W-B Twp. American Legion To Hold Memorial Day Parade
The Wilkes-Barre Twp. American Legion Post 815 will hold its annual Memorial Day services at 11 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the post home. Chestnut Street. The services at the post home on Chestnut Street will consist of the American ritual of honoring the dead, placing memorial wreaths, saluting deceased veterans and playing taps. The annual Memorial Day parade will precede the services. Participants are to assemble no later than 10 a.m. at the former township junior high school grounds, Casey Avenue. The parade route starts from Casey Avenue, right on East Northampton Street to Spruce Street, left on Spruce Street, down Willow Street to Chestnut Street, ending at the Legion post home. Come out to see the Memorial Day parade marchers on any of these streets. The legion officials invite the citizens of the township to come and join them in remembering all 53 deceased veterans whose names are etched on the memorial monument on the legion grounds. The parade marshal this year is Joseph Saukulyak. American Legion Commander Robert Charnichko requests all post members, S.A.L., social members, ladies auxiliary and friends of the Legion attend the memorial service honoring all the deceased township warriors. All graves of deceased veterans within the cemeteries in the township have been decorated with American flags by the legionnaires. Prior to the parade, a special service will be held at 8 a.m. in St. John’s B.C. Church, Church Street, honoring all the deceased veterans of Post 815 and the 53 brave township men who gave their all to protect our country. A reception will be held following the Memorial Day services at the post home. All public political signs need permit All political candidates running for office are reminded, you must first obtain and pay for a permit from the township prior to placing any political signs on public property in the township. Municipal election roundup Wilkes-Barre Twp. Mayor Carl Kuren and council members John Jablowski Jr., Katie Krutski Arnone and Mary Waskevich have no opposition in Tuesday’s primary election for their municipal elective offices. Kuren is seeking his sixth term as mayor; Jablowski and Arnone, their third terms, and Waskevich, her second term to serve on council. All voters cast their ballots at the township fire hall on Watson Street. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Police respond to 515 calls in April The Wilkes-Barre Twp. Police Department responded to 515 calls for service during the month of April, including the following: 43 motor vehicle accidents, 13 assist citizens, 11 assist motorists, 13 assist other police, 10 harassment complaints, 15 disorderly conduct complaints, three domestic disturbances, 17 suspicious persons complaints, 20 burglar alarms, 28 retail thefts, 12 thefts and 221 traffic violations. Police arrested 27 adult offenders and two juvenile offenders, 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: 12 retail theft offenses, one theft offense, two firearms offenses, five drug offenses, two assault offenses and two DUI offenses. Uniform Crime Report (UCR) statistical information for Wilkes-Barre Twp. through the most recent reported month of March 2019, shows that UCR Part 1 offenses have increased 31.4%, Part 2 offenses have decreased 13.19%, and arrests have increased 29.91% over the same period of 2018. The overall crime rate for the township has increased 7.17%. The township police also made 515 calls last April. Republican party plans chicken barbecue Members of the Wilkes-Barre Twp. Republican Party will hold their annual chicken barbecue dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at the township fire hall, Watson Street. The barbecued half chicken will be marinated and grilled with a national award winning sauce prepared by Ron Smith. Donation is $10. Get your tickets early as the chicken dinners are a sell-out every year. You can either eat in or take out. Tickets are available from any party member. Only a limited number will be available at the door. Kids fishing derby The 19th annual “Kids Fishing Derby,” sponsored by Mayor Carl Kuren, will be held at Meadow Run Lake at the Wilkes-Barre Twp. Settlement Camp in Bear Creek Twp. on Saturday. The annual event is open to all children up to age 15 at no cost. The event has three age categories, 1 through 5, 6 through 9 and 10 through 15 years of age. All children must be accompanied by either a parent or guardian. All children must have eye protection (safety goggles or sunglasses) in order to participate in fishing. Children must have their own fishing pole with reel, bait and tackle. Registration will start at 9 a.m. The derby will start at 10. Prizes will be awarded for catching the largest fish in each age group. The lake will be stocked with trout for the event. Food and refreshments will be provided. A raffle with 444 donated prizes will be drawn and awarded to winning ticket holders during the event. You do not have to be present to win. Community-wide yard sale The 10th annual community-wide yard sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20. There is no rain date. The yard sale is open to all residents of the township. There is no fee to participate. To have your address on the yard sale list, call 570-822-1668 or 570-823-3574 and leave a message with your name and address. Your home address will be the only information shown on the list. Senior citizens news The township senior citizens will travel to Knoebel’s Amusement Resort in Elysburg on Wednesday, June 5, for Senior Citizens Day. Knoebels will provide many “freebies” to all seniors including free coffee and donuts upon arrival, a free ride on the Pioneer train and Grand Carousel, souvenirs and free games. Seniors will also play “free” bingo games in a designated covered picnic pavilion prior to leaving the resort. Reservations and information can be obtained by contacting Helen Novak at 570-829-2004. The Knoebels trip is open to non-members. Reservations close tomorrow. Our Lady of Hope news The following children of Our Lady of Hope parish will receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion at the 11:15 a.m. Mass on Sunday: Natalie Bensavage, Shannon Griffith, Haydee Hernadez, Brynn Sedon and Lucas Slusser. The Rev. John S. Terry will officiate, assisted by Deacon Joseph DeVizia. The Novena to St. Anthony of Padua continues at 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday until June 13. The theme of the Novena is the life of the Venerable Solanus Casey, O.F.M., Spiritual Counselor and Miracle Worker. The Christian Women of Our Lady of Hope Parish will celebrate their Mother’s Day dinner at the East Mountain Inn, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre, from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 22. Cost is $25. For reservations, contact Sue Cosgrove at 570-855-8766 or Mary Gluchowski at 570-954-1796. A retreat for both men and women will be conducted by the Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth, at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25. The theme will focus on the “Beauty of the Holy Eucharist.” Cost is $25, which includes lunch and donation to the Capuchin Sisters. Reservations can be made by calling the rectory at 570-824-7832 or Cathy Carter Thomas at 570-762-3873. St. John B.C. Church news St. John’s Guild will hold its annual spring rummage/bake sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 30, in the parish hall, 756 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre Twp. Thursday is bag day and half price on larger items. The guild is still accepting kitchenware, pots and pans, dishes, small working appliances, towels, linens, records, tapes, CDs, seasonal decorations, tools, toys, games, paperback and hardcover books and costume jewelry. Call George Daru at 570-825-4416 for pick up until Sunday, May 26. Donations of baked goods, especially cakes, cookies and bread, are also appreciated. Bernadine Elick writes “Wilkes-Barre Twp. Talk” every other Thursday. She can be reached at email@example.com or 570-823-7540.