Around The Towns 5/19/2019

May 19, 2019 GMT


Continuing a decades-long tradition, Archbald will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade on May 27.

The parade will assemble at 9 a.m. at VFW Post 7963, 284 Main St., in the Eynon section of the borough, said parade chairwoman and council Vice President Erin Owen. There will be a ceremony, and the parade will step off at 10 a.m., she said.

About eight community organizations will march in the parade, in addition to the borough’s Police Department, hose and ambulance companies, Owen said. Archbald police will also control traffic along the route. The Scranton/Carbondale Pioneer Band will perform, she said.


The parade will make its way down Main Street, stopping for another ceremony at the American Legion and nearby cemetery in the Eynon section of town, Owen said.

The first half of the parade will end at St. Francis Cemetery with a ceremony at 10:45.

The second half of the parade will begin at 11:30 at Hrichak McAndrew American Legion Post 869, 161 S. Main St., Archbald. The parade will end with a ceremony at Archbald High School Memorial Plaza Park, followed by free hotdogs, popcorn and ice cream, Owen said.

Ceremonies at each stop will include placing a wreath, singing the national anthem, playing TAPS and a gun salute, Owen said.

“They’re all beautiful ceremonies,” she said.


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SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church will honor those buried in its cemetery on Sunday.

At 10 a.m. in St. Cyril’s Cemetery in the Peckville section of Blakely, the church will hold a Divine Liturgy Mass with the church’s choir performing in Church Slavonic, according to church spokeswoman Lauren Telep.

The Divine Liturgy is a longtime tradition in the church that honors past parishioners and non-parishioners buried in the cemetery.

The Very Rev. Nestor Iwasiw, pastor, will hold Panachyda services following the Mass. In the event of rain, the Divine Liturgy will be at St. Cyril’s Church, 135 River St., Olyphant, Telep said.


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Moscow seeks a student to serve as borough council’s junior council member.

The junior council representative must be a Moscow resident entering the junior class in the 2019-20 school year. Officials are starting the search early this year so the junior council member can participate in spring and summer events in Moscow, Mayor Rosemarie Warner wrote in an email.


The representative is expected to attend council meetings on the first and third Mondays of each month, though council only meets once per month, on the first Monday, in June, July and August. Junior council members also are encouraged to take on a project during their term of service.

“Not only is this an exciting opportunity for those interested in the workings of our government, but it also serves as an impressive resume builder as you (students) begin your college application process,” Warner wrote.

Students should submit a letter of interest that expands on their backgrounds and reasons for wanting the position by May 31. Letters may be dropped off at the Moscow Borough Building, 123 Van Brunt St., or emailed to office@mos



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The township’s annual Memorial Day service is scheduled for Saturday, May 25.

The focus of this year’s event is “Local Veterans’ Experiences in the Military.” The service will begin at 10 a.m. in front of the township Municipal Building, 1038 Montdale Road. Local Boy and Girl Scouts, the Rev. Linda Eckersley, pastor of the Montdale Methodist Church and members of the Lakeland High School Band and Chorus will also participate in the service.

The Boy Scouts will also conduct a flag retirement ceremony following the service. Light refreshments will follow.


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Matthew McDonnell, 9, hopes others will join him in making strides against pediatric cancer next month.

The inaugural Matthew’s Hope 4 Miracles 5K Run/Fun Walk is scheduled for June 1 at Nay Aug Park in Scranton. The event marks the first fundraiser for the nonprofit, which Matthew launched late last year to help defeat pediatric cancer.

The “4” in the nonprofit’s name is significant for Matthew and his family. For most of his life, he battled a Wilms tumor, a type of pediatric kidney cancer. From his diagnosis when he was 3 years old until 2017, he braved surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and an experimental immunotherapy trial that trained T cells in his body to target the cancer. The disease returned several times. Four times, he beat it.

“Since I had cancer in my life, I want other kids to be healed from their diseases and whatever they have,” the third grader at South Abington Elementary School said. “I want them to feel better.”

Proceeds from the race will support the mission of Matthew’s Hope 4 Miracles, which centers on raising awareness of pediatric cancer and a lack of funding toward research of the childhood ailments, said Linda McDonnell, Matthew’s mother. Only 4% of federal government cancer research funding goes to study pediatric cancer, according to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. The group also hopes to raise and donate funds to provide better treatment options for children and also help local families that have a child battling cancer, Linda said.

To run with Matthew, visit runsignup.com or the Matthew’s Hope 4 Miracles Facebook page to preregister. Registration costs $20 for the 5K race and $15 for the fun walk. Participants can also register on the day of the race at the Nay Aug Park bandstand pavilion between 7:30 and 8:45 a.m. The run and walk begin at 9 a.m.

The overall male and female winners will each get a gift card. Medals will be given to the top male and female finisher in each age group.

The event will also feature basket raffles and an appearance by Champ, the mascot of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.


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