Spring Forward; Check Those Smoke Alarms

March 9, 2019

Spring forward! Don’t forget to turn those clocks forward one hour tonight before you go to bed. That one hour that we are going to lose was the exact hour that I was planning on going to the gym ... I guess I can forget that idea! Timely seasonal reminders The following is an open letter to our “West Side Story” readers from Kingston/Forty Fort Fire Chief Frank Guido: “The Kingston/Forty Fort Fire Department would like to remind everyone that on Sunday, March 10, it’s time to change your clocks to “Spring Forward” one hour. Along with that, we would like to remind everyone to please change the batteries in your smoke detectors if necessary. Since a lot of the people now have the new 10 year smoke detectors, it is not necessary to do anything other than to check them to make sure they are still in good working condition. “Also, as we head into the spring weather, we would like to remind everyone of the open burning ordinances in both Kingston and Forty Fort. If anyone would like a copy, they can be picked up at both fire stations. “We have a limited number of smoke alarms that we received from Channel 16 that if anyone would like they can stop by any of the two fire stations and the on duty firefighters would be glad to give them to you free of charge. Also, if anyone would like us to install any smoke alarms, we would be more than happy to come to your house and install them free of charge. Just call 570-287-0913 to set up a convenient time, day or night that is best for you. “One last reminder — please do not call any fire station in any emergency; please call 911. As the months get warmer, the department will be out drilling and doing building surveys, and if no one is at the station, no one will answer the phone. We still continue to get 911 calls that are called in on the private line of the station which is not monitored. Thank you for your consideration. “On behalf of the men and women of the Kingston/Forty Fort Fire Department, we wish everyone a safe spring and great summer!” Fundraiser Friends and family of Beth Wolfe will hold a breakfast/basket raffle fundraiser Sunday, March 31, to help defer the cost of her recent diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Join the Wolfe family and friends at The American Legion, 33 Center Ave., Plymouth, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 31. Donation is $10 for adults and $6 for children. To donate a basket for the raffle, contact Mary at 570-262-8846. Baskets will be accepted until March 22. Kingston Citizens’ Advisory Commission Robert Gushka, chairman of the Kingston Citizens Advisory Commission, reminds all members of the monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, in Kingston Council chambers, 500 Wyoming Ave. Paul J. Roberts Jr. will be a guest and will update the commission members on the town’s progress. All members are asked to be present for this meeting. Gushka also reminds members about feeding the homeless through Mother Theresa’s Haven at St. Ignatius Parish today and Sunday, March 9-10. Contact him if you are interested in participating. Kingston Lions The Kingston Lions Club, with Mary Ann Lepa presiding, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Theo’s Metro, Mercer Avenue, Kingston. Reports will be given on the recent peace poster contest and continued plans for the convention in May at Kalahari in the Poconos. All members are asked to be present. Heroes banners’ update The Swoyersville Kiwanis Club announces the Honoring Our Heroes Banner program was a great success and thanked all who have ordered banners to honor their special hero. To ensure that all banners can be printed and ready for display for Memorial Day, the Honoring Our Heroes Banner Program is currently closed. No additional orders can be taken at this time. For information, call or text Jean Marie at 570-479-0850 or email jmsswoykiwanis1@gmail.com. Nite at the Races Also, a quick reminder ... tonight, the Swoyersville Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a Nite at the Races at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School cafeteria, Hughes Street, Swoyersville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Post time is 7. Horses are $10 and price includes free admission. Without purchasing a horse, admission is $5. There will be food, refreshments, instant bingo, a 50-50 drawing and raffles between races. This is a great way to beat the winter blues while supporting this organization. Proceeds benefit youth scholarships, St. Joseph’s Center, Little League team sponsorship, Feed a Friend, Valley Santa and many other youth group and community projects. To purchase a horse, or for information, contact Gene or Kathy at 570-283-1677 or any Kiwanis member. Variety bingo A variety bingo will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes St., Swoyersville, on Sunday, April 7, in the school gymnasium. Doors open at noon. Games begin at 1 p.m. Cost is $10 and includes 20 games with a $200 cash coverall. Daubers are needed and can be purchased at the event. Extra cards, basket raffle, and instant bingo will be available. Lunch and a bake sale will also be featured. Seating is limited to 250. Proceeds will be used to benefit all those in need in the parish and the community. Plymouth High School, Class of 1966 Plymouth High School, Class of 1966, will hold a picnic planning meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Raub’s, Main Street, Plymouth. Picnic will be held Saturday, July 20, at the Larksville American Legion Grove on State Street. For meeting reservations or information, contact Helen at 570-779-2429 or hkibildis@gmail.com. Seminary Music Festival The Wyoming Seminary Music Festival, featuring chamber music by English composers Sir Edward Elgar and Frank Bridge, will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Seminary’s Kirby Center for Creative Arts, 260 N. Sprague Ave., Kingston. This 11th annual festival will feature area professional musicians and Sem’s Madrigal Singers and String Ensemble. Some of the works to be performed are String Quartet Op. 83 and Serenade for Strings Op. 20, as well as the Phantasy Piano Quartet and Piano Quintet by Bridge. The performances are free to the public. Call 570-270-2190 for information. Barb Pitcavage writes about the West Side. Contact her at rocko1245@aol.com.