As promised, Avoca Borough’s 150th Anniversary Celebration Committee has a fun-filled Labor Day weekend planned to celebrate the sesquicentennial of Avoca!

The fun starts at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, with the second annual Battle of the Tracks: Avoca vs. West Avoca one-night kickball tournament followed by a kick-off celebration at the Avoca Little League field, 700 Mill St.

Current or former Avoca residents will comprise four Avoca and four West Avoca teams to compete in the tournament. There will be two rounds of play. Each game will be three innings. Each inning will be 25 minutes long or three outs, whichever comes first. Whichever side wins the most games will be the sesquicentennial battle champion.

There also will be a wild card game. New this year, the wild card game is open to anyone regardless of past or present Avoca residency. Player names will be drawn randomly and each player will be assigned to a team.

Registration is $10 per person and includes a tournament T-shirt. Interested parties should assemble a team and have the captain register the entire team by Aug. 7. All players must sign a waiver.

To register, please contact Kelly at 570-499-7013, Holly at 570-237-7190 or Colleen at 570-466-0492.

If kickball is not your game, just stop by to root for your side of the tracks and enjoy music, raffles, fireworks, food and fun.

On Saturday, Sept. 4, the committee will host Avoca’s “Small Business Saturday.” On this date, the community is encouraged to support Avoca businesses, bars and restaurants and enjoy Avoca’s small town atmosphere. Some establishments will offer specials! More details about this unique event will be available soon.

To cap off the weekend, the committee will host a parade and community social beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5. The parade route will be announced soon and the community social will take place on the grounds of Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St., immediately after the parade. The social will feature raffles, food and live music. Come out and catch up with old friends, new friends and neighbors as we celebrate this special moment in our borough’s history!

Anyone who wants to donate a raffle basket or item may contact Kelly at 570-499-7013. All raffle baskets and items are due by Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Any business or organization that wants to participate in the parade may contact Holly at 570-237-7190.

For details, please visit the Avoca Borough’s 150th Anniversary Celebration Facebook page.

Coat collection

Knights of Columbus Cardinal John J. O’Connor Council 12967, Avoca, is conducting a Coats for Kids coat drive. New and gently worn children’s coats can be dropped off in the donation boxes located in the church vestibule. Monetary gifts also are welcome.

VFW Auxiliary meeting

Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary to Post 8335 will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, at the post home, 915 Main St. President June Fitzgerald will preside and Jim and Annmarie Carroll will host.

School district taxes

Tax Collector Therese Wrubel announced the Pittston Area School District taxes will be mailed soon. Bills can be paid during Wrubel’s office hours, from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St. Please note, these hours are only available during the rebate period. Wrubel’s office hours after the rebate period are 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays.

Bills also can be paid via mail by sending the complete bill and payment to Wrubel at 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 or who needs assistance should call 570-457-4891.

Trash sticker reminder

Residents are reminded each household may only place three bags of garbage curbside Sunday evening for Monday pickup. All extra bags must have a refuse sticker on them issued by the borough. Stickers are $3 and can be purchased during Therese Wrubel’s office hours, 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Avoca Municipal Building.

Benefit motorcycle rideNEPA Rockers motorcycle club will host its 12th annual Roll Bike Ride on Saturday, July 24, at Litzy’s Lounge, 614 Foote Ave., to benefit Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, Clarks Summit.

Ride registration, which is $15, begins at noon. At 1 p.m., the Rockers will cruise to Eckley Miners’ Village, Weatherly, and return to Litzy’s. Following the ride, there will be a bike show/contest and slow rides at 5 p.m., followed by live music by Some SKA Band and The Manipulators at 6 p.m. The B3Q Smokehouse food truck also will be at the event.

For information, visit The Rockers Roll #12 Facebook event page.

Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus Cardinal John J. O’Connor Council 12967, Avoca, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 26, in the parish hall, 742 Spring St. The meeting will begin by praying the rosary.

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. Contact Grand Knight Bob Ryzner at 570-885-2096 for information.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 5 and 19, 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 entry 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.

Avoca Open Golf TourneyThe Thomas P. Durkin Memorial Avoca Open Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 4, at the Pine Hills Country Club, Taylor. The format is captain and crew and begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The cost is $90 per golfer and includes course fees, cart, cash prizes and a post-tournament luncheon at the West Side Social Club, 711 McAlpine St.

To register, call Jim Doran at 570-417-8563, Gene Philbin at 570-313-3079 or stop by the West Side Social Club from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday evenings.

This event, sponsored by the Avoca Ancient Order of the Hibernians, will benefit a scholarship fund for local high school graduates and other community projects.

Yard waste

Yard waste will be collected every Tuesday. Items should be placed curbside by 7 a.m. to ensure pickup.

The following items will be collected: grass clippings and leaves, shrubs, hedge clippings and tree limbs not exceeding 3 feet in length and a half-inch in diameter.

The following is not accepted: rocks, stones, dirt and/or animal waste. A maximum of three open, standard-sized garbage cans not exceeding 30 pounds will be allowed per collection.

Please do not use 55-gallon drums, large-wheeled garbage cans, large, plastic storage totes or plastic bags. It will be refused.

Please call 570-451-0625 with any questions.

Queen of the Apostles

Queen of the Apostles Parish has resumed its weekly Eucharistic Adoration. Adoration takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the church, 715 Hawthorne St. The rosary and benediction begin at 7:30 p.m. People of all faiths or no faith are welcome to experience this special time of reflection and stillness for the soul.

Farmers market

Avoca Farmers Market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays in the parking lot of Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St. For information, check out the Avoca Farmers Market Facebook page.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Mark Kiesinger, who will celebrate Monday, July 26, and to Kelly Carroll and Patrick Joyce, who will celebrate Thursday, July 29.

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

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