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Chicago Bears tight end Michael Cobb visited Old Forge |Page 5

Riverside students are up-and-coming baristas in training |Page 7

Bring On the SeaSOn Old Forge event continues to grow

by Josh McAuliffe

special to the Triboro banner Downtown Old Forge will closely resemble a Norman Rockwell painting this weekend as it comes to life with the spirit of the holiday season. On Sunday, Dec. 4, the borough will celebrate the third annual Snow Forge, a free Christmas-themed event organized by a dedicated group of community volunteers. The festivities begin at 2 p.m. and culminate at 6 p.m. with the lighting of the Old Forge Christmas tree on the borough building lawn, which will then be followed by fireworks. The growing event will feature a number of family-friendly attractions along Main Street, including: trolley rides with Mrs. Claus; pictures with Santa Claus; more than 50 vendors at the holiday craft fair; arts and crafts and free hot chocolate at the Kid Zone; and horse-drawn wagon rides. There will be several new additions, including an ice carver, a brass band strolling through town and a group of professional Christmas carolers from New Jersey, according to Old Forge Mayor Bob Mulkerin, one of the founders and committee members of Snow Forge. “Every year, we try to tweak and add to it,” Mulkerin said. “There’s so many ideas

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we have. It just grows bigger and bigger every year.” The Snow Forge committee got Old Forge businesses involved in the fun with its Festival of Trees. The committee passed out free Christmas trees to borough businesses that made donations to the event. Those businesses then decorate the trees and place them outside their buildings for the duration of the Christmas season. “Some of the places that decorate them are so creative,” said Mulkerin, noting the committee gave out about 80 trees this year. As it happens, Snow Forge was inspired by the trips Mulkerin, his wife and their kids took to Jim Thorpe to see the quaint and picturesque town decked out in its full holiday splendor. From there, other families began joining the Mulkerins on their treks. “We went for a few years in a row,” Mulkerin said. “Then we thought, ‘Why do we have to drive 45 minutes for this? Why can’t we do something like this in Old Forge?’” When Mulkerin was elected mayor, he decided to do just that, bringing together those families and other friends to plan the inaugural Snow Forge. At the end of that first one, people kept thanking Mulkerin and the other planners for starting such a lovely tradition. Planning for Snow Forge is essentially a yearlong process. Much of that planning goes into the committee’s annual Christmas in July fundraiser. Through the money raised there, and through the generosity of borough businesses, the committee raises

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Vincenzo Mannina of Old Forge confers with Santa at a previous Snow Forge.

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enough to pay for Snow Forge’s attractions and you get to see a lot of people you without having to charge an admission fee, haven’t seen in a while. It’s just a good community event.” according to Mulkerin. “That’s a testament to the committee. They’re the most creative group,” Mulkerin said. “And without that support from What: Third annual Snow Forge the community and the businesses, we Where: Downtown Old Forge wouldn’t be able to make it a free event.” When: Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 to 6 p.m. Mulkerin expects Snow Forge to Details: Admission to Snow Forge is continue growing and thriving for many free. For more information, visit the Christmas seasons to come. event’s Facebook page, email “It’s just a really nice, good day,” he SnowForgePA@gmail.com or call said. “The atmosphere in town is great, 570-840-0047.

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Members of the Riverside Jr. Vikings All Stars, who teamed up with other members of the All-County Conference Jr. Football League, faced the Jr. Football All Stars in the Wyoming Valley Jr. Football Conference, and won 33-7.

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Actors Circle will present “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of ‘A Christmas Carol,’” at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road in Scranton, Thursdays through Sundays, Dec. 1 to 11, at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12; $10 for seniors; $8 for students (tickets for the Thursday, Dec. 1, preview show are $8; $6 for seniors and students). Call 570-342-9707 or email tickets@ actorscircle.com. For more information, visit on Facebook or actorscircle.com. The ladies of the guild portray a dizzy array of characters from the Dickensian favorite (and a few which aren’t), bravely contend with an intrusive PA system and present two original songs. The cast includes, clockwise from left: Linda C. Griffiths, Patricia Purcell, Mike Lally, April Holgate and Donna Vojtek.

