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If you’re retired, like so many of us are, you’ve noticed the noise level drops seriously during the day. Weekdays will be like this until next June.

The days of sleeping late and spending lazy days at the pool are over. The race is on. I see the kids walking to and from their bus stops. Schools are having open houses, scouts are recruiting, and clubs at the high school are planning their events. The fall sports teams are in full swing and local organizations are gearing up for Halloween parties.

We can’t even enjoy September and October because stores are displaying Thanksgiving items and we are constantly being told how many shopping days to Christmas. Most of my friends are looking forward to non-stop Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel, which will be starting soon, though I prefer to take one holiday at a time.

It’s a busy time of year and I can imagine frantic parents coming home from work, getting dinner, chauffeuring children to activities, checking homework, giving baths, putting to bed. Phew! We’re a society on steroids. Rush, rush, rush.

Ever notice how many people run red lights anymore? Traffic laws are intentionally ignored. People don’t realize that they are operating lethal machines when they get behind the wheel. The most frightening trend is passing school buses with flashing lights as they’re unloading children.

When we’re in a hurry, maybe in a state of anxiety and impatience brought on by the many demands of modern society, we make stupid mistakes. We all need to slow down and take a breath. Let’s enjoy September before letting our minds race through the calendar to 2020.

I would be remiss if I didn’t note the anniversary this week of one of the worst days in our country’s history. Sept. 11 will always be in my heart. It is a day that changed our great nation in a way that the kids can’t understand. They weren’t around before those planes crashed into the World Trade Towers, the Pentagon, and were intentionally grounded in Shanksville, with the words “Let’s roll!”

Every time I enter a public space and have to open my bag for inspection or go through security before boarding a plane, I remember. When I visit Washington, D.C. and have to walk around barricades, I remember.

There are so many reminders of what that attack did to our national psyche, but sometimes we don’t even notice them anymore. On Wednesday, I’ll be thinking about all those poor souls who were trapped in burning buildings, the brave first responders who perished trying to save them, and the police and firefighters who still suffer from the effects of that day. God bless them all.

Battle of Wyoming

walking tours

The Battle of Wyoming Walking Tours will run Saturday, Sept. 14, and Sunday, Sept. 15. Join attorney Stephen B. Killian, Luzerne County Historical Society board member, for an account of the disastrous Battle of Wyoming and the massacre that followed.

Killian will lead the group through the battlefield and talk about the tactics, troops and equipment of the Americans, Tories and the Native Americans, as well as discussing, with an audience-driven demonstration, the infamous flanking maneuver and retreat that lead to the massacre. Insight about the area before and after the battle also is included.

This is a two-hour, two-mile outdoor walking tour that takes place rain or shine. Each day, the tour starts at 1 p.m. at Fourth Street and Susquehanna Avenue in Wyoming.

Cost is $7 for LCHS members, $10 for non-members and $5 for all children under 18. Each tour is limited to the first 45 reservations. Reservations are required. To make reservations, call 570-823-6244, ext. 3 or email reservations@luzernehistory.org.

Wyoming Area Catholic School news

Wyoming Area Catholic announces its events for September: Wednesday, Sept. 18, Family Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. Monday, Sept. 23, there is no school because of a Diocesan Teacher Institute. Also, at 7 p.m. Sept. 23, the Bishop’s Youth Award will be presented at St. Nicholas Church, Wilkes-Barre. Tuesday, Sept. 24, the Parent Teacher Guild will meet at 6 p.m. and the Booster Club meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

The Scholastic Book Fair also will be held at Wyoming Area Catholic School from Friday, Sept. 13, through Wednesday, Sept. 18. Special family events are scheduled as part of the book fair on Friday evening and at 6 p.m. Wednesday, following the Family Mass. The book fair theme for fall of 2019 is “Arctic Adventure Book Fair: Snow Much to Read.”

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.

Paper shredding in Wyoming

A community shredding day will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Pettibone Park on Monument Avenue, Wyoming. Bring any documents you no longer need that contain personal information, including Social Security numbers, credit card information, account numbers, etc.

Proof of residency is required. There is a limit of three boxes per resident. Shredding is limited to confidential and sensitive materials.

Wyoming Recreation

Board events

Wyoming Recreation Board is back and in full swing planning great events for the town. Help out by participating in a fundraiser at Sabatini’s Bottle Shop from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. Tickets cost $25 for three drinks (beer or soda) and all the pizza you can eat. There will be a basket raffle and a 50/50. Tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 9, at the borough building. Call 570-693-0291 for information.

The recreation board is organizing a Trunk or Treat event for Saturday, Oct. 26, at Pettibone Park. If you would like to participate and decorate your trunk, you need to fill out a registration form available on Facebook or at the town hall.

The 2019 school year has begun. The borough asks everyone to be mindful when parking by the Tenth Street school. For the safety of the students and crossing guards, please refrain from blocking the crosswalks, intersections and parking on the lawns of property owners.

