As you prepare to do your fall cleaning, be sure to gather up old bills, medical information and any other documents with sensitive information you do not want to fall into the wrong hands.

Avoca Borough has partnered with Paper Eaters of Wilkes-Barre to host a community paper shredding event for Avoca residents. The event from will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Avoca Borough Municipal Garage, 1103 Plane St. Residents will be asked to show proof of residency with a picture ID or a driver’s license.

Paper with staples, paper clips, standard file folders and envelopes will be accepted. Larger binder clips, plastic protective sheet covers or any plastic of any kind is not permitted. Magazines, newspapers, binders and cardboard also are not permitted.

Paper Eaters will assist residents with loading their paper into the shredding containers, which will be lifted into the shredding truck. There is a three-box limit per person. Businesses are asked to not bring an overabundance of material to shred.

J.P. Mascaro and Sons will conduct a bulk item pickup Monday, Sept. 27. Residents who have paid their annual refuse fee may place three items per household curbside the night before the collection. Trash also will be collected on this same day.

The following items will not be collected: freon containing items, tires, paint, stains, pesticides, hazardous type waste, construction materials, brick, block, concrete, car parts, electronics, TVs, computers, laptops, DVD players, VCRs, batteries and recyclables. Larger items should be broken down if possible. Mattresses must be wrapped in plastic. Carpeting must be rolled and tied no wider than four feet.

Please call J.P. Mascaro directly at 1-800-243-7575 with any questions.

Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus Cardinal John J. O’Connor Council 12967, Avoca, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, in the Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St. The meeting will begin with praying the rosary.

Knights of Columbus will host the annual rosary rally at noon Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Healey Memorial Playground, 398 Foote Ave., Duryea.

The Knights are conducting a Coats for Kids drive. New and gently worn children’s coats can be dropped off in the donation boxes located in the vestibule of Queen of the Apostles Church. Monetary gifts also are welcome.

Any Catholic man, 18 or older, is welcome to join the Knights. Meetings take place at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month in Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St. The council’s goal is to be an asset to the pastor, parish and community by lending assistance wherever needed. Contact Grand Knight Bob Ryzner at 570-885-2096 for information.

VFW Auxiliary meeting

Avoca Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8335 Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at the post home, 915 Main St.

President June Fitzgerald will preside and Joan Emlaw and Audrey Yager will host.

Dues can be paid at this meeting.

Langcliffe blood drive

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church will host a blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross and the Wright Center from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the church, 1001 Main St. Walk-ins are welcome, but to make an appointment go to or call 1-800-733-2767.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 7 and 21, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 532 Main St. The food, provided by the CEO Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank, can be picked up in the rear entrance of the building.

If you can volunteer to unload and distribute food, please arrive at the church at 1:30 p.m. For information, please call Jim at 570-921-9899.

Queen of the Apostles

Queen of the Apostles Parish’s social concerns/respect life ministry will host its annual craft show and soup and more sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St.

In addition to hosting great craft vendors, the ministry also will have these food items for sale: red or white clam chowder, $8.50 per quart; haluski, $6 per quart, and vodka sauce, $8.50 per quart.

To place an order, please call Carol Wood at 570-457-8843 or Ruth Lee at 570-457-2111 by Sunday, Oct. 10. Orders can be picked up during the fair. There also will be an additional variety of soups available on the day of the event sold by the bowl or pint.

Vendors may register by calling Jane Maxwell at 570-335-8678.

Queen of the Apostles Parish’s women’s guild and pastoral council will sponsor the parish’s harvest tea at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, in the parish hall, 742 Spring St.

Hostesses are needed to sponsor each table which includes selecting a theme for the table and providing food and refreshments that support the theme. Coffee and tea will be provided.

Admission is $10 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Marian Award, which provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors from the parish who are continuing their education.

To host a table or attend the event, please contact Jane Maxwell at 570-335-8678, Chrissy Wastradowski at 570-466-3676 or the parish office at 570-457-3412.

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 or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.

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