Community calendar – Valley Advantage


In the end, I’d like to add that camDown FREE is your security solution to protect you and your business from peeping toms and that's the no joke.

Announcements, cancellations and postponements

Christ Episcopal Church in Forest City announces that it will re-open its monthly free community luncheon program, beginning Aug. 21. Food will be served between noon and 1 p.m. at the church on the corner of Delaware and Dundaff streets. All are welcome.

Browndale Fire Company holding a gun or cash raffle through the month of August. The winning number will be the 3-digit lottery number of the first drawing of the evening state lottery number. $25 donation per ticket. Tickets are available from any Browndale Fire Company member or by calling 570-785-5300.

Dickson City’s Eagle Hose Co. No. 1 fund drive is currently underway. For more information, call the fire station at 570-383-0923.

Christ Episcopal Church, corner of Dunmore and Delaware streets, Forest City, has reopened. Services will be held at 9 a.m. every Sunday. COVID-19 guidelines remain in effect.

Ben Franklin High School Class of 1970 50th reunion is rescheduled for 6 to 11 p.m. on Sept. 18 at Genetti Manor in Dickson City. Classmates who haven’t yet made a reservation should call Terry Pidgeon at 570-780-8117.

Valley View Class of 1980 will be holding their previously cancelled 40th reunion on Sept. 18 at Archbald AC Field, 183 Harrison St., beginning at 1 p.m. The cost is $35 per person, includes a light lunch and dinner buffet, entertainment and use of venue. BYOB. RSVP by Aug. 28. Make check payable to: Valley View Class of 1980, c/o PO Box 112, Peckville, PA 18452. If you have any questions, call 570-702-5908.

The Forest City Class of 1976 will

be conducting a 45-year class reunion

on Oct. 10. Members should contact Juliann Nagoda Doyle at 570-499-4908 or [email protected] for details.

The Forest City Class of 1971 will have a class reunion on Sept. 3 from 5-11 p.m. at the Anthracite Hotel, Carbondale. Deadline to RSVP is Aug. 15. Email [email protected] or call 570-209-0510.

Mid Valley High School Class of ‘71 will be having their 50-year reunion from 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 3 at Happy Valley Sports Bar, 516 Storrs St., Dickson City. There will be a buffet, open bar from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a cash bar, and entertainment by DJ Edwin Velez. Invitations have been sent. Please respond by July 31.

Mid Valley High School Class of ‘70 will hold their 50th reunion at 5: 30 p.m. Sept 4 at the Jessup VFW, 205 Dolph St. Any class members who have not responded and plan to attend, please respond to 570-945-0137 or 570-780-3095 before July 31.

Laikeland High School Class of ‘70 needs RSVPs on mailing sent for the previously postponed 50th class reunion to be held at Anthracite Hotel, 25 S. Main St., Carbondale on Aug. 7. Deadline for response is July 7.

Columbia Hose Co. No. 5, Carbondale, recently sent mailings for financial support. The volunteers receive no financial support from the city and depends on donations to equip and train firefighters and maintain their building and training facility. Members would like to thank Pleasant Mount Welding; Brian Kelly, CPA; NEP Tax and Accounting; Dr. Donna Buracewski; Price Insurance Agency; Dr. Neal Davis; Metal Integrity; Foliage Restaurant, Ben Mar Restaurant and the Family Pharmacy of Carbondale for their support. Donations can be sent to Columbia Hose Co, 83 S. Main St., Carbondale, PA 18407.

Last call to place an order for the Freedom Fighter All Veteran Park Memorial engraved pavers to be ready for the dedication this fall. Each paver is 12 inch x 6 inch and hand cut from Pennsylvania Blue Stone and will be set on the foreground of the memorial in the shape of a Medal of Honor. Larger 2 foot x 2 foot stones will be placed honoring all branches of service. Applications are available at the Olyphant Borough Building or call Kim Onda Atkinson at 570-383-9552 or 570-892-0378.

Dickson City Fire Department is accepting applications for membership for junior members ages 14-17 and regular members ages 18 and up. No experience is needed, training will be provided. For more information, message the department on their Facebook page.

