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A Second Opinion From A Trusted Friend Can Be Invaluable

July 12, 2018

Decisions! Decisions! Decisions! We are faced with making decisions our entire life, from the time we were old enough to comprehend and understand what is going on in our life, we were making decisions whether we should change our lifestyle or perhaps do nothing at all. We should consider ourselves very lucky when the decisions we did make prove later on to be very advantageous or perhaps even profitable for us, while on the other hand, the decisions that we have chosen instead actually were not very good choices and were very disappointing. If you decide to seek assistance in making an important decision, either from a family member or your best friend as to what you should or shouldn’t do, they will advise you what they honestly believe could benefit you much more. I firmly believe that a member of your family or a true friend will always guide you into doing the right thing, no matter what. We do at times need someone else’s opinion for us to see “the other side” because we could be “blind-sighted” and see only one side or view — ours. However, there is only one person and that is “you” who will have to make that final decision whether or not you should try something different because what you finally decide on “can and will” actually change your life forever, either for the better, or unfortunately, worse. How many of us have made good or bad decisions in our life that we either regretted or were proud of later on? I believe one of the best decisions I ever made was when Tom proposed to me 50 years ago and I responded by saying “yes” to his marriage proposal. I spent the following 43 years happily married to my loving and devoted soul mate. In the very near future, I will be faced with choosing two important decisions that will definitely affect me the rest of my life. When that time does arrive, I will add up all the “pros” and “cons” in order to determine what my benefit would be, if any, and also ask my children for their opinions what they believe I should do before I make my decision, because once I make a decision, I won’t be able to go back to the way things were before. I sincerely hope that when that time arrives, I make the most beneficial decision. Flag disposal ceremony Members of the Wilkes-Barre Twp. American Legion Post 815 will hold an American flag disposal ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14, in the American Legion parking lot. The ceremony is being held in order to dispose of all worn, torn and old American flags in a proper and honorable manner. Individuals can drop off their retired flag at the post home or are welcome to bring their old flags to the ceremony on Saturday. Camping season begins There are many young boys who are enjoying their camping experiences at the Wilkes-Barre Twp. Settlement Camp this week and will be left with their pleasant memories when it all comes to an end on Saturday. The girls overnight camp will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 15, and end at 9 a.m. Friday, July 20. The girls overnight camp (regardless of where they live) is for any girl from 6 to 13 years of age. Cost is $175 for township residents and $200 for non-residents per week. The overnight camping is under the direction and supervision of Ron and Antoinette Smith and Tom and Frances Woods. The theme for this year’s camping season is “Harry Potter.” Township community yard sale I am very happy to inform township residents that the annual community yard sale will continue in the township this summer. The ninth annual township community-wide yard sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. In order to have your address listed on the yard sale list, call 570-822-1668 or 570-823-3574 and leave a message with your name, address and telephone number no later than Aug. 6. (The yard sale list will only show your address.) All participants are asked to put balloons in front of their home on the day of the yard sale to make your yard sale stand out and easier to find. Information where yard sale lists and a street map can be obtained will be listed in my forthcoming column. Township firemen to hold annual bazaar The Wilkes-Barre Twp. Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual bazaar on the fire department grounds, Watson Street, from 5 p.m. to midnight Thursday, Aug. 2, and Friday, Aug. 3, and 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Aug. 4. There will be plenty of food, raffles and games for everyone to enjoy. The fireman’s parade will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. Lineup will be at 5 p.m. at the Kmart parking lot. Trophies will be awarded to the fire departments for the most firemen attending, the newest engine, the oldest apparatus and best appearing fire department. Judges for the awards are Fire Chief Rich Hart, Clyde Moyer, Molly Hart and Kevin Halecki. Trophies will be awarded at 7:30 p.m. the day of the parade. