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Football season officially ended last week. Now it is time to focus on baseball. During the off-season, Major League Baseball teams make numerous changes within their organizations and our Little League is making some changes of their own.

Avoca-Dupont Little League, which is now part of the expanded Greater Pittston Area Little League, will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Avoca Borough Municipal Building, 950 Main St. In addition to discussing the new league, league officials also will discuss spring registration, player evaluations, opening day ceremonies and regular league business. The public is invited to attend.

Registration is open at The fees for the newly formed league are free for T-ball, ages 4-6; coach pitch, $45, ages 6-9; minors, $75, ages 8-10, and majors, $75, ages 9-12. There is a $110 sibling maximum.

Any child who lives or attends school in Avoca, Dupont, Duryea or Pittston City is eligible to play for the Greater Pittston Area Little League.

Queen of the Apostles news

Queen of the Apostles Parish announces the following meetings: pastoral council, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, rectory; women’s guild, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, rectory, and worship committee, 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, rectory.

Refuse bills

Refuse invoices for 2019 have been mailed to residents. The fee schedule to have up to three bags collected weekly has not increased this year. It is as follows: $160 if purchased by Feb. 20; $165 if purchased between Feb. 21 and March 20; $175 if purchased between March 21 and April 20; $185 if purchased between April 21 and May 20, and $195 if purchased between May 21 and June 21. After June 21, all unpaid bills will be turned over to the magistrate.

Residents can pay their bill 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays in the Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St. Residents can also pay the fee via mail by sending a check made payable to Avoca Borough, c/o Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641.

Beginning Thursday, Feb. 7, Wrubel will have office hours from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays.

Avoca Borough encourages residents to mark the following dates on their calendars: Wednesday, July 10, white goods collection, and Monday, Sept. 23, bulk item/furniture pick up.

If you need to dispose of a white goods item before or after the pickup date, please call 570-451-0625 or 570-457-4947.

If you need to dispose of a bulk item that is not normally collected with weekly garbage, please call J.P. Mascaro directly at 1-800-243-7575. Couches, chairs, tables, etc. left curbside will not be collected unless arrangements are made with Mascaro.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 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.

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.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to Joe Chiumento who will celebrate his special day Feb. 16.

That’s about it for this week, my friends.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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