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Taylor resident George Fricovsky recited the Pledge of Allegiance at a recent Lackawanna County Commissioners meeting. Fricovsky was honored by the lawmakers for his recent designation as a World War II hero. He was also bestowed with his high school diploma from Riverside High School. Fricovsky was drafted at the age of 18 and served in the European and African theaters. From left: Lackawanna County Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, David Walsh (Fricovsky’s grandson). Fricovsky, commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, M.Sgt. Sean Sargeant and commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

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Left, in front: Josiah Matias. In back, from left: Joshua Spindler, Cobb and Casey Holzman. Right, from left: principal Nathan Barrett, Cobb, sixth-grade student Cooper Mordan and superintendent John Rushefski.

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From Helen’s Kitchen TURKEY SOUP WITH DUMPLINGS 1 (4-5 pound) turkey carcass, sectioned 12 cups water 5 carrots, cut in chunks 1 1/2 cups celery, coarsely chopped 1 large onion, quartered 2 teaspoons salt 1 (1/4-ounce) package instant beef bouillon 3/4 teaspoon thyme, crumbled 1 bay leaf 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/2 cup milk 1 small rutabaga (1-pound), cubed 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1-1/2 pounds cooked turkey meat, cubed Combine turkey carcass, water, 2 of the carrots, 1 cup of the celery, onion, salt, bouillon, thyme and bay leaf in large 4-quart soup pot or Dutch oven. Bring to boiling. Lower heat and simmer, covered, for 1-1/2 hours. Strain stock; discard solids; remove and pick meat off the bones when cooled; reserve. Slice remaining 3 carrots. Combine flour and milk in jar with tight-fitting lid; shake to combine. Pour stock into soup pot; bring to simmering. Strain flour mixture through sieve into stock, stirring constantly. Add rutabaga, pepper, 1/2 cup celery and sliced carrots. Simmer 25 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add turkey pieces, cook 5 minutes until heated through. Serve with Dumplings. Yield: 8 servings To make dumplings: 1/2 cup parsley, stemmed 2 slices (2-ounces) whole wheat or white bread, quartered 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder Dash of salt 1/2 cup milk 1/2 stick butter, melted Combine parsley and bread in blender or food processor and whirl until medium-size crumbs. Add flour, baking powder and salt; process until combined. Add milk and butter; process on-off pulses just until blended. Drop heaping tablespoons of mixture into simmering Turkey soup. Cook, covered, 12-14 minutes or until

