to host lectures
The Forty Fort Meeting House is hosting a series of historical lectures in September. They are free and open to the public. The first lecture will at 3:30 p.m. this Sunday at the meeting house, which is located across from the Forty Fort Borough Building on River Street.
Future lectures will also be at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15 and 22.
The Forty Fort Meeting House 2013 season will conclude with a Vesper Service at 5 p.m. Sept. 29 officiated by Rabbi Larry Kaplan from Temple Israel in Wilkes-Barre.
The initial lecture will be “Colonial Cooking, foods, recipes and cooking equipment” presented by Mary Babcock, a member of the Forty Fort Meeting House Committee.
The other lectures are: “Early Travelers, Traders, & Residents of Wyoming Valley” with Clark Switzer on Sept. 15; and “Wyoming Valley’s First Jews: The German Connection” with Dr. Sheldon Spear on Sept. 22.
The meeting house was constructed in 1807 and is modeled after the union meeting houses located throughout New England.
The last regular usage of the Meeting House for religious purposes ended around 1837. The building has remained virtually unchanged since its construction, and offers the visitor an authentic late 18th- and early 19th-century experience.
2 local kids
win art contest
Gov. Tom Corbett and his wife Susan Corbett recently announced the winners of the 2013 “Lucky Dog Art Contest,” and two local students were among the four first-place winners.
In the primary school level for ages 7 and under, first place went to Lindsay Matinas, 6, a first-grader at Wycallis Elementary School in the Dallas School District for her work titled “A Day at the Park.” In the intermediate school level, for ages 8 to 10, first place went to Emma Ergott, 8, a third grader at Roslund Elementary School in Tunkhannock for her work “Friends at Sunset.”
The canine-themed art contest asked state youngsters 18 and under to illustrate why dogs are “man’s best friend.”
The annual Nanticoke Community Ambulance membership drive is now under way. Anyone who did not receive a membership form via mail can pick one up at the ambulance station at 901 S. Hanover St.
Membership cards are no longer printed because the association maintains an an electronic database of all members. For more information, contact Jason Norieka at (570) 735-5201.
Rally set to aid
Rallyin’ 4 Ralph will be held 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at West Wyoming Hose Co. 1, 926 Shoemaker Ave., to benefit Ralph Confletti, a West Wyoming councilman who is battling pancreatic cancer.
The goal of the event is to lessen the financial medical burden and allow Confletti to concentrate on fighting this battle.
The event will feature live music from Sean Stankus, Bruce Stankus and Carrie Meyers, Jimmy T. as “Elvis,” Jimmy Dennis, and Mr. Jay the magician. Also included is an all-you-can-eat buffet, beverages and games and prizes for a $10 donation. Donations are welcome and can be made by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.