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Now that we have had a few days of nice weather, it’s a great time to start working outdoors, sprucing up your property.

Avoca Borough collects yard waste every Tuesday. A maximum of three standard sized garbage cans, filled with yard waste not to exceed 30 pounds, will be allowed per collection.

Residents can place the following separated items in the containers: grass clippings and leaves, shrubs, hedge clippings and tree limbs which should not exceed 3 feet in length and half an inch in diameter.

Rocks, stones, dirt and animal waste are not acceptable forms of yard waste.

Also, please do not place yard waste in 55-gallon drums, large wheeled garbage cans, large plastic storage totes or plastic bags. Items in these containers will not be collected.

Collection containers should be placed curbside by 7 a.m. on collection days.

For information, please call 570-451-0625.

Shredding event

There will be a community shredding day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Healey Playground, 300 Foote Ave., for residents of Greater Pittston.

This event, which is sponsored by state Rep. Mike Carroll and state Sen. John Blake in conjunction with the Duryea Police Department and Crime Watch, is open to all residents of Greater Pittston. Shredding will take place on site by Purple Paper Eaters.

For information, visit the Duryea PD Facebook page.

Farmers market

The Avoca Farmers Market will open for the season Wednesday, June 19. The market will take place at the same convenient location as last year, 824 McAlpine St., but it will have new operating hours. The new hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

VFW Auxiliary news

Avoca Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 8335 will host a bingo and ice cream social at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center. Members will leave the post, 915 Main St., at 5 p.m. to attend the event at the VA. Transportation will be provided.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 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.

Tax and trash payments

Avoca Tax Collector Therese Wrubel announces Luzerne County/Avoca Borough taxes are due and refuse fees are past due.

Residents can pay each of these bills from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Residents also can pay via mail by sending separate checks to Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641.

If you need a receipt, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and the complete bill. Also, write your phone number on the bill in case Wrubel must reach you.

The refuse fee to have up to three bags collected weekly is $195 if purchased by June 21. After June 21, all unpaid refuse bills will be turned over to the magistrate.

Queen of the Apostles news

Queen of the Apostles Parish will have its annual all-you-can-eat pig roast from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St. Takeout dinners will be available all day. Additional seating will be available under an outdoor tent. The menu includes roasted pig on the spit, wimpies, hot dogs, corn on the cob, salads, desserts, soda, and water. There also will be a cash prize grand raffle, basket raffle, children’s games and a bake sale.

During the event, the parish, in partnership with the Avoca Community Committee, will honor all Avoca Hometown Heroes and their families at a 3 p.m. prayer service. The service also will include remarks from state Rep. Michael Carroll and borough officials.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger, and are available in advance or at the event. Hometown Heroes will receive dinner tickets at half price. For information and advance tickets, call the office at 570-457-3412 or visit Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca, PA on Facebook.

Queen of the Apostles Parish announces the following meetings in the rectory: pastoral council, 7 p.m., Monday, June 10, and worship committee, 6 p.m., Monday, June 17.

Alcoholics Anonymous

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

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Grace Marie McLaughlin, who will celebrate June 9; the Rev. Joseph Elston, June 11, and Erin Joyce, June 13.

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.