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April 2018 Newsletter

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In search of Junior Council Member

We are sending out a challenge to the youth of Moscow Borough. Our Junior Council Program is a great way for high school juniors and seniors to experience the workings and functions of government in a borough. This year, we are starting our search early in order for our Junior Council members to take a more active involvement in our spring and summer events. Our Senior representative, beginning July 1st will be Andrew Zero. We are seeking a current member of the sophomore class, who will be entering the junior class for the 2018-2019 school year. This person must be a resident of Moscow Borough and available to attend Borough meetings on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month (1st Monday only for June, July and August). We also encourage our Junior Council members to take on a project of interest to leave a mark for their term of service. Not only is this an exciting opportunity for those interested in the workings of our government, but it also serves as an impressive resume builder as you begin your college application process. Please send a letter of interest, expanding on your background and reasons for wanting to be considered for this position to the Moscow Borough Office by June 1st. Letters may be dropped off at the Borough Office on Van Brunt Street or emailed to office@moscowboro.com. 



Moscow Borough, 123 VanBrunt Street, Moscow, PA  18444

570.842.1699 (Office)

570.842.0499 (FAX)

office@moscowboro.com


Recycling News:

Recycling is picked up curbside every Monday, or with the exception of when a holiday (such as New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July Fourth, Labor Day or Christmas) falls on a Monday; then pick up will be the following Tuesday. Papers and co-mingled products are picked up on alternating weeks. Click the 2018 Recycling Schedule link below for Dates.

2018 Recycling Schedule

Clean and Green 2018:

Moscow Borough's annual Clean and Green Program will take place from June 4 through 6, 2018.  Details will be in the April issue of the Borough Newsletter and posted on the website in several weeks. 

R.A.D. Self-Defense Course for Women Only

Chief Brenzel has scheduled a R.A.D. training class for Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Moscow Borough Building. The cost is $25.00.  Contact Chief Brenzel at 570-842-2061 or at police@moscowboro.com.   

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The Borough of Moscow is proud to be able to provide to you this site as a resource of our community information and as a community guide. It is our intention that this will assist in answering questions you may have concerning the Borough Council and the role of the different Borough Departments.

Regardless of whether you are a permanent resident of Moscow, or are simply visiting, we hope you will take the time to appreciate the Borough and the people in it and by all means, feel free to contact the Borough office or stop by if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Mayor and Council - Borough of Moscow


History Of Moscow

Moscow Borough was established in 1908 by citizens interested in creating improved services to their thriving community. W. B. Miller became the town's first Burgess.

The area we call Moscow was given that name at some point in the 1850s. Exactly how the name came to the area is not clear. Originally called Drinkers Beech and named for Henry Drinker, a Quaker from Philadelphia, who gained possession of nearly three square miles of land and began harvesting the local beech trees. A roadway carved through the wilderness cut through what we know today as Main Street or Route 435 was named Drinker Turnpike.

Some people believe that the Reverend Peter Rupert, a Lutheran minister, renamed the area after his former home in Moscow, Russia. There is no firm evidence that he, nor settlers from Russia, named the area. The Reverend Rupert did build a log cabin tavern to service stage coach travelers making the arduous journey between Philadelphia and the interior of New York State.

It is possible that the area could have easily been renamed Moscow at the whim of the first postmaster Leander Griffen who opened the settlement's first general store in 1854.

The construction of a rail line from Scranton to the transportation hub of Hoboken, New Jersey increased the importance of the area not only for commerce but also as a destination for vacationers, who used the rail lines to visit the numerous local hotels built in this beautiful country setting. By the early 1900's there was even a daily commuter train called "the accommodation train" bringing workers from Moscow to Scranton. Today, the Victorian-era Moscow railroad station is a reminder of the profound influence rail transportation has had on this area.

This area continues to grow in a family-friendly environment, with its shops, restaurants, recreation and, of course, the train station and Steamtown excursions.

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