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Germania Hose Company recently held its annual pancake breakfast at the hose company in Duryea. Due to COVID-19

Hughestown: Hose company EMS drive concluding

There are only a few days remaining to support the Hughestown Hose Company EMS Division by donating for an EMS membership.

With an EMS membership, Hughestown Hose Company’s EMS Division is providing you with a 60% discount for any remaining expenses incurred after insurance billing. This should prevent you from paying large, out-of-pocket expenses in the event of a medical emergency. The hose company has worked with its mutual aid providers to include them in your subscription drive too.

Please take a minute and complete the donation stub you recently received in the mail and return your membership form and payment to the Hughestown Hose Company by March 31.

Keep your receipt for your records, as this identifies you as a subscriber to these emergency medical services. Remember, your EMS membership covers not just you, but also your family and any of your guests in the event of a medical emergency.

Fish fry

Hughestown Hose Company’s annual Good Friday fish fry will be held April 2. Cost is $10 per dinner and it will be takeout only. Delivery also will be available for larger orders.

Dinners will feature fresh beer battered fried fish, homemade tartar sauce, fresh cut fries and coleslaw. Fresh made unbaked pizza and homemade clam chowder also will be on sale for $10 each.

There will be a waiting area big enough to social distance while you wait. The hose company asks that everyone inside the event center wears a mask while waiting.

Paper shredding

Paper shredding will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 5, at the borough building. The event is free for Hughestown residents and is a great opportunity to safely get rid of old financial papers. This event is for paper only. Do not bring magazines, binders, books, cardboard or plastic. Items must be in a box or bin, not in plastic bags.

Council news

Soon, summer will be upon us and the Centennial Pavilion will be ready for rental. If you’re interested in renting the pavilion, contact the borough office for information at 570-654-2061.

Council reminds residents that a building permit is needed for any work done to homes. Please call Jeff Pisanchyn at 570-237-6686 with any questions. Permits can be picked up at the borough building from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Recycling change

Beginning April 1, no glass will be accepted with recycling. If there are glass items in the bins, the bin will not be picked up. This change is due to the recycling center no longer accepting glass. If you put these items out with your recycling starting April 1, it will not be picked up.

Newspaper, magazines and cardboard are collected Monday and should be put out in brown paper bags, not plastic bags. Tuesday is cans, glass (until April 1) and plastic collection and Wednesday is ash in an open container.

Beginning in the warmer months, lawn waste will be collected on Wednesdays in an open bin. Branches must be bundled and no longer than 3 feet in length and 3 inches in diameter. No logs will be accepted.

Council reminds residents styrofoam is not allowed with recycling. Instead, it should be included with garbage.

No shredded paper or plastic bags should be included in recycling. Shredded paper should be included with your regular garbage.

There is a 30-pound limit on all bins, including ashes. Boxes for recycling must be broken down and newspapers go in a brown bag or in a bin to be picked up.

All recyclables must be clean and rinsed and jars must be empty and free of leftover food.

Council reminds residents to place items out the night before scheduled pickup.

J.P. Mascaro’s pickup day for regular garbage is Monday. Households are allowed two bags per collection. Bulk stickers are available at the borough office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through from Friday. One sticker per month is allowed.

Mattresses must be encased in plastic.

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown every week. To list an item, email kdemace@pittstonpogress.com or call 570-821-2004 by 5 p.m. Monday.

Pittston: St. Michael's will host drive-thru food sale this weekend

St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church, 205 N. Main St., Pittston, is having a drive-thru ethnic food sale beginning at noon Sunday, March 28.

This event does not require advance ordering. The following ready-to-heat foods will be sold: pierogi, $8 per dozen; holupki (piggies), $15 for a pack of six; haluski, $6 per quart. Ready-to-eat potato pancakes will be available at $1 each. All items can be purchased at the outdoor food tent until sold out. Cash only preferred, please.

Those attending should turn right onto Lambert Street into the church parking lot as directed by volunteers. Everyone is welcome.

The Rev. Andrii Dumnych is pastor of St. Michael’s.

For information, text or call Linda at 570-905-7387 or visit www.stmichaelsbyzantine.com.

