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This Thursday, as you sit down to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade followed by the NFL game and a great meal with family and friends, why not take an hour out of your week to gather with neighbors at the 4-Boro Ministerium’s community Thanksgiving service?

The 4-Boro Ministerium of Avoca, Duryea, Moosic and Old Forge, will have its annual community Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Nativity of Lord Parish, 127 Stephenson St., Duryea. The Rev. Carmen Bolock, pastor of St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, will be the homilist.

All attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or monetary gift to support the Moosic United Methodist Church food pantry.

Queen of the Apostles news

Queen of the Apostles Parish announces the following meetings will take place in the rectory: worship committee, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19; buildings and grounds, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26, and finance council, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Hibernians meeting

Avoca Ancient Order of Hibernians will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the West Side Club, 711 McAlpine St. All members are urged to attend.

Tax reminder

Avoca Borough Tax Collector Therese Wrubel states Pittston Area school taxes are now at face value until Nov. 30. The third installment is due by Dec. 17. Luzerne County/Avoca Borough taxes are due on Dec. 30.

Tax bills can be paid between 9 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays in the Avoca Borough Municipal Building, 950 Main St. Or, they can be mailed to 129 Factory St., Avoca. Please write separate checks for each bill.

VFW Auxiliary holiday party

Avoca Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8335 Auxiliary will have its annual Christmas party at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the post home, 915 Main St. Gifts will be exchanged.

Please call President June Fitzgerald at 570-457-9604 by Saturday, Nov. 24, to make a reservation.

Please note this party is for members only.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 6 and 20, 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.

PA, Class of 1967, events

Pittston Area, Class of 1967, will have a Christmas party at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909, 401 Main St., Dupont. For information, please call Karen Hadley Sobeski at 570-457-3247.

Also, the class is planning a 70th birthday party for members of the graduating class. The party will tentatively take place sometime in September 2019. More information will be available in the future.

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.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to Coleen Vols Reza, who will celebrate her special day Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Happy birthday to Jim Dolan, who will celebrate his special day Friday, Nov. 23.

That’s about it for this week, my friends. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday and compressed press times, I have an early deadline for the Nov. 25 edition. 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 it, please contact me by Sunday at 5 p.m.

Thanks for reading and have a great Thanksgiving!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Avoca every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To list a news item, email her at or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Sunday, due to the holiday.