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1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper Combine water, broth, neck, giblets, celery and chopped onion in saucepan. ROAST TURKEY WITH Bring to boil over high heat. Reduce TRADITIONAL PAN GRAVY heat; simmer, covered, 1 hour. Strain (A holiday favorite.) broth, through sieve, into 4-cup measure. 15-pound turkey, thawed Discard solids. Strain roasting pan juices 1/2 teaspoon salt from turkey into broth in measure. Skim 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature fat, reserving 6 tablespoons. Add onion from turkey roasting pan to broth in 1 large onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges measure. Add enough water to measure 4 1 (13 3/4 ounce) can chicken broth cups. Place roasting pan over 2 stove-top Olive Oil (enough to lightly burners; add reserved fat. Over medium coat turkey) heat, whisk in flour; cook, stirring until Rich pan gravy (recipe below) smooth and bubbly. Whisk in broth Remove giblets and neck from turkey; mixture, scraping up any brown bits from set aside. Remove and discard excess fat. bottom. Add any accumulated juices from Sprinkle body cavity with 1/4 teaspoon of turkey on platter. Bring to boil, stirring. the salt and dash of the pepper. Loosen Simmer, whisking until thickened, about skin on each side of breast with your 5 minutes. Stir in pepper. fingers, leaving intact along bone. With your fingers, spread 7 tablespoons of OLD-FASHION TURKEY STUFFING butter under skin. Fill neck cavity loosely Turkey giblets and neck with the stuffing. Fold skin over; secure 1 pound pork sausage with poultry pins. Fill body cavity with 1/2 teaspoon salt stuffing. Using poultry pins, join skin; tie 1 cup chopped onion with kitchen string, bootlace-style. Tie 2 cups chopped celery legs together. Rub Olive oil over breast; 3 whole cloves sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper. 3 whole allspice Preheat oven to 325°. Put onion and 2 cups cooked, mashed potatoes broth in large roasting pan. Place roasting 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning rack in pan and place turkey, breast side 15 slices dry bread up, on rack. Cover loosely with aluminum foil. Roast 4 to 5 hours; (remove foil durCook giblets and neck with cloves, ing last 1/2-hour of roasting) until meat allspice and salt until meat falls from thermometer inserted in thickest part bone. Reserve broth; add water to make of thigh, but not touching bone registers 3 cups liquid. Chop giblets and neck. 170° after first hour of roasting. Baste Brown sausage; drain fat. Brown celery turkey every 1/2-hour with pan juices, and onions together. Combine giblets, rotating roasting pan each time. Remove neck meat, browned sausage, onions and from oven; transfer to platter and remove celery. Add mashed potatoes and poultry stuffing to serving bowl. Tent turkey seasoning; mix well. Soak bread in broth. loosely with foil. Let rest 20 to 25 minAdd to other mixture; blend well. Enough utes before carving. Serve with stuffing stuffing for a 12-pound turkey. and gravy. Yield: 16 servings. To make rich pan gravy: STUFFED BUTTERNUT SQUASH 2 cups water (Can also be made using acorn squash.) 1 cup chicken broth 1 medium butternut (or 2 acorn) squash Turkey neck and giblets from 1/2 cup water turkey, not including liver 1 cup finely chopped unpeeled apple 1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup chopped onion 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped 2 teaspoons butter, melted Pan juices and roasted onion from 1/2 cup cottage cheese roast turkey dumplings are dry in the center. Serve immediately with soup. Yield: 4 servings.

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1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ginger 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Place halves, cut side down, in a 12-by-8-by-2-inch baking dish. Pour water around squash and bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until squash is tender. Sauté apple and onion in margarine in a large skillet until onion is tender. Stir in cottage cheese, salt, cinnamon, ginger and pepper. Set aside. Carefully scoop out squash pulp, leaving shells intact. Chop pulp. Add chopped squash pulp to apple mixture in skillet, stirring well. Spoon mixture into squash shells and sprinkle with apple pie spice. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Yield: about 8 servings. HARVEST VEGETABLE MIX (A great side to serve with your Thanksgiving feast.) 2 pints pearl onions, root ends trimmed 1/2 stick unsalted butter 3/4 pound each carrots, parsnips and small beets, peeled and julienned 3/4 teaspoon each salt, pepper and dried thyme 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley Preheat oven to 350°. In saucepan with boiling water, place pearl onions; cook 2 minutes; drain. Rinse with cold water; peel. In large shallow roasting pan, place butter and heat in oven to melt. Add onions, carrots, parsnips, beets, salt, pepper and thyme. In small glass measure, mix broth and tomato paste. Add to vegetable mixture; toss to coat vegetables. Bake 1 hour or until vegetables are tender and liquid evaporates, stirring 4 times during cooking. Sprinkle with parsley. Any comments, questions or favorite recipes? Feel free to send your thoughts to helenskitchen@msn.com, and please write, “Helen’s Kitchen Request, ATTN: Lori” in the subject line to make sure I receive it. Thank you!

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Riverside Elementary East fourth-graders and their families visited Eckley Miners’ Village recently as an extension of their Pennsylvania history class. The 19th-century mining village is operated under the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. From left, kneeling: Lori McCullon, Olivia Yackobovitz, Hailey Wychowskie, Ella Sottile, Shawn Murphy, Eddie Cox, Chad Lello, Gavin Reid, Addison Smith, Lorenzo Lello and Cassie Martin. Standing: Nicol Lindsay, Grayson Lindsay, Ava Sesso, Reagan Hawkins, Meghan Tigue, Sophie Wargo, Abigail Spanburg, Hunter Smith, Noah Kochis, Tyler Jones, Sophia Lowe, Emma Ponas, Holley Jones and Taighan Jones. On fence: Sarah McCullon, Emily McCullon, Gavin Hegedus, Braelyn Reed, Matthew Kwiatkowski, Julius Chomko, Jace Gaughan, Joey Gaughan, Lila Shygelski and Sulekha Sharma.

