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As the scorching summer temperatures are almost pushing the mercury out of our porch thermometers, it’s an important reminder to us to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. The heat causes us to lose water from our bodies more rapidly, and we need to make an effort to replenish it just as quickly.

Facing these rising temps is certainly a challenge, but can you imagine how much more difficult it is for our firefighters? As they battle fires, they not only fight flames and face threatening heat, but also must endure the increased summer heat while wearing heavy protective clothing and carrying even heavier gear. They certainly lose water from their bodies very rapidly, and they need to replenish it even faster than we do.

One way we can help our first responders stay hydrated and healthy is by supplying them with the drinking water they need. The next time you are grocery shopping, please consider picking up a case of individual bottled water to donate and drop it off at the fire station.

The volunteers would enjoy seeing you, and I know they would truly appreciate your support.

To help, you can drop your donation off at the Avoca Fire Department, 740 Main St. Let’s help our loyal volunteers just as they help us.

Sesquicentennial planning

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 sesquicentennial 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., weekdays 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.

Queen of the Apostles news

Queen of the Apostles Parish will have its annual all-you-can-eat pig roast from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at the Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St. Takeout dinners will be available all day. Additional seating will be available under an outdoor tent.

The menu includes roasted pig on the spit, wimpies, hot dogs, corn on the cob, salads, desserts, soda and water. There also will be a cash prize grand raffle, basket raffle, children’s games and a bake sale.

During the event, the parish, in partnership with the Avoca Community Committee, will honor all Avoca hometown heroes and their families at 3 p.m. at a prayer service. The service also will include remarks from state Rep. Michael Carroll and Avoca Borough officials.

Tickets, which are $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger, are available at the event. Hometown heroes will receive their dinner tickets at half price.

The parish announces the following meetings: word committee, 6 p.m. Monday, July 8, rectory; pastoral council, 7 p.m. Monday, July 8, rectory; social concerns/respect life ministry, 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11, Colarusso’s Café, 725 Main St.; 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. Thursday, July 18, 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.

Farmers market

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

Yard waste collection

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 an 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.

White goods collection

Avoca Street Department will collect up to three white goods on Wednesday, July 10, from each household that has paid their annual garbage fee.

The allowable items for collection include any metal appliance such as washers, dryers, hot water heaters, stoves, dishwashers, air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers with doors removed.

Microwaves and electronics are not included.

Please place items curbside on the evening of July 9 to ensure pick up.

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 Jim Francis, who will celebrate his special day July 9.

Happy birthday to Jimbo McMahon, who also will celebrate his special day July 9.

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.