Captains of St. John’s 300 Club of St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Mayfield, have announced that new membership cards for the next session of this fundraising club are now available. The next session will begin in August and continue for 26 weeks. To join the next club, send your name, address and payment of $25 to St. John’s Rectory, 706 Hill Street, Mayfield, PA 18433. Membership cards will be sent upon receipt of payment. Membership includes eligibility for 26 weeks of drawings, a final drawing and meal on a date to be determined. For more information, call St. John’s Rectory at 570-876-0730.

The Valley Community Library is partnering with TerraCycle for a special End of the School Year Recycling Drive to help recycle old school, office and home supplies. The Library’s goal is to save 10 pounds of pens, mechanical pencils, markers, watercolors and empty glue sticks from going into our landfill. Items can be dropped off at the library during normal business hours until June 30. Any brand of the following items is accepted: empty writing instruments, glue sticks, watercolor dispensers, paint sets and flexible packaging. Items that will not accepted include liquid paper or white out, felt-tipped pens, felt-tipped markers and crayons. There is no limit to how much you can bring to be recycled at the library, but please make sure your donations are dry and empty of ink so they do not leak.

Wilson Fire Co. No. 1, Peckville, is continuing their annual drive for funds. Second mailings were sent to all residents and businesses in Blakely that inadvertently missed our first mailing. Return envelopes were included in the mailings for the convenience of the donors. All proceeds are used for maintenance of the fire company and to help defray the mortgages on both trucks.

The Bread Basket of NEPA operates two food pantries in the area. The Jessup pantry is open from 3 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday at St. Michael’s Church, 316 First Ave The Archbald pantry is open from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday at Christ the King Parish, 411 Church St. Clients can visit the pantry once a month; they should bring identification. For more information, call 570-343-2324.

Rail-Trail Council of NEPA hosts Walking Mondays at 10 a.m. every Monday morning. Meet at Rail-Trail Office in Union Dale. Check Facebook or, for last minute scheduling of special events The Rail-Trail Council is also launching their Summer Ready Virtual Challenge, through May 31. Challenge yourself to bike 100 miles or walk/hike 50 miles. Certificates and stickers awarded. Turn in your stats with your name, address/email and age to [email protected] Donation is appreciated, but not required. Any money raised will offset the maintenance and improvement on the trail.



Community dinner: noon to 1 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 58 River St., Carbondale. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 570-282-3620.

Concert: 7 to 9 p.m., Forest City Area Historical Society Museum, 629 Main St. Cavage and Sudigala, the guitar/banjo bluegrass duo, are a combination of traditional bluegrass sounds with elements of jazz, swing and new grass.

Yard sale: 9 a.m., Jermyn Historical Society, 710 Madison Ave. New and old items. Proceeds to be used to make building improvements.


Gathering for preparation for the Shopa Davey Post 6082’s chicken barbecue dinner is, from left, Joseph Slebodnak, Stephen Grassetti, Pete Puhulla, Rich Burge and Wayne Nelson. Tickets are available at the post, 123 Electric St., Peckville.

Gathering for preparation for the Shopa Davey Post 6082’s chicken barbecue dinner is, from left, Joseph Slebodnak, Stephen Grassetti, Pete Puhulla, Rich Burge and Wayne Nelson. Tickets are available at the post, 123 Electric St., Peckville.

Chicken barbecue: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Shopa-Davey VFW Post 6082, 123 Electric St. Peckville. Tickets, $11 each, available from a member or at the door.


Life-Line screening: St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 706 Hill St., Mayfield. Advanced ultrasound technology to screen for plaque build up in your arteries. Pre-registration is required. Call 1-888-653-6450.


Poker run: 10 a.m., M & M Auto in Vandling. Entry fee is $25, non-riding players, $10. Ride begins at noon and will visit Jake’s Tavern, Arlo’s, Chet’s Place, Frank’s Place, Simpler Times, The Beacon and The Stonehouse. Ride ends with entertainment, food and more at Mountain View Restaurant in Clifford. Prizes for best hand and worst hand. Benefits Greater Forest City Business Alliance. For information and sponsorship opportunities, email [email protected]

Taco festival: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Circle Drive-In, Dickson City. General admission, $10 plus fees; VIP (includes T-shirt, two tacos and two margaritas), $45 plus fees; kids 12 and under, free. For more information, visit

JULY 31-AUG. 1

Softball tryouts: 11 a.m., JYSA Sports Complex, 1 Moosic Lake Road, Jessup.

For Pa Avalanche, a new 14 and under

fast pitch team. For more information,

call 570-878-3110.