The Old Forge cross country team recently concluded its second official season by attending the PIAA District 2 Class A Championship at Lakeland High School. The varsity team included, from left, front row: coach Dave Marsico Jr., Kole Barbetti (co-captain), Christian Killino, Francesca Samony (captain), Ashleigh Aavisato, Cherilyn Rodriguez and Victoria Booth (co-captain). Back row: Maya Florovito (captain), Josh Wagner (captain), Matt Tisdel, Amanda Katchmar (co-captain), Thorne Frantz (assistant coach) and April Hannon. Also on the team were: Shane Hoffman, Gabby Polasky, Gabby Margarhiti and Taylor Tansley.

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TribOrO baNNer WriTer Riverside girls basketball coach Jack Mekilo understands that winning takes a lot more than just desire. On the surface, it seems quite clear that the Lady Vikes are poised to win a division title with four starters back, including Division I signee Lizzie Spindler returning for her final trip around the Lackawanna League. But he knows that to be the king, you have to beat the king. “Until someone beats Dunmore, they are the favorites,” Mekilo said. “We feel like we can play with anyone and that we can have an impact on the division. We just want to stay healthy and be able to put our best team on the floor every night.” Figuring out who those five starters are each game could be a tough job for him. “One thing I think is going to really help us is our competitiveness in practice. We have a bunch of kids fighting for playing time and that drives everyone. We have great depth that is going to make everyone on our team better and we’re seeing that pay off already,” Mekilo said. “We are in a position where we have more than five players that can start for us. It’s a great position to be in. All our girls want to win and they genuinely want to see each other succeed. That says a lot about what kind of kids they are and says a lot about our senior leadership.” With seniors like Spindler, Shelby Slaboda and Jess Millan, the Lady Vikes have senior leadership. It may take a couple of sophomores to help push Riverside over the top. “We feel like we have two of the more talented sophomores in the area in Haley Tilberry and Julia Antonniacci,” Mekilo said. “They played a little as freshmen last year and they are both going to be key players for us. They might only be sophomores but they don’t play like sophomores. “They are two talented kids that are fitting in well with our veteran players.”

The 5-foot-8 Spindler is Binghamtonbound but is concentrating on making Riverside better. “Every year Lizzie adds something to her game and it may be hard to believe but she’s a totally different player than last year. Her game is constantly evolving and I know she has goals she wants to accomplish for our program before she goes to Binghamton.” Mekilo had lots to say about his team. • Slaboda, a 5’10” center: “Shelby is a very advanced player offensively and I’m happy to see her stepping into more of a leadership role as a senior. She’s another player that is going to get a chance at playing in college and we have high expectations for her this season.” • Millan, a 5’11” forward: “Jessie is a hard-working player that has really worked hard at her game over the last four years. She’s a tenacious rebounder who continues to improve on the offensive end. • Natalie Sottile, 5’5” junior guard: “I’m really impressed with Natalie’s basketball IQ. She has a good understanding of what we are trying to accomplish on the court and I think she’s going to be a key playmaker.” • Antonniacci, 5’6” guard: “We’ve had some really good shooters here in the past ten years and Julia is going to take her place among them by the time she is finished.” • Tilberry, 5’6” guard: “Haley is another sophomore that plays with a lot of confidence. She can do so many things well and she’s a fun player to coach and watch play.” • Breanna Olanovich, 5’6” junior guard: “Bree is going to be another player we are going to count on this year. She can play both guard spots and is a very good defender.” • Alexis Kishel, 5’6” senior guard: “Lex gives us another guard and can shoot the ball from the perimeter.” Others returning are 5’6” junior forward Brooke Walters, 5’6” junior guard McKenzie Mickavicz and 5’7” sophomore forward Olivia Fedor. It all adds up to the makings of a good team. Only time will tell if that is enough to win its division.


