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Jason Phillips

Now is a time when many of us will have lots to celebrate. It is a popular time for graduations, First Communions and a host of other occasions. One of these occasions took place a few weeks ago in town as Jason Phillips became the 16th Eagle Scout from Avoca Troop 316.

Jason Walter Phillips Jr., a member of Scout Troop 316, received his Eagle Scout rank on April 14, during a well-attended ceremony in Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall. As an Eagle Scout, Jason earned 36 merit badges and served his troop in a variety of leadership roles, most recently as senior patrol leader. In addition to attaining Scouting’s highest rank, Jason received a silver palm on his Eagle Award for earning many extra merit badges along with citations personally presented by Congressman Matt Cartwright, state Rep. Mike Carroll, Moosic Mayor Jim Segilia, the Knights of Pythias and the Union Sons of the Civil War.

For his Eagle Scout project, Jason led a group of volunteers in restoring the Bernie J. Sklanka Pavilion and adding multiple birdhouses in Moosic. The project included painting the pavilion, cutting wood and building benches, digging the hole for the bird house post and placing additional birdhouses in trees.

Jason will continue to serve his Scouting community as president of the Venturing Officers Association for Northeast Pennsylvania and as a role model for his younger brothers: Joshua Phillips, who has achieved the rank of First Class, and Jacob Phillips, who is a Tiger Cub Scout. Jason’s mother, Dawn Phillips, is cubmaster of Avoca Pack 316, and his father, Jason Sr., also has been involved in Scouting.

Jason is a junior at Riverside High School and plans to continue his education in residential construction. He has been accepted to Johnson College and will begin classes in a dual high school/college enrollment program this September.

Congratulations, Jason!

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms, grandmothers, nanas, aunts, sisters, godmothers and terrific ladies of Avoca! I hope you all have a wonderful day and celebrate with people who mean the most to you.

I want to extend a special Mother’s Day greeting to my mom, Lorraine. Thank you, Mom, for all of the love, support and guidance you have shown to me throughout my life. You’ve taught me how to live, and I hope I do it well and have made you proud. I now have the pleasure of watching you enjoy being Nana to your little main man, J.J., and applying everything you taught me as I raise him. As you know, he’s quite a character already at 3-years-old, and I know I’m going to need even more of your advice to keep up with him! And, you know what? I will gladly accept it because, in my book, you’re the greatest!

Touch a Truck

Avoca Fire Department will host its annual Touch a Truck event from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in the parking area at 824 McAlpine St. This day of family fun allows children of all ages to explore, climb on and discover all of the interesting facets of a wide variety of vehicles. The entrance fee is $5 per person.

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 ½ inch in diameter. Rocks, stones, dirt and animal waste are not acceptable.

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.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 532 Main St. Food can be picked up in the rear entry of the building. Volunteers are needed at 1:30 p.m.

Little League news

Avoca/Dupont Little League will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the borough building, 950 Main St. The agenda includes the recent opening day and hit-a-thon fundraiser, continuation of the league’s combining with Pittston City and Duryea and regular business.

Greater Pittston Area Little League, consisting of leagues from Avoca-Dupont, Duryea and Pittston City, will have its annual cash bingo fundraiser Saturday, June 8, at the former Seton Catholic High School Hall, 37 William St., Pittston. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo begins at 7. Cost is $25 for three cards for 20 regular games. Also, there will be three special games worth $150 each and a final coverall worth $250. Special and coverall games are sold separately. There also will be a basket raffle and food and beverages sold. Only 300 tickets will be sold for the event.

For tickets, call Gary at 570-540-0649, Lori B. at 570-877-4361 or Sue S. at 570-407-2035.

Tax and refuse payment

Avoca Tax Collector Therese Wrubel announces Luzerne County/Avoca Borough taxes are due and refuse fees are past due.

 Residents can pay these bills from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Residents also can pay via mail by sending separate checks to Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641. If you need a receipt, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and the complete bill. Also, write your phone number on the bill.

The refuse fee to have up to three bags collected weekly is $185 if purchased by May 20, and $195 if purchased between May 21 and June 21. After June 21, all unpaid refuse bills will be turned over to the magistrate.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the basement of Queen of the Apostles rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. Enter at the sunroom.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Geniele D’Aiello, who celebrated her special day May 8.

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.