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Free Coffee with First Responders event planned in Wyoming Join local and state police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) for free coffee and conversation at Coffee with First Responders from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, Election Day, at Isle of Coffee in the Midway Shopping Center in Wyoming. During the event, the first responders will be available to answer questions, talk about issues and share experiences with members of the community, including children. ‘This is a great opportunity for everyone to come out and meet their local first responders over a cup of coffee in a casual atmosphere,’ said Trooper First Class Deanna L. Piekanski of the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop P. ‘We welcome everyone to ask questions, talk about issues and have some free coffee,’ she said. Anyone who attends is eligible for a free cup of coffee. For information, contact patty@isleofcoffeecafe.com. From left, are Isle of Coffee manager Caitlin Dillon, Chief Edward Szafran, Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance; Captain Justin Nocera, Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance; TFC Deanna L. Piekanski, community services officer with Pennsylvania State Police, Troop P, Wyoming; Rebecca Rybak, coordinator, Northeast Highway Safety Program, and Captain Mark Ostrowski, West Wyoming Fire Department.

Goodbye October, the most beautiful month in Pennsylvania. Those colorful leaves are falling and will soon be replaced by bare branches stretching to a gray sky. Welcome November. Brrrr! Time to cover the grill, turn off the hose, and get out scarves and gloves.

November gives us permission to turn on the heat for the first time of the season. I’ll put afghans near the Lazy Boys and plan my hibernation viewing schedule. Does TV Guide still exist?

Although I resist it, stores are reminding me that the big holidays are quickly approaching, but tread lightly around me in your enthusiasm. I hate that Thanksgiving is almost a forgotten holiday, overshadowed by the commercialism of Christmas.

But I’m getting ahead of myself, as usual. November is just beginning. There’s a lot happening right now. As I turn the page on my calendar, I think of the important events that begin the month. On Saturday, Nov., 2, Exeter Events will celebrate the fall season with a festival called Howl at the Moon, which promises food, music, activities for kids, vendors and more at the St, Cecilia’s Church grounds. What a great way to spend a cool, crisp afternoon and evening.

Nov. 2 also is a day that is ingrained in my psyche, trained by my grandmother, as a time to visit the cemetery and light candles. Like everything else, it’s not like it used to be. When I was a kid, all of the cemeteries were lit up like Times Square. People saved baby food jars and used them to protect hundreds of candles from the November wind. My father used to carefully arrange the candles in the shape of crosses. The cemetery at night wasn’t a solitary, frightening place. Everyone my parents and grandmother knew was there.

My aunt takes charge of the candles now and I try to go along with her, but sometimes I’m busy. Still, something pulls me to the Italian Independent Cemetery on All Souls’ Day and I drive over to pay my respects for a minute. Like so many things, a far cry from the care once taken.

Another day drilled into my brain is Election Day. My parents never missed the opportunity to vote and neither do I. We will soon make a well deserved fuss about Veterans Day, but the best tribute to our vets is to vote, the privilege fought and died for. Finally, we’re finished saving daylight. Already short days will become even shorter as we turn back the clocks on Sunday. I used to find it depressing, but now I have HBO and Acorn TV.

So remember, your assignments for the week are to Howl at the Moon, pray for the dead, turn back the clock, and vote.

Definitely vote.

Kiwanis Club news

Wyoming Area Kiwanis is launching the Hometown Heroes Banner Program to honor residents and family members of Wyoming and West Wyoming who are serving or have served our country in the Armed Forces. Banners will be placed on street poles on Shoemaker Avenue, Wyoming Avenue and Eighth Street.

The banners will be displayed from May 2020 to Nov. 11, 2022. Cost is $225, which includes installation and removal. After the two years, the banners will be permanently removed and given to the service person or family member. To get an application, contact wyomingareakiwanis@gmail.com.

The WA Kiwanis Club also recently donated six ballistic vests to local police departments that respond to active shooter events in the school district and to the WA police. Their goal is to raise money to purchase additional vests for EMS units and local fire departments. To donate, email wyomingareakiwanis@gmail.com or mail a check to 1078 Wyoming Avenue, Box 445, Wyoming, PA 18644.