Sc hool new S Ol d FOr ge H OnOr rOll The Old Forge School District has announced the first-quarter honor roll. Grade 12 Jessie Barron, Krierstyn Breig, Trevor Brown, Kiera Chromey, Jordan Davis, Christa Eisele, Corrine Enderline, Alexander Eremo, Maya Florovito, Casey Greenfield, Benjamin Grochowski, Sarah Hiller, Shane Hoffman, Kelly Kishbaugh, Makayla Kresefski, Julia Kuckla, Nicholas Lisowski, Lauren Moritz, Ethan Mulrooney, Huynh Nguyen, Tiffany Nunes, Cameron Read, Matthew Roman, Alyssa Salerno, Francesca Samony, Madison Schuback, Shane Smith, Gabrielle Sweeney, Breanna Tagiaterra, Earl Talarico, Taylor Tansley, Alexis Tayoun, Tyler Termini, Brittney Thomas, Mathew Tisdel, Areyonna Tompkins, Kasi Tryonas, Megan Tucker, Joshua Wagner, Gabriella Williams and Robert Wormuth. Grade 11 Savannah Albakri, Evria Arce, Elizabeth Balanovich, Maria Balanovich, Patrick Banks, Kole Barbetti, Gianna Baresse, Kassidy Bledsoe, Mason Boettger, Victoria Booth, Ashley Bound, Colin Bowers, Mollie Boyd, Santo Cerminaro, Michael Cinamella, Cassandra Colozza, Steven Coolbaugh, Nicholas D’Andrea, Jayna DeLucca, Patrick Donovan, Alexis Evans, David Febbo, Patrick Goerner, Mariah Gonzalez, Ian Hook, Cyril Jeffers, Abigayle Jurnak, Levi Kania, Amanda Katchmar, Ashley Kempa, Iain Kerrigan, Christian Killino, Derek Lederer, Gabriella Margheriti, Gianna Marsico, Christopher Matsko, Ashlyn Mazzocchi, Kevin Mikolayczak, Brendan Mozeleski, Brandon Nee, Tung.T. Nguyen, Alexandra Nocera, Anna Osieski, Angelina Palma, Nella Pepsin, Gabriella Polasky, Jennifer Regan, KIng-Shakam Rose. Colleen Santos, Maricruz Saucedo, Samantha Slack, Mackenzie Snyder, Lexus Souriyavong, Scarlett Spager, Meghan Stalica, Maria Stefano, Kevin Thomas, Kierston Van Fleet, Joseph Verespey, Brian Wastello, Ryan Wastello, Kevin Welsh, Alexandra Yudiski and Adam Zaykowski. Grade 10 Hannah Acevedo, Ashleigh Avvisato, Emily Budzak, Courtney Connors, Angelo Corradino, Catrina Enderine, Denise Evans, Stephen Evans, Julian Giglio, Corianne Holzman, Jenna Hutchinson, Elizabeth Iacavazzi, Hayden Jones, Nicholas Krenitsky, Anna Kuckla, Emilee Marianelli, Juliana Matias, Patrick McCool, Noah

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area Chu rCh s erviC es Send additions or corrections about your church (in Old Forge, Taylor, Moosic, Avoca, Dupont and Duryea) to triborobanner@ timesshamrock.com.

ChurCh of God,

101 Center St. in Taylor. Worship Sundays 10 a.m., Sunday School 11 a.m. Doug Hoeffner is pastor. 570-457-3114. Facebook.com/chogtaylor.

divine MerCy Parish,

312 Davis St. in Scranton. Daily Mass 12:10 p.m.; Saturdays at 5 p.m.; Sundays at 8 and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday evening prayer, first Sunday of the month at 7 p.m. Rev. Francis L. Pauselli is pastor. 570-344-1724.

first ConGreGational united ChurCh of Christ,

130 Union St. in Taylor. Sunday worship 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion served the first Sunday of the month. Pastor is Rev. Ginger L. Daubenhauser. 570-909-5434.

