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My son, J.J., recently learned about recycling at preschool. My husband, Jim, and I used it as an opportunity to reinforce why our family places glass, plastic, cardboard and other items in recycling bins each day. We explained to him while our efforts are good, their impact on the natural environment is even greater.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, recycling not only reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators and conserves natural resources, it also prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials, saves energy and supports American manufacturing by creating jobs in the recycling industries.

If you want to make our world better for yourself, your children and future generations, please consider joining Avoca’s recycling efforts. Avoca residents may bring their recyclables to the Avoca Borough Municipal Garage, Plane Street, where the Moosic Recycling Truck is parked for Avoca residents to use.

For recycling guidelines and a collection schedule, please call the Avoca Borough Municipal Building at 570-451-0625.

Water for firefighters

Anyone who wants to donate a case of individual bottled water for our first responders may drop it off at the Avoca Fire Department, 740 Main St. Let’s help our loyal volunteers just as they help us.

Queen of the Apostles news

Queen of the Apostles Parish announces the following meetings: worship committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 29, rectory, and finance council, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, rectory.

Bible camp

Nativity of Our Lord Parish, in partnership with Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca, and Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Dupont, will host Vacation Bible Camp from 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 6, through Friday, Aug. 10, at Nativity of Our Lord, 127 Stephenson St.

Registration is open to all children, from 4 years old to grade six. Youth and adult volunteers are welcome to help.

On the final day of camp, campers’ families are invited for a review of the week’s activities and a picnic lunch.

The camp is free, but donations will be accepted to defray the costs of the program.

To register, visit www.nativityduryea.org/vacation-bible-camp-2019.html. Registration can be completed on the site or forms can be downloaded and printed from it. Printed forms can be dropped off at the rectory or left in the collection basket during any Mass.

For information, please call David Tighe at Nativity of Our Lord at 570-457-3502.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 1 and 15, 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.

VFW Auxiliary meeting

Avoca Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8335 Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at the post home, 915 Main St. President June Fitzgerald will preside over the meeting. Paula Regan and June Fitzgerald will be the hostess.

Officers installed for 2019-20 are expected to attend this meeting.

DePrimo Golf Tournament

The 11th annual 1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Sand Springs Golf Course, Drums.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. with a captain and crew tee-off at 8 a.m. Cost is $75 per golfer, which includes green fees, use of a cart, dinner and awards. Registration is available at www.deprimogolf.com.

All proceeds will benefit the 1st Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Fund of the Luzerne Foundation.

‘Battle of the Tracks’

The Avoca Community Committee will host the “Battle of the Tracks: Avoca vs. West Avoca” tournament Friday, Aug. 16, through Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Avoca/Dupont Little League grounds and West Avoca Park, Mill Street.

This tournament includes friendly competitions between adults who lived or currently live in Avoca or West Avoca. The fun kicks off with kickball at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, and cornhole at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, followed by a free throw shootout.

Registration, which is open to people 18 and older, is $5 per person and includes participation in each competition. If you do not have a team, you can be placed on one. In addition, there also will be a hot dog eating contest.

To register, please contact Kelly O’Brien, Holly Homschek, Brian Lyons, Sandy VanLuvender or Colleen Velehoski via Facebook.

Food and drinks will be on sale at the Avoca Dupont Little League stand throughout the tournament. All proceeds from the food sales will benefit the Little League.

Sesquicentennial Committee volunteers

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 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 Building, 950 Main St., 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.

Farmers market

The 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 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.

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.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to Patrick Joyce, who will celebrate his special day July 29.

Happy birthday to Kelly Carroll, who will celebrate her special day July 29.

That’s about it for this week, my friends.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Avoca. To list an item, email jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.