June 27th, 2015 1:37 am

First Posted: 8/12/2013

The American Vets Post 189 will be hosting their Annual AMVETS Post No. 189 Family Picnic from 2 to 6 p.m. today, Aug. 18, the Jenkins Township Volunteer Hose Company, 2 Second Street, Pittston.

This community event will include food, refreshments and live music, and all proceeds from donations will fund AMVETS programs to benefit Pittston Area Veterans and their families. During the picnic, an awards ceremony will be held to recognize Pittston Area elementary and high school student winners of the AMVETS Americanism Program. Veterans from the W-B VAMC Assisted Living Center and the Gino Merli Vets Center in Scranton (nursing homes) will be shuttled and are also our guests.

AMVETS offers the patriotic program to schools and youth organizations as a resource for teaching children in kindergarten through grade 12 about their American heritage, civics and citizenship. The program includes flag drawing, poster and essay contests that are grade specific and age appropriate. AMVETS and AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary sponsor a series of contests at the local and state level wherein children design flags or posters and write essays. The winners at the local level progress to the state contests and the state winners are then entered into the National competition.

The winning students from the Pittston Area School District were contestants in the AMVETS Sate Competition on March 8 in Harrisburg. All Pittston Area 1st Place Winners will be awarded. All 1st place State winners entries are entered in the AMVETS National Competition July 31 at the AMVETS National Convention in Reno, Nevada.

The donation for picnic tickets is Adults is $15, children 7 to 17 years are $10. Kids six and under are free. To purchase tickets or to join AMVETS Post No. 189 please call Post Commander Bernie McDonald 817-4858, Post Adjutant Jerry Gurnari 479-2366 or Picnic Chairman Richard White 407-2044.



The Hughestown Lions Club will meet Monday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Hughestown Hose Company. President Steve Golya will preside. All members are urged to attend.



The next organizational meeting of the Pittston Historical Cutltural Coalition will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, August 19 at the office of Al Pesotine in the former Pittston Apparel Building.

This is a mandatory meeting for all officers and board members. Anyone interested in helping or joining this organization is invited to attend.



The Northeast High School class of 1963 committee will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Duryea VFW. Classmates are urged to make reservations for the 50th class reunion which will be held on Oct.11 at Colarusso’s LaPalazza. The committee invites all graduates of Northeast High School from 1964-1966 to attend. Contact Michael Hopkins at 457-0413. The committee is seeking addresses for the following classmates - Richard Ash, Margaret Balchune, Grace Bahnweg Gilhooley, Theresa Ann Cherone Poremba, Robert Czar, Alan Dommes, Patricia Gedrich Matthews, Catherine Purcell Hess, and Dolores Struzzeri Lamardy.



The August Dinner Dance of the Italian American Association of Luzerne County will be held on Thursday, Aug. 22 at Genetti’s Convention Center, Wilkes Barre. Arrival time is 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Price is $25 per person. This is our Civic Community Award Dinner. Donations will be given to the local charities. Music for dancing by Gary Dee with dancing to 10:15 p.m.. Reservation deadline is Friday, July 16. For reservations and membership information, please call Judy Deice at 654-7600 or Louise Castellani 654-6454. President, James Deice will preside.



Pittston Township Recreation Board is hosting Family Movie Night Friday, Aug. 23 at the Pittston Township Little League Field, Bryden St. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy. Refreshments will be served from 7:30 p.m. to start of movie. Movie starts at dusk. Rain date for the movie night is Aug. 30.



Music in the Wood will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23. Listen to Don Shappelle share songs of the river, the environment, the railroad, and more. Frances SLocoum State Park Campground amphitheater



The PALS (Prevent ALS) of Jimmy Duffy will hold their annual ALS fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 24. Start time will be 2 p.m. at the home of Alan Hanczyc Jr., 219 Rock Street, Hughestown. We will all come together to remember our family member and good friend Jimmy Duffy, who died after a courageous battle from ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease at the age of 67. It will be a great tribute to Jimmy’s memory for us to get together and raise money for research for a cure for ALS.

The cost of the event will be $20 for adults and for children over 12 years old. Price will include drinks and food prepared by MD Pit, 1320 Wyoming Avenue, Exeter. Make reservations by Aug. 15. If you wish to attend or donate please call Mary at 947-9120.



The Polish Women’s Alliance, Council 40, is sponsoring a trip to The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, on Sunday, Aug. 25. The chapel of Our lade of Czestochowa is an exact replica of their altar in the Shrine at Jasna Gora and is a vibrant link to the Polish homeland. Along with a larger than life statue of Blessed Pope John Paul II done by Baut Studios of Swoyersville, an outdoor prayer area including the Stations of the Cross and the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes presents an ideal setting for meditation. More information: Bernadine Regis, 693-2293; Felicia Perlick, 443-9940.