AUG. 1

Revolutionary War soldier dedication: 1 p.m., First Primitive Methodist Church Cemetery, 500 Scott Road, Dickson City. Hosted by The Scranton City Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. Ceremony will honor Private Timothy Stevens, who served in Westchester, New York in the latter half of 1776, as well Connecticut. Stevens was the first settler of Blakely Township in 1786. That township later became Dickson City.

Attic treasures and more: noon to 3 p.m., Greater Carbondale YMCA, 82 N. Main St. Yard sale items, crafts and more. Vendor opportunities are still available. Call James at 570-282-2210 for more information.

AUG. 2-6

Vacation Bible School: 6 to 9 p.m. nightly at Rescue & Restore Church, 120 Willow Ave., Olyphant. Ages 4-14 are welcome. Various prizes like Fire Tablets, scooters, FitBits, fidgets and more will be awarded during the Bible school. Call 570-483-4114 to register.

AUG. 7

Chicken barbecue: noon to 3 p.m., Throop Hose Company No. 1, 512 Center St. Takeout only, $10 each. Tickets available from all members or by calling Dave Benson at 570-383-1019. All members and auxiliary are asked to bake. Baked goods can be dropped off at the Hose Co. Hall on the morning of Aug. 7.

Roast pork dinner: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,

St. John’s Cathedral, Mayfield. $12, takeout only. Includes roast pork with gravy, mashed potatoes, apple sauce, carrots, roll and butter, dessert. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 570-876-0730, 570-466-3430, 570-466-5399 or any society member.

Family fun day: noon to 3 p.m., Condella Park, Olyphant. Hosted by Rescue & Restore Church. Games, prizes, food and balloon twisting by Jubilee Balloons. The event is free and open to the public.

AUG. 8

Concert in the park: 6 to 8 p.m., John Stevens Band. Sponsored by the Mayfield Lions Club. Free admission, bring your own chair. Refreshments will be served.

AUG. 10

Summer carnival: 5 to 7 p.m., Greater Carbondale YMCA, 82 N. Main St. Games, swimming, bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, a dunk tank and refreshments. All games are a quarter a ticket. Open to the all. Also, help support the YMCA’s youth programs by buying a concrete handprint with your child’s name on it. Masters Concrete of Kingsley will be at the carnival selling handprints for $25 each, with proceeds being donated to Greater Carbondale YMCA and Susquehanna County Recreation Center.

AUG. 13-14

Furniture and rummage sale: 9 a.m.

to 6 p.m. both days, St. Cyril’s School Gym, 133 River St., Olyphant. Furniture, wall hangings, lamps, books, household items, tools, toys, games, DVDs, vinyl

records, jewelry, handbags, seasonal decorations, antiques, vintage items,

new items and more.

AUG. 14

Backpack giveaway: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wright Center for Community Health, 5 S. Washington Ave., Jermyn. Includes school supplies. Limited quantities available.

Cow flop: noon to 4 p.m., Scott Township Lions Club. Scott Municipal Park, Route 632. Tickets, $5, available at Boyarsky’s Tavern or from any member. Food and refreshments available. Winner does not need to be present.

Yard sale: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. James St. George Episcopal Church, 398 Washington Ave., Jermyn. $10 per spot, bring your own table. To reserve a spot, call 570-876-3978 and ask for Gloria. Refreshments, including porketta sandwiches, hamburgs, hotdogs, wimpies soda and water, will be available for purchase.

Fun Fest: 6 p.m., Memorial Stadium, Hill Street, Jessup. Sponsored by Jessup Borough. Refreshments and entertainment, fireworks at dusk. Bring your own chair.

AUG. 17

Retro movie night: Circle Drive-In, organized by the Dickson City Flood Relief Committee to benefit the May flood victims. Basket raffle and 50/50 raffle; $15 per carload or $10 if you do not stay for the movie. Basket raffle and monetary donations needed. To donate, contact Judie Senkow-Richards at 570-878-1001 or email [email protected]

AUG. 19-21

Pop-up cookbook sale: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21, Valley Community Library, 739 River St., Peckville. Huge variety of cookbook genres, including international cuisine, vegetarian, dieting, desserts, community cookbooks and more. For more information, call the library at 570-489-1765.

