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Happy Easter, my friends! I hope you and your family have a day filled with friendship, family, love and the happiness of this holy day!

If you’re interested in celebrating Easter at a church, please feel free to drop by any of the following services.

The Rev. Philip Sladicka, Deacon Jim Rose and the parishioners of Queen of the Apostles Parish will have Easter services at the church, 715 Hawthorne St.: Holy Saturday, April 15, noon and 4 p.m., blessing of baskets, and 8 p.m., Easter Vigil Mass, and Easter Sunday, April 16, 8 and 10:30 a.m. Masses with a resurrection service at 10:15 a.m.

The Rev. Alex Becker and the congregation of the Langcliffe Presbyterian Church will have its Easter service at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 16, at the church, 1001 Main St.

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.

Burning ordinance

Avoca residents are reminded burning, ignition and combustion of rubbish, garbage or any other materials within the borough is banned with certain specific controlled exceptions including any standard commercially designed, non-combustible grill or fire pit. The only permitted burning material for either of these is either properly seasoned cord wood, charcoal or commercially controlled propane gas for grills.

Fire pits must be constructed and operated in a safe manner and shall not be located closer than 20 feet to any building, structure or property line.

Curb cut ordinance

Residents are reminded of the driveway/curb cut ordinance. Any person, owner and/or contractor must, prior to obtaining a driveway permit, file an application reflecting the location of the driveway relative to the premises and designate the course, grade, structure, material and drainage facilities to be reviewed by the borough engineer.

Yard waste collection

Avoca Borough will collect yard waste the first and third Tuesday of each month, beginning Tuesday, April 18. A maximum of three open containers, not to exceed 30 pounds, will be allowed per collection.

Residents can place the following separated items in the containers: grass clippings and leaves; shrubs, hedge clippings and tree limbs which should not exceed 3 feet in length and ½ inch in diameter.

Rocks, stones, dirt and animal waste are not acceptable forms of yard waste.

Do not place the items in plastic bags. They will not be collected.

Collection containers should be placed curbside by 8 a.m. on collection days.

Langcliffe movie night

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church will have a movie night from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the church, 1001 Main St. This kid- and adult-friendly movie includes free popcorn and a movie on a giant screen. The public is invited to attend.

Trash fee

Avoca Tax Collector Therese Wrubel reminds homeowners and rental property tenants to pay their 2017 garbage fee.

The fee to have up to three bags collected weekly is as follows: $175 if purchased by 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 garbage bills from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays in the Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St.

Residents can also pay their bill via mail by sending their payment made payable to Avoca Borough c/o Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641.

Queen of the Apostles

golf tournament, meetings

Queen of the Apostles Parish will have its 10th annual St. Mary’s Classic golf tournament at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 7, at Pine Hills Country Club, Taylor. The cost is $80 per player, which includes golf and dinner. The dinner will be held in the parish hall, 742 Spring St., immediately following the tournament.

Hole sponsors are available for $100.

Registration forms are available in the church vestibule or the parish office.

For more information, contact Jim McMahon at or John Soy at

The parish also announced the following meetings: worship committee, 7 p.m., Monday, April 17, rectory; social concerns/Respect Life committee, 7 p.m., Thursday, May 4, rectory; pastoral council, 7 p.m., Monday, May 8, rectory; women’s guild, 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, rectory; community committee, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 18, rectory, and word committee, 5 p.m., Monday, May 22, rectory.

Touch a Truck

Avoca Fire Department will have its second annual Touch a Truck Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13, in the parking lot of the medical office building, 824 McAlpine St.

This family-friendly event allows children of all ages to view, explore, climb on and touch a variety of exciting vehicles. Similar to last year, there will be construction and emergency vehicles, school buses and a whole lot more. The event also will include participation from several community groups as well as food vendors and a bounce house.

Admission is $5 per person. Parking is free.

Farmers market

The Avoca Farmers Market will begin Wednesday, June 21. Taking place from noon to 6 p.m. every Wednesday in the parking lot of the medical office building, 824 McAlpine St., the community is invited to stop by and enjoy the fresh food, drinks and crafts offered by local vendors.

Any interested farmers, food and drink vendors or crafters who want to participate may contact the borough office at 570-457-4947 or email

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 include an item in her column, email or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.