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It appears more seasonable weather has finally arrived, which means many of us will be busy sprucing up our yards. To make this process easier for residents, Avoca Borough has instated a weekly collection of yard waste instead of bi-weekly collections as have been held in the past.

Avoca Borough now 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 ½ 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.

Hibernians meeting

Avoca Ancient Order of the Hibernians will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the West Side Social Club, 711 McAlpine St.

Little League bingo

Avoca/Dupont Little League will have its third annual cash bingo fundraiser Sunday, April 29, at the Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St. Doors open at noon and games begin at 1 p.m.

There will be 15 regular games worth $100 each, three special games worth $150 each and a coverall game worth $250. Also, there will be a basket raffle and food available for purchase.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. To purchase tickets, call Gary at 570-540-0649, Lori at 570-877-4361 or Denise at 570-589-1426. Tickets are also available at all league events. Please note, limited tickets remain available.

Queen of the Apostles news

Queen of the Apostles Parish will have Bible study from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursdays, May 3, 17 and 31, in the rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. All are welcome.

Queen of the Apostles Parish will have its 11th annual golf tournament at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 6, at Pine Hills Country Club, Taylor. This year’s tournament will be played in memory of Thomas Quinnan.

The cost is $85 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.

For information, contact Jim McMahon at or John Soy at

Langcliffe game

and movie nights

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church will host Puzzles for the Young at Heart, a puzzle night for adults, at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the church, 1001 Main St.

Join in the fun and enjoy snacks and conversation while putting a puzzle together.

The church will host a movie night at 7 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the church. This free event features family-friendly movies, a popcorn machine and a giant screen.

All of the movies have life lessons that families can discuss together, learn from or react to that make people think a little more deeply and lovingly.

Paper shredding

State Rep. Mike Carroll and state Sen. John Blake in conjunction with the police departments and Crimewatch groups from Avoca, Duryea and Dupont will host a community shred day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Healey Memorial Playground, Foote Avenue and Wright Street, Duryea.

Residents are invited to bring up to two boxes per household of old bills, bank statements, medical records, canceled checks, old tax returns or any other documents which need to be permanently destroyed. Shred-It Document Management will provide the shredding service. All documents should be removed from binders and notebooks. Staples and paperclips do not need to be removed.

Tax and trash payments

Avoca Tax Collector Therese Wrubel announced the Luzerne County and Avoca Borough taxes had been distributed, and the 2018 garbage fee bill for homeowners and rental property owners can still be paid.

Residents can pay both bills from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays in the Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St. Residents also can pay the bills via mail by sending their payments to Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641.

If you need a receipt for the tax bill, send both copies of the bill with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

The fee schedule to have up to three bags of garbage collected weekly has not increased this year. It is as follows: $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.

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

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, May 19, 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 different vehicles. The event also will 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

Save the date! The Avoca Weekly Farmers Market will open Wednesday, June 20, providing you with fresh vegetables and so much more.

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.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to my dear friend, Chris Andruzis Nossavage, who will celebrate her special day on Wednesday, April 25.

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. To list a news item, email her at or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.