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Our local Little League teams have certainly played very well this season in their quests to be the best. While some teams made shorter runs into the playoffs, several others are still in the thick of tournament competition, striving to be crowned champions.

Next weekend our very own Avoca/Dupont Little League will host a tournament of its own which will also crown a champion. But, instead of boys and girls taking the field, softball teams represented by our local fire departments and other organizations will charge the field for the Avoca Fire Department’s annual softball tournament.

Stop by and check out the action as the first pitch drops in at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the Avoca/Dupont Little League Field, 498 Commerce St. The tournament will continue throughout the weekend ending Sunday, Aug. 12.

In addition to some great play on the diamond, there also will be food available at the Little League’s concession stand. Anyone who is willing to volunteer to work in the stand during the tournament should contact the league at 570-906-1033, or on the Avoca/Dupont Little League, Inc. on Facebook.

Tax reminder

Avoca Tax Collector Therese Wrubel announced the Pittston Area school taxes have been distributed.

Residents can pay their bill from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St., during the rebate period only. Residents also can pay their bill via mail by sending the entire bill and payment to Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you need a receipt.

Anyone who did not receive a bill should call Wrubel at 570-457-4891.

Please note, the tax office will be closed Aug. 9-16. During this period, payments can still be mailed or placed in an envelope and left at Wrubel’s office.

VFW Auxiliary news

Avoca Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8335 Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at the post home, 915 Main St.

Members elected and appointed for 2018-19 will begin their duties at this meeting. President June Fitzgerald will preside over the meeting and Ann Marie Carroll and Paula Regan will host it.

Little League news

Avoca/Dupont Little League will have fall ball registration from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Little League field, 498 Commerce St. Registration is open to coach pitch, minor and major league players. The cost is $25 per player.

The season begins in late August and ends in early October. If a player participated in the spring season, residency verification is not necessary at registration. If the player has moved or did not play in the spring season, residency verification is required.

Players also can register for fall teeners at this time. The cost for teeners is $65.

Avoca/Dupont Little League will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Little League field. The agenda includes the fall season and regular league business.

All fall season coaches are required to attend this meeting. Anyone interested in volunteering, as well as anyone generally interested in the league, is welcome to attend.

Langcliffe Presbyterian

game and puzzle nights

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church will have a game night at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the church, 1001 Main St. Stop by to learn a new game or play an old favorite. All ages are welcome.

The church will have Puzzles for the Young at Heart, a puzzle night for adults, at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the church. Join in the fun and enjoy snacks and conversation while putting a puzzle together.

DePrimo golf tournament

The 10th annual 1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Wilkes-Barre Golf Club.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. with a captain and crew tee-off at 8 a.m. Cost is $75 per golfer, which includes green fees, use of a cart, dinner and awards. Register at

All proceeds will benefit the 1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Fund of the Luzerne Foundation.

National Night Out

The Duryea, Avoca and Dupont National Night Out will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Healey Memorial Park, 300 Foote Ave., Duryea. National Night Out, which is a nationwide annual event designed to raise crime prevention awareness, also strengthens neighborhood spirit and unity and fosters community-police partnerships.

Just a few of the festivities included at this year’s event are the National Guard’s rock climbing wall, a demonstration from the Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol, the Pennsylvania State Police helicopter, the Geisinger Life Flight helicopter, the Pittston Fire Department’s smoke and safety house, Sir Bounce-A-Lot’s obstacle course, fire and police demonstrations including a live taser demonstration, guest speakers, games, food, music, refreshments and much more. The event is free to the public.

To help defray the cost of the event, please make monetary donations made payable to the Duryea Crime Watch and send or drop it off at the Duryea Police Department, 315 Main St. Duryea PA 18642, attention Chief Nick Lohman. Please list “National Night Out” in the memo area on the check.

If you need additional information, please contact Trina at 570-604-0637, Chief Lohman at 570-457-1721, ext. 2 or via messenger to the Duryea PD Facebook page or by contacting any member of the Duryea, Avoca and Dupont Crime Watch.

Queen of the Apostles news

Queen of the Apostles Parish’s rectory and word committee will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, in the rectory, 715 Hawthorne St.

The parish’s social concerns/respect life ministry will host a fall craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in the parish hall, 742 Spring St.

Anyone interested in reserving an 8-by-7-foot space may contact the parish office at 570-457-3412 or Jane Maxwell at 570-335-8678. Spaces are limited.

Food pantry

The Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the 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.

Hibernian golf tournament

Avoca Ancient Order of Hibernians will sponsor its annual Thomas P. Durkin Memorial Avoca Open Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 1, at Pine Hills Country Club, 140 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor.

The tournament is captain and mate and begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

The cost is $90 per golfer which includes green fees, use of a cart, cash prizes, and a luncheon at the West Side Social Club, 711 McAlpine St.

The first golfer to hit a hole-in-one on the designated hole will win a new car courtesy of Gibbons Ford, Dickson City.

To register, call Jim Doran at 570-417-8563 or Gene Philbin at 570-313-3079. Interested players also can register Thursdays at the West Side Social Club.

All proceeds will benefit a scholarship fund for local high school graduates and other community projects.

Touch a Truck

Avoca Fire Department will have its third annual Touch a Truck Day from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 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.

Farmers market

The weekly Avoca Farmers Market is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays in the parking area of 822-824 McAlpine St. The vendors include Canned Classics, Tortilleria El Buen Amigo Maaa’s Handmade Goat Milk Soap, The Renegade Winery, Beta Bread Bakery, Snook’s Wings & Things, Deep Roots Hard Cider, No Bull Ranch LLC, Silly Willy Ice Cream, Southwest Savory Grill Food Truck, BeyondBread, Wyldflower Farms, Radle’s Farm, Thirteen Olives, Ayers Orchard, Simply Delicious, Scentsy, Crafts by Marie, Annie Corcoran Soaps, Synergy Crystal Amulets, The Baklava Lady and 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.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Mary Ann Sheerer, who will celebrate her special day Sunday, Aug. 5.

Happy birthday to Joseph Babkowski, who will celebrate his special day Saturday, Aug. 11.

That’s about it for this week, my friends.

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.