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In this age of 24-hour news coverage, we are plagued by political news. Whether it’s popping up on our smartphones, landing on the top-fold of the newspaper or appearing on every cable news channel, you will hear some type of political news each day. And today, I’m bringing you some, too.

Yes, my friends, a significant non-partisan declaration which finds its roots in the Republican Party, took place this month over 30 years ago. In 1984, President Ronald Regan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month and established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday of July, which is this weekend! I think we can all agree this proclamation was an excellent decision that benefitted all Americans. And should we be surprised that good ole Dutch made it considering his well-known sweet tooth?

But seriously, after completing a bit of research about National Ice Cream Month and Day, I discovered its popularity with our commanders-in-chief dates back to the very first one. George Washington had his own ice cream-making and serving supplies at the White House, where he spent $200 on ice cream in the summer of 1790. That figure would equate $5,000 today! And, our third president, Thomas Jefferson, jotted down what is believed to be the oldest recipe for ice cream in the United States. In fact, it’s so important it’s kept in the Library of Congress.

I hope you enjoyed these tidbits about our commanders-in-chief’s love of ice cream. Check out more fun facts online today as you enjoy a scoop of your favorite flavor.

Recycling reminder

Residents are reminded recyclable plastic numbers one and two are the only plastics allowed to be placed in the recycling truck per the guidelines provided by Moosic Borough and the recycling center.

To check if an item is recyclable, please call 570-451-0625.

Water for firefighters

Anyone who wants to donate a case of individual bottled water for our first responders may drop it off at the Avoca Fire Department, 740 Main St. Let’s help our loyal volunteers just as they help us.

Queen of the Apostles news

Queen of the Apostles Parish announces the following meetings: worship committee, 6 p.m. Monday, July 22, rectory; building and grounds committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 29, rectory, and finance council, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, rectory.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 1 and 15, 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.

‘Battle of the Tracks’

The Avoca Community Committee will host the “Battle of the Tracks: Avoca vs. West Avoca” tournament Friday, Aug. 16, through Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Avoca/Dupont Little League grounds and West Avoca Park, Mill Street.

This tournament includes friendly competitions between adults who lived or currently live in Avoca or West Avoca. The fun kicks off with kickball at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16; cornhole at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, followed by a free throw shoot out.

Registration, which is open to people 18 and older, is $5 per person and includes participation in each competition. If you do not have a team, you can be placed on one. In addition, there also will be a hot dog eating contest.

To register, please contact Kelly O’Brien, Holly Homschek, Brian Lyons, Sandy VanLuvender or Colleen Velehoski via Facebook.

In addition to the tournament, Mad Tees, 340 Main St., Dupont, has Avoca and West Avoca T-shirts, hats, drink coozies, hoodies, fan towels and totes for sale in the original Avoca High School classic green and gold colors. Orders also can be placed at stores.inksoft.com/battle_of_the_tracks. The order deadline is Friday, July 26.

Please note, T-shirts are not included with the $5 registration fee for the tournament competitors.

Food and drinks will be on sale at the Avoca Dupont Little League stand throughout the tournament. All proceeds from the food sales will benefit the Little League.

Sesquicentennial Committee volunteers

Avoca Borough’s Sesquicentennial Committee is seeking members to join its planning committee to organize events leading up to the borough’s 150th anniversary. The anniversary celebration will take place May 23 through May 30, 2021.

Anyone interested in joining the planning committee may pick up an application at the Avoca Borough Municipal Building, 950 Main St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For details and information, please call Kelly O’Brien, Avoca Borough secretary, at 570-457-4947.

Farmers market

The Avoca Farmers Market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays in the parking area of 824 McAlpine St.

Yard waste

Avoca Borough collects yard waste every Tuesday. A maximum of three standard sized garbage cans, filled with yard waste 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 half inch in diameter.

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

Also, please do not place yard waste in 55-gallon drums, large wheeled garbage cans, large plastic storage totes or plastic bags. Items in these containers will not be collected.

Collection containers should be placed curbside by 7 a.m. on collection days.

For information, please call 570-451-0625.

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.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Kelly O’Brien, who will celebrate her special day Tuesday, July 23.

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 jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.