First Posted: 2/3/2013

The St. Monica’s Parish Night at the Races is Friday, Feb. 8 with MAGIC 93’s Frankie Warren as master of ceremonies. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and post time 7 p.m. Admission is $10 and tickets may be purchased before and after all Masses today.

Complimentary food, beverages come with the admission ticket. A horse purchase is $10. Give your horse a winning name.

Contact Tom Tomsak at 237-2188 with any questions.

You don’t have to be present to win any of the prizes. Receive a $50 cash prize if your horse wins the race. There will also be a Chinese auction of gift baskets. Contact Donna at 333-5353 or Mary at 696-3359.

Sanitation stickers

Garbage stickers for 2013 are now on sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Wyoming Municipal Building. Full-year stickers are $200 and $190 for seniors. Stickers may be purchased through two payments, each for half a year. Garbage stickers may also be purchased through the mail by sending a self-addressed/stamped envelope to Wyoming Borough, 277 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, PA 18644. The sticker fee includes garbage pickup, curb-side recycling collection and seasonal yard waste removal. A monthly bulk item pickup is also offered at $5 per item (limited to one per month.)

Little League

Wyoming/West Wyoming Little League registration will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7; from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 9; and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Stites Street Fire Hall.

The registration fee for tee ball through major baseball and softball is $70 per player and $95 per family.

The fee for junior/senior baseball and softball is $100 per player with no family rate. Fundraisers will be distributed at registration. All players must provide proof of residency and new players must provide a copy of his or her birth certificate. Any child turning four prior to May 1, 2013 is eligible to play tee ball this coming season.

Financial aid classes

Wyoming Area is offering a FAFSA Financial Aid hands on computer course on Wednesday, Feb.13 in the high school computer lab for senior parents, preferably those applying for Financial Aid the first time. The FAFSA application will be utilized during this program. Linda Pacewicz, the Northeast Region: Higher Education Access Partner for FAFSA, will conduct the class. Those in attendance will be able to work on the actual FAFSA form for this year.

Senior parents who already signed up will be contacted as a reminder. There are still a few seats available for this class. Any parents interested in attending may call Mrs. Rabel at 655-2836, ext. 2339.

Senior citizens

The Wyoming/ West Wyoming Seniors will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5 in St. Monica’s meeting room. Frank Perfinski will conduct the meeting. Servers are Betty O’Hara, Sam and Mickey DeSalvo. Birthdays for January were Marion Pocceschi, An Kosloski and Theresa Alexander. Fifty-Fifty winners were Helen Ostrowski, Angie Mastruzzo and Charmain Potenza. Jackpot winner was Mary Matani. Eugene Stanczak, the newest member was welcomed to the club.

Dues will be collected. Members are reminded to bring in can goods and non-perishable items. After the short meeting, there will be refreshments and Bingo will be played.

PTO meeting

The next 10th Street PTO meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 in the school cafe. A Chinese Auction will be held. Contact Lesley Ratchford if you would like to donate anything for the Chinese Auction.

Super Bowl pizza sale

West Wyoming Hose Co #1will hold a Super Bowl Pizza sale from noon to 4 p.m. today Sunday, Feb 3, featuring unbaked, baked and chicken wing pizza. For pre-orders, call 954-4531. The hose company will host a ziti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children for eat-in or take-out. Tickets are available at door or from any member.

Scholarship program

Wyoming Area High School announces the addition of seven new scholarships to its website this year. In the past four years, 23 new scholarships have been added to the already generous list. Through the generosity of families memorializing their loved ones, businesses, civic groups and individuals these new scholarships are available.

Seniors and their parents are urged to visit the scholarship website by logging onto on wyomingarea.org and clicking on Guidance Department Scholarships to view all the scholarships available. Other important information regarding how to apply, to view the application which may be used for all the scholarships found on this web site, requirements for each scholarship and other important information is contained on this website.

