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Recently as I was reading some of the interesting Facebook pages of the community groups in our town, I discovered a beautiful statement on the Langcliffe Presbyterian Church page. The statement, which shares a point of philosophy from the congregation explaining their hopes for community events, really resonated with me because of its positivity. The quote, taken from their movie night event page, states “we also believe that part of our duty as Christians is to show love to our community. One way that we do that is by offering positive events that provide a chance to form new friendships and strengthen old ones — for adults and kids alike.”

I don’t know about you, but I found the church’s outlook refreshing. It seems as if every time you read, watch or listen to most information sources, you’re plagued by negativity. While the vastness of these sources is much greater than that of Langcliffe’s small slice of cyberspace, Langcliffe’s message of hope is needed more now than ever before.

To find out more about these all-encompassing public events, why not stop by one?

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, 1001 Main St. Join in the fun and enjoy snacks and conversation while putting a puzzle together.

The following month, the church will have a movie night at 7 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the church. This free event features family-friendly movies, a popcorn machine and a giant screen.

All of the movies have life lessons that families can discuss together, learn from or react to and that make people think a little more deeply and lovingly.

Little League opens

Avoca/Dupont Little League will have its 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.

Queen of the Apostles events

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 will also 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.

Queen of the Apostles Parish will have Bible study from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursdays, April 19, and May 3, 17 and 31, in the rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. All are welcome.

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 sponsorships are available for $100.

For information, contact Jim McMahon at or John Soy at

Tax and garbage bills

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 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays in the Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St. Residents can also 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 schedule 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 fire 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.

Farmer’s Market

Save the date! The Avoca Weekly Farmer’s Market will open Wednesday, June 20, providing you with fresh vegetables and so much more.

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.

That’s about it for this week my friends. 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 next week’s edition of the Avoca community news, please contact me by Monday at 5 p.m.

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.