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On Jan. 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court made a ruling which legalized abortion. It was a decision that changed the cultural and political landscape of our country forever. Forty-five years later, it is a topic which still powerfully polarizes our society. Thousands march and rally in our nation’s capital in support of and against this decision each January.

In Avoca, there won’t be a march or rally by thousands of people to recognize the 45th anniversary of this ruling, but there will be a group of people gathered at Queen of the Apostles Parish.

On Tuesday, Jan. 23, Queen of the Apostles Parish will hold its annual day of prayer for the legal protection of unborn children. The day will begin with Mass at the church, 715 Hawthorne St., at 8 a.m., followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Throughout the day, the church will be open for private prayer and Eucharistic Adoration. A special Eucharistic Holy Hour for Life will begin at 6:40 p.m. with music meditation, the recitation of the rosary for life, a special pro-life program and benediction.

In other parish news, Queen of the Apostles Parish has Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the church. At present, the parish is in need of a Eucharistic Adorer for the 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. hour. Anyone who can commit to this hour should call Ann Jake at 570-457-3521 or the parish office at 570-457-3412.

Also, due to inclement weather during the winter months, Adoration may be canceled. Please call the parish office for updates on these occasions.

The parish will have its St. Brigid’s Tea at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, in the Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St. Refreshment will be served.

The parish announces the following meetings: buildings and grounds committee, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 29, rectory, and finance council, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 30, rectory.

Garbage bills

Avoca Borough has sent 2018 garbage fee bills to homeowners and rental property owners. Rental owners are responsible for telling their tenants they must pay this fee too.

The fee schedule 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 can pay their bill from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays in the Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St. Residents also can pay the fee via mail by sending a check made payable to Avoca Borough, c/o Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641. You do not need to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Window stickers are not necessary and will not be issued.

Residents can get a 2018 recycling calendar at the municipal garage or the municipal building.

Little League registration

Online registration for the 2018 spring Avoca/Dupont Little League season is currently available on the league website, The final online registration date is Sunday, Feb. 28.

Any player from last year can register for the upcoming season online. New players to the league must register in person. Current players can, too.

In-person registration will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, through Wednesday, Feb. 7, and continue every Monday and Tuesday in February, at the clubhouse, 700 Mill St.

The cost to register is $65 for one player and $80 for two or more players from the same family. Payment for online registration can be completed using a credit card or via cash or check in person.

Little League cash bingo

In other news, the league’s third annual cash bingo fundraiser will take place Sunday, April 29, at the Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St. The 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.

Softball registration

Softball registration for the spring Little League season is available at All girls ages 7-14 within the boundaries of the Pittston Area School District are eligible to play. The divisions are minors, majors and juniors. A senior division for girls ages 14-16 is tentative. The number of teams depends on the number of players registered.

The cost is $100 per child with a $150 maximum per family. This fee also includes one ticket per family to a future Pittston Twp. purse bingo fundraiser.

The registration deadline is Thursday, March 1.

For more information, call 570-212-2347.

Scout Sunday / chili contest

Avoca Boy Scout Troop 316 will celebrate Scout Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, Feb. 4, at Queen of the Apostles Parish, 715 Hawthorne St.

Following the Mass, the Scouts will have a “Best Chili in Town Contest” at 11:30 a.m. in the Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St.

Winners of the best overall, hottest, best professional and best homemade chili recipes will receive ribbons and bragging rights.

The entry fee is $5 and includes an opportunity to sample and judge each entry. There will also be a bake sale.

VFW Auxiliary news

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8335 Auxiliary will not meet in January.

The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at the post home, 915 Main St. President June Fitzgerald will preside. Refreshments will be served.

Council meeting

Avoca Borough Council will have its monthly meeting Thursday, Feb. 8, at the municipal building, 950 Main St. The work session will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed immediately by the regular meeting.

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. 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.