Easter Always Meant A New Bonnet And Patent Leather Shoes
As we approach Holy Week, my mind goes back to all the times when I was young and we went shopping for Easter clothes. The famous patent leather shoes were either black or white. My father would polish them up with Vaseline if I dared to scuff them up. The super frilly anklet socks with tons of lace. My dresses were usually orchid in color, with very scratchy starched slips underneath. Yes, I did normally have an Easter bonnet with elastic string to hold it on. My face was always chubby so the elastic would dig deep under my chin. Those were the days. On a religious note, going to elementary school at Gate of Heaven in Dallas, Holy Week was very special, a solemn week of prayer, a time that holds near and dear to my heart. Tomorrow is Palm Sunday. When I taught religious education, the students would make their Blessed Palms into small Crosses. Even though it really didn’t take a special talent to make these, me, never being craft minded, could not and still cannot get the hang of it. To all my readers and their families, a Blessed Holy Week to one and all. Bumper bunnies Swoyersville Mayor Christopher Concert’s “Bumper Bunnies” will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25, on the grounds of the Swoyersville Ambulance, 99 Scott St., off Shoemaker street. If the weather does not cooperate, it will be moved indoors. The event is set up trunk or treat style, and everyone gets to meet the Easter Bunny. Any last minute business or non profit that wants to join in is welcome to call Mayor Concert at 570-239-4124. There are raffles for the children. Each child will receive an equal amount of tickets, at no charge. There will be a coloring table, too. The mayor’s famous Easter bonnet and hat competition will be held, and prizes will be awarded. The hat competition is a fun event like back in the day when folks designed fun and crazy Easter hats. Easter in the park Get your baskets ready for the Easter egg hunt at “Easter in the Park” Sunday, March 25, sponsored by Families for Forty Fort Park. The actual egg hunt will be done in four age groups, starting at 2 p.m. Ages 0-3 will begin at 2 p.m. 4-6 at 2:20 p.m. 7-9 at 2:40 p.m. and 10-12 at 3 p.m. This year, they will be using one space to do each egg hunt. It will be a controlled environment and every child will receive a prize when exiting the egg hunt. Pool season nears Think summer. Forty Fort Councilwoman Amy Davenport Craig reports progress is being made on the pool. She said, “The pool construction has started and the contractor along with our Department of Public Works are working hard to get everything done to open for June. We are getting a new pool liner, plumbing, steps along the whole side of the shallow end and some concrete work. Pool memberships are available to Forty Fort residents. Membership rates are: Individual (resident), $80; non resident, $135; family (resident), $125; family (non resident) $185. Family memberships include up to five badges. Each member needs to reside in the same household, at the same address. If additional badges are needed per household, cost is $5 each. Purchase members at the pool. Use a check or money order. No cash will be accepted. You can purchase a membership with your credit/debit card by visiting or calling the Forty Fort Borough Building from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. A $2 fee for all credit/debit card charges will be added. Bring proof of residency to receive resident rate. Daily passes are $8 for 1 to 8 p.m.; $5 from 5 to 8 p.m., and free for children under 2. Kiwanis welcomes new members Kathleen Breznay, president of the Swoyersville Kiwanis, reminds area residents that the Kiwanis welcomes new members. Residents from local communities are invited to be their guest at a dinner meeting Wednesday, March 28, for information. Kiwanis is involved with many community projects, supporting Feed A Friend, local food pantries, local children’s sports organizations, St. Joseph’s Center and many more. They hold a family picnic, family bowling and a Christmas party. For reservations, call 570-283-1677 or email email@example.com. Holy Week schedule The Polish National Catholic Communities of Resurrection of the Lord and Good Shepherd announce Holy Week schedule. Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday will be held at Good Shepherd Parish, 269 E. Main St. Plymouth for both parishes. Service times are: Holy Thursday, 7 p.m.; Good Friday, 3 p.m., and Holy Saturday, 4 p.m. Easter Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m. at Good Shepherd Parish and 10:30 a.m. in Resurrection of the Lord Parish. Barbara Pitcavage writes about the West Side. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.