Veterans Day program

A Veterans Day program and luncheon will be held at Wyoming Area Secondary Center on Tuesday, Nov. 12. All veterans are encouraged to participate. Call 570-655-2836 for information and reservations.

WA pasta dinner

and craft fair

Wyoming Area Senior Parents are seeking vendors for their pasta dinner and craft fair Sunday, Dec. 8. Call Kelly at 570-709-1623 for a table.

Wyoming Area Catholic news

Wyoming Area Catholic School and Pittston Area Leo Club have joined forces to fight blindness. Donate your used prescription glasses and sunglasses in a special container in the Wyoming Area Catholic School Lobby.

Since 1917, Lions/Leo Clubs have been improving eye care to millions worldwide. Sight programs remain one of the Lions Club’s most defining causes.

Wyoming Area Drama Ensemble will present Shrek Jr. the Musical on Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24, in the school auditorium. The show is directed and choreographed by Morgan Lizette Evans, a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Evans has done several shows in New York City and was part of the Scranton Shakespeare Festival 2018 season.

From Monday, Nov. 4, through Friday, Nov. 15, student council members will collect new mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and socks for children aged newborn to 16, to be distributed at Kids’ Closet located in the former Seton Catholic school in Pittston. Pre-K and kindergarten are asked to bring mittens and newborn/toddler socks grades one and two are asked to bring mittens/gloves and children’s socks (bagged); grades three and four, hats and scarves (sets or individual); grades five and six, gloves, scarves, teen-sized socks (bagged); grades seven and eight, hats, gloves, adult socks (for older teens).

Wyoming Area Catholic is accepting donations of books to commemorate special events such as the birth of a child, a special anniversary, birthday, special achievement or as a memorial for a deceased loved one. Contact school librarian Theresa Sabetta at 570-654-7982.

First United Presbyterian Church news

First United Presbyterian Church will have a Healthy Aging Information Fair from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at The Institute, 40 Institute St., Wyoming. After a brief presentation by the Agency of Aging, attendees can learn about a wide range of relevant topics, including healthy eating, physical therapy, foot care, aging in place, scams and frauds, food assistance, hands-onlyCPR, activity ideas, downsizing, and pharmacy/insurance. There also will be balance and hearing screenings. Refreshments will be provided and all community members are welcome.

Wyoming U.M. Church dinner

Wyoming United Methodist Church will hold a pork and sauerkraut dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 5 to 12. Takeouts with drive through also are available. For tickets, call 570-693-2821.

West Wyoming Hose

Company craft fair

West Wyoming Hose Company No. 1 will host a fall/holiday craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the hose company, 926 Shoemaker Ave., West Wyoming. More than 30 specialty vendors will be represented, including handmade pieces, flowers, wreaths, candy, etc. Also, vendor gift items will be raffled and food will be available.

There is a $2 donation at the door, with proceeds going to the hose company to help keep our community safe.

West Wyoming trash fee

West Wyoming Borough residents are reminded that in place of trash stickers, bills for trash were mailed Oct. 24. All residents must pay this bill. The cost remains the same as last year at $200.

Rebate phase is until the end of January, when the price will be $185; $175 for seniors 65 and older. Feb. 1, the cost returns to $200, and March 1, it increases to $300. Residents can pay by credit card on the West Wyoming Borough website at www.westwyoming.org. Mastercard and Discover are accepted.

Exeter fall festival

Exeter Events Committee will have its second annual Howl at the Moon Fall Festival from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the former St. Cecilia’s Church grounds on Wyoming Avenue. Live music and entertainment, food trucks, vendors, basket raffles and kids’ activities like face painting and a bounce house will be featured. The committee also will sell Exeter T-shirts.

State office hours

State Rep. Aaron Kaufer’s Exeter office, 1101 Wyoming Ave., is open noon to 2 p.m. the third Friday of the month.

Barbara Bullions writes about Exeter, Wyoming and West Wyoming every week. To list an item, email barbarabullions@gmail.com or call 570-301-2185 by Monday.