The pandemic has us feeling many different emotions: helpless, frustrated, scared, worried, confused. I’m sure there are many more feelings you could add to this list that many of us have felt these past 11 months. Sadly, they are all draining.

If you’re searching for a way to restore your spirit, consider helping others by participating in the blood drive taking place this week in town.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in the Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St.

As a thank you for donating, all donors will receive a $5 Amazon gift card by email.

To register, please call 1-800-733-2767 or visit and enter “Avoca.” Donors must bring photo identification and wear a mask.

In other church news, Queen of the Apostles Parish is offering the Alpha program, “Who is Jesus?” via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The program, which is free to everyone, is an adult faith enrichment series for churchgoers and non-churchgoers alike. The videos are thought provoking and lead to meaningful group discussions. For information, please contact the parish office at 570-457-3412 or

Queen of the Apostles Parish’s First Communion class will receive First Penance at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the church, 715 Hawthorne St.

The parish’s social concerns/respect life ministry is sponsoring its annual Easter basket food program. Any parishioner who needs a basket of food for their Easter meal should contact the office by Sunday, March 21.

Queen of the Apostles Parish has a virtual spirit gear store in conjunction with Mad Tees, Dupont. The store is located at, and it has several different items for sale. When your order is complete, a Mad Tees representative will contact you. Orders can be picked up on the back porch of Mad Tees, 340 Main St., Dupont, following social distancing guidelines. Please note, orders take two weeks to complete.

A portion of all sales will benefit the parish.

St. Patrick’s spirit gear

Avoca Fire Department is selling St. Patrick’s Day spirit gear online in conjunction with Mad Tees, Dupont. The items include Irish-themed long-sleeve T-shirts and hoodies and traditional long and short sleeve T-shirts, hoodies, baseball caps, shorts and sweatpants.

To place an order, visit Orders are due by Sunday, Feb. 14, and will be ready Monday, March 1.

Refuse fees

Residents may pay their 2021 refuse fees from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Avoca Borough Municipal Building, 950 Main St. The fee to have up to three bags collected weekly is as follows: $165 if purchased by Feb. 20; $170 if purchased between Feb. 21 and March 20; $180 if purchased between March 21 and April 20; $190 if purchased between April 21 and May 20, and $200 if purchased between May 21 and June 21. If anyone has more than three bags of garbage per week, please call Therese Wrubel at 570-457-4891 for extra bag stickers.

Residents also can pay via mail by sending a check made payable to Avoca Borough, c/o Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will open at 4 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 4 and 18, 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.

Knights of Columbus membership

Cardinal John J. O’Connor Knights of Columbus Council 12967, Avoca, is accepting new members. Membership is open to men 18 or older who are Catholic. For information, please call the Queen of the Apostles Parish Office at 570-457-3412.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Cindy Hogan, who will celebrate her special day Feb. 3.

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 an item, email or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.

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