Tree Lighting Ushers In The Holiday Season In W-B Twp.
Wilkes-Barre Twp. Mayor Carl Kuren announced the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. tomorrow in front of the township municipal building. Quinn and Calvin Joyce, the children of Brooke and Tim Joyce, will have the honor of lighting the tree this year. They are the grandchildren of John and Karen Burden and George and Dorothy Joyce. Matilda “Tillie” and Charlie Weigand are the children’s great-grandparents. Food and hot chocolate will be served for all to enjoy and, of course, Santa will be making an appearance. Township residents are invited to join in the celebration and the joyous Christmas sing-a-longs. The township is trying something new this year by selling three different color ribbons at the tree lighting ceremony which you can purchase for $1 each. A blue ribbon will represent “In memory of someone,” red for a “Christmas wish for yourself,” and green for a “Christmas wish for someone else.” You will be able to write a message on them and tie the ribbons on the railing in front of the municipal building. The proceeds will benefit the senior citizens’ Christmas party. The ribbons will be available for purchase from Maria and Theresa at the municipal building during regular office hours until Wednesday, Dec. 5. 2019 proposed budget public hearing Council held a public hearing on Mayor Carl Kuren’s proposed budget for 2019 prior to their work session held on Tuesday. The proposed budget will be voted upon on Monday, Dec. 3, at the regular meeting of council at 7:30 p.m. Gerald Shinal Jr. will preside. Warsaw Sportsmen selling Christmas trees The Warsaw Sportsmen Club members will be selling fresh cut Christmas trees and Christmas wreaths/sprays at the corner of South Walnut and Metcalf streets starting Saturday, Dec. 1. All Canaan, Douglas Fir and Blue Spruce trees, regardless of size, are $25; Blue Spruce wreaths are $15, sprays $10, cemetery wreaths, $15 and cemetery stands, $3. The Christmas tree lot will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The Warsaw Sportsmen Club has always contributed to benefit children’s events that are held in the township over the years. Senior citizens news The senior citizens annual Christmas party will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Wilkes-Barre Twp. fire hall. Co-chairwomen are Rosemarie Williams, Helen Novak, and Sue Pohutski, assisted by Bernadine Elick. Non-members are also invited. Cost is $25 per person. The affair will be catered by KL’s Catering. Reservations can be made with Elick at 570-823-7540 until Dec. 2. Winners of the recent 50-50 were Mary Sledjeski, Mary Petyo and Natalie Aleo. Winners of the special games were Alice Hixon and Rosemarie Williams. Members honored Gerry Andrzejewski on the occasion of her birthday. New members are welcome. Members meet every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the township municipal building community room, break for coffee and pastries at noon and continue playing bingo until 3 p.m. Transportation is provided for any township resident who has no means of transportation to the municipal building. Call Gary at 570-208-4635, ext. 108 if you need transportation. All class reunion Robert “Bob” Weiss has served as the coordinator of the township’s all class reunion for the past 10 years, and now, Robert “Bob” Grivner will take charge of the Wilkes-Barre Twp. High School all class reunions. Grivner has announced the reunion will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Wilkes-Barre Twp. fire hall. The graduating classes of 1954, 1959, 1964 and 1969, as well as the Wilkes-Barre Twp. High School 1958 championship football team, will be honored at the reunion. Planning committee members for the class of 1969 who will be celebrating their 50th anniversary are Carol (Komnath) Marino, Nancy (Daru) Wodarczyk and Mary Ann (Haberski) Rayeski. For information, contact Grivner at 570-421-4569 or email him at email@example.com; or Sue (Quinn) Cosgrove at 570-824-0282, or email her at Irishnan@aol.com. The all class reunion is also open to anyone who graduated from any local high schools. Our Lady of Hope news The annual Novena to St. Anthony of Padua (Saint of Miracles) will continue at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, ending Dec. 18, at Our Lady of Hope, 40 Park Ave. It is the only Novena to St. Anthony that is held in the Scranton Diocese. Everyone is invited to join in special prayers and the blessing of the relic of St. Anthony. The Christian Women of Our Lady of Hope will celebrate Christmas at a dinner at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Wyoming Valley Country Club, 1695 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. All women of the parish are invited to attend. Cost is $25. A $10 gift is requested for exchange. A collection will take place for a local charity. For information or to make a reservation, contact Sue Cosgrove at 570-855-8766, or Mary Gluchowski at 570-825-3925. Reservations must be made by Sunday, Dec. 3. Our Lady of Hope will collect items for homeless shelters during the Advent season. There will be large Christmas stockings hanging in the church where donations of socks, underwear, hygiene products (trial size) etc. can be placed. The Social Concerns Committee of Our Lady of Hope is sponsoring a “Teen Tree” with paper ornaments for you to pick with specific requests such as T-shirts, hair dryer, curling iron, hoodies, etc. for a homeless teen. Just pick a paper ornament by Dec. 23 for delivery to the homeless shelters. There is no need to wrap your gift. The tree will be lit and decorated with paper ornaments at the 4 p.m. Mass on Dec. 1. The Prayer Shawl Ministry of Our Lady of Hope has knit hundreds of homemade mittens, scarfs and tube hats for the children in need which completely covers the “Giving Tree.” For information or to help with the project, contact Rita Tarnalicki at 570-824-4744 or Helene Jewell at 570-823-1800. St. John B.C. Church news Those who ordered rolls for the Christmas holiday are reminded their orders will be available for pickup in St. John’s parish hall, 756 E. Northampton St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow. Parking is available in the rear of the hall on Church Street. The ECF children of St. John’s will once again be collecting non-perishable items for St. Vincent de Paul’s pantry and soup kitchen. You can place your donation in the back of the church until Dec. 18. Bernadine Elick writes “Wilkes-Barre Twp. Talk” every other Thursday. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 570-823-7540.