The Scoop


EDITOR JULIE IMEL DISHES THE NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW

 

There’s so much to talk about this week, I hardly know where to begin. First, I want to fill you in on an important historical celebration that members of our local colleges and universities are hosting on Thursday night. Next, I’ll share my story of personal triumph over clutter. And then I’ll give you the scoop on all the fun you can have at a number of festivals on this long holiday weekend.

Honoring the dream
This week marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech and to commemorate the historic event, King’s College, Misericordia University and Wilkes University are sponsoring 50 Years of an Unforgettable Dream on Thursday, Aug. 29. at 6:30 p.m. at King’s College in the Campus Center. The event is open to the public, and will include words of encouragement from President Fr. Jack Ryan of King’s College, President Dr. Thomas Botzman of Misericordia University, and Provost Therese Wignott of Wilkes University. This celebration will also include local leaders from the City of Wilkes-Barre, local churches and  choirs from Mt. Zion Baptist Church and King’s College. It sounds like a lovely way to spend a Thursday night. For more information, contact Nathan Ward at 208-5898.

The Great Purge of 2013
There’s no such thing in my world as spring cleaning — it’s now a year-round event. I’ve been determined to become better organized this year and finally tackle a long list of projects on my to-do list. I’ve been making some great progress purging papers and clothes and miscellaneous items that I don’t want, don’t need and don’t have a use for any more. But I continue to be shocked by the amount of “stuff” I’ve accumulated over the years. Every time I clean, I’m throwing away two to three garbage bags full of stuff — and that doesn’t count the items I’m donating.
Every time I walk another Hefty bag down the front steps and into the garbage can I shake my head and wonder, “How does one person create so much trash?” And this got me to thinking: does everyone create this much trash, or am I just gifted?
So I looked it up.  Turns out I’m gifted.
But the rest of you aren’t far behind. According to the EPA’s website (www.epa.gov), the average person generates 4.40 pounds of trash per day. Incidentally, this is the lowest number since the 1980s, so we’re actually doing well in this area. Except for me. Apparently, I’m doing more than my fair share. Yikes.
But there is a bright spot at the bottom of those Hefty bags. As The Great Purge of 2013 continues, so does the opportunity to pass the items that are still in good condition on to others who may find a use for them. As summer is about to make its grand exit, you’ll be swapping out your shorts for sweaters, I encourage you to join me in purging yourself of the extras and donating things you just don’t need. For clothing in good condition, consider making a donation to the Salvation Army (salvationarmyusa.org); Goodwill Industries of Northeastern Pennsylvania (goodwillnepa.com); your local Dress for Success (dressforsuccess.org), or any number of charitable organizations in the area. A good resource if you’re looking for an organization for your donations is Voluntary Action Center: www.vacnepa.org.

Enjoy this long weekend
Summer may unofficially be ending this weekend, but so what? This is a great time of year for fairs and festivals. Don’t miss a beat. Check out some of what’s coming your way on Labor Day weekend:
Cornstock Acoustic Music Fest, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, Lazy Brook Park, Tunkhannock.  Read all about it on page 14 .
Stroudfest, Aug. 31, downtown Stroudsburg: shermantheater.com.
Pocono Garlic Festival, Aug. 31-Sept.1, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Shawnee Ski Area: shawneemt.com, poconogarlic.com.
La Festa Italiana, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Courthouse Square, Scranton: lafestaitaliana.org.
That’s the scoop! Thanks for reading and I’ll meet you here again next week.

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