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

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


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



The Annual Greater Pittston Charity Train Ride to Jim Thorpe is set for Sunday, Sept. 15. Passengers will once again travel on the historical Reading and Northern Company rail line.

Passengers will have the opportunity to take a ride back in time and travel on one of the oldest rail routes in the country on one of the oldest forms of transportation and they’ll be able to see and feel what it was like as this area developed.

The excursion in a 1920s era open window coach pulled by a diesel locomotive will take folks from Duryea to Jim Thorpe as they ride along the tracks traveling through towns of Northeastern Pennsylvania that seem to be set in time.

The train will depart at 9 a.m. from Duryea and return at approximately 6:45 p.m.

Upon arrival in Jim Thorpe, passengers will have an opportunity to browse the many specialty shops and restaurants sprinkled throughout this historic area.

Tickets are $65 each. Checks should be made payable and sent to the Greater Pittston Chamber Charity Train Ride c/o Greater Pittston YMCA, Main St., Pittston, PA 18640.

All proceeds will benefit the Pittston Memorial Library, Greater Pittston YMCA, and the Care and Concern Free Health Clinic. For more information, contact Kelly at 570-430-4244.



The Greater Pittston Chamber is accepting nominations for the 2013 Healthy Workplace Awards Program.

Pittston area employers may nominate themselves, or can be nominated by a third party, by visiting, entering their county and clicking Health and Well-Being to download the form.

Nominations may also be submitted by contacting the Chamber at 570-655-1424.


Dick White, of Pittston, announces the USS Independence CVA-62 24th reunion will be held Sept. 4 to 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 that the next meeting will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the VFW Post 4909, 401 Main Street, Dupont, Pa.



A Mass for Edward Dickson, classmate and MIA in the Vietnam War will be held Sept. 15 at 12:10 at St. John the Evangelist Church, William Street, Pittston. A plaque provided by the class will be blessed. A dinner meeting will be held after the Mass at 1:30 p.m. at the Avenue Diner. R.S.V.P by August 31.

We are looking for the address of Mrs. Lorraine Gustitus Jackett. To make reservations or for more information contact Cataldo “Ky” Lazzari at 825-2648. If no answer leave a message.



The NEPA Bonsai Society will be holding its 23rd annual open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Midway Garden Center, 1865 Highway 315, Pittston. More information: 654-6194.

The agenda that day will include a large bonsai tree display by the society’s members, various demonstrations throughout the day and many bonsai trees and related items for sale. There will also be Shakuhachi flute entertainment by Jamie Orfanella and a friendly bonsai tree competition open to all members.



The Greater Pittston Memorial Library will be hosting the 2nd Annual “A Taste of Greater Pittston” on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. on the library grounds, 47 Broad Street, Pittston.

The event will feature palate-pleasing samples from numerous local restaurants showcasing their most popular dishes and scrumptious desserts. Additionally, ticket holders will get to vote for the best red and white homemade wine and “People’s Choice” awards will be presented to the winners.

Musical entertainment will be provided. Tours of the library and a 50/50 raffle will also be offered. Celebrity guest host will also be available for the event.

All proceeds of the event will go to benefit the Greater Pittston Memorial Library’s Cosgrove Capital Campaign to raise funds for the construction of a 5,175-square foot addition to the library.



There will be no meeting in the month of August. Our next mrrting will be Sept. 19. The servers for this meeting will be, Gloria DeRosa, Jennie Figel, Josephine Fasciana and Emily Gorski. For information, call Theresa at 654-2967.



The Ladies of Charity, will hold a bingo/card party at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. in the cafeteria of St. Robert Bellarmine (formerly St. Aloysius) Church in Wilkes-Barre. Chance to win monetary prizes and door prizes. Enjoy refreshments. Raffle tickets will be sold. Admission is $2 at the door. For more information, call Christine Palmiter at 868-3959.


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 Pittston Memorial Library, along with Unlimited Travel with Theresa, will host ‘A Christmas Holiday’ bus trip stopping at the QVC Studio, Brandywine Museum and Longwood Gardens on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The price per seat is $145 and is all-inclusive.

After doing some shopping at the QVC Studio, the trip heads to Brandywine River Museum for a self-guided tour of the Wyeth Art Gallery. The next stop will be Longwood Gardens. It is truly a Christmas Wonderland. Christmas-themed sing-alongs, as well as outdoor shows and music highlight the night.

The final stop will be for dinner at the very popular Mendenhall Inn Restaurant. For reservations, call Theresa at 654-2967.