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As the crisp, cool, autumn air breezes through our neighborhoods at night, we have the perfect conditions to gather with family and friends to watch the latest movies or shows on television. With such a vast array of networks, cable companies and streaming services available offering so many entertainment options, we certainly can watch just about anything we want.

While zeroing in on something to watch might be challenging, choosing the perfect popcorn to accompany your evening is not. And, I know you’ll agree with me when you see all of the choices available at Cub Pack and Scout Troop 316’s popcorn sale this weekend.

Cub Pack and Scout Troop 316 will have their annual Trail’s End popcorn sale Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7, before and after the weekend Masses at Queen of the Apostles Parish, 715 Hawthorne St. The Mass times are 4 p.m. Saturday and 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Varieties include popping corn and caramel corn, $10; white cheddar popcorn, $15, and premium caramel corn and an 18-pack of microwave butter popcorn, $20. All proceeds will benefit the parish’s chartered Scouting programs.

Also, if your son or daughter is interested in joining Cub Pack or Scout Troop 316, please stop by Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St., 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Thanks from the Hibernians

I recently received the following letter from Jim Doran, of the Avoca Ancient Order of the Hibernians:

“The Avoca A.O.H. would like to publicly thank everyone who participated in the annual Thomas P. Durkin Memorial Golf Tournament held in September. Because of the generosity of our sponsors and golfers, most of whom support us every year, we can continue to award scholarships to local high school graduates and support charitable causes and families throughout the year.

This year’s championship flight winners were Timmy Lavelle and Lee Rosser. We would also like to recognize the Durkin Family, Mike Morrisey and Gibbons Ford, and Jackie Borthwick-Galvin for the great coverage in our local newspapers.

The Avoca A.O.H. is always seeking new members. If you are interested in joining, please send a note to P.O. Box 5045 Avoca, PA 18641.

Thanks again hope to see you next year!”

Fire department fund drive

Avoca Fire Department’s annual fund drive is underway. Volunteers from the department ask residents to please send in their donation. The community’s support is what allows the department to continue providing essential services.

Queen of the Apostles news

Queen of the Apostles Parish announced the following meetings: pastoral council, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, rectory; women’s guild, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, rectory; worship, 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, rectory.

VFW auxiliary veterans bingo

Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 8335 will host a bingo Wednesday, Oct. 10, for the veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Plains Twp. On the day of the bingo, auxiliary members will meet at and leave the post, 915 Main St., at 5 p.m. Transportation will be provided. Bingo prizes can be left at the post.

Langcliffe news

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church will host a game night at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the church, 1001 Main St. From chess to Uno, Parcheesi to Settlers of Catan, they’ll have an assortment of fun games to play. Stop by to learn a new game or play an old favorite. All ages are welcome.

The church will host its annual trunk or treat from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the church parking lot, 1001 Main St. This spooktacular event is a safe, fun and simple way for children to trick or treat as they walk around the parking lot to all of the decorated car trunks and truck beds for candy. There also will be hot chocolate and music to enjoy.

Off-street parking will be available via the York Avenue gated entrance to Langcliffe Cemetery. The path will be well lit through the cemetery to the church parking lot, where all of the activities will take place. Handicap accessible parking will be available on the north side of the church.

This event is free and open to the public.

The church will host a “Back to Church Sunday” on Nov. 4 at the church. The event will begin with a meaningful, inspiring and God-centered worship service at 10 a.m., followed by a free harvest dinner in the lower level church hall to celebrate all of the things God has given to us.

Later that day, a group will attend the “Big Church Night Out” concert at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Twp.

This day of fun events will help guests prepare for new opportunities during the Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas seasons.

For information, please contact 570-457-4477, or send a message via the Langcliffe Presbyterian Church Facebook page.

The church will have a movie night at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the church. This free event features family-friendly movies, popcorn and a giant screen.

Little League meeting

Avoca/Dupont Little League will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Avoca Borough Building.

The meeting agenda includes a discussion about the fall season, field improvements and regular league business. All fall season coaches are required to attend. Anyone interested in volunteering is welcome to attend.

Farmers market

The Avoca Weekly Farmers Market is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, in the parking area of 822-824 McAlpine St. The vendors include All in All Hot Dogs and Catering, Annie Corcoran Soaps, Ayers Orchard, The Baklava Lady, Beta Bread Bakery, BeyondBread, Canned Classics, Deep Roots Hard Cider, Maaa’s Handmade Goat Milk Soap, Marie’s (Brennan) Creations, No Bull Ranch LLC, Pampered Chef, Purple Pepper Farms, Radle’s Farm, The Renegade Winery, Scentsy, Silly Willy Ice Cream, Simply Delicious Desserts, Snook’s Wings & Things, Southwest Savory Grill Food Truck, Synergy Crystal Amulets by Christine Brayer, Tarnowski Bros Kielbasi, Thirteen Olives, Tortilleria El Buen Amigo, Wyldflower Farms and many more.

For information, visit Avoca Farmers Market 2018 on Facebook.

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.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 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.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to John D’Aiello, who will celebrate his special day Monday, Oct. 8.

Happy birthday to Carol Trzcinski, who will celebrate her special day Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Anniversary celebrations

Congratulations and best wishes to Bernard and Rose Jacek, who will celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary Sunday, Oct. 7.

The couple has been blessed with two sons, Robert, and his wife, Jacqueline, Duryea, and Stephen, Avoca; three grandchildren, Justin, Joshua and Chelsea, and nine great-grandchildren: Kira, Gavin, Jeremy, Jocelyn, Parker, Liam, Gianni, Grayson and Benson.

In addition to this happy occasion, the Jacek family also is looking forward to celebrating Rose’s 90th birthday on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Happy anniversary to my husband, Jim! On Oct. 11, we will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.

It’s hard to believe 10 years have passed, but I guess that’s because we were having so much fun! On a more serious note, I am so grateful to not only have you as my husband but also as my friend. There is nobody on this entire earth who is more suited to make this journey with me than you. I love you, and God bless you!

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 in her column, email her at or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.