Cancer wellness center on the West Side reopens, offers variety of programs | Columns

“Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.” — Sonia Ricotti

On Monday, Aug. 3, Candy’s Place, Cancer and Wellness Center in Forty Fort re-opened to the public and for one-on-one and healing art therapy services.

Like a lot of businesses in our area, Candy’s Place closed its doors temporarily on Tuesday, March 17, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the physical center was closed, work continued remotely to include processing new clients, conducting virtual support groups, creating a YouTube service channel and more. Candy’s Place announced it is once again taking appointments and is open to the public. Candy’s Place has also added acupuncture to its list of healing art therapies. Call for available times for healing art therapies or one-on-one service.

Candy’s Place is also in need of new volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a Candy’s Place volunteer, call 570-714-8800.

As a cancer wellness and resource center, they work hard to provide beneficial services to clients and their loved ones. The team strives to welcome, support, and provide hope for those living with a cancer diagnosis.

Their services are free to anyone 18 years of age or older, any gender, with any type of cancer and to their caregivers as well. They also offer services to the public for a small fee. There are a variety of services and programs to choose from.

For information on Candy’s Place, follow them on Facebook and Instagram, or contact Lisa Orlandini, director, at 570-714-8800 or

Swoyersville mayor thanks community for its support

Swoyersville Borough Mayor Christopher Concert said he would like to thank the readers of this column for making his fundraisers a huge success.

“I raised $2,158 last week in one day at my lemonade stand. Thank you to everyone. It was amazing,” Concert said. “People were proclaiming my lemonade the best ever. People are asking to do it again and the answer is to stay tuned.”

Concert also noted that through donations and support from the community, his can collection has netted almost 2,000 pounds of cans. The funds from the can recycling project are being used to purchase books for elementary school students. “For the Dana Street Elementary School’s kindergarten and first grade classes, i was able to purchase the first 100 books for the kindergarten.” Concert said he is preparing to purchase 300 more books for kindergarten and first graders. “We have raised over $1,200 and still am $400 short right now. Keep those cans coming,” he said. Bags of can donations can be placed behind the dumpster at the Swoyersville Borough Building.

Residents who don’t have cans to recycle but would like to donate to the reading book project can private message the mayor.

The mayor also thanked Councilman Shawn Brown for donating his council check and Jr & Sons Recycling for their contributions and help. “We are so close to finishing my stage 1 of this huge project. Next is the huge veterans program kick off.”

Concert is seeking addresses of anyone, past or present, who served in the military so he can send Veteran’s Day cards. Email for details. Veterans do not have to be residents of Swoyersville. All will be acknowledged. Any individuals or families who would like to help, draw or color to prepare the cards should contact Concert. Postage stamps are needed for this project.

Luzerne Fire fund drive underway

Luzerne Fire Chief Ron Rahl announced the 2020 annual drive is underway. All residents and businesses are ask to return their donation. Anyone who did not receive a donation request can call 570-287-7006 and one will be dropped off.

Tickets for the annual chicken barbecue to held on Aug. 23 can be purchased in advance from department members, or by stopping at the fire house at 66 Tener St. from 6 to 8 p.m. or calling the fire house at 570-287-7006 or Ron Rahl at 570-288-2249. Leave a message if there is no answer. A limited amount of tickets will be available at the door on the day of the barbecue. Cost is $10. The event is take out only and all CDC protocols will be followed.