The Friends of the Poor outfitted Shelton Miles as its 1,000th client for re-entry into the workforce. The organization is operating its Clothes Line for Men program out of its new location at 1214 Linden Street in Scranton. The structure was donated to the agency by the University of Scranton. From left, front row: Carol Melucci, Peter Kramer and Lackwanna County Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley. Back row: Oksana Shestak; Mary Ann Krisa; Kellie Basting; Miles; Roy Evans, veterans employment representative at Career Link; Sr. Ann Walsh, Friends of the Poor director; and Bonnie Haluska.

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First United Methodist oF taylor, 402 S. Main St. in Taylor. Sunday service: 9:30 a.m. Christian education adult Bible study: 10:45 a.m. Sundays. Pastor is Rev. Donald A. Roberts Sr. 570-562-3335. First United Methodist oF old Forge, 143 Harrison St. in Old Forge. Sunday service: 11:15 a.m. Pastor is Rev. Susan Hardman-Zimmerman.

MoosiC allianCe CoMMunity,

608 Rocky Glen Road in Moosic. Sunday school: 9:30 a.m. (nursery available upon request). Sunday service, children’s church and nursery: 10:45 a.m. 570-457-6020. Email: moosicalliance1@verizon.net. Pastor is Dan Cotton.

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st. niCholas of Myra byzantine CatholiC,

140 Church St. in Old Forge. Services: Saturday at 5 p.m.; Sunday at 8:30 a.m. (feast days at 9 a.m.). Rev. Eduard Shestak is pastor. 570-457-3042.

st. Paul’s indePendent bible,

st. stePhen’s russian orthodox,

stewart MeMorial united Methodist,

174 N. Main St. in Old Forge. Sunday Service at 10:15 a.m. Sunday school at 11:15 a.m. Pastor is Rev. Michael Shambora. 570457-1109. ALP007@aol.com.

taylor PriMitive Methodist,

127 Stephenson St. in Duryea: Services Saturday 4 and 5:30 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 and 11:15 a.m.

153 S. Keyser Ave. in Taylor. Sunday service: 11 a.m. Pastor is James P. Whitman.

PrinCe of PeaCe Parish, Saturday vigil is cel-

125 Church St. in Taylor. Sunday worship service: 10 a.m. Sunday school: 11:15 a.m. Bible study: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. 570-562-1331. Rev. Dr. David Barrett is pastor.

ebrated at 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s, 123 W. Grace St. in Old Forge, and at 5:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence, 620 Main St. in Old Forge. Sunday Mass is celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. at St. Mary and 11:15 a.m. at St. Lawrence. 570-457-5900.

The annual John Mitchell Day Award was recently presented to Judge Thomas Munley (right) in a ceremony at the Mitchell gravesite. Presenting the award is former charter president of the Hook O’Malley Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 4, Patrick O’Malley.

st. MiChael’s orthodox,

Church and Winter streets in Old Forge. Saturday Vespers 5 p.m. Sunday Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m. (The Hours 9:10 a.m.) Matins service Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 7 a.m. 570-457-3703. peterehenry@yahoo.com; stmichaelof.org. Rev. Peter Henry is rector.

St. Stephen’s Lane and Hickory Street in Old Forge. Divine Liturgy Sundays and Feast Days: 9:30 a.m. Vigil service: 5:30 p.m. on the night before Liturgies. 570-457-3384. Email: StStephensROChurch@gmail.com. Pastor is Rev. German Ciuba.

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st. Mary’s Polish national CatholiC,

200 Stephenson St. in Duryea. Holy Mass Sunday 9:30 a.m.; daily Mass 8 a.m. Holy days 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock is pastor. padre@saintmaryspncc.org; saintmaryspncc.org. 570-457-2291.

