Summertime, Summertime, Where Have You Gone?
Our summer is almost over! It really wasn’t an enjoyable summer this year with all the rain and flooding in low lying areas or even the tropical, humid weather we had every day. I’m sure the inclement weather ruined a lot of planned vacations that everyone had looked forward to this year, and also ruined plans of those who intended to use their vacation time to make needed repairs to their homes. This summer has not been a summer we could brag about. Chicken dinner The Wilkes-Barre Twp. volunteer firemen will sponsor a chicken dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the township firehouse, Watson Street. The chicken will be prepared with Ron Smith’s delicious, award-winning sauce, which won first prize several years ago in a country-wide barbecue sauce contest. Cost is $10. You can either eat in or take out. Dinner includes grilled half barbecued chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetable, dinner roll and dessert. Tickets will be available at the door, or can be purchased from any volunteer firemen, or in advance at the township fire house from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Don’t miss out on this delicious chicken dinner; be sure to get your tickets in advance as only a limited number will be available. Legion golf event The Wilkes-Barre Twp. American Legion Post 815 will sponsor its third annual Ray Majikes Golf Tournament in memory of Skylar Elizabeth Saranchuk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Wilkes-Barre Municipal Golf Course. Format is captain and crew. Cost is $85 per person and $340 per team. There will be a 50/50 raffle, longest drive, closest to the pin, skins and pot of gold. Hole sponsorships are available for $25, $50, $75 and $100, which includes a round of golf, beverages and a meal afterward. Music will be provided by DJ Winkie and Stonecat Billie. Registration will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 29 and Sept. 5, at the post home, 54 Chestnut St. Colors and taps will be presented immediately before tee off by the American Legion Post 815. All proceeds after cost will be donated to Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. For information, contact James “Swifty” Youkoski at 570-332-8553. Police activity Police Chief Ron Smith has announced that the township police department responded to 512 calls for service for the month of July, including the following: 62 motor vehicle accidents, 12 assist citizens, 26 assist motorists, six assist other police, 11 harassment complaints, 19 disorderly conduct complaints, 13 domestic disturbances, 33 suspicious persons complaints, 25 burglar alarms, 31 retail thefts, 19 thefts and 135 traffic violations. Police arrested 28 adult offenders and one juvenile offender, 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: 10 retail theft offenses, two theft offenses, three drug offenses, two simple assault offenses, three disorderly conduct offenses and four DUI offenses. Uniform Crime Report (UCR) statistical information for Wilkes-Barre Twp. through the most recent reported month of May 2018, shows that UCR Part 1 offenses have increased 2.8 percent and Part 2 offenses have increased 5.6 percent over the same period of 2017. The overall crime rate for the township has increased 4.26 percent. Senior news The Wilkes-Barre Twp. Senior Citizens enjoyed their 44th annual summer outing at the Wilkes-Barre Twp. Settlement Camp last Sunday. Although it was a cloudy day and even a bit chilly, it didn’t rain on the party. The seniors and their guests enjoyed the delicious catered meal, playing various games and the entertainment provided by township accordionist Bill Kuklewicz with all the seniors joining in the musical sing-a-long. Special game winner for “Knock the Cans” was Mary Ann Murray; “In the Basket” winner was Tina Cherkauskas; “Word Search” winner was Mary Ann Sladzinski; “Are You Smarter Than a First Grader” winner was Mary Ann Sladzinski and winner of “Guess How Many” was Sue Pohutski. Bella Marie Lukasz won the painted floral picture raffle. Bingo was also played until it was time for the outing to come to an end. Club officers Helen Novak, Sue Pohutski and Bernadine Elick were in charge. At the recent seniors’ weekly bingo party, 50-50 winners were Rita Kuklewicz, Dorothy Krugel and Natalie Aleo. Winners of the special games were Dorothy Krugel and Rita Kuklewicz. Anyone wishing to join the township seniors’ group can attend any of their weekly Wednesday bingo parties at 10:30 a.m. in the township municipal building’s community room. Yearly dues are $6. A two bingo single card is five cents each and the winner wins all. Membership is also open to any non-township resident who would like to join the group. Bus transportation is provided to any township resident who otherwise has no means of transportation to the municipal building. The seniors will be attend the Bloomsburg Fair on Monday, Sept. 24, for Senior Citizens’ Day. There is no admission charge for any senior 65 years of age with a Medicare card or other proof of age. Non-members are also invited. For anyone who is handicapped, there are electric scooters available for rent inside gates 3 and 5 for $20 for three hours and $30 for five hours. Manual wheelchairs are also available all day for $15. The bus will leave from the township fire house at 9 a.m. and depart from the fair at 5 p.m. Call Bernadine Elick at 570-823-7540 to make reservations for the fair. Our Lady of Hope news CCD registrations will take place this Saturday following the 4 p.m. Mass and Sunday, Aug. 26, following the 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Mass in the Marymount Parish Center. Students who are registering for the first time must bring a copy of their baptismal certificate. Eighth grade students eligible for Confirmation must register at this time. Registration fees are $20 for one child and $35 for two or more children. The fee is to defray cost of the student’s books and supplies. CCD classes will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, in the parish center. Children’s backpacks will be blessed by the Rev. John Terry at the 9 a.m. Mass. For information, contact June Swida at 570-825-4966. The social concerns committee will meet in the rectory meeting room at 6:30 tonight. Our Lady of Hope will host the homeless in October. Donations such as homemade soup, cakes and cookies etc. would be greatly appreciated. The finance committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, in the rectory meeting room. The finance report will be reviewed and offertory contributions and upcoming projects will be discussed. Donations would be greatly appreciated for the parish fall festival raffle ticket and for the theme basket stand. Bring donations to the rectory during office hours, 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. A bus pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown will be held Sunday, Oct. 7, to commemorate the Feast of the Holy Rosary. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Cost of the trip is $45, which includes the bus, hot buffet, Polish luncheon served at the Shrine and driver gratuity. Breakfast items will be served on the bus. For information, call Theresa Lisiewski at 570-822-0831. Arrival back home will be approximately 5 p.m. St. John B.C. Church news St. John’s Guild will hold its fall rummage/bake sale Wednesday, Oct. 3, and Thursday, Oct. 4, in the parish hall on East Northampton Street. Donations of holiday items and decorations, records, record albums, toys, household items and costume jewelry are appreciated. No clothing will be accepted. Contact George Daru at 570-825-4416 for pick-up. St. John’s annual parish picnic will be held at noon Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Wilkes-Barre Twp. Settlement Camp. Donations of the following food items would be appreciated: ziti or penne pasta with spaghetti sauce, macaroni salad, potato salad, Italian pasta salad and tossed salad. Anyone wishing to donate any of these items should call Ellen at 570-899-7780. St. John’s will be returning to their winter schedule on Sunday, Sept. 16. Divine Liturgy will be held at 11 a.m. Coffee socials will be discontinued until spring. St. John’s hall kitchen was recently renovated. If you would like to make a donation for this worthy project, send it to St. John B.C. Church, 526 Church St., Wilkes-Barre Twp., PA, 18702 with “Hall Kitchen” marked on your envelope. Bernadine Elick writes ‘Wilkes-Barre Twp. Talk’ every other Thursday. She can be reached at email@example.com or 570-823-7540.