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In early October, our country marked the 97th celebration of National Fire Prevention Week. At this time, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issues information to the public regarding safety hazards, home evacuation plans and much more.

While this information is valuable and important, did you ever stop to think what we would do if we didn’t have volunteer firefighters in Avoca to carry out NFPA’s plans? It’s certainly a frightening thought, but we can work together to ensure it doesn’t come to fruition. Whether you are interested in supporting our local fire department with your time as a volunteer firefighter or with your treasure by making a donation to the department’s annual fund drive, you can be sure the members of the Avoca Fire Department will appreciate it.

To become an Avoca firefighter, please visit avocafire.net to download an application. To make a donation to the Avoca Fire Department, please respond to the appeal sent via mail.

You also can make a donation online at avocafire.net.

All proceeds allow the department to continue providing essential services and ensures it can meet its operating expenses for the next calendar year.

Tax reminder

Avoca Borough Tax Collector Therese Wrubel states Pittston Area school taxes are now at face value until Nov. 30. The second installment was due by Oct. 30, and the third installment is due by Dec. 17.

Any unpaid Luzerne County/Avoca Borough taxes are due Dec. 30.

Tax bills can be paid between 9 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays in the Avoca Borough Municipal Building, 950 Main St. They also can be mailed to 129 Factory St., Avoca. Please write separate checks for each bill.

Queen of the Apostles news

Queen of the Apostles Parish’s Women’s Guild will host its fifth annual authentic Polish dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St., Avoca.

The menu includes kielbasa, piggies, haluski, pierogi, cabbage and red beet salad, coffee and tea. Guests may bring alcoholic beverages.

Tickets, which are limited to 175 sit-down dinners, are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and younger.

One hundred takeout dinners also will be available for $10 each.

Please note, tickets for the dinner will be limited at the door.

In other parish news, Queen of the Apostles Parish Youth Group will conduct a care package collection for college kids. The group will use the collection items to prepare themed care packages and distribute them on Thanksgiving weekend to parishioners who are attending college.

The non-perishable collection items include shoe box sized care package boxes; brown, yellow and orange construction paper; candy, snacks, ice cream sundae toppings and inspirational message cards. Items can be left in the collection box in the church vestibule, 715 Hawthorne St., at all Masses through Sunday, Nov. 18.

The parish announces the following meetings which will take place in the rectory: pastoral council, 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12; women’s guild, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13; worship committee, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19; buildings and grounds, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26, and finance council, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27.

VFW Auxiliary meeting

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8335 Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the post home, 915 Main St.

President June Fitzgerald will preside over the meeting, and Aileen Exeter and Joan Amlaw will host it.

The meeting agenda includes finalizing plans for the members’ only Christmas party at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

To make a reservation, please call Fitzgerald at 570-457-9604 by Saturday, Nov. 24.

Little League meeting

Avoca Dupont Little League will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Avoca Borough Municipal Building, 950 Main St. The meeting agenda includes the fall season, field improvements and normal league business.

All fall season coaches are required to attend the meeting.

Anyone who wants to volunteer or who is interested in the league is welcome to attend.

PA, Class of 1967,

Christmas party

Pittston Area, Class of 1967, will have a Christmas party at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909, 401 Main St., Dupont.

There will be a party planning meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Bernie Appel Wesolowski’s home, 225 Hill St., Dupont. Anyone planning to attend the meeting should call Wesolowski at 570-655-6053.

For information regarding the Christmas party, please call Karen Hadley Sobeski at 570-457-3247.

Also, the class is planning a 70th birthday party for members of the graduating class. The party will tentatively take place sometime in September 2019.

More information about the reunion will be available in the future.

Ministerium Thanksgiving service

The 4-Boro Ministerium of Avoca, Duryea, Moosic and Old Forge, will have its annual community Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Nativity of Lord Parish, 127 Stephenson St., Duryea.

All those attending the Thanksgiving service are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or monetary gift to support the Moosic United Methodist Church food pantry.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 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 Parish rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. Please use the sunroom entrance.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Linda Bartuska Cortes, who will celebrate her special day Monday, Nov. 5.

Happy birthday to Michael Berlew, who will celebrate his special day Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Happy birthday to Joann Stefanko, who will celebrate her special day Saturday, Nov. 10.

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 jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.