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It will be a busy week from start to finish at Queen of the Apostles Parish.

Starting off the week, the parish will host its 2020 mission, “Hope and Peace with Music and Good News,” Saturday, Feb. 8, through Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the church, 715 Hawthorne St. This special event will feature Marty Rotella, who will integrate his gift of music with a unique preaching style, at the three weekend Masses and special mission services.

The weekend Masses are at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, and at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. The mission services, which will include Mass, are at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9; Monday, Feb. 10, and Tuesday, Feb. 11. The Feb. 11 service, which takes place on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, will include anointing of the sick by Msgr. John Esseff. Mass also will be celebrated at 8 a.m. Feb. 10 and 11.

Following the faith-filled celebration, the parish will have its Night at the Races Saturday, Feb. 15, in the parish hall, 742 Spring St. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the races begin at 7 p.m.

Admission is $10 per person and includes food and beverages. Horse sponsorships are $10 each. The sponsor of the winning horse wins $50. Sponsorship registration forms are available in the church vestibule or the parish office. Guests are invited to bring their own alcoholic beverages and snacks for their table.

For information, contact the parish office at 570-457-3412 or staff@queenoftheapostles.com.

In other news, the parish announces the following meetings in the rectory: pastoral council, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10; women’s guild, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, and worship committee, 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17.

Sesquicentennial cook book

Avoca Sesquicentennial Committee is preparing a community cookbook to celebrate the borough’s 150th anniversary. The committee is hoping to fill it with more than a century’s worth of recipes of famed family meals, old-world baked goods and favorite cocktail concoctions.

Recipes can be emailed to Avoca2021@gmail.com or mailed or dropped off at the Avoca Municipal Building, 952 Main St., during normal business hours. Please be sure to include the chef’s name when submitting your items. The sesquicentennial committee can only produce this book if they receive enough recipes. All proceeds will be used to benefit the sesquicentennial celebration set for May 2021.

Little League meeting

and registration

Greater Pittston Area Little League will hold its monthly board meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the conference room at the Tipsy Turtle Airport Pub, 28 Concorde Dr., Avoca. The agenda includes player evaluations, minor and major division drafts, opening day, Night at the Races fundraiser and regular league business. All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend. The meeting is open to the public.

Greater Pittston Area Little League will conduct in-person registration for the 2020 spring season from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Sky Zone, 195 Enterprise Way, Pittston. Any player who registers at the event will receive a free 30-jump session at Sky Zone. Please note, Sky Socks are required to participate in a jump session.

Children ages 4-12 who live in Avoca, Duryea, Dupont, Pittston City, including Glendale, Houston City or Pocono Ridge Estates or who attend the Pittston Area Intermediate Center or Holy Rosary School are invited to play baseball in this league.

The league utilizes three fields and accompanying facilities in Avoca, Duryea and Pittston City. The league conducts a full draft of all major and minor teams annually. All returning and new players’ skills are assessed each year. The league strives to create family-oriented events to assist children to not only develop athletic skills but also create lifelong friendships and memories.

The age categories and registration fees are as follows: T-ball, ages 4-6, $25; coach pitch, ages 6-9, $50; minor, ages 9-11, $85, and major, ages 10-12, $85. The maximum charge per family is $125. The registration fee includes insurance, a jersey and a hat.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 532 Main St. Food can be picked up in the rear entry of the building. Volunteers are needed at 1:30 p.m.

Trash fees

Refuse fee for 2020 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 a magistrate.

Beginning later this month, Wrubel will increase her office hours 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 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.

K of C Krispy Kreme sale

Knights of Columbus Post 5904 will have a Krispy Kreme doughnut sale after the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Feb. 22, and the 8 and 10:30 a.m. Masses on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Queen of the Apostles Parish, 715 Hawthorne St. The doughnuts are $8 per box or for a certificate to pick up the doughnuts at a Krispy Kreme shop. For information, please call Paul Chromey, post 5904 chancellor, at 570-235-1738.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays the Queen of the Apostles Parish rectory basement, 715 Hawthorne St. Use the sunroom entrance.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Colleen Regan Velehoski, who will celebrate on Sunday, Feb. 9.

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.