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It might be the first weekend in November, but the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary is one step ahead of the game preparing for Christmas.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 8335 will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the post home, 915 Main St. President June Fitzgerald will preside over the meeting and co-host it with Joan Emlaw. The Christmas party plans will be finalized at this meeting. The party will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the post home, where gifts will be exchanged. To make a reservation, please call 570-457-9604 by Wednesday, Nov. 27.

The auxiliary will have a district meeting at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Avoca Borough Municipal Building, 952 Main St. Refreshments will be served at the post home after the meeting.

Thanks from the Hibernians

I received the following note from the Avoca Ancient Order of Hibernians:

“The Avoca A.O.H. would like to thank everyone who participated in the annual Thomas P. Durkin Memorial Golf Tournament. Because of the support of our sponsors and golfers, most of whom participate every year, we can award scholarships to local high school graduates and support local charitable causes and families throughout the year.

This year’s championship flight winners were James Timlin and Chris Cullen. We would also like to recognize the Durkin and Swartz families, and Jackie Borthwick-Galvin for the great coverage in our local newspapers.

The A.O.H. is always seeking new members for our organization. The mailing address is Box 5045 Avoca, PA 18641.”

Tax reminder

Avoca Tax Collector Therese Wrubel announced the second installment on Pittston Area school taxes ends Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Residents can pay their bill from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays in the Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St. Residents also can pay their bill via mail by sending the entire bill and payment to Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you need a receipt.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 7 and 21, 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.

Queen of the Apostles sauce and meatball sale

Queen of the Apostles Parish will have a sauce and meatball sale on Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17, in the parish hall, 742 Spring St. Prices and sale hours will be available soon. All items must be pre-ordered.

For information or to place orders, please call Paul at 570-430-9015 or the parish office at 570-457-3412.

The parish announced the following meetings: pastoral council, 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4, rectory; social concerns/respect life committee, 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, rectory, and women’s guild, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, rectory.

Champions for Charlie


There will be a special fundraiser from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, to benefit Avoca residents Charlie Vermac Jr. and the Vermac family, at the West Side Social Club, 711 McAlpine St. Tickets for the event, Champions for Charlie, are $10, which includes food, beverages and entertainment. There also will be basket and 50/50 raffles.

For information, advance tickets and donations, please call Julie Mulea at 570-905-4017, Sandra VanLuvender at 570-241-3828 or Colleen Velehoski at 570-466-0492.

Charlie, who is the 19-year-old son of Mary Jane and Charlie Vermac, and older brother to Belle, was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), a rare cancer that forms in soft tissue, which was discovered in Charlie’s oral cavity. He is receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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 Linda Bartuska Cortes, who will celebrate her special day Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Happy birthday to Michael Berlew, who will celebrate his special day Wednesday, Nov. 6

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