 570-283-1001.

Pittston trash bills past due

Pittston City mailed 2019-20 trash bills and payment was due May 31. New pink and white stickers must be used as of June. Bring or mail the bill when making payment.

Residents who do not receive a bill in the mail are responsible to notify the treasurer’s office at 570-654-1090. Bills are sent to the homeowner/landlords. If a tenant is responsible for the payment, landlords must give the bill to their tenant so they can bring or mail the bill when payment is made.

Cost is $200 for 60 stickers, which includes a $50 late fee. After the initial fee is paid, residents may purchase extra stickers at a cost of $2.50 each. Additional packs of 60 stickers also are available for $150.

If mailing payment, include $5 postage and handling payable to Pittston City and mail to Tax Office, 35 Broad St., Pittston, PA 18640. If the stickers are to be sent to an address other than the mailing address, specify to whom and where stickers should be mailed. Otherwise, they will be sent to the name and address on the check.