MoosiC Presbyterian,

609 Main St. in Moosic. Sunday worship is at 9 a.m. followed by fellowship time. D’s Pantry, serving the four borough area, is open Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon. Pastor is Rev. Michael Shambora. 570 457 2499

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st. Mary’s byzantine CatholiC,

700 Oak St. in Taylor. Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Feast days 6:30 p.m. on the evening before the feast day. Rev. Eduard Shestak is pastor. 570-457-3042.

401 W. Grove St. in Taylor. Sunday service at 11 a.m.. Children’s Sunday school during the service. Pastor is Norm Demming. 570562-2200.

477 Third St. in Moosic. Sunday school: 10 a.m. Sunday service: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday service: 6:30 p.m. 570-457-4663. Pastor is David O’Brien.

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st. GeorGe’s orthodox,

745 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor. Weekday Divine Liturgy at 7:30 a.m. Moleben to the Mother of God Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Sunday Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m. with Sunday school following liturgy. 570562-2090 (church); 570-563-1170 (rectory). Fr.mal@comcast.net. StGeorgesTaylor.com. Very Rev. Protopresbyter Mark Leasure.

MoosiC asseMbly of God,

625 Main St. in Moosic. Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. The Rev. Roger E. Griffith is pastor. 570-457-7750. moosicpresby@verizon.net.

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Queen of the aPostles Parish,

715 Hawthorne St., Avoca. Saturday Vigil: 4 p.m. Sunday Masses: 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Daily Masses: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8 a.m, Wednesday at 7 p.m. Confession: Saturday 3:15-3:45 p.m.; anytime upon request. Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. miraculous medal novena: Wednesday following the 7 p.m. Mass. First Friday healing Mass: First Friday of the month at 7 p.m. 570-457-3412.

united baPtist of taylor,

unity in Christ Parish,

at Moosic United Methodist Church, 609 Main St. in Moosic. Sunday worship is at 9 a.m., followed by a fellowship time. D’s Food Pantry, serving the four–borough area, is open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Pastor is Rev. Michael Shambora. 570-457-2499.

unity in Christ Parish,

at Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church, 174 N. Main St. in Old Forge. Sunday worship begins at 10:15 a.m. Sunday School follows the service. Pastor is Don Perry. 570-457-1109.


Community Calendar Email your organization’s events to triborobanner@timesshamrock.com. Please have them in by noon on Friday to have them included in the following Thursday’s edition. Visit the thetriborobanner.com for the complete calendar listing.

Holiday Trolleys: The Electric City Trolley

Museum ‘s “Santa on the Trolley” excursions are scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 18. Departure times are 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required. The 10-mile ride goes to the Trolley Works Building at the PNC Field and back to the Museum. For more information and reservations, call 570-963- 6590.

will be closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays through April, 2017. However, groups of 10 or more may make an appointment for a guided tour by calling the museum in advance at 570-963-4804. The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Visit anthracitemuseum.org for more information.

fill needed: Eagle McClure Hose Co, 375 Milwaukee Ave. Old Forge, is requestiong that area contractors provide fill for the field expansion area at the Eagle Park soccer field behind the fire house. This is an National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) site. Call 570-702-4217, for directions or information. The new fields will expand the soccer program of the TriBoro Soccer League and provide additional parking and fields for public use.

