Goats Will Lend A Helping Hoof At The Shawnee Cemetery

October 13, 2018

No, you are not seeing things ... This upcoming week, the Historic Shawnee Cemetery, Plymouth Mountain, will have a few new assistants cleaning up the difficult areas of the cemetery. Goats will have the task clearing and cleaning part of the cemetery. Ruth Jesso of the Shawnee Cemetery Preservation Association, says they are using “Goats for Rent” to do the work. Goats for Rent from Wapwallopen plans to bring as many as 16 goats to the historic cemetery on Plymouth Mountain to clear and consume growth at the base of a hill in the cemetery where volunteers have found it difficult, if not impossible, to trim with conventional mowers and weed trimmers, Jesso said. The goat may be on the job, munching their way through the overgrowth, for three to four days, before their work is done, she said. The cemetery association has been considering using goats to manage hard-to-maintain heavy growth areas in the cemetery for some time after reading about the successful use of these tenacious herbivores in other parts of the country, she said. Goats, which love vegetation of any kind, are natural lawn-scapers, and enterprising herd owners across the United States have begun leasing their goats to perform lawn-scaping tasks where humans and power equipment can’t go. “This particular area is at the bottom of a hill where it is hard to work, and the rain this year has made it even harder,” Jesso said. “It’s a trial thing; it’s a new business. I think its a good idea.” Knights prepare for food drive Knights of Columbus, Plymouth Council 984, is soliciting groceries in parts of Larksville, Edwardsville, Iona Place, Lyndwood, and Breslau in Hanover Twp. for the upcoming holidays. Items will be donated to the Christian Service Center food pantry at All Saints Parish. If you receive a notice on Saturday, Oct. 20, place your non-perishable food donations in a bag and put it on your front porch before 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. For information, call George Grantuskas at 570-814-9239. Church dinner St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 321 Chestnut Ave., Kingston, across from Seminary’s field, is holding a turkey breast dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. today, Oct. 13. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door. Church pierogi sale The Good Shepherd Polish National Catholic Church, 269 E. Main St., Plymouth, is accepting orders for potato cheese pierogi for the holidays. Pierogi will be made on Nov. 4 and 18 and can be picked up in the church hall from 3 to 6 p.m. Call 570-690-5411 to order. Halloween party Swoyersville Community Ambulance is hosting an adult Halloween party at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. Cost is $25 per ticket and includes food, beer, prizes, and music. Tickets can be purchased at the station, 99 Scott St., Swoyersville, or by calling 570-287-8360. Paint N’ Sip with the Swoyersville mayor A fun event is planned for November. A Paint N’ Sip with Swoyersville Mayor Christopher Concert will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. Bring a friend, meet a new friend, bring a choice of beverage and a snack. You will receive two Christmas ornaments to paint. Cost is $35 and you must prepay to secure your seat. Call or text Concert at 570-239-4124. Culm bank reclamation lecture The Louis Maslow STEM School at Wyoming Seminary will present a lecture about culm bank reclamation and cogeneration at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Stettler Learning Resources Center, North Sprague Avenue, Kingston. The lecture is free to the public. Hank Zielinski, a 1986 Wyoming Seminary graduate, will present the lecture. Zielinski, a professional engineer with Olympus Power, oversees the company’s fuel supply operations in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He will discuss the process which Keystone Reclamation Fuel Management is using to remediate the 55-acre Harry E culm bank in Swoyersville. He also will explain the science of cogeneration. This lecture is part of a lecture series presented by the Louis Maslow STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) School at Wyoming Seminary and directed by John Eidam. The lectures are intended to show the integration and application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics across disciplines and within society. For information, contact Eidam atjeidam2@wyomingseminary.org. Barbara Pitcavage writes about the West Side. Contact her at rocko1245@aol.com.

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