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Live In The Moment; The Future Is Impossible To Predict

March 22, 2018 GMT

When you wake up in the morning, you never know what the day will bring. When I woke up Monday, Feb. 26, I could not get out of my bed. I was fine just the day before. I immediately called my daughter for her to help me. She made an appointment with my primary care doctor and took me to his office that morning. My doctor, in prescribing the medication for the pain I was experiencing, told me if the pain got any worse, to go immediately to the ER. The pain had subsided after taking the pill; however, the following day the pain was much worse so my daughter and son had me transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley. After undergoing tests and x-rays, Dr. Todd Holmes diagnosed and remedied my painful knee problem. I was transferred two days later to John Heinz Rehab Center for physical and occupational therapy. While at John Heinz, I was assigned Neil Hunsinger as my physical therapist and Kara Lukacinsky as my occupational therapist. I wish to express my sincere thanks to both therapists for the various exercises they had me perform each day which I was able to do better than the previous day. I also would like to thank Dr. Kline and Dr. Gibbons, Unit 1 nurses Paula A. and Michele Y., also the nursing staff stationed on the first floor for providing their excellent care to me during my 10 day stay. And last, but not least, I wish to thank the administrators at John Heinz Rehabilitation Center for these caring and dedicated employees who are on their staff. Easter egg hunt for township children The township’s annual children’s Easter egg hunt will be held Saturday, March 31, at Al Karaska Park (off the east end of Willow Street), starting at 10:30 a.m. The Easter egg hunt is for the children and grandchildren of the township, and for the children and grandchildren of the following township sponsoring clubs up to 9 years of age: Wilkes-Barre Twp. American Legion Post 815, Sons of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, Friars Club, Georgetown Conservation Club, Warsaw Sportsmen Club, Wilkes-Barre Twp. Rod & Gun Club and Wilkes-Barre Twp. Volunteer Fire Department. The Easter Bunny will arrive by fire truck and will visit homebound children in the township following the Easter egg hunt. Co-chairmen Mike Dotzel, Bob Delescavage and Bob Flynn wish to express their utmost thanks and appreciation to all the township sponsoring clubs and individuals for making this year’s Easter egg hunt possible for the children. Fire department fundraiser pick up For anyone who has pre-ordered chicken pot pie, shepherd’s pie and macaroni and cheese from the township volunteer fire department, they may pick up their order today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the township fire hall, Watson Street. Yard waste collection Yard waste will be collected every Monday starting April 3 by the township road department. Yard waste must be placed in paper bags or in a reusable container placed at their curbside. Any sticks or branches must be bundled in lengths that do not exceed two feet and a 35 pound weight limit. There is no cat litter or dog waste allowed in yard waste. Residents are not to use any plastic bags. Due to the Easter holiday, paper and cardboard recycling will be collected on Tuesday, April 3. Garbage and bulk items will be collected Wednesday, April 4. All bulk items need a sticker available at the municipal building in order to be picked up. Bulk items are picked up on the first Wednesday of every month. Senior citizens news At the recent senior citizens bingo, 50-50 winners were Rosemarie Williams, Rose Okrasinski, Tina Cherkauskas, Alice Hixon and Dorothy Murphy. Winners of the special games were Jeanne Sprow and Rita Meshko. Members honored Mary Ann Murray on her birthday. Murray and her sister, Jeanne Sprow, provided decorated shamrock cupcakes, corned beef/cheese and ham sandwiches which members enjoyed. Plans will be discussed for the seniors’ annual Mother’s Day dinner which will be held Wednesday, May 9. New members are welcome. Members meet in the township municipal building community room every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., break for coffee and pastries at noon, and continue to play bingo until 3 p.m. Township residency is not a requirement. Bus transportation is provided to township residents. Our Lady of Hope news The St. Anthony of Padua Novena will be held for 13 consecutive Tuesdays until St. Anthony’s feast day on June 12. The theme of the novena will focus on the lives and spirituality of the Patron Saints of the Hopeless, Sts. Damien of Molokai and Marianne Cope. The novena is held every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The annual “Nite at the Races” will be held Saturday, April 21, in the Marymount Parish Center, South Hancock Street. You can purchase horse sponsorships for $10 per horse and race sponsorships for $25. Admission is $5 without the purchase of a horse. Food and refreshments are included. The winner of each horse race will receive $50. Tickets are available at church entrances. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with races starting at 7. You must be present to win door prizes. The schedule for Easter Holy Week is as follows: Saturday, March 24, 4 p.m.; Sunday, Palm Sunday, March 25, 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. (Children’s Mass); Holy Thursday, March 29 (Mass of the Lord’s Supper), 7 p.m. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass until 11 p.m.; Good Friday, March 30 (The Lord’s Passion and Death ), 1 p.m.; Holy Saturday, March 31, blessing of Easter baskets in church, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Easter Vigil, 8 p.m.; Easter Sunday, 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. (Children’s Mass). St. John B.C. Church news Through the generosity of parishioner Jim Hollock, a pysanky raffle will be held for Easter. There will be 13 pysanky, a wooden pysanky icon and a wooden Easter plaque raffled off Holy Saturday, March 31. Tickets are $1 each and can be obtained by contacting any church member or George Daru at 570-825-4416. The Pascha Liturgical schedule for St. John B.C. Church is as follows: March 27, Great and Holy Tuesday, Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, 6 p.m.; March 29, Great and Holy Thursday, Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great, 9 a.m.; March 30, Great and Holy Friday, Burial Vespers and procession with the Plashchanitsa, 7 p.m.; March 31, Great and Holy Saturday, simple blessing of baskets, 4 p.m.; March 31, Resurrection Matins and Divine Liturgy followed by blessing of baskets, 5 p.m. There will be no services on April 1. St. John’s Church will host a St. Thomas Sunday celebration Sunday, April 8. Interparish Vespers will begin at 3 p.m., with dinner to follow at the township fire hall. Reservations can be made to St. John B.C. Church, 526 Church St., Wilkes-Barre Twp., PA 18702. The first 20 paid reservations must be received by Palm Sunday, March 25. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 years of age and under. Easter lily memorials are available for $10 per plant. Mail your request to St. John’s B.C. Church, 526 Church St., Wilkes-Barre Twp., PA 18702 with your name, in honor or in memory of your loved one no later than Sunday, March 25. “A Happy and Blessed Easter” is wished to all the readers of Wilkes-Barre Twp. Talk. Bernadine Elick writes “Wilkes-Barre Twp. Talk” every other Thursday. She can be reached at elickbern59@aol.com.