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Try your luck
If you haven’t yet purchased your ticket for the Atlantis Adventure Raffle, hosted by the Osterhout Free Library, what are you waiting for? Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is sponsoring the raffle in conjunction with the Fall Gala. The Gala will be held Friday, Sept. 28 at the Westmoreland Club, Wilkes-Barre. The winner will be picked on the night of the gala, but does not need to be present at the gala. (Please note: you must be 21 to buy a raffle ticket). Raffle tickets are $25 each and are available at the Osterhout Main Library at 71 S. Franklin Street or any of its branches.
The lucky winner will receive a trip for two to the famous Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas. They’ll enjoy five days and four nights at the resort. The trip includes air, lodging, taxes, fees and transfers and has a value of up to $4,000. Just when the weather in northeastern Pennsylvania is turning chilly, you could be on a plane to paradise. Sounds like a plan, doesn’t it?
All proceeds from raffle and gala will support the library. For more information on the raffle or the gala, contact Chris Kelly at 823-0156, extension 218 or

Fall Food Swap
If you enjoyed the Food Swap hosted by the NEPA Swappers at the Scranton Cultural Center back in July, we have good news: a Fall Food Swap will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Gentile Pavilion at Nay Aug Park in Scranton. If you’re new to the concept of a food swap, it’s a gathering of local people who trade homegrown and homemade food. Similar to a holiday cookie party, swaps may include everything from homemade bread and cupcakes to jams, jellies, veggies and honey. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. To register, visit Enjoy your yummy trades!

Something wicked this way comes
It is with great pleasure that we announce (insert evil cackle here) that this year’s coverage of Halloween events, and the people who make them delightfully spooky and fun, will begin a little earlier than it has in years past. Starting next week, electric city and diamond city will feature special Halloween pages so you can plan your creepy social calendar accordingly. From ghost walks to haunted hayrides, charity costume parties and masquerade balls, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on all the fun in The 570.

Speaking of Halloween, you’ll want to look for members of the Greater Scranton Jaycees on Courthouse Square next week during First Friday. Although they are most famous for hosting the annual Santa Parade in beautiful downtown Scranton in November, the Jaycees also host a fabulous Halloween party at the Scranton Cultural Center each year. This year’s party, Mayhem at the Masonic, will be held on Oct. 26 from 7 to 10 p.m., and all are welcome to attend. The event features music, dancing, light fare and an open bar. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. For more information, stop by and visit the Jaycees on First Friday, visit or call 878-9079. We hope to see you all there — incognito!
That’s the scoop! Thanks for reading, and I’ll meet you here again next week.

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