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Seeking generous individuals

April 22, 2020
by Cindy Knier (cknier@muncyluminary.com) , The Luminary

Throughout this pandemic, much focus has been on supporting the needs of children. Businesses are offering free lunches to school students, and that's very generous, but it begs the question: what about the senior citizens? Are you aware that 83 percent of low-income, food-insecure seniors are not receiving the meals they need? Well, the argument can be placed that our community elderly can access the Meals on Wheels program which offers a daily meal Monday through Friday. But do our elderly have enough food for weekends? Are any businesses prepared to offer free meals to the area's elderly population? If not, could a business person, club, organization or kind-hearted soul "sponsor" meals for senior citizens?

In a similar sense, The Luminary would like to offer establishments, high school clubs and organizations the opportunity to sponsor area seniors with their own issue of The Luminary. Often, one copy of the Luminary is passed between residents at healthcare, independent living, and assisted living communities, potentially increasing the chances of coming in contact with not only COVID-19, but other illnesses. Last week, a community-minded individual gifted 80 issues and delivered them to Muncy Place (the former skilled nursing unit) and Park Place apartments. We'd like to expand the offer to our friends at Wolf Run Village, Muncy Greene complex, and other facilities in the area. If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact our office at 570.584.2134. We'll be glad to share more details with you.

Did anyone notice last week's new recipe column, "It's a Keeper"? The Luminary graciously received permission from award-winning author Christina Hitchcock to publish her recipes, which can be found on her website and on Facebook. But for those who don't partake in anything from the Internet, the column is now available to our readers. Check out this week's recipe on page 6! If you make the recipe, take a photo, rate it on a scale of 1-10 and we'll publish your response.

Fun fact: Did you know that potato chips freeze well without altering their quality? Try it!

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Gov. Tom Wolf ordered commonwealth flags on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds fly at half-staff until further notice to honor the victims of the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic. The United States flag is to remain at full staff through this tribute. Commonwealth flags should be lowered to half-staff until a date to be announced after the pandemic passes.

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The landfill in Montgomery reopened for waste only, on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon. Landfill employees will not handle any waste, customers must unload their own. Customers are requested to wear safety masks while on-site. Appliances, televisions, computers and tires will be accepted as they were prior to the shutdown. The county Transfer Station on West Third Street, Williamsport is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon. Recycling operations remain shut down.

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Due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, the Muncy township tax collector's office will be closed for in-person payments. Payments may be mailed or dropped off in the locked mailbox outside of the basement door. Do NOT mail cash and no cash is to be left in the mailbox. If you wish to receive a receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your payment. Payments should be mailed to: Ann Smith, Tax Collector, 409 Yetter Road, Pennsdale, PA 17756. To address any questions, contact (570) 546-8538.

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Opening for business: The Right-A-Way 2 on Route 405 highway reopened this week with hours of 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Sheetz announced it will be following the order issued by Gov. Tom Wolf that requires all customers in its store locations to wear a face mask beginning Sunday, April 19, at 8 p.m. Sheetz employees will also be required to wear masks. Additionally, every Sunday from 2-3 p.m., Sheetz will reserve all 279 of its locations in Pennsylvania to senior citizens, as well as any customer designated as higher-risk. This policy is being implemented to provide at-risk customers with a comfortable in-store experience. Sheetz's store employees will not be checking IDs of customers during this hour, but asks that community members respect this reserved hour.

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