W-B Twp. American Legion To Install Officers
The Wilkes-Barre Twp. American Legion Post 815 will hold joint installation of Post, SAL and Ladies Auxiliary officers for 2019 on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the post home. The Post 815 and Home Association officers to be installed by District 12 officer Lewis Secwell at 6 p.m. are Robert Charnichko, commander; Tom Wheeler, senior vice commander; Dave Williams, junior vice commander; Joseph Pekol, adjutant; Erick Alber, finance officer; Joseph Rodzinak, steward; Paul Wiedlich, chaplain; Jamie Shotto, service officer; Joseph Sromovski, historian; Louis Oeller and Joseph Kornacki, sergeant-at-arms and Tom Lavan, Robert Delescavage and Joseph Wassel, executive board. The following Ladies Auxiliary officers will be installed by district officer Shirley Bower at 6:30 p.m.: Sharon Kuzmitsky, president; Dorene Maloney, vice president; Holly Shotto, second vice president; Ketina Jones, financial officer; Mary Ann Sawicki, secretary; Kelly Poris, historian; Mary Beth Delaney, chaplain and Danielle Sawicki and Doris Ashford, sergeant-at-arms. SAL officers who will be installed at 7 p.m. by district 12 official Leonard Beal are James R. Youkoski, commander; Ralph Burton, first vice commander; Dave Jones, second vice commander; Robert S. Czock Jr., adjutant; Andrew Bomber, finance officer; Paul Makuch, chaplain; Daniel Starkly Jr., historian and Harry Wink, Dave Drust and Eugene George, sergeant-at-arms. The same Post 815 legion officers who were installed will also serve as officers for the Home Association for 2019. All regular members, auxiliary, SAL, social and friends of the American Legion Post 815 are welcome to attend the installation ceremonies. Legion to hold craft/vendor fair Something new is coming to the American Legion Post 815 in the township. A craft/vendor fair will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the post home, 54 Chestnut St. Entry is free. W-B Twp. annual all class reunion The Wilkes-Barre Twp. High School’s annual all class reunion will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, at the township fire hall starting at 4:30 p.m. The affair is open to all graduates, including anyone who has graduated from other local high schools. Bob Weiss, coordinator, stated that everyone will have a wonderful time reminiscing with their fellow graduates during the evening. A well-rounded program has been planned for everyone’s enjoyment. The classes of 1953, 1958, 1963 and 1968 will be honored. Weiss stated the affair will be a sit-down dinner catered by KL’s Catering Service, entertainment provided by Flashback for listening and dancing pleasure, an open bar the entire evening and also a raffle with many great prizes. Don’t miss out on this very enjoyable affair. I always look forward to the reunion every year. Call Weiss at 570-696-2279 or Sue Quinn Cosgrove at 570-824-0282 if you would like to attend as reservations will close on Saturday. Police respond to 527 calls in August Wilkes-Barre Twp. Police Chief Ronald Smith has announced the police department responded to 527 calls for service in August, including the following: 49 motor vehicle accidents, 14 assist citizens, 21 assist motorists, nine assist other police, eight harassment complaints, 20 disorderly conduct complaints, 11 domestic disturbances, 20 suspicious persons complaints, 28 burglar alarms, 32 retail thefts, 20 thefts and 195 traffic violations. Police arrested 36 adult offenders and 10 juvenile offenders, either through direct contact after the crime was committed or the charges were filed against persons as a result of concluding a criminal investigation, including the following: 21 retail theft offenses, two theft offenses, one credit card offense, 11 drug offenses, four harassment offenses and one PFA violation. Uniform Crime Report (UCR) statistical information for Wilkes-Barre Twp. through the most recent reported month of July 2018, shows that UCR Part 1 offenses have increased 2.02 percent and Part 2 offenses have increased 10.71 percent over the same period in 2017. The overall crime rate for the township has increased 6.64 percent. Senior citizens news The Wilkes-Barre Twp. Senior Citizens are sponsoring their annual bus trip to the Bloomsburg Fair, Monday, Sept. 24. Non-members are also invited. Contact Bernadine Elick at 570-823-7540 for bus reservations. As it will be “Senior Citizens Day,” there is no admission charge for seniors who are 65 with either a Medicare card or another form of proof of their age. Deadline to make reservations is Saturday. The bus will leave from the township fire house on Watson Street (off East Northampton Street) at 9 a.m. and depart from the fair at 5 p.m. Last week’s 50-50 raffle winners were Helen Novak, Tina Cherkauskas, Carmella