Around The Towns, Sept. 23, 2018

September 23, 2018

Archbald Mayor Shirley Barrett is looking for residents to join a borough beautification committee to fix up the town and clean up blight. “Our town is such a nice little town, and it could be better,” she said. Residents interested in joining the committee are invited to attend a meeting Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Archbald Borough Building, 400 Church St. “Without the help of volunteers, a lot of things can’t get done,” she said. She hopes residents will give feedback and bring new ideas that could make different parts of the borough nicer and more upscale, making the town “a little more quaint,” she said. “You need new ideas,” Barrett said. “You need people to voice their opinion.” Anyone with questions can call Barrett at 570-498-9398. — FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY flesnefsky@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5181; @flesnefskyTT on Twitter ■ The Eynon Archbald Lions Club will host its ninth annual Harvest Festival on Sunday. The free event will feature a variety of activities for kids, including pumpkin decorating, face painting, a bounce house, and different games where every child wins a prize, council Vice President Erin Owen said. “There are several games, but everyone is a winner,” she said, noting there will be a mini-golf game and football-kicking target game. The festival will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Borough Building, 400 Church St., and the nearby borough park, she said. Everything is free at the festival, and food will include ice cream, hotdogs, pizza, baked goods, water and juice, Owen said. The Archbald police will offer fingerprinting for children, there will be free eye screenings, and the borough’s historical society will open its museum in the Borough Building, she said. There will also be book readings, live music, and the borough will have firetrucks and ambulances on display for kids to tour — among other events and attractions, Owen said. “The goal is just that children have a fun day,” she said. — FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY flesnefsky@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5181; @flesnefskyTT on Twitter Carbondale The Greater Carbondale YMCA will hold its sixth annual Fall Festival on Sunday. The festival, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the YMCA, 82 N. Main St., boasts an outdoor concert, fall-themed activities and food sales. Festivities will begin with a live chain saw carving demonstration, followed by a free concert. There will also be free pony rides, Nubian and Nigerian dwarf goats and the Southwest Savory Grill food truck, according to the YMCA. The YMCA tries to do a community event for every season, Development Director Heather Murphy said. “You kick off the fall season and bring people together,” she said. For kids, the YMCA will have three bounce houses and “GaGa Ball,” along with its “imagination playground,” tumble zone and oversized family games including Connect Four, Jenga and tic-tac-toe, according to the YMCA. The pool will also be open. Other events include a doughnut-on-a-string eating contest, an $8 cookie walk where participants fill a container with a variety of homemade cookies, a fall-themed DIY photo booth and a pumpkin-painting station. For information, visit the event page on Facebook or call the Greater Carbondale YMCA at 570-282-2210. — FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY flesnefsky@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5181; @flesnefskyTT on Twitter Jermyn Council voted Thursday to appoint borough resident Jennifer Schreiner to an open council seat vacated by former council Vice President Dan Markey, who took over as borough manager. Schreiner is currently a member of the borough’s crime watch and has lived in Jermyn for five years, she said Friday. When she learned of the open seat, she thought, “Sure, let’s do it and see what we can get accomplished,” she said. Her term will conclude at the end of 2019. During the meeting, she told council that the town feels like home to her, and she wants to work to make others feel the same. “When we moved here, I just immediately kind of thought, ‘This is home — this is where I’d like to be,’ ” she said. — FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY flesnefsky@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5181; @flesnefskyTT on Twitter Moosic Starting Monday, students and families of Riverside Elementary East School will be able to shop for produce free at the school’s Free Children’s Produce Market. The market will set up at the school, 900 School St., from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Commission on Economic Growth and the Weinberg Food Bank Foundation sponsor the program, which welcomes volunteers from community organizations to assist with the distribution of the produce. The school principal, Nicole Van Luvender, is coordinating the program and can be reached at 570-342-7171 for details. The Free Children’s Produce Market will take place once a month and continue throughout the calendar year. — DANIEL ROSLER drosler@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100, ext. 5365; @droslerTT on Twitter Scranton City council honored Mary Ann Kitlas with a proclamation for her 50 years of dedicated employment with the city. Kitlas started in the Law Department on Sept. 9, 1968, as a senior stenographer, under the direction of former city solicitor Harvey Gelb during the administration of Mayor James Walsh. Kitlas held that post for 16 years. She then moved on to the position of assistant city clerk. She remained in that job for 20 years, serving under the direction of former city clerks Frank Naughton, P. James Wintermantel and Jay Saunders. Kitlas currently holds a post of project manager in the Parks and Recreation Department. A lifelong resident of Scranton, Kitlas has been married for more than 47 years to Ronald Kitlas. He had worked for the city for 17 years. Before his retirement, he was a zoning officer and part-time police officer for the city. They have two daughters, Rhonda Gillette and Katie Kitlas, and two granddaughters, Ella and Amelia Gillette. During a ceremony at council’s Sept. 17 meeting, Mary Ann Kitlas thanked everyone and reflected on her long tenure with the city. “I really appreciate this. It’s an honor and a pleasure,” Kitlas said. “I enjoy my work, my job. I love meeting everybody. It’s a different day, every day.” — JIM LOCKWOOD jlockwood@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5185; @jlockwoodTT on Twitter ■ Parents and families of children who’ll be in need of Christmas toys this holiday season may submit applications this week to be recipients of the Salvation Army’s Christmas Angel Tree program. The program provides children and families in the community with toys, clothing and food during the holidays. Potential beneficiaries may apply at the Scranton Salvation Army Corps, 500 S. Washington Ave., during the following times: n Monday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon. n Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. n Friday, 9 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Applicants must bring proof of all monthly income, including food stamps; proof of all monthly expenses, including rent/mortgage receipt or lease agreement; Social Security cards for everyone in the household; birth certificates for each child in the household; photo identification for each adult in the household; and clothing/shoe size and a suggested toy for each child in the household. For information on submitting an application, or to sponsor an Angel Tree at your business, call 570-344-9879 and ask for Major Karen Schmig. — JEFF HORVATH jhorvath@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9141; @jhorvathTT on Twitter AROUND THE TOWNS appears each Sunday, spotlighting the people and events in your neighborhoods. If you have an idea for an Around the Towns note, contact the writer for your town, or the Yes!Desk at 348-9121 or yesdesk@timesshamrock.com.

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