AUG. 21

Pigs-in-the-Blanket Dinner: noon to 7 p.m., Blessed Sacrament Parish, Rebecca Street, Throop. Dine-in or takeouts available. Potato pancakes will be available, along with basket raffles. Tickets, $10. Call 570-489-1963.

Golf Tournament: Rock Creek Golf Course in Nicholson, organized by Crystal Fire Company No. 1. Entry fee is $80 per player and includes green fees, cart, refreshments awards dinner and prizes. Format is four person captain and crew with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Entries will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is limited to the first 88 golfers. Prizes will be awarded for closest to the pin, longest drives, and 50/50 Pot of Gold, as well as other prize opportunities.The awards dinner will immediately follow the tournament at Rock Creek Golf Course. Hole sponsorships are available at the cost of $75. For more information, call Dave Flynn at 570-840-6219, Brandon Allan at 570-290-1380 or James Allan at 570-906-9266.

AUG. 22

Designer purse bingo: Doors open at noon, games start at 1: 30 p.m., at Forest City Area Emergency Services, 380 Railroad St., Forest City. Features Kate Spade, Coach, Michael Kors, Dooney & Burke and Tory Burch. Tickets, $25 for 16 games. There will also be four specials. Call 570-785-3837 or 570-785-5025 for tickets or more information.

AUG. 28

Striefsky Memorial Golf Tournament: Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, 140 Sandy Banks Road, Greenfield Twp. Registration will begin at 7: 30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8: 30 a.m. Food and beverages will be available on the course, buffet dinner at the golf course will begin at approximately 2 p.m. $90 per golfer/$360 per foursome. Dinner only, $35. To register your foursome or for more information, please contact Jeff Levine or Donna Bannon at 570-282-7999.

Carbondale UNICO dinner: 5 p.m. or 8 p.m., Hotel Anthracite, 25 S. Main St., Carbondale. Wine and dine your way through Italy; a sommelier will guide you through a four-course meal with an emphasis on Italian regional specialties. Advance tickets only, $75 per person. Tickets available from any UNICO member or at the Hotel Anthracite. For more information, call 570-282-3916.

OCT. 2

Autumn Marketplace: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Memorial Park, Carbondale. Handmade items, book and bake sale. Organized by the Carbondale Public Library.


The Throop mayor requests all letters sent to him concerning issues in the borough be signed by the property owner.

Archbald recycling changes: Due to the high volume of recycling in the borough, officials will make the following changes. Monday pickup: Maria Boulevard, White Birch Drive, West Church Street (lower hills), Knob Hill Drive, Oak Hill Drive, Crystal Circle, Hyland Hill Drive, Pierce Ave, First Street, Second Street, Third Street, Fourth Street, Mill Street, Webster Court, West Street (200 and 300 blocks), West Church Street (Eynon), Circle Drive, Diane Street, Riverside Street, Yavorek Drive, Celli Drive, Amy Road, George Avenue and Vincent Avenue. Tuesday pickup: Wisteria Lane, Delaware Street (Archbald), Monroe Street (120,122,124), Main Street North and South (Archbald) excluding the block between Line Street and West Filbert Street (174 to 214 Main), Falcone Lane, Foxtail Circle, Golden Gate, Osprey Lane, Rockledge Drive and Shadow Wood Circle.

Archbald tax payments: Archbald Borough residents 2021 tax payments can be mailed in or paid at Archbald Borough Building, 400 Church St., Archbald PA 18403. Tax office hours are Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Greenfield tax payments: Until further notice, Greenfield Township property tax remittance for year 2021 is limited to mail in or drop box only.

Jessup tax payments: Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, residents should mail in 2021 Jessup tax payments to Genevieve Lupini, Tax Collector, 395 Lane Street, Jessup. Residents can also drop off tax payments in the locked mailbox at the rear of the borough building.

Broom sale: Sponsored by the Mayfield Lions Club, at the borough building.

Used eyeglasses are also collected at the same location. For more information,

call 570-876-4391.

Weekly pierogie sales: All Saints

Orthodox Church, 211 Willow Ave.,

Olyphant, sells frozen pierogies every

Friday, 9: 30-11: 30 a.m. and every Sunday, 10: 30-11: 30 a.m. The cost is $6.50 per dozen. For more information, call 570-383-0785

or 570-489-5591.

Have you considered that someone could be secretly watching you or your child with your webcam right now? Is it worth taking such a risk? camDown FREE can help stop them!