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Smoke Alarms Still Available To Residents Of Kingston, Forty Fort

January 5, 2019

Kingston/Forty Fort Fire Chief Frank Guido has a few very important messages for our readers. “As the heating season is here, the next couple of months are the coldest months of the year, we would hope everyone has already changed the batteries in their smoke detectors by now. Also, we would highly recommend that everyone has a carbon monoxide detector in their home,” he said. “Carbon monoxide is known as the deadly killer as it is odorless and colorless, most time you don’t even know it is affecting you because it shows signs of the flu, such as nausea, dizziness and you just think you are coming down with the flu and don’t act on it. “A CO detector will detect a problem and alert you. We have the most sensitive detectors on the all Kingston Forty Fort fire apparatus and will be able to track it right to the location of the potential problem. Also, all of our firefighters are highly trained in the use of these CO detectors.” Guido stresses that if your CO detectors activate at any time, you should call 911 immediately. The fire department also recommends that property owners have their chimney cleaned at least once a year by a licensed professional. “While you are having the chimney done, why not have your furnace serviced, also?” he said. “This will not only save your life, but it will save you money by having a cleaning done.” The fire department has smoke alarms available to the public. The smoke alarms are free and are maintenance free for 10 years. “The only catch is they must be installed by the fire department for free, also,” Guido said. “This program is in conjunction with our friends at the American Red Cross.” To date, the department has given out and installed nearly 1,000 free smoke alarms to the residents of Kingston and Forty Fort. To have a smoke alarm installed, call fire headquarters at 570-287-0770 or 570-287-0913. Sweets for your sweetie The Swoyersville Kiwanis Club is conducting a Heart Cake Pop Sale now through Jan. 27. These decorated heart shaped pops, three chocolate and three vanilla, will be in a gift box ready for that someone special for Valentine’s Day. Pops are $15 per order, but quantities are limited, so place your order early. Pop orders can be taken by any Kiwanis members or by calling 570-283-1677 or email swoyk1951@comcast.net. All orders must placed and paid in full by Jan. 27. Orders are available for pick up at the Swoyersville Borough Building (rear entrance) on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Delivery is available on orders of six or more to one location, or talk to any Kiwanis member for assistance. Swoyersville recycling stickers The 2019 Swoyersville recycling sticker will be available for sale starting Jan. 2. Cost is $25 for the year. Stickers can be purchased at the following locations: Swoyersville Borough Building, Rich’s Service, 655 Main St.; Hospodar’s, 260 Shoemaker St., and Frank Moss Locksmith, 372 Slocum St. Deadline for purchasing the sticker is Feb. 28. ‘Tribute to Our Troops’ A “Tribute to Our Troops” program will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Happy Pizza’s Shawnee Room, Main Street, Plymouth. Members of the Shawnee Cemetery Preservation Association and Plymouth Historical Society will portray citizens from the past while attendees enjoy a spaghetti buffet. Proceeds benefit both organizations. Buffet tickets are $15. For tickets and information, call 570-406-1238. STEM Saturday Children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade who would like to learn more about computer programming are invited to attend a special STEM Saturday at Sem event to take part in a program titled “Beyond the Hour: Kids Who Code,” from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Wyoming Seminary Lower School, 1560 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. Event is free to the public, but registration is required and space is limited. For information or to register online, visit www.wyomingseminary.org/academics/STEM. No previous experience in coding is required. This event is designed to introduce or continue the exploration of computer coding begun during the “Hour of Code Challenge” held around the world during the week of Dec. 3-9. Sem students have been participating in the Hour of Code since its inception in 2013, building coding skills using tablets, laptops and robots. Hands-on “unplugged” coding challenge activities also have been a part of coding instruction at Sem. The January event will feature four sessions. The first session, designed for children in grades kindergarten and first grade, will introduce the programming basics through iPad apps and tangible coding pieces. The second session will be open to children in second and third grade and will include unplugged coding and coding using the Lightbot iPad app. Students in fourth and fifth grades will build coding skills using the unique Apple Swift Playgrounds app and small robots. Fourth session students in sixth through eighth grades will do higher level coding that will help them gain more in-depth understanding of coding used in high school and college courses. Barbara Pitcavage writes about the West Side. Contact her at rocko1245@aol.com.

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