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Jay Edwards at 6 p.m., Aug. 2; by Billy Fink and Friends at 6 p.m., Aug. 3 and by “Rockaholics” at 5 p.m. Aug. 4. Township all class reunion The annual Wilkes-Barre Twp. High School all class reunion will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 at the township fire hall, Watson Street. Bob Weiss, coordinator, extends an invitation to all graduates to the annual reunion, whether they graduated from the township high school or from another high school. The classes from 1953, 1958, 1963 and 1968 will be honored this year. Weiss and planning committee members will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 26, in the American Legion Post 815 Home to finalize reunion plans. Invitations to the reunion will be mailed the first week of August to everyone on their mailing list. If you didn’t attend last year’s reunion but plan to attend this year, contact any one of the following planning committee members: Bob Grivner (class of 1960) 570-421-4569; John Jeremy (1958) 570-825-6528; Mary Ann and Ron Zaledonis (1963) 570-819-3201; Michael and Mary Ann Ferrence (1962 and 1963 respectively) 570-825-5876; Jackie Miller Makowski (1960) 570-824-2193; Sue Quinn Cosgrove (1960) 570-824-0282 or Weiss (1956) 570-696-2279 in order to be on the reunion mailing list. The Flash Back Band will provide music for entertainment at the affair. KLs will cater the event. An open bar will be available throughout the entire evening. Senior citizens news At the recent senior citizens’ bingo party, 50-50 winners were Tina Cherkauskas, Bernadine Elick and Florence Morika. Winners of the special games were Ann Galle and Rose Okrasinski. Members honored Rita Kuklewicz on the occasion of her birthday. The club’s monthly meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday, July 18. Anyone wishing to join the seniors’ group is asked to attend any of their weekly Wednesday bingo parties which start at 10:30 a.m. in the township municipal building’s community room. Yearly dues are $6. Membership is also open to any non-township resident who wishes to join the group. Bus transportation is provided to any township resident who otherwise has no means of transportation to the municipal building. Plans are in the works for the township senior citizens 44th annual summer outing on Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Wilkes-Barre Twp. Settlement Camp. The seniors will attend the Bloomsburg Fair on Monday, Sept. 24 for Senior Citizens’ Day. Non-members are invited to both events. Call Bernadine Elick at 570-823-7540 to make reservations. Our Lady of Hope news The Scranton Diocese is conducting a pilgrimage to the National Shrine in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Sept. 22. Our Lady of Hope will sponsor 10 pilgrims; otherwise, the cost is $55 per person. If you have never visited the shrine, you can take advantage of this great opportunity to do so. The buses will leave at 6 p.m. and return around 10:30 p.m. Only active parishioners are eligible. Please notify the Rev. John Terry at 570-834-7832 as soon as you can to register or for information. A parish captain is needed for the bus trip. Altar servers are needed. If your child is interested in becoming an altar server, call Maggie at 570-899-8104. All prospective altar servers must have received their First Holy Communion. St. John B.C. Church news The Divine Liturgy of St. Ann will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 23, at the annual Solemn Novena at St. Ann’s Monastery and Shrine basilica in Scranton. Liturgy will be held in the upper main church and will be concelebrated with several Byzantine clergy, deacons and altar servers. St. John’s Guild will hold its rummage and bake sale at a date to be announced in July. Items for the sale can be brought to the church hall or call George Daru at 570-825-4416. No clothing will be accepted. The Guild requests large brown grocery bags for the bag sale day. St. John’s parish picnic will be held at noon Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Wilkes-Barre Twp. Settlement Camp. St. Mary B.C. Church news The annual St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church bazaar will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Aug. 4, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, in the in the air-conditioned parish social hall, 522 Madison St. There will be games of chance, prizes, ethnic foods, baked goods, cash raffle, a silent auction and an indoor flea market. Live entertainment will be provided by The Sperazza Band from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday; Iron Cowboy from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, and Group Therapy from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Public is welcome. Bernadine Elick writes “Wilkes-Barre Twp. Talk” every other Thursday. She can be contacted at elickbern59@aol.com.