The deadline for handing in completed applications to Mrs. Rabel in the guidance office is Wednesday, Feb. 13. The Scholarship Celebration will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 in the high school cafeteria. Invitations will be issued in late April/e

St. Monica’s notes

St. Joseph’s Cemetery, St. Monica’s Parish, West Wyoming has plots available. Have you made your arrangements? Call the parish office (693-1991) for more information.

Appointments for class scheduling for new Holy Redeemer High School students for the 2013-2014 school year will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. from Feb. 4-7. Call Holy Redeemer High School Guidance Department at 829-2424 to schedule an appointment.

The food collection for the Greater Pittston Food Pantry is an ongoing gift. Please continue to bring non-perishable items to church and place in the containers at both entrances.

Grow in your understanding of the Catholic Faith with Books and CD’s from Lighthouse Discipleship. The CDs are available from Lighthouse on the wall in the hall. Some suggestions are Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality by Matthew Kelly, Catholic Teaching on Marriage and Annulment by Bishop Joseph Perry, Faith by Peter Kreeft and many others. A donation of $3 for the CD’s is asked.

St. Barbara’s Mardi Gras

St. Barbara’s Parish is having a Mardi Gras Celebration from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the parish center. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. A dinner buffet catered by Marianacci’s restaurant will be served. Dinner also includes coffee, soda and homemade desserts.

This is a B.Y.O.B. event; no one under 21 years of age will be admitted. DJ Mike Arcarese will provide the music. Cost is $25 per person. Tables can be reserved for groups of 8 or 10. Call Loretta at 654-0936 or Barbara at 654-8670 to reserve a table. Tickets are sold after all weekend Masses at both churches or at St. Barbara’s rectory. Deadline to purchase is Monday, Feb. 4.

WA senior parents

Wyoming Area High School Class of 2013 Night at the Races is Saturday, Feb. 16 at St. Barbara’s Center. Parent volunteers are needed. Information on selling horses, gift basket donations and food donations was sent home this week with each senior. For more information, call Mary at 885-2472 or Gina at 332-7817.

Library news

Take a chance on a blind date book. During the month of February, patrons can check out a gift wrapped book (using their library card) from the blind date table. You never know what you’ll find under the wrapping. Patrons will have the chance to rate the book and have their date posted at the library and on our Facebook page. Call 693-1364 if you have any questions.

The Wyoming Free Library is starting a LEGO Club for children ages ages 6 to 12 (siblings welcome). The club will meet from 11 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of every month, beginning March 2. Snacks will be provided and there will be local celebrity brick builders each Saturday. There will be occasional contests and prizes will be given out to the winners. LEGO building bricks will be provided but children can bring their own.

A trip to the LEGO store and other attractions in New York City on the Martz Trailways Shoppers Special bus is planned for Saturday, May 11. Each person will be responsible for their own ticket and at least one adult must accompany each child. Tickets for the trip should be purchased well in advance at the Martz Bus Station in Wilkes-Barre.

Call the library at 693-1364 to register for the LEGO Club.

The library is looking for donations of LEGO building blocks, used or new. Donations can be dropped off at the library at 358 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming PA 18644

The library is in the process of creating a newsletter. If you would like to be on the e-mail list to receive it, send an e-mail to jroberts@osterhout.lib.pa.us. Copies of the newsletter will be available at the library.

The library winter pre-school story time will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursdays. Call 693-1364 to register.

The Friends have launched a brand new web-based store on Etsy.com. You can buy unique handcrafted items such as cat toys and sachets as well as pillows, pet coats, doll clothes and other crafts for the holidays. Go to The Crafty Ant store on Etsy.com. All proceeds benefit the Wyoming Free Library.

The Junior Friends of the Library is an exciting new program for children third through sixth grades. It gives children the opportunity to volunteer at the library. The group meets at 11 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month for the book club followed by lunch and meeting at noon. Their first activity will be to sponsor an art exhibition during National Library Week in April. Call the library at 693-1364 to sign up.

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