Calendar of Events: January 2017

Lions Club Snowflake Gala

Eynon Archbald Lions Club will host its sixth annual Snowflake Gala to benefit Leader Dog for the Blind on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Fiorelli’s. Tickets are $75 per person. There will be live entertainment by The Luongo Brothers.

For information call Linda Kline (570)430-8432 or Kathy Pezak (973)919-6592

Lackawanna Land Bank Presentation

The Lackawanna County Land Bank will host a community outreach presentation on Tuesday, January 10, at 6 p.m. in the community room at the Goodwill at North Gerald T. Langan Apartments, 1539 North Main Ave., Scranton.

The presentation will outline the Lackawanna County Land Bank’s history, mission and discuss blight in neighborhoods. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

The primary mission of the Lackawanna County Land Bank is to acquire tax delinquent and abandoned properties and sell them to responsible and capable owners through a negotiated sale process. This eliminates a community liability and transfers these otherwise undesirable properties to new, responsible owners in a transparent and equitable fashion.

In addition, the land bank side lot disposition program should be very effective in the conveyance of vacant parcels to responsible neighbors.

For more information about the Lackawanna County Land Bank and the upcoming program, please call Ralph Pappas at 570-963-6830, extension 1358, or email him at

Winter Retreats

Pocono Mountain Bible Conference, PMBC, releases winter and spring retreats which are open to the public.

PMBC Winter Intermediate Retreat,  Jan. 6-8, 3 p.m., ages 10-12 years, at $65 per child; PMBC Winter Junior Retreat, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., Jan. 22, 3 p.m., ages 7-9, at $65 per child;  PMBC Winter Youth Retreat, Feb. 10, 7 p.m. and Feb. 12, 3 p.m., ages 13-17, at $65 per child; Annual PMBC Marriage Retreat, March 3, 4 p.m., and March 5, 2 p.m., private rooms to all guests, at $175 per couple; PMBC Men’s Retreat: A Man and His Work, March 31, 5 p.m., and April 2, 1 p.m., by donation.

PMBC is a Bible based camp in the heart of the Pocono mountains that hosts children in the summer months and retreats fall through spring. PMBC is open to all children, ages 8-18, reagrdless of race, sex and religious affiliation. Scholarships are available.

Registration, information on the camp and directions to the camp can be found online  or on Facebook. PMBC can also be found on Twitter and Instagram.

Phone calls can be directed to Camp Director Matt Macking (570) 328-1648.


Calendar of Events: July 2016

DHS Class of 1971 Reunion

Dunmore High School Class of 1971 will host its 45th class reunion on Aug. 13 at La Buona Vita, Dunmore. Committee members include Madelyn Muffullo Smith, Mary Ann Occulto Coviello, Beverly Tur Koval, Archie Parker, Jimmy Boccardo, Suzanne Flynn Santarsiero, Cathy Errico Mazur, and Gary Smith. For information, contact Mary Ann Occulto Coviello at (57) 344-3737.

Steamtown Excursion

Steamtown_National_Historic_Site_022The Steamtown National Historic Site of Scranton, PA will be running the  Historical Diesel Train “Queen City Special” on Saturday, July 9, to Olyphant . This event will coincide with Olyphant Queen City Nights (off of Lackawanna Ave. and Willow Street/ Nestor Chylak St.) The train will leave Scranton at 1:30 p.m. and arrive at the Olyphant Queen City Train Station at approximately 2:15 p.m., then leaving from Olyphant at 5 p.m. to return to Scranton by approximately 6 o’clock.  

In Olyphant, there will be tours of local churches, information about famous Olyphant residents, and a casual walk pointing out town landmarks. A late lunch will also be available from food vendors or at various restaurants in town.

Contact:  570-340-5204 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for tickets.

Adult tickets (ages 16-61) are $24; Senior tickets (ages 62+) $22, and Child tickets (ages 6-15) $17. Children to age five are free. Ticket required. Excursions reservations must be pre-paid and are non-refundable.

Sacred Heart Flea Market

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Peckville, will be holding its annual Summer Flea & Food Fest on August 13-15 in the air-conditioned parish auditorium.  Please come and enjoy the treasure hunt along with delicious homemade ethnic foods from the concession stand. Hours are  Saturday, 8am-6pm; Sunday and Monday, 8am-4pm.  A take-out pasta & meatball dinner will be served on Sunday from 11am to 3pm. Tickets are $10, purchased in advance only, by phone or visiting the parish office: 1101 Willow Street, Peckville, 570-383-3244 ext. 2.This fundraiser will also benefit other local charitable non-profit organizations.

Marywood Transfer Days

marywoodMarywood University will conduct on-campus Transfer Day programs for college students or former college students considering transferring to Marywood University. In a single visit on Tuesday, July 19, Wednesday, Aug. 3, and Tuesday, Aug. 16,  between 2 and 6 p.m., visitors can complete an application for admission, discuss financial aid and scholarship options, and transfer credits. Transfer Day will be held at the Office of University Admissions in the Liberal Arts Center, on the University’s campus. Fall semester classes begin on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. For more information, please call Marywood’s Office of University Admissions, at (570) 348-6234, or visit

Wine in the Woods

Tickets are on sale now for a Wine in the Woods Event on Saturday, Aug. 6. The wine-tasting event will be held at the Elmhurst Roaring Brook Volunteer Fire Company Picnic Grounds from 3 to 8 p.m. Advance ticket price is $15 and day of the event is $20. Designated driver tickets are $5.  Everyone attending must be at least 21 years of age. There will be lite fare for purchase, live entertainment, and a bonfire.

Fire House Dedication

Elmhurst-Roaring Brook Fire Company will host an open house at its  new firehouse located at 436 Blue Shutters Road, Elmhurst,  (next to St. Eulalia’s Church) on Sunday, July 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. The public is invited.

Pocono Bible Camp

camper+picture+inter+2Pocono Mountain Bible Conference, located in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, will be holding its summer camp sessions thoughout the summer months, broken down by age groups. The camp offers fun and games, swimming, bonfires, bible study, lasting friendships and more. Registration is open.

The schedule is as follows. Junior, 8 to 10 years old, Week 2: July 31-Aug 6; Intermediate, 11 to 13 years old, Week 1, July 3-9; Week 2, Aug. 7-13; Youth, 14 to 18 years old, Week 1, July 10-16; Week 2, July 24-30.

Cost is $200 per week, and first time campers camp for free. There is a discount structure for sibling campers. PMBC is a Bible based camp in the heart of the Pocono Mountains that hosts children in the summer months and hosts retreats fall through spring.  PMBC is open to all children, 8-18 regardless of race, sex, religious affiliation. Scholarships are available.

Pocono Mountain Bible Conference is a proud member of the Christian Camp and Conference Association.  For more information log onto website

Registration, information on the camp and directions to the camp can be found by logging on to  Log onto FB at PMBC can also be found on Twitter and Instagram. Phone calls can be directed to Camp Director Matt Macking (570) 328-1648.

Swimming Pools/Lakes: OPEN 

The lakes and pool at Lackawanna County’s parks officially opened on Friday, June 24.  All of the locations are staffed with lifeguards.  The swimming areas are open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Locations include McDade Pool, Scranton; Aylesworth Lake, Archbald; Merli-Sarnoski Lake, Carbondale, and Covington Lake, Covington Township off Route 307. The pool and lakes will remain open through mid-August.