Wyoming ordinances

Wyoming Borough reminds residents of the following ordinances:

Responsibilities of Dog and Cat Owners — It is unlawful for any person who owns or keeps cats or dogs to allow such cat or dog to run at large in the borough. It is unlawful to own or harbor any dog or cat or other domesticated animal whose barking, howling, yowling, purring or making other loud noises or any other act which causes annoyance, disturbs the peace and quiet enjoyment of persons in Wyoming.

Property Maintenance — No person, firm, or corporation owning or occupying any property within the Borough of Wyoming shall permit any grass or weeds or vegetation whatsoever to exceed a height of 8 inches. Alleyways behind properties also need to be maintained. Any property owner in violation of the borough ordinance will be cited by the Wyoming Borough Code Enforcement Officer.

Residents also are reminded to please rinse jars, bottles, and cans for recycling. Greasy cardboard like pizza boxes cannot be recycled. Please only put out clean, flat cardboard.

Wyoming United Methodist Church news

Seats on the bus trip to Sights and Sound Theater in Lancaster are filling quickly. The show, “Queen Esther,” is a new production for the theater. The date is April 15, 2020, and already there are only a few seats left. The price is $121 and includes bus, show, dinner, and all gratuities. Gift certificates are available if you would like to give this as a birthday or Christmas present.

The church is selling shepherd pies. Order shepherd pies by Thursday, Sept. 26, for pickup from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. Call 570-693-2821 or 570-693-3700 for information or to place an order.

The church will sponsor an AARP driver safety class, called Smart Driver Course, from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, and Wednesday, Oct. 2. Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Call the church office at 570-693-2821 for information.

First United Presbyterian Church news

B.J. Ahearn, from the Center for Public Safety, will present information on first aid and bleeding control at First United Presbyterian Church from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. You can learn how to react in an emergency.

The program offers instructions and practice for determining the best course of action until professional help is available.

The event is free and will be held at the Wyoming Institute, 40 Institute St. in Wyoming.

Library news

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Club Saturday is set to begin for the fall season. Session 1, on Sept. 28, will focus on engineering. The topic is Keva Planks and Marble Mazes. Oct. 26 will have a Halloween theme, Candy Structures and Puking Pumpkins. Nov. 30, the title is Legos. The club, open to all children ages 7 and up. All programs begin at noon. Only 10 spots are available per session and registration is required.

Fill a bag book sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Books are $5 per bag; $10 for larger bags. Donations of books are being accepted now.

The library is sponsoring a Halloween Party in the Park from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. Children will enjoy activity stations, refreshments, trunk or treat, raffles, and a parade from the West Wyoming Borough Building to the Ralph Daley Park, starting at noon. There is no charge and costumes are optional. Contact the library to sponsor a trunk.

West Wyoming

paper shredding

West Wyoming Borough, in conjunction with the Luzerne County Recycling Office, will hold a document shredding event for West Wyoming residents only. Shredding will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 21, in front of the Department of Public Works building, rear 926 Shoemaker Ave., West Wyoming.

There is a three-box limit and proof of residency is required. Various confidential documents can be shredded free of charge, including old medical records, insurance records, bills, legal and tax documents, and other sensitive paper documents.

West Wyoming reminders

West Wyoming Borough reminds residents sanitation fees are now past due and the penalty fee of $300 is in effect.

Residents are reminded to please wash out containers before placing them in your recycling.

West Wyoming Morning Star Legion meeting

West Wyoming American Legion Morning Star Post 904 will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at West Wyoming Hose Company No. 1. All members are asked to attend.

Cub Scout registration

Cub Scout Pack 310 will register boys and girls in kindergarten through fifth grade from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Tenth Street Elementary School, Wyoming Area Catholic School, and at the Exeter Scout Home, 53 Lincoln St. A second registration will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16. Call Wally Janoski at 570-693-1930 or Lorraine Backo at 570-693-3724 for information.

Exeter Fire Department chicken barbecue

Exeter Borough Fire Department will hold its annual chicken barbecue at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the fire station, 1405 Susquehanna Ave.

Exeter trash reminders

Exeter Borough is now using Waste Management for garbage collection. Garbage still has to be placed curbside by 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. Trash can be placed curbside Tuesday night.

Missed garbage may not be picked up until the following week, depending on the circumstances.

Extra bag tags are $3.25 each. Bulk tags are $33 each. A list of acceptable bulk items suitable for collection is available at the Exeter Borough Building.

The penalty phase is now in effect for refuse stickers and the price is $250. Stickers can be purchased at the Exeter Borough Building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Stickers also can be purchased by mail by sending a self addressed, stamped envelope to Exeter Borough Refuse Department, 1101 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, PA 18643. Please use a long business size envelope.

For information, call Lynda at 570-654-3001, ext. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

State office hours

and veterans program

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

Kaufer will host the 2019 Veterans Recognition and Legislative Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Black Diamond American Legion Post 395, 386 Wyoming Ave., Kingston.

Advanced reservations are required. Call 570-283-1001 byFriday, September 13. Please provide your name, branch of service and time served.

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