Remember when gas cost less than a quarter? This birthday wish is for you | Columns

Here is hoping everyone had a nice Easter. Mine was nice; I finally got to see some family members after a year of staying home because of this pandemic. I’m sill being cautious, not taking any chances, although I have had my second vaccine.

Last week, I opened my cupboard to retrieve a coffee mug. How in the world do they multiply? “I have to get rid of some of them,” I thought, but later that day, I received three more coffee mugs for my birthday. Though I must admit, they were the perfect gifts!

If you are interested in my age, the cost of a new car was $1,650, while the average yearly wages were $4,000. Gas was 20 cents a gallon. Yikes, I cannot think about those amounts anymore. Now I feel ancient.

Have a great week and make a memory.

Candy’s Place event

Candy’s Place, a cancer and wellness resource center, will hold its annual fundraiser walk virtually this year. The virtual walk, called “VirtuALL,” is open for participation the entire month of May. Any activity is valid as long as there is movement, including walking, hiking, kayaking, skating, running, swimming, and gaming.

The walk is usually two miles, so participants are asked that the length of their chosen activity equal or exceed the two-mile mark. Selfies or video of activities can be shared online. Tag it #CandysVirtuALL. VirtuALL will be held May 1-31. Registration is $25 per person. Registration includes a branded mask and event bib that can be obtained after registration and worn on the day of the activity. Contact Candy’s Place at 190 Welles St., Suite 166, Forty Fort, PA 18704. Call 570-714-8800 or fax 570-714-4160 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Swoyersville recreation board

Swoyersville Borough Council is interested in restarting the recreation board and is looking for members willing to serve on the board. Duties would include checking on possible grants for parks, scheduling of teams using borough fields, and recommending to council playground/park improvement possibilities. The recreation board is a council advisory board. If you are interested in being on the recreation board, submit a letter of interest to the borough building listing your name, address, and phone number or send an email to the Swoyersville Borough Building, [email protected] Council will review all requests.

Swoyersville Kiwanis scholarship program

The Swoyersville Kiwanis once again is offering three scholarship awards of $1,000 each to local high school seniors. In addition to the three Kiwanis $1,000 scholarships, for the year 2021, there will be an additional $1,000 scholarship awarded in memory of Eugene and Eleanor Breznay.

High school seniors who reside in Swoyersville, Luzerne, and Forty Fort are eligible. Applications are available by contacting S. Urzen at 570-606-1153 or email [email protected]

Return applications must be postmarked by May 17. Letters will be sent to the winners by mail on May 27. Winners will be judged on financial need, community service, school involvement, and studies.

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