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Happy New Year! Here’s to new beginnings and fresh starts in life!

Speaking of new beginnings and fresh starts, our Little League is making a new start this upcoming season. Beginning this spring, the Avoca/Dupont Little League will become part of the newly formed Greater Pittston Area Little League. This league includes not only Avoca/Dupont, but also the Duryea and Pittston City Little Leagues. It will offer players the opportunity to play at three different facilities, expanded competition and an opportunity to form friendships with children from neighboring towns.

The registration fee for each division is as follows: tee-ball, $25; coach pitch, $35; minors, $75, and majors, $75. The maximum family fee is $110.

For information and to register visit www.gplittleleague.com.

Speaking of this new venture, the newly formed league will have a Night at the Races Saturday, Jan. 26, at the former Seton Catholic High School, 37 William St., Pittston. Doors open at 6 p.m. and races begin at 7. Admission is $5 at the door and includes food, soda and water. This is a BYOB event. All those attending must be 21 or older.

Queen of the Apostles news

Mass for the feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, will take place at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, at the church. The vigil Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the church, 715 Hawthorne St.

Tickets are still available for the Queen of the Apostles Parish Pot of Gold Stocking Stuffer raffle. Tickets are $10 and offer a chance to win $75 daily and $100 Fridays throughout January, as well as $250 on Jan. 15 and $500 on Jan. 1 and 31. For information or to purchase a ticket, contact the parish office at 570-457-3412. The daily winning number must match the state lottery’s evening Pick 3 number.

The parish announces the following meetings in the rectory: women’s guild, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8; word committee, 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14; pastoral council, 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14; worship committee, 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21; buildings and grounds committee, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28 and finance council, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Garbage bills

The 2019 garbage bills will be mailed soon. Anyone who does not receive one by Thursday, Jan. 10, should call Wrubel at 570-457-4891. Also, anyone who built a new home in the borough in 2018 can be added to the garbage mailing list by calling Wrubel or the Avoca Borough Municipal Building.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 3 and 17, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 532 Main St. Food can be picked up in the rear entry of the building. Volunteers are needed to unload and distribute food at 1:30 p.m.

VFW Auxiliary news

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8335 Auxiliary will not meet in January. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the post home, 915 Main St. President June Fitzgerald will preside.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the basement of the Queen of the Apostles rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. Use the sunroom entrance.

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Avoca every week. To list a news item, email her at jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.