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So often as the years pass by, monumental moments in history begin to be forgotten. While the dates they took place always remain in our minds, sadly, the details of the events fade. To keep this from occurring, it is up to us as a community to reflect on and honor these incidents in time. This week, the Avoca Fire Department and Queen of the Apostles Parish will do just that as they remember the 2,996 souls who perished during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on our country.

Join in this experience and pray for the departed at the organizations’ annual 9/11 Memorial Mass at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the church, 715 Hawthorne St. Prior to the Mass, there will be a procession from the Avoca Fire Department, 740 Main St., to the church. Refreshments will be served in the parish hall following the Mass.

Tax reminder

Avoca Tax Collector Therese Wrubel announced the Pittston Area school taxes have been distributed.

Residents can pay their bill from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St., during the rebate period only. Residents also can pay their bill via mail by sending the entire bill and payment to Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you need a receipt.

Anyone who did not receive a bill should call Wrubel at 570-457-4891.

Little League elections

Avoca/Dupont Little League will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Little League field, 498 Commerce St.

The 2018-19 officers will be elected during this meeting. The available positions are president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, player agent and safety officer.

The president oversees all league operations. The vice president fills in when the president is not available and also is the head of all committees. The treasurer maintains league financial records. The secretary records the minutes of meetings and disseminates league news. The player agent is the first point of contact for any player issues and assists in selecting all-star teams. The safety officer is in charge of maintaining the safety of the players and spectators.

In addition to the elected positions, the following non-elected positions are available: field maintenance coordinator, social media coordinator, website administrator, coaching coordinator, concession stand coordinator, fundraising committee members, scoreboard operator and team parents.

All fall season coaches are required to attend the meeting. Anyone wishing to volunteer or anyone interested in the league is welcome, too.

Queen of the Apostles news

Queen of the Apostles Parish’s Out to Lunch Bunch will have its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Grande Pizza and Family Restaurant, 4200 Birney Ave., Moosic. Lunch is self-pay. Please call Kay at 570-504-4199 by Sept. 11.

The parish’s religious education classes, which are open to students entering kindergarten through seventh grade, will begin Sunday, Sept. 16, with class from 9 to 10:15 a.m. in the former St. Mary’s School, 742 Spring St. The confirmation class will meet every two weeks from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the rectory, 715 Hawthorne St.

Registration forms have been mailed. Anyone who did not receive one or who wants to enroll their child in classes should call 570-457-1284 or the parish office at 570-457-3412. Completed registration forms are due by Friday, Sept. 14.

In other parish news, the parish’s social concerns/respect life ministry will have a fall craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in the parish hall, 742 Spring St.

Along with a variety of beautiful crafts, there also will be jewelry along with watch battery replacement, Tupperware, Mary Kay Cosmetics and more for sale.

In addition to the fair, there will be breakfast and lunch for sale and a raffle of prizes donated by the vendors and committee members. Treats also will be available for children.

Anyone interested in reserving an 8-by-7 foot space may contact the parish office at 570-457-3412 or Jane Maxwell at 570-335-8678. Spaces are limited.

The parish announced the following meetings: pastoral council, 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, rectory; women’s guild, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, rectory; word committee, 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, rectory; worship committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, rectory; building and grounds committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, rectory, and finance council, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, rectory.

Cub Scout registration

Cub Scout Pack 316 has weekly pack meetings from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St.

Membership is open to girls and boys, ages 5-11, grades kindergarten to fifth. Please stop by any meeting to sign up or attend the registration nights at the Pittston Area Primary Center, 210 Rock St., Hughestown, or the Pittston Area Intermediate Center, 110 New St., Pittston. Any new Scout who registers will receive a free rocket to build and launch at an event in the fall as part of the “Rocket into Scouting” initiative.

Langcliffe movie night

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church will have a movie night at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the church, 1001 Main St. This free event features family-friendly movies, popcorn and a giant screen.

Paper shredding

Avoca Borough has partnered with Paper Eaters, Wilkes-Barre, to host a community paper shredding event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Avoca Municipal Garage, 1103 Plane St., for Avoca residents. This is a safe and secure way of destroying older, unwanted documents.

Paper Eaters will assist residents with loading their paper into provided containers which will be lifted into the shredding truck. Paper with staples and/or standard paper clips will be accepted to shred. Standard file folders and envelopes are also acceptable.

Larger binder clips, plastic protective sheet covers or plastic of any kind is not permitted in the shredding truck. Magazines, newspapers, binders and cardboard also are prohibited.

Residents will need to show proof of residency by showing their picture ID or driver’s license.

For information, please contact Kelly at 570-457-4947.

Bulk collection

J.P. Mascaro & Sons will conduct a bulk item collection Monday, Sept. 17, open to all borough residents who have paid their annual refuse fee.

Residents may put up to three items per household curbside the night before the pickup date. Weekly trash also will be collected on this same date.

Larger items should be broken down, if possible. Mattresses will be accepted but should be wrapped in plastic, if possible. Carpeting must be rolled, tied and bundled no wider than 4 feet.

The following items will not be collected: freon-containing items, tires, paint, stains, pesticides, hazardous type waste, construction materials, brick, block, concrete, car parts, electronics, TVs, computers, laptops, DVD players, VCRs, batteries and recyclables.

Please direct any questions to J.P. Mascaro at 1-800-243-7575.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 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.

Jamie Baker Scholarship


The sixth annual Jamie Baker Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish Hall, 237 William St., Pittston.

The evening includes a pasta dinner, soft drinks, a theme basket raffle, a 50/50 raffle and music. Guests also are welcome to bring alcoholic beverages.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the door.

To purchase tickets or make a donation, please call Jennifer Baker at 570-815-6474 or Caroline Rabender at 570-430-1372.

For information, visit the sixth annual Jamie Baker Memorial page on Facebook.

All proceeds will benefit a scholarship in loving memory of Jamie Baker, which is offered every June to a graduating senior from Pittston Area.

Touch a Truck

Avoca Fire Department will have its third annual Touch a Truck Day from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in the parking area of 822-824 McAlpine St.

This family-friendly event allows children of all ages to view, explore, climb on and touch a variety of different vehicles. The event will also include participation from several community groups as well as food vendors, a bounce house and a children’s fire prevention education program.

Admission is $5 per person.

Farmers market

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

The vendors include All in All Hot Dogs and Catering, Annie Corcoran Soaps, Ayers Orchard, The Baklava Lady, Beta Bread Bakery, BeyondBread, Canned Classics, Deep Roots Hard Cider, Maaa’s Handmade Goat Milk Soap, Marie’s (Brennan) Creations, No Bull Ranch LLC, Pampered Chef, Purple Pepper Farms, Radle’s Farm, The Renegade Winery, Scentsy, Silly Willy Ice Cream, Simply Delicious Desserts, Snook’s Wings & Things, Southwest Savory Grill Food Truck, Synergy Crystal Amulets by Christine Brayer, Tarnowski Bros Kielbasi, Thirteen Olives, Tortilleria El Buen Amigo, Wyldflower Farms and many 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.

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.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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