Easter Bunny visit

Downtown Pittston Partnership is hosting an Easter Bunny drive-thru event. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 27, you will be able to drive up to the Pittston Fire Station and meet the Easter Bunny and receive a treat.

Please enter off of South Main Street through the lower Tomato Festival lot, continue through to the second lot and head toward the fire station. Please drive slowly to the area alongside the building and stop to receive your treat and say hello to the Easter Bunny. Those attending must stay in their vehicle at all times. When leaving, please drive out of the lot onto Tomato Festival Drive and turn right, back onto South Main Street.

The event is sponsored by the Pittston Fire Department, Pittston Police Department, Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance Association, Downtown Pittston Partnership and Pittston Candy & Cigar Company.

K-9 skating benefit

There will be a Skate for K-9’s from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 15. The event will take place at Skateaway at 610 Blackman St., Wilkes-Barre Twp. All admissions will be donated to the Pittston City K-9 unit and the Pittston Twp. Police K-9 unit. Admission is $10 and skate rental is $2. For information, contact Donnie Evans at 570-655-4004.

Rotary toiletry collection

Pittston Rotary Club is looking for paper products, women’s hygiene products, and necessary odds and ends to be donated to benefit the Gabriel House in Pittston. Donations will be accepted until Monday, March 29. Contact the Rotary Club’s Facebook page if you are interested in donating.

Pittston Area news

Pittston Area’s middle school and high school students will be going back to in-person instruction on Monday, April 12. There is a link to a form that needs to be filled out on the middle school page so the school will know if your child is staying online or coming in-person. The from must be filled out by Sunday, March 28, or your child will be automatically enrolled in virtual learning for the remainder of the year.

The middle school and high school will host a virtual talent show. Submissions are due by Friday, April 23, and the show will be available beginning Monday, May 10. You can register and submit your recordings via the link on the school’s Facebook pages. Any questions can be directed to Tara Craig at tara.craig@pittstonarea.com.

Library news

Pittston Memorial Library announced porch pickup times are from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

The library is offering the following online Easter craft programs: Tween and Teen Craft Night Yarn Easter Eggs — Teens and Tweens are invited to join Noelle as she teaches you how to make this really simple Easter craft. Check out the video archived on Facebook and YouTube. You will need yarn, glue (Modge Podge is used in the video, but Elmer’s or another white glue can be used), water balloons or other small sized balloons, bowl for glue mixture and scissors

Easter Egg Decorating for Adult Crafters — Adult crafters are invited to join Miss Patricia for an easy egg decorating craft. The video can be viewed both on Facebook and YouTube. You will need plastic eggs (a white plastic egg is used in the video), colored tissue paper, Elmer’s glue, sponge brush and clear glitter (optional).

YMCA programs

The Greater Pittston YMCA and the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA are beginning a new session of the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program. The program is designed to help participants with hypertension to lower blood pressure by following an evidence-based program that combines blood pressure self-monitoring, nutrition education seminars and personalized support. This program is free and gives the participants a chance to earn prizes. Contact info@wvymca.org and schedule your consultation.

The YMCA is partnering with AllOne Foundation and can now offer autistic youth and adults, along with their caregivers, a program that meets at the Y for a night of fun. The mission of the group is to create a culture of inclusion, so this social aspect program is not just for the participants. The Y’s goal is to provide families with an engaging experience by connecting with one another and offering support, while creating memories that last a lifetime at the YMCA. Each month, the A-Team runs a two-hour party for autistic individuals and their families, where they can swim, eat and have fun. A-Team events are held at the Greater Pittston and the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs. More information will be added to the Facebook page and website. For information, please contact Sam at sam.reinhardt@wbymca.org.

Registration is open for the Y’s indoor triathlon for spring 2021. The program includes a six-week training plan with the triathlon instructor, as well as personalized instruction, goal setting and more. With the program, you’ll get a full six-week structured plan, access to instructional videos, private Facebook group for support and social interaction, consultations with the instructor, and specialized strength classes twice weekly.

Katie Kelly writes about Pittston every week. To list an item, email kkelly@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-821-2002 by 5 p.m. Monday.