Greetings dear friends. How was your Labor Day weekend? Ours was quiet, as most of our days are now.

Labor Day was designed as a day of well-deserved acknowledgment for the contributions that the American worker has made to our country. For most of us, the answer to the question, “What is Labor Day all about?” is simply this. It’s a delicious day off from work and summer’s last hurrah, usually earmarked by picnics, parades, barbecues, and full-out joyful summer fun; a time for family and friends to get together on the beach, a nearby park or in their own backyard, although Labor Day celebrations might look a little different this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. But no matter how you celebrate it, it will always be considered a tribute to all of the hard-working folks who keep this country afloat, and this country thanks you for that!

For all you Muzzleloaders out there, the Black Walnut American Legion, Post 510, U.S. Route 6, in Black Walnut, will be holding its Annual Muzzleloader’s Rendezvous on Saturday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and on Sunday, Sept. 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The event is being hosted by the Endless Mountains Primitive Outdoorsmen. Numerous shooting events will be open to the public and cash prizes will be awarded. Competition runs10 a.m.-2 p.m. both days. Period displays will be there for browsing and vendors will have items for sale. Food will also be for sale both days, so bring the family for some down-home fun! For more information, call 570-721-5209, and ask for Nick; or go to empousinfo@gmail.com

The Triton Hose Company will be holding a Sportsman’s Raffle on Monday, Sept. 14. The first prize will be a 2020 John Deere Gator Side By Side, or $15,000 in cash; second prize will be a Remington Model 700 SPS SNY 6.5 Creedmore with a Leuapold XV Freedome Scope (From Gay’s True Value); third prize will be $500 in cash. Only 2,000 Raffle tickets will be sold at $20.00 each, and are available from Gay’s True Value, Bartron’s Supply, Curry Donuts, Dana’s Hardware and Triton Hose Company members.

If any of you nature lovers out there are interested in learning about the art of Fly Fishing, now is the time to do it, as Rickets Glen State Park is offering a course on Tuesday, Sept. 15, from noon to 2 p.m. No fishing license is required for the course, but pre-registration is a must. To register, please go to www.registered.com/events/view/162091. Fly fishing is not only fun, but it is also considered an art, and my first husband, Joe, was a very talented fly fisherman. I always enjoyed watching him ‘doing his thing.’ So why not give it a try? You have nothing to lose, and maybe some very relaxing moments to gain, once you have mastered the art!

The Tunkhannock Farmer’s Market will again be selling fresh, homegrown produce at Creekside Gardens in Tunkhannock, over the next few Saturdays.

Thought for the week,” Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you really feel like stripping your gears! Until next week, may the peace of Christ be with you!

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