BreakfasT wiTH THe angels: The First Congregational United Church of Christ, Union and Pond streets in Taylor, will hold a free “breakfast with the angels” on Saturday, Dec. 3, 9-11 a.m., fearturing fellowship, crafts, HandMade QuilT raffle: The Taylor singing and stories about the baby Jesus. Call Community Library will hold a raffle for a 570-909-5434 to make a reservation or for handmade quilt. The quilt is approximately more information. 40-inches-by-57-inches and has “Dolly Dingle” CHurCH Bake sale: St. George’s Orthodox type applique squares in the colors of cream, Church, 745 S. Keyser Ave. in Taylor, will hold light green and pink. Raffle tickets are $2 each its annual Christmas bake sale featuring koor three for $5. Raffle tickets can be purchased lachi (nut or poppyseed, $12 each), braided ko- at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. lachi (raspberry and cream cheese, blueberry Main St. in Taylor. Call the library for more and cream cheese, pineapple & cream cheese information. All proceeds benefit the Taylor or apple crumb, $12 each), bread (plain $6 Community Library. each, raisin $6.50 each) and pierogies (potato food ColleCTion: Taylor Community and cheese, potato and cheese with jalapeño, Library collects food for the area food bank. $6 per dozen). The deadline to order Sunday, Any canned, boxed or jarred food items will Dec. 4. Call early for pierogie orders. Orders for all the above can be placed by calling: 570- be accepted. Items may be dropped off at the library during regular business hours. 562-1170 or 570-562-2090 or by emailing Fr.mal@comcast.net. CloTHing dropBox: Moosic Alliance reTired CiTizens: The Old Forge Retired Church, 608 Rocky Glen Road, in cooperation with St. Paul Textile, is sponsoring a clothing Citizens will meet Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 2:30 drop-off shed as a fundraiser to send youth to p.m. at Arcaro and Genell’s in Old Forge. camp. The youth at Moosic Alliance Church Reservations/payment for the Sunday, Dec. 11, 1 p.m. Christmas party can be made at this will receive $40 for every 1,000 pounds of clothing donated. meeting. Toys for ToTs: Old Forge Borough will

collect new unwrapped toys from now until Friday, Dec. 16, at the borough building weekdays during business hours, to help benefit the Toys For Tots program.

anTHraCiTe MuseuM winTer Hours: The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, in McDade Park off Keyser Avenue in Scranton,

flag disposal: American Legion Post No.

306 reminds residents that a dropoff box for unserviceable, worn, torn, discolored or faded flags is on the front porch of the post home at 208 S. Main St. in Taylor. A ceremony is held annually at the Taylor Memorial Cemetery to properly dispose of the collected flags. For more information, call 570-562-9920.

peT noTiCe: Old Forge residents are

reminded that the borough has an ordinance governing the curbing of pets and other animals and the responsibility for the removal of all animal waste. This ordinance applies to all borough parks. Any person violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be subject to fines.

• Yoga for healing. Helps the whole being to relax and heal. There is a $10 fee per class. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket. Tuesdays, 6:15-7:30 p.m. Call 570-383-5180 with questions.

senior passes: The Old Forge School Board golden age policy passes, allowing borough residents 65 and older free admisgrief supporT: VNA Hospice and Home sion to district-sponsored athletic events, are Health, 301 Delaware Ave. in Olyphant, offers available in the high school office, 300 Marion a variety of grief/bereavement support groups. St., Old Forge. • Bereavement support group. This more one-Bin reCyCling: Moosic Borough has traditional group assists participants in learna combined-stream, “one-bin” format for ing to cope with the new challenges facing recyclable paper fiber. The system allows each them as they grieve. Third Thursday of each household to combine or commingle newspamonth, 6-8 p.m.; and second Wednesday of per, office paper, magazines, phone books and each month, 12:30-2 p.m. heavy and light cardboard in one recycling bin. • Knitting and crocheting group. Beginners Glass bottles and jars without tops, aluminum and experienced join together with instrucand steel cans, beverage and food containers, tors on hand, knitting/crocheting items for plastic bottles, jars, tubs, plastic tops and lids preemies, which are donated to hospitals in will continue to be included in a separate “oneLackawanna and Luzerne counties. Bring bin” format for containers. These items should your own knitting needles and crochet hooks. be free of any food waste and debris. Patterns and instruction provided. Mondays, 1:30-3 p.m. Help for seniors: Older residents with • Fisherman knot rosary and sleeping questions about Medicare or health insurance bag project. VNA provides the twine needed coverage may visit state Rep. Marty Flynn’s to produce these soft rosary that are then office, 409 N. Main Ave. in Scranton, the donated to skilled nursing facilities, personal second Monday of each month for assistance. care homes and VA Hospital in Wilkes-Barre. Appointments are suggested by calling 570They also make sleeping bags for our homeless 342-4348. community. Tuesdays 1-2:30 p.m.

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