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Wyoming Area Ice Hockey will host the 19th annual Blue and Gold Skate on Friday, Feb. 2, at the Revolution Ice Rink in Pittston. The combined Wyoming Area and Pittston Area junior varsity team will take on Susquehanna at 7:30 p.m. and the varsity rivalry game between Wyoming Area and Pittston Area will begin at 9:15 p.m. All proceeds from the game admission, raffle baskets and bake sale will go to Kennedy Debo, a fourth-grade student at the Wyoming Area Intermediate Center.

Kennedy’s dream is to visit Paris and to become a veterinarian. She is a cheerleader for the WWE Panthers and has a love for soccer, animals big and small, and art. She resides with her mother, Falon; stepfather, Lester; brother, Jacob, 7, and sister, Emily, 19 months.

Kennedy was born with a genetic disease called Alagille Syndrome, an autosomal dominant disorder associated with abnormalities of the liver, heart, skeleton, eye, and kidneys and a characteristic facial appearance. Alagille Syndrome has caused major damage to Kennedy’s liver and has affected her heart.

Up until this year, her life was her own “happy normal” adventure. Doctor visits, procedures, frequent blood work and testing, and often long drives to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have all been part of her everyday life, along with taking an array of medications daily. In July, Kennedy started becoming more jaundice and more and more itchy. Blood work confirmed that her liver enzymes and bilirubin levels were rising and have continued to rise. In that short window of time, she has had to give up her extra curricular activities. She frequently leaves school due to tiredness and discomfort. She has problems focusing and keeping up with schoolwork and peers. Her energy is slowly depleting. Doctors have confirmed that the next course of action will be a liver transplant.

The Wyoming Area Hockey Association invites you to join them for a fun evening while supporting and helping Kennedy achieve her dreams.

Wyoming U.M. Church

shepherd’s pie sale

Wyoming United Methodist Church is selling shepherd’s pies for $6.50 each. Orders are due by Thursday, Jan. 25, by calling the church office at 570-693-2821. Orders can be picked up from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at the church, 376 Wyoming Ave.

Wyoming/West Wyoming Little League registration

Wyoming/West Wyoming Little League’s online registration is now open for all divisions. Interested players can register online at www.wyomingwestwyomingll.com. This includes all participants in GWA softball and junior/senior baseball divisions. 

In-person registration also will take place at MVP Sports Academy from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 10, and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, and Wednesday, Feb. 21. 

Registrants are encouraged to visit the league’s website for all information and documentation required for registration. 

The league will once again provide free baseball mitts for all first-year registrants from Wyoming and West Wyoming only, in tee ball through majors divisions.

Wyoming Free Library

 LEGO Club will meet from 11 a.m. to noon on the following Saturdays: Jan. 27, Feb. 24, March 31 and April 28. This program is free and suitable for children of all ages. Registration is required. Please call the library to reserve a spot.

Preschool story time for children between ages 3-5 will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 19 through April 2.

The library will host a series of hands-on Nintendo Switch sessions. Participants will have the chance to play the following games: Mario Kart Deluxe 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3; Just Dance 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, and ARMS from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14.  Registration is required and space is limited. 

Photography program

Social Fabric Collective will host an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the T.W. Shoemaker ART Gallery, 312 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.

Social Fabric Collective (SFC) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides professional photography equipment, education and inspiration to high school students.

SFC is accepting scholarship applications for the spring 2018 session, which runs late February through May. The program is open to any NEPA high school student. Scholarship applications are available at www.socialfabriccollective.org/registration/.

WA music program purse bingo benefit

A designer purse bingo to support music programs at Wyoming Area High School will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at the high school cafeteria, Memorial Street, Exeter. Doors open at noon. Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Coach and Vera Bradley items are among the prizes.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and include 20 games of bingo. There also will be four special games. Extra tickets and bingo supplies will be available for purchase.

Wyoming Area Catholic School news

Wyoming Area Catholic School will host an open house from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28.

Frankie Warren from Magic 93 will broadcast live during the event.

Wyoming Area Catholic School will host a Night at the Races from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the school, Wyoming Avenue, Exeter.

Wyoming sanitation fee

The Wyoming Borough Sanitation Department has mailed the 2018 annual trash fees.

Payment plan for 2018 includes a discount period through Feb. 15, when the fee will be  $190. After the discount period, the fee will be $200 from Feb. 16 through May 15.

Late payments made after May 15 will be  $250, no exceptions.

Vacant properties are not exempt from the garbage fee. Rental property owners are reminded the property owner is responsible for payment of trash fees, not the tenant.

Please mail checks or money orders to: Wyoming  Borough Sanitation, 277 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, PA 18644. No cash payments will be accepted. For your convenience, Wyoming Borough now has a payment box located by the entrance of the building.

West Wyoming sanitation fee

West Wyoming has mailed invoices for the 2018 sanitation fee. All residences in West Wyoming must purchase a sticker.

The cost remains the same as last year, $200. If purchased before Jan. 31, senior citizens 65 and older will receive a $25 rebate and pay $175. All others receive a $15 rebate and pay $185. If purchased between Feb. 1 and Feb. 28, the full $200 price will be charged.

After Feb. 28, the cost will be $300 for the year and citations will be filed with the district magistrate for noncompliance with the ordinance.

Payment for the sanitation bill can be sent to West Wyoming Borough Building, 464 W. Eighth St., West Wyoming, PA 18644. For the added convenience of residents, credit cards are accepted.

Exeter sanitation fee

Exeter Borough announced refuse stickers went on sale Monday, Dec. 11, at the borough building.

Price of the sticker is $180. Senior citizens 65 and older will pay $130. There is a rebate price of $150 for regular and $110 for seniors for those purchasing stickers by Feb. 28. Stickers must be purchased by March 31 to avoid a penalty.

Stickers can be purchased at the Exeter Borough Town Hall, 1101 Wyoming Ave., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. There also will be evening hours from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays in February. You also can send for a sticker by mail by sending a check or money order to Exeter Borough Refuse, 1101 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, PA 18643.

For information, call Lynda at 570-654-3001, ext. 2.

Exeter recycling

Exeter now has single stream recycling. Recycling will still be collected Mondays. All recyclables can now be placed in the same container and placed out weekly.

A flyer is in the white rural mailbox in front of the borough building with a list of what can and cannot be put out. Everything on the calendar is still recyclable, with the exception of shredded paper. Also, items are on the new list that weren’t picked up before.

Yard waste will still be collected Thursdays. Regular garbage is still collected Wednesdays.

Please do not use the yellow recycling bins for garbage. Place bags in regular garbage cans. There is a three-bag limit no matter what size the bag is, as long as it is less than 30 pounds. Do not place several small bags in your garbage can. Condense them into a larger bag.

Placing the garbage in a refuse can reduces the likelihood of an animal opening it. If animals do open your garbage, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to clean it up.

Refuse, recyclables and yard waste are to be placed curbside the night before pick up or by 6 a.m. the morning of collection.

For information, call Lynda at 570-654-3001, ext. 2 or Karen at 570-654-0933.

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