Blue Ribbon school
Dallas School District’s Wycallis Elementary was one of only 15 schools statewide — and the only one in the region — to be named a “Blue Ribbon” school when U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan unveiled the annual list of schools honored for high academic achievement.
Wycallis will be honored along with 235 other public schools and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 18-19.
This is the 31st year of the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, designed to acknowledge schools “where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of achievement,” according to the U.S. Department of Education website. Wycallis was recognized in the “high performing” category.
funds for food bank
In recognition of Hunger Action Month, Cork Bar & Restaurant, 463 Madison St., will host a fundraiser to benefit the Weinberg Food Bank 4 to 10 p.m. Friday. Cork will donate 20 percent of its sales from the night to the food bank. A basket raffle will also be held to benefit the food bank.
The Weinberg Food Bank services local charitable organizations, feeding the needy in NEPA through food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and more. For more information, call 570-270-3818.
Learn about pets,
adopt on Saturday
Village Pet Supply is sponsoring a Fall Adoption and Education Event at its store at 2301 Sans Souci Parkway on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The rescues attending will be Tracy’s Hope, One Life to Live, Murielle’s Place, Greyhound Rescue and My House Of Wings (a parrot rescue). There will be pet and people pictures with Dracula, Puppy Mill Education with Susan and John Makowski, Dog Scouts of America, a basket raffle, food, yard sale, the Hanover Police K-9 Unit 1:15 to 3 p.m. and Sandy Ford with her German shepherds for dog safety and obedience noon until 1 p.m. There also will be a rabies clinic 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $10. Other vaccines will be available.
Nescopeck State Park is one of 21 state parks to be spruced up Saturday. Volunteers can take part in National Public Lands Day events across Pennsylvania on Saturday, according to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Marking its 18th year and billed as the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance public lands in America, National Public Lands Day is offered by the National Environmental Education Foundation to encourage and salute public contributions in parks, forests and open lands. For more information, log on to www.publiclandsday.org.
Knights to march
for Rosary Rally
Combined Knights of Columbus councils from the Wyoming Valley are to march at 2 p.m. Sunday from the Holy Redeemer High School parking lot along Pennsylvania Boulevard, through the center of town to end at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, St. Mary’s Church, along South Washington Street, all the while praying the Rosary.
The walk marks the 37th annual Rosary Rally, and it will end with Marion devotions at 3 p.m. and Mass at 3:30 in St. Mary’s. Those who do not wish to march should go directly to the church.
to picnic in Ashley
The Luzerne County Democratic Committee is to host its annual fall picnic noon until 3 p.m. Sunday in Catholic War Vets Grove.
State Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn is expected. The event is free to the public and sponsored by the Democratic Committee, Democratic gubernatorial candidates John Hanger and Tom Wolf and the Democratic candidate for Pittston district judge Alex Kokura.