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It’s time to do some summer cleaning and make some space in your house by removing your old, unused appliances. If that’s a prospect that interests you, then get those appliances ready because the Avoca Street Department is coming to pick them up this week.

Avoca Street Department will have a white goods collection Wednesday, July 11. Each household which has paid the annual garbage fee is invited to place up to three white goods curbside the evening before the collection.

The following metal appliances will be accepted: washers, dryers, hot water heaters, stoves, dishwashers, air conditioners and refrigerators and freezers with the doors removed.

Microwaves and electronics are not included.

Queen of the Apostles

pig roast

Queen of the Apostles Parish will have its annual all-you-can-eat pig roast from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St. Takeout dinners will be available all day. Additional seating will be available under an outdoor tent.

The menu includes roasted pig on the spit, wimpies, hot dogs, corn on the cob, salads, desserts, soda, and water. There also will be a cash prize grand raffle, basket raffle, children’s games and a bake sale.

Tickets, which are $20 for adults, $10 for children 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and younger, are available at the event.

Little League meeting

Avoca/Dupont Little League will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at the Little League field, 700 Mill St. The agenda includes all-stars, fall ball and regular league business.

All coaches are required to attend the meeting. Anyone interested in volunteering or who has a general interest in the league is welcome to attend.

Langcliffe Presbyterian events

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church will host a movie night at 7 p.m. Friday, July 13, at the church, 1001 Main St. This free event features family-friendly movies, a popcorn machine and a giant screen.

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church will have Vacation Bible School from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, to Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the church. Registration is free and open to anyone from age 3 up to those entering sixth grade.

The theme for this year’s program, “Shipwrecked,” will provide children with an opportunity to have fun, make friends and learn about how God rescues us.

To register, visit For information, contact the Rev. Alex Becker, pastor, at 570-457-4477.

Clifford reunion tickets

Clifford family reunion tickets will be on sale from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at the McAndrew home, 507 McAlpine St.

The reunion will take place Sunday, July 29, at Van Fleets Grove, Daleville.

PA, Class of 1967, reunion

Pittston Area, Class of 1967, will have a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Bernie Appel Wesalowski’s home, 225 Hill St., Dupont.

The upcoming get-together, which will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Germania Hose Company Hall, 430 Foote Ave., Duryea, will be discussed at this time.

Food pantry

The Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the 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.

Diabetes motorcycle ride

Northeast PA Rockers will host a motorcycle extravaganza Saturday, July 28, at Litzy’s Lounge, 614 York Ave. This event begins at 10 a.m. with a motorcycle ride leaving from Litzy’s, winding through the Poconos and then returning to Litzy’s for an afternoon filled with food and fun.

Starting off the festivities at 2 p.m., Lou Casa and other well-known musicians will entertain the crowd as guests feast on barbecue chicken, corn on the cob, baked potatoes and other delicacies. There also will be a motorcycle show and contest, prizes and raffles throughout the afternoon.

Although Northeast PA Rockers is a group of motorcyclists who build and ride custom bikes, all bikers are welcome to participate. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

All proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association.

Fire department softball tournament

Avoca Fire Department will have its annual softball tournament beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, through Sunday, Aug. 12, at the Avoca Little League Field, 700 Mill St.

There will be two brackets: emergency services and competitive. Cost is $175 per team.

For information, please call or text message Lt. Chris Collins at 570-407-1986 or send a message to the Avoca Fire Department Facebook page.

Touch a Truck rescheduled

Avoca Fire Department has rescheduled its Touch a Truck event for Saturday, Sept. 29.

More details will be available as the event approaches.

Farmers Market

The Avoca Weekly Famers Market is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, in the parking area of 822-824 McAlpine St.

The vendors include Canned Classics, Tortilleria El Buen Amigo Maaa’s Handmade Goat Milk Soap, The Renegade Winery, Beta Bread Bakery, Snook’s Wings & Things, Deep Roots Hard Cider, No Bull Ranch, Silly Willy Ice Cream, Southwest Savory Grill Food Truck, BeyondBread, Wyldflower Farms, Radle’s Farm, Thirteen Olives, Ayers Orchard, Simply Delicious, Scentsy, Crafts by Marie, Annie Corcoran Soaps, Synergy Crystal Amulets, The Baklava Lady and more.

For information, visit Avoca Farmers Market 2018 on Facebook.

Alcoholics Anonymous

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

Please use the sunroom entrance.

Dean’s list

Congratulations to Michael Gutowski, son of Babe and Jeanne Gutowski, West Avoca, and grandson of Evelyn Gutowski, Duryea, who has been named to the dean’s list for the 2018 spring semester at Temple University. Michael is a rising senior in the Fox School of Business at the university where he is majoring in finance and has attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.96.

Michael also is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Golden Key International Honor Society. This past year, Michael was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the exclusive business honor society.

That’s about it for this week, my friends. If you would like to send a birthday, anniversary or get well wish or have your organization’s upcoming meetings, events or fundraisers listed in next week’s edition of the Avoca community news, please contact me.

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Avoca every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To list a news item, email her at or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.