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Gabriel Keezer is an 8-year-old with a heart bigger than most. The second grader at the Wyoming Area Primary Center has participated in many service projects through his involvement in Cub Scouts and his youth group at St. Barbara’s Parish in Exeter. Having seen a lot of suffering in his short years, he decided it was important for him to do something about it. He came up with a plan called “Fuel for the Future.” He has a dream to collect 3,000 pounds of non-perishable food goods and toiletries over the summer.

Gabe realized this was a tall order for an 8-year-old, so he enlisted the aid of the Wyoming Area Kiwanis Club, which meets at his family’s restaurant, Gober’s Deco Lounge.

He is asking everyone in the Exeter community to consider donating on or before the chosen collection day of July 29, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. A celebration is planned for Friday, Aug. 4. 

Gabe plans on having the goods dropped off at the Deco Lounge on Wyoming Ave. or at the Exeter Boy Scout Home. He also will have volunteers from the Scouts, Key Club and Builders Clubs at Wyoming Area and Wyoming Area Catholic pick up donations on residents’ porches during a community canvas.

The goods will be donated to Gabriel House, Ruth’s Place, the Care and Concern Clinic and the Greater Pittston Food Pantry/Harry Weinberg Food Bank.

 Movie in the Park

Wyoming Area Kiwanis Club will sponsor a free Movie in the Park at 8 p.m. Friday, July 28. The event will be held at Dailey Park, 926 Shoemaker Ave., West Wyoming.

Bring your own blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy a kid-friendly movie in the park. The Kiwanis Club will provide popcorn and drinks for the children.

St. Barbara’s bazaar

The Parish of St. Barbara will hold its annual bazaar on the parish grounds, Memorial and Erie streets, Exeter, from 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, July 20, through Saturday, July 22. There will be music nightly from Flaxy Morgan on Thursday, The Sperazza Band on Friday and the Jeanne Zano Band on Saturday. In addition to the live music, the event also includes beer, ethnic foods, flea market, raffles, games and more.

Wyoming Free Library

Wyoming Free Library announces the following upcoming events:

The library will host a discussion on “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood at noon Saturday, Aug. 26. Please contact the library to register. 

The library will host a monthly themed tea party. The program is free to all children ages 3 and older. Space is limited, so please call the library to register. 

Tea party themes are:

Tropical Island Vacation, from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, July 28.

90th Anniversary Tea Party/90 Years of Books, 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 8.

All About the Library, 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25.

Wyoming Area Catholic news

Wyoming Area Catholic announced its Cougar Cash summer schedule. 

Gift cards/certificates for the following local stores will be sold on a first come, first served basis from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays.

 Local merchants include: Gerrity’s, Weis/Mr. Z’s, Price Chopper, Cinnabon, Redner’s, Wegman’s, Cold Case Beverage, McDonald’s, Grotto Pizza, Superior Plus, Schiel’s, Bo Brothers, Sabatini’s, Sapphire Salon, Quinn’s, Pizza Perfect, Perkins and Crest Cleaners.

 Orders for other merchants available through the Cougar Cash program will be taken Wednesday morning and will be available for pick-up the following Wednesday morning.

The schedule will run the following dates:

July 19, local merchants only; July 26, no Cougar Cash orders; Aug. 2, all merchants; Aug. 9, all merchants; Aug. 16, local merchants only; Aug. 23, no Cougar Cash orders; Aug. 28, first day of school, regular Cougar Cash orders will begin.

The Wyoming Area Catholic School office will be open during the summer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. These hours will be in effect through Aug. 11.

The school office will be closed Fridays, July 17-Aug. 4. Beginning Monday, Aug. 14, office hours will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. until the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 28.

The uniform exchange tables will be set up for parents to look for uniforms their children need through Friday, Aug. 18. The exchange program will be held during summer office hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cosmopolitan Senior

Citizens casino trip

The Cosmopolitan Senior Citizens have scheduled a trip to the Hollywood Casino on Wednesday, July 19.

You do not have to be a member to go on the trips. For information, call Johanna at 570-655-2720.

Active shooter training

Training for civilian response to an active shooter situation is available as a community service from the Wyoming Police Department. The program is presented by specially trained police officers, according to Mayor Bob Boyer.

“The training program is excellent and provides strategies for citizens to utilize in the event of an active shooter situation,” Boyer said.

The training can be offered at a workplace or to groups at the municipal building. There is no charge for the training. For information about the training, call the Wyoming Police Department at 570-693-0291.

West Wyoming yard waste

Yard waste will be collected in West Wyoming Thursday, July 27, for residents living in the Atherton Park section, up to but not including Eighth Street. Residences on Eighth Street up to the Exeter line will have their scheduled collection Thursday, July 20. Thereafter, yard waste will be picked up on alternating Thursdays.

Residents are reminded to place yard waste out the night before the collection in open containers and to bundle and tie any bushes, hedges or small trees in 3-foot lengths. Yard waste containers should not exceed 30 pounds. No plastic, stones or dirt allowed.

West Wyoming recycling

West Wyoming Borough is using single stream recycling, so cans, paper, plastic and cardboard can be commingled together and deposited in any of the recycling containers located behind the fire department.

Glass recycling needs to be separated and deposited in the designated glass recycling container.

Please do not throw garbage in the recycling containers.

Eileen Cipriani writes about Exeter, Wyoming and West Wyoming. To include an item in her column, contact her at or 570-301-2185.