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Back by popular demand, Queen of the Apostles Parish is selling homemade takeout sauce and meatballs Friday, Feb. 22, through Sunday, Feb. 24, in the parish hall,742 Spring St.

A quart of sauce is $5, and a quart of sauce and meatballs is $7.

All items must be pre-ordered.

To place an order and for sale hours, please call Paul at 570-430-9015 or the parish office at 570-457-3412.

In other parish news, the parish’s worship committee will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, in the rectory, 715 Hawthorne St.

Greater Pittston Little League registration

The newly expanded Greater Pittston Area Little League will conduct its final in-person registration for the 2019 spring season from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Pittston City Little League field press box, Hillpark Avenue, Pittston. Online registration also is open at until Feb. 17.

Any child who lives or attends school in Avoca, Dupont, Duryea or Pittston City is eligible to play for the Greater Pittston Area Little League.

The fees for the newly formed league are: T-ball, ages 4-6, free; coach pitch, ages 6-9, $45; minors, ages 8-10, $75, and majors, ages 9-12, $75. There is a $110 family maximum.

All players will need to provide three forms of residency and a copy of their birth certificate. The types of forms needed are listed at

There will not be any ticket raffle requirement this year.

PA Class of 1967 birthday planning meeting

Members of the Pittston Area Class of 1967 will have a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Colarusso’s Café, 725 Main St., to discuss plans for the group’s upcoming 70th birthday party. The party will take place in September at the Dupont Hose Company.

If you plan on attending, please call Karen Hadley Sobeski at 570-457-3247.

Trash bills

Refuse invoices for 2019 have been mailed to residents. The fee to have up to three bags collected weekly has not increased this year. It is as follows: $160 if purchased by Feb. 20; $165 if purchased between Feb. 21 and March 20; $175 if purchased between March 21 and 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.

Residents also can pay their bill from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays in the Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St.

Residents can also pay the fee via mail by sending a check made payable to Avoca Borough, c/o Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641.

Avoca Borough encourages residents to mark the following dates on their calendars:

A white goods collection will be held Wednesday, July 10.

A bulk item/furniture collection will be held in the borough Monday, Sept. 23.

If you need to dispose of a white goods item before or after the pickup date, please call 570-451-0625 or 570-457-4947.

If you need to dispose of a bulk item that is not normally collected with weekly garbage, please call J.P. Mascaro & Sons directly at 1-800-243-7575. Couches, chairs, tables, etc. left curbside will not be collected unless arrangements are made with Mascaro.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 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.

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.

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.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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. Monday.