Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Nanticoke Trojans Football Schedule

Here is the schedule for the Nanticoke Trojans football team, as reported on the Greater Nanticoke Area School District sports page.

ALL GAMES ARE SCHEDULED FOR 7 PM. Schedules are always subject to change; please check the GNA school district page linked above for the latest information, and for cshedules for other sports.

Home games are indicated in BLUE.

Friday 8/31 - Away
Central Columbia

Saturday 9/8 - Away

Thursday 9/13 - Away

Friday 9/21 - Home
Wyoming Area

Saturday 9/29 - Away
Holy Reedemer

Friday 10/5 - Away

Friday 10/12 - Home

Friday 10/19 - Home

Friday 10/26 - Away
Lake Lehman

Friday 11/2 - Home

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

School's Back in Session August 28

Classes will begin in the Greater Nanticoke Area next Tuesday, August 28. This means police will be out in force, ticketing people who exceed the 15 mph School Zone speed limit on Kosciuszko Street (which normally has a speed limit of just 25 mph, anyway.)

Students at Luzerne County Community College should be aware that police preferentially ticket vehicles heading south on Kosciuszko Street, towards L.C.C.C. While reasons for this are unclear - students driving towards the High School also exceed the speed limit on a regular basis, both at the beginning of the school day and after school lets out in the afternoon, when many of them also show off by stunt driving through the streets surrounding the school - there has been some speculation that it is connected to the fact that while most of the students attending the John S. Fine High School probably have relatives, or friends, or relatives of friends or friends of relatives who have city connections who would be able to get a speeding ticket overturned, most L.C.C.C. students are from outside of Nanticoke and do not.

On a related note, it seems unlikely that the construction on Kosciuszko and Main will be completed by August 28, so expect some congestion as a result of that. L.C.C.C. students should plan accordingly, allowing extra time to reach the school or considering an alternate route along Middle Road (exit 2 off of Route 29, heading west.) Note that Middle Road is a long, narrow, winding road through a residential area, and also has speed limits which are sometimes strictly enforced.

One last point: the street sign indicating "Kosciuszko Street" has been removed as part of the construction project, so incoming students may be confused as to where they should turn to get on this road. It is the north-south road that intersects with Main Street at the traffic light on the east side of Nanticoke. Just to make things more confusing, where the street continues north of Main Street for 50 feet towards the river, it is actually called "Jefkin Street" - and that sign is in place.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Pope John Paul II school library sale, September 8 - 10

The recent realignment of Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Scranton has left many closed schools in its wake. One of those is Pope John Paul II school, located on the corner of Church and Hanover Streets, next to Holy Trinity Church. (This is the former Holy Trinity school building, but it was PJP II for at least the last 25 years, perhaps 27.)

There are many books that were a part of the Pope John Paul II school library that will not be being transferred to the new, central Catholic school for the region. These books are being put up for sale to the public.

The sale will be held at the former Pope John Paul II school at the corner of Hanover and Church streets in Nanticoke. The days of the sale will be:

Saturday, September 8, 3 PM to 6 PM
Sunday, September 9, 9 AM to 1 PM
Monday, September 10, 12 PM to 3 PM

Prices will be $0.10 - $0.25 for softcover books and $0.50 - $1.00 for hardcovers.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

South Valley Heritage Days, August 8-11 2007

In an earlier post I mentioned the "Nanticoke Heritage Days". Turns out I was wrong - these are the South Valley Heritage Days, going on on Lower Broadway in Nanticoke.

Here are the details, from an article in today's Times-Leader:

WHAT: South Valley Heritage Days
WHEN: Wednesday-Saturday
WHERE: Nanticoke Fairgrounds, Lower Broadway
NOTES: Admission is free. Food, crafts and games will be featured.
INFO: 735-6990

Music will be provided nightly, from 6 to 10, and will include:

Wednesday: Polka band Jolly Joe and the Bavarians
Thursday: Local recording band 40 Lb. Head
Friday: Oz Band
Saturday: John Stanky, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., followed by X Country at 6 p.m. during Bike Night.

Special events each night:
Heritage Days festivities kick off at 5 p.m. Wednesday when officials tap a keg of root beer.

Minivan shuttle service will pick up residents from the three senior citizen high-rise towers in Nanticoke hourly on Wednesday during the polka-themed night. Glen Lyon residents can be picked up at 5 p.m. at the senior citizen center with a return trip at 9 p.m.

Children may have their pictures taken while sitting in a race car Thursday during the motorsports-themed night.

The Danko race team from the Giants Despair Hillclimb in Wilkes-Barre Township will make an appearance, and antique, restored and stock cars will be featured.

Fire departments throughout the county have been invited to participate in a 6 p.m. parade on Friday during Fireman’s Night.

Motorcyclists will leave from Nanticoke High School on Kosciuszko Street at 2 p.m. Saturday on a course through Back Mountain, Glen Lyon, Wilkes-Barre, Hanover Township and Nanticoke.

Potato pancake eating contest at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Monday, August 6, 2007

National Night Out in Nanticoke, August 7 2007

Nanticoke will take part in the crime prevention event National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7 starting at 4:00 PM. Events will take place at the St. John's Picnic Grounds on Front Street in the Hanover Section of Nanticoke (click here for directions).

From the Times Leader website:
With talks by Luzerne County District Attorney David Lupas and the Nanticoke Police Department, food and beverages, music by OZ, face painting and games.
Phone: 570-735-3659

Nanticoke Heritage Days, August 8 - 11

NOTE: This event is actually the South Valley Heritage Days. Please see this post for more derails.

I am still looking for information on this event, which I just learned about by way of a sign on a bench at the bottom of Kosciuszko Street. All I know is that it will feature The Oz Band on Friday, and John Stanky possibly every day.

If anyone has any more information on the Nanticoke Heritage Days, please post it as a comment. Thanks!

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Give Blood

The Red Cross Donor Center is conveniently located on Middle Road just a few minutes from downtown Nanticoke. Donating blood takes about an hour from the time you enter to the time you leave. You can give blood every eight weeks. Donating blood is one of the easiest and most effective ways of helping other people!

For directions to the Donor Center, click here.

Web site: http://www.nepagivelife.org/

American Red Cross
Northeastern Pennsylvania Blood Region
29 New Commerce Blvd.
Ashley, PA 18706

E-mail: nepainfo@usa.redcross.org
Phone: 570-823-7164
Fax: 570-825-4264

To donate blood or plasma, call 1-800-GIVELIFE (1-800-448-3543).
For bone marrow donation, visit http://www.marrow.org/ .
To schedule a blood donation online, visit http://www.givelife.org/ .