And The Winners Of The Forty Fort Home Decorating Contest Are ...

December 23, 2017 GMT

Merry Christmas to all my readers! Forty Fort Borough has announced the winners of its home decorating contest. Between shopping, cooking, cleaning, visiting and opening presents, take a hour or so and try to visit the beautiful sites. Winners are listed in order of first, second and third place. Note: Only the first and second place winners were chosen in the first ward. And the winners are: First Ward — 17 Virginia Terrace, 18 Virginia Terrace. Second Ward — 76 Yates St., 1200 Wyoming Ave., 1124 Wyoming Ave. Third Ward — 1830 Wyoming Ave., 1695 Wyoming Ave., 65 Bidlack St. Swoyersville mayor’s holiday message Swoyersville Borough Mayor Christopher Concert has a Christmas message: “I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and the best for 2018. I am blessed to represent Swoyersville. I am looking forward to 2018 and I have so many more events planned.” Swoyersville trash collection reminder Swoyersville Borough residents are reminded that due to the Christmas holiday, the garbage/recycling collections for the week of Dec. 25 will be delayed one day. Monday’s collections will be on Tuesday; Tuesday’s will be on Wednesday and Wednesday’s collections will be on Thursday. Plymouth Kiwanis holiday party The Plymouth Kiwanis Club recently held its annual Christmas party at the Shawnee Room of Happy Pizza in Plymouth. The club hosted members of the Mountain Top, Tunkhannock and Wilkes-Barre Kiwanis Clubs. The attendees enjoyed a cocktail hour, a festive holiday dinner, and entertainment provided by the Holiday Choir of the Wyoming Valley West High School under the direction of Cody Messersmith, choir director. Each of the party-goers brought a new, unwrapped toy as a donation to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots project. Members of the Marines attended the party to accept the toys on behalf of the assembled Kiwanians. Also, to celebrate the holiday season, the Plymouth Kiwanis Club recently held its annual interclub Christmas party at the Shawnee Room of Happy Pizza in Plymouth. Following a cocktail hour, the Kiwanians were treated to a festive Christmas dinner. After dinner, the Wyoming Valley West Holiday Choir, under the direction of Cody Messersmith, entertained the Kiwanians with a concert of traditional Christmas and holiday music. Sem visitation day Wyoming Seminary Upper School in Kingston and Lower School in Forty Fort are offering area elementary, middle and high school students and their families an opportunity to visit either campus during the January Visitation Day on Monday, Jan. 15 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day). At the Lower School, 1560 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, Visitation Day will begin at 8:30 a.m. Students who have already applied to attend the Lower School are invited to experience a typical day at Lower School by shadowing a student in his/her current grade level and joining with other students for lunch. Parent tours of Lower School are available upon request. Reservations at Lower School are requested by Friday, Jan. 12. Call the Lower School Admission Office at 570-718-6610 for information and to make reservations, or register on line at www.wyomingseminary.org. The Upper School Visitation Day program will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Stettler Learning Resources Center, North Sprague Avenue, Kingston. Visiting students will join current students for lunch and a sampling of classes. Visitation Day activities will end at 2:30 p.m. Admission interviews and campus tours for parents will be given upon request. All those interested in attending Sem’s Upper School January Visitation Day are asked to respond by Friday, Jan. 12. For information, or to sign up for the event, call the Upper School Admission Office at 570-270-2160, or register online at www.wyomingseminary.org. Wyoming Seminary is an independent, coeducational day and boarding college preparatory school. STEM Saturday Children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade who would like to learn more about computer programming are invited to attend a special STEM Saturday at Sem Event to take part in a program titled “Beyond the Hour: Kids Who Code.” The program will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20, at Wyoming Seminary Lower School, 1560 Wyoming Ave. Forty Fort. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 11 a.m. and is free to the public. No previous experience in coding is required. This event is designed to introduce or continue the exploration of computer coding begun during the “Hour of Code Challenge” held around the world during the week of Dec. 4-10, 2017. Sem students have been participating in the Hour of Code since its inception in 2013, building coding skills on tablets and laptops through challenges, designing graphics and creating games. The January event will feature four sessions. The first session, designed for children in grades kindergarten to first grade, will introduce the programming basics through Kodable and Osmo and also by programming Bee-Bot robots. The second session will be open to children in second and third grade and will include unplugged coding and coding using the Hopscotch and Lightbot apps. Students in fourth and fifth grades will build coding skills using the unique Apple Swift Playgrounds app and small robots. Fourth session students in sixth through eighth grades will code in various languages, including JavaScript and Python, that will help them gain a more in-depth understanding of coding. Reservations for this event are required. For information on the STEM Saturday at Sem Event or to register online, visit the Wyoming Seminary web site at www.wyomingseminary.org/academics/stem. This STEM Saturday at Sem event is an aspect of the STEM School’s programming which includes a variety of programmatic and curricular sections at both the Upper and Lower Schools. Lower School students explore STEM themes in their science classes. Upper School students participate in a ninth grade foundational science course as well as public lectures and workshops on issues related to science, technology, engineering and math. The Louis Maslow STEM School at Wyoming Seminary seeks to engage and inspire students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through holistic and integrated paths of study. Students in the program will be prepared for collegiate study and able to respond to rapidly changing global challenges and advances in technology in today’s world. Barbara Pitcavage writes about the West Side. Contact her at rocko1245@aol.com.