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Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers, grandmothers, nanas, godmothers, aunts and special ladies in your life that give you a reason to celebrate this special day.

I want to extend a special Mother’s Day greeting to my mom, Lorraine Borthwick: Mom, you have been the best mother any person could ever have, and Tom and I are so blessed to have you in our lives. I always knew how much you loved me and appreciated all of the sacrifices you made to make our lives better. But after I became a mother myself, I realized on a much deeper level just how deep that love runs. It is a love that thinks nothing of doing without so your child can have more. It is a love that will always give without condition. It is a love that is patient. It is a love that is strong and always present. It is a love that gives without limit. It is the love between a mother and her child. It is the love I have for J.J., and I now know so very well it is the love I am lucky to have from you.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! I love you!

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.

Queen of the Apostles news

Congratulations to the following children who participated in Queen of the Apostles Parish’s annual May Crowning ceremony at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 6, at the church, 715 Hawthorne St.: Gianna Adams, May Queen; Alexandria Brody, Carrie Kozak and Emily Williams, court members.

The parish’s social concerns/respect life ministry will have its annual Mother’s Day carnation sale following the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, May 12, and the 8 and 10:30 a.m. Masses on Sunday, May 13, at the church.

The carnations are $1 each. They are a thoughtful gift for mothers, grandmothers or other important women in your life. Carnations also may be placed in an altar vase at the base of the Blessed Mother statue in memory of deceased loved ones. All proceeds will benefit Pennsylvanians for Human Life.

Queen of the Apostles Parish will have Bible study from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, May 17 and 31, in the rectory, 713 Hawthorne St. All are welcome.

Little League news

Avoca/Dupont Little League will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at the Avoca Municipal Building, 952 Main St.

The agenda includes the spring season and regular league business. All coaches are asked to attend the meeting. Anyone who wants to volunteer with the league, as well as anyone interested in the league, is welcome to attend.

Voting location changes

Avoca Borough officials remind residents of the following voting location changes for the primary election on Tuesday, May 15.

First ward residents will still vote at the West Side Social Club, 711 McAlpine St. However, the voting location for second and third ward residents has been moved to Queen of Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St. The Luzerne County Election Bureau will mail letters notifying second and third ward residents of this polling location change.

Residents may contact the Avoca Borough office at 570-457-4947 with any questions.

Street sweeping

Residents are reminded parking will not be allowed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 17, along York Avenue and Main and McAlpine streets due to street sweeping.

Food pantry

The Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 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.

Langcliffe games and movies

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church will host Puzzles for the Young at Heart, a puzzle night for adults, at 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the church, 1001 Main St. Join in the fun and enjoy snacks and conversation while putting a puzzle together.

The following month, the church will have a movie night at 7 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the church. This free event features family-friendly movies, a popcorn machine and a giant screen.

Taxes 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 to have up to three bags of garbage collected weekly has not increased this year. It is $185 if purchased by 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.

PA, Class of ’67 meeting

Pittston Area High School, Class of 1967, will have a planning meeting for its summer get-together at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Bernie Appel Wesolowski’s home, 225 Hill St. Dupont.

Meeting guests should call Bernie at 570-655-6053.

The get-together will take place in August at the Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave., Duryea.

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.

Farmers market

Save the date! The Avoca Farmers Market will be open Wednesdays, beginning 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.

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.