June 27th, 2015 1:19 am

First Posted: 7/1/2013

The Pittston Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a benefit for the West Pittston Library on Friday, July 12, with the Phylis Hopkins Trio from 8-11 p.m. at 55 S. Main St., Pittston. A $5 donation will be taken at the door. Food and drink specials will be available.

Come to town for the 2nd Friday City Walk then visit the Knights for some great music and food. All are welcome.

The Band is fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist Phyllis Hopkins who has shared the stage with many blues greats, such as Sonny Rhodes, Shemeka Copeland, and Ronnie Earl. Drummer, Julio Caprari and Nolan Ayers (bass), provide a dynamic and versatile rhythm section. The trio plays an eclectic mix of originals, blues and classic to modern rock.


Due to the July 4 holiday, the Hughestown Borough work session has been changed. Time for the meeting will be at 7 p.m. July 8 before the regular council meeting. At 7:30 p.m. Wayne Quick will preside.


The Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce will have Chamber Day at Montage Meltdown Park, 1000 Montage Mountain Rd., July 12, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Members can purchase tickets for $10 that gives you access to all water attractions and several dry attractions. Discounted tickets must be purchased and paid for in advance through the Chamber by July 11.

To purchase tickets please call the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce at 655-1424 or email


West Pittston’s Lt. Jeffrey F. DePrimo American Legion Post 542 will meet on Thursday, July 11 at 6 p.m. at the home of Joe Walsh, 217 Franklin Street, West Pittston. Details on the post’s hosting of veterans from the VA Medical Center at Frances Slocum State Park on July 14 will be discussed. Please contact Joe at 655-5487 or, for information, commander Ron Gitkos at 654-2261.


St. John’s High School Class of 1973 is meeting to make plans for its 40th class reunion to be held on Saturday, October 12, at a place to be determined. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 8 at Cooper’s Cabana, Pittston. Classmates are asked to attend to catch up and reminisce.


In conjunction with Groundbreaking Reads: Adult Summer Reading, The Pittston Memorial Library presents “Digging Up Your Past: Pittston History Series” on Monday, July 8 and Monday, July 15. The three events are open to the public and free. Light refreshments will be served. Contact the library at 654-9565 or visit the website at

On July 8, the Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania will give a how-to presentation on conducting local genealogy searches at 6 p.m. The final installment will be the Greater Pittston Historical Society giving a presentation on Native Americans at 6 p.m.

Join the Pittston Library for “Groundbreaking Reads: 2013 Adult Summer Reading.” Its totally free - you just have to read. Bring in your book log each week for weekly prizes and for each book you read you earn $1 toward a private book sale (max $20). This year, we’ll be having great optional activities and programs like a recipe exchange, a series of local history lectures, book discussions and reading bingo. Signups begin Monday, June 17. The program is from June 24 through August 16.

Summer reading continues at the library for kids to come out and get a book log. For every two books read, the kids will get a prize.

Family nights will be on Thursdays which will include movies or activities for kids preschool to grade 5 and their family. Call to register 654-9565. This week’s movie, “How to Eat Fried Worms,” will be at 5:30 p.m.


The Big Band Society of Northeastern PA will have an Indoor Summer Picnic on Friday, July 12 at Genetti’s Hotel and Convention Center Wilkes Barre. This event is for members only. Please dress in summer casual clothes, no shorts or T-shirts.

The doors will open at 5:45 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Music is provided by Mike Shema. For reservations, call Glen at 570-586-5359 or Herman at 570-654-6454. Herman Castellani will preside.


Mount Zion United Methodist Church will offer a chicken barbecue on Saturday July 20.

Takeouts from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Dinner, 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Donation for adults is $9.00. Children 12 & under are $6.

For tickets, call Carole at 388-6565 or Bob at 823-2484.


Sixty is the new 40 is the theme of the 60th birthday party for graduates, their spouses or their significant others from the class of West Side Central Catholic High School Class of 1971. Emailed invitations have been sent to those whose addresses on file.

The birthday celebration will be held from 1 to 7p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1 at The Grove at Checkerboard Inn, Carverton Road, Trucksville. Reservations may be made either through the class Facebook page, WSCCHS 1971, or by contacting Kate Taroli or Linda Hincken at

A “pay as you go” Ice breaker will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31 at The Grotto, Harveys Lake


Wyoming Area High School Class of 1973 will hold its 40th anniversary reunion on Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Swoyersville American Legion Pavilion. Any classmate who has not received an invitation is asked to conact Dotty Martin at


St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 205 N. Main St. Pittston will hold its 17th annual flea market and ziti dinner from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 4 in the church hall.

Along with the Ziti dinner, ethnic foods such as piggies, haluska, pirohi and hot dogs at the snack bar will be available to eat in or take out. Coffee, tea and soft drinks will be available. A bake sale and money raffle will be held. Plenty of parking is available.

Ziti dinner tickets will be sold at the door.


The Pittston Area class of 2003 will be holding their ten year reunion on 7 to 10 p.m. August 10 at Rodano’s in Wilkes-Barre. To order tickets, log on to Tickets are $40 per person. For further information contact Brittany Balchune Bomber at


Dick White, of Pittston, announces the USS Independence CVA-62 24th reunion will be held Sept. 4-8 in Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN. For more information, contact USS Independence by mail at CVA-62, 65 Pioneer Ridge Road, Canton, North Carolina 28716, by phone at 828-648-7379 or by email at


Greater Pittston NARFE , Chapter 1723, President John Ryan has announced there will be no meetings conducted in July and August. The next meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the VFW Post 4909, 401 Main Street Dupont, Pa.


Wyoming Area Class of 1993 will hold its 20th anniversary class reunion on Nov. 29. The committee is still looking for email addresses for classmates. If you are interested in attending and have not received an invitation via Facebook or email, contact the reunion committee at


The Northeast High School 1963 50th anniveresary class reunion will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11 at Colarusso’s LaPalazzo, Birney Avenue, Moosic.

All classmates are asked if anyone knows of any change of address of any classmate since the 40th anniversary reunion to notify Michael Hopkins at457-0413.