Sokolski and Bernadine Elick. Winner of the special game was Rose Okrasinski. New members are welcome to join the group. The senior group recently welcomed new member, Loretta Banashefski. Township residency is not a requirement. Club members meet at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday in the municipal building’s community room, break for coffee and pastry at noon and continue playing bingo until 3 p.m. The seniors look forward to Wednesdays as it is a very pleasurable day for them as they enjoy socializing with other seniors while enjoying playing bingo. A staff writer from the Washington Post recently wrote that “there is something relaxing and almost soothing about playing bingo. You’re chatting with friends. You hear a number, you quickly look down at your cards to see if you’ve got it. You don’t have to worry about how much knowledge you retained by playing other games, your odds of winning are determined by dumb luck.” He is so right! Our Lady of Hope news Parents of children who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation are asked to attend a brief session with the Rev. John Terry and Deacon Joseph DeViza following the 11:15 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Sept. 30. This is a mandatory meeting. The Rite of Enrollment for all parish confirmation candidates will be at the 11:15 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Oct. 21. Ministry weekend will be held the weekend of Sept. 22-23 at which time presentations will be made by parish members to encourage other parishioners to consider becoming active in parish ministries such as reader, cantor, choir, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, CCD teacher or to become a part of the parish committees, social concerns, liturgy, community, etc. The Christian Women of Our Lady of Hope are holding a turkey bingo raffle on Sunday at the Marymount Parish Center, South Hancock Street. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Games begin at 2. Admission is $3. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the door and refreshments will be available for purchase. The money raised benefits the children of the parish, religious education and the annual Christmas breakfast. Donations of theme baskets and raffle prizes would be greatly appreciated for Our Lady of Hope’s Fall Festival, which will be held at the Marymount Parish Center. Booth sponsors in memory of a loved one, in thanksgiving, business ad, etc. are available for $100. Volunteers are needed as servers for the turkey dinners. Contact Andrea Grella at 570-256-7948 to volunteer your services. St. John B.C. Church news St. John’s Guild is accepting items for its fall rummage/bake sale, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4. Thursday is bag day and half price day. Items such as kitchen items, dishes, knickknacks, furniture, jewelry, clean and useable tools, toys, books, magazines, holiday decorations, working appliances, electronic items, records, tapes, CDs and DVDs would be greatly appreciated. Clothing, stuffed furniture, large TVs or large stereo players will not be accepted. Contact George Daru at 570-825-4416 for information. Starting Sunday, Oct. 7, St. John’s Divine Liturgy will revert to 11 a.m. for the winter months. Coffee socials will discontinue until spring. The Eastern Christian Formation (ECF) classes will start Sunday, Oct. 7 in the rectory basement before Divine Liturgy. During the recent remodeling of the hall kitchen, it was discovered that the hall roof was leaking and in dire need of repair. The total cost of repairs will be in excess of $25,000. If you would like to help by donating for the repairs, send your donation to St. John B.C. Church, 526 Church St., Wilkes-Barre Twp., PA 18702 marked “Hall Roof” on the envelope. Your donation will be greatly appreciated. St. Mary B.C. Church news St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, 695 N. Main St. will be host to “Lyra” a Choral Concert ensemble from St. Petersburg, Russia. The vocal ensemble will perform chants of the Russian Orthodox and Byzantine Catholic Churches and popular folk songs from Russia at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25. Admission is free, however, a free-will offering would be appreciated. Prior to the concert, a traditional homemade chicken dinner will served from 4 to 6 p.m. consisting of a paprika-seasoned marinated chicken served over homemade dumplings, sweet and sour green beans, cucumber salad, beverage and dessert. Tickets for the chicken dinner must be purchased in advance. Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger. To purchase tickets, call 570-822-6028. Bernadine Elick writes “Wilkes-Barre Twp. Talk” every other Thursday. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-823-7540.