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The Major League Baseball season has begun, and our local Little Leaguers are looking forward to starting their spring season, too, next Saturday. But before the fun begins, the league leaders have some final planning to complete at a meeting this weekend.

Avoca/Dupont Little League will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at the Avoca Borough Municipal Building, 950 Main St. The agenda includes planning for the spring season and regular league business. All coaches are asked to attend. Anyone interested in volunteer opportunities or league business is welcome, too.

The league will have Opening Day at noon Saturday, April 14, at the Avoca/Dupont Little League field, 700 Mill St. All players and coaches should arrive by 11:30 a.m. The league will hold its hit-a-thon fundraiser during the event. The public is encouraged to attend and support the players.

The league will have its third annual cash bingo fundraiser Sunday, April 29, at the Queen of the Apostles Parish hall, 742 Spring St. Doors open at noon and games begin at 1 p.m.

There will be 15 regular games worth $100 each, three special games worth $150 each and a coverall game worth $250. Also, there will be a basket raffle and food available for purchase.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. To purchase tickets, call Gary at 570-540-0649, Lori at 570-877-4361 or Denise at 570-589-1426. Tickets are also available at all league events. Please note, limited tickets remain available.

Smoke detectors available

Avoca Fire Department is participating in WNEP-TV 16’s Operation Save A Life program. Any Avoca resident in need of a smoke detector may obtain one by calling 570-457-2894 or sending a message to the department via its Facebook page. Detectors are available on a first come, first served basis. Supplies are limited.

The fire department is conducting a special fund drive to replace the department’s 15-year-old engine truck. Donations of any size are welcome and make a difference. Donations can be made by responding to the mailer sent to residents and businesses or online at

Queen of the Apostles news

Queen of the Apostles Parish’s lunch group will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, at Colarusso’s Café, 725 Main St., Avoca. Anyone can attend to share a meal and enjoy some companionship. To register, please call Rennie Steiner at 570-855-5571 by Tuesday, April 10. Please note the lunch is self-pay. The group meets the second Wednesday of the month at a local restaurant.

The parish has an outreach program to parishioners 80 years old and older. With it, parishioners receive a monthly phone call to stay connected to the congregation and community to discuss a variety of topics. To add someone to the list, call Kay at 570-457-8470.

The parish will have Bible study from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursdays, April 19, and May 3, 17 and 31. All are welcome.

The parish announced the following meetings: pastoral council, 7 p.m. Monday, April 9, rectory, and women’s guild, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, rectory.

Queen of the Apostles Parish will have its 11th annual golf tournament at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 6, at Pine Hills Country Club, Taylor. This year’s tournament will be played in memory of Thomas Quinnan.

The cost is $85 per player which includes golf and dinner. The dinner will be held in the parish hall, 742 Spring St., immediately following the tournament. Hole sponsors are available for $100.

For information, contact Jim McMahon at or John Soy at

Langcliffe game and

movie nights

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church will host its monthly game night at 5 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the church, 1001 Main St. They will have an assortment of fun games to play. Stop by to learn a new game or play an old favorite. All ages are welcome.

The church will host Puzzles for the Young at Heart, a puzzle night for adults, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the church. Join in the fun and enjoy snacks and conversation while putting a puzzle together.

Shotwell fundraiser

There will be a pasta dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St., Avoca, to benefit Avoca resident and Duryea business owner Patrick Shotwell Sr., who is fighting stage 4 metastatic pancreatic cancer.

The menu includes pasta with meatballs, salad, roll, dessert, beer (for patrons 21 and older) and other beverages. There will be entertainment by the Luongo Brothers — famed members of The Poets. There also will be a basket raffle and 50/50 drawings.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 5-18. Children under 5 years old will be admitted for free. Takeouts for children and adults are $10. They do not include beverages.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from Pat Shotwell’s Auto Repair, 860 Main St., Duryea, Queen of the Apostles Parish office, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca, or from a Shotwell family member.

Tickets also can be purchased online via the “Pasta Dinner Benefit for Patrick Shotwell Sr.” Facebook event page.

Monetary or raffle donations can be made by calling Ryanne Ziobro at 570-237-6123.

Tax and trash bill reminder

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 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St., during the tax rebate period, which ends Wednesday, April 11.

Beginning Thursday, April 12, Wrubel’s office hours will be 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays. 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 as follows: $175 if purchased by April 20; $185 if purchased between April 21 and 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.

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.

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.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Main Street chiropractor, Dr. Margaret Breznay of Breznay Family Chiropractic and Be Wise Occupational Health, LLC, who will celebrate her special day Saturday, April 7.

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.