Staying hydrated is always important, but staying hydrated in hot weather is an absolute necessity. As you stock up on water to replenish your system, be sure to pick some up for our first responders. Not only do they need to beat the heat as the mercury in our porch thermometers keeps rising, but they also need to quench even heavier thirsts as they respond to various emergencies in our community.

If you can help, please drop off bottled water at the fire department and ambulance building, at 740 Main St., Avoca. Our volunteers will certainly be grateful for the gesture.

Tax reminder

Tax Collector Therese Wrubel announced the Pittston Area school taxes will be distributed soon.

Wrubel’s office hours during the rebate period are 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. Residents also can pay their bill via mail by sending the entire bill and payment to Therese Wrubel, 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 should call Wrubel at 570-457-4891.

Residents also are reminded the face value for the real estate taxes has been extended to Aug. 17, and anyone who does not pay their 2020 garbage fee by Aug. 1, will have their name given to the magistrate.

Farmers market

Avoca Farmers Market will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays in the parking lot of Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St. At this time, the market will only sell produce. As the summer progresses, borough officials will reassess if food and craft vendors can be included again.

Vendors will follow all of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture guidelines. Vendors and customers must wear masks.

VFW Auxiliary news

Avoca Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary to Post 8335 will meet at 7 p.m, Monday, Aug. 3, at the post home, 915 Main St.

The auxiliary is sponsoring an outdoor enthusiast raffle which features a lucky winner every day in October. The daily winning ticket number must match the state lottery’s evening Pick 3 number. The raffle includes 31 prizes valued at more than $20,000, including a grand prize five-day bowhunting trip in the hardwoods of southeast Ohio with Buckeye Bowhunting. Other prizes include crossbow packages, binoculars and tree stands.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling June Fitzgerald at 570-457-9604, Joe Burgio at 570-362-2141 or Lonesome Road Archery at 570-562-0301 by Sept. 30 or while supplies last. Proceeds benefit the Avoca VFW veterans and auxiliary to support their community services.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 6 and 20, 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.

AOH golf tournament cancelledDue to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Neil McLaughlin Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Avoca, has canceled its annual Thomas P. Durkin Memorial golf tournament. The event was scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 5. Please plan to attend the 2021 tourney on Labor Day weekend. Proceeds from the tournament benefit local high school scholarships and community projects.

Bethel services

Bethel United Methodist Church’s service takes place at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church, 530 Main St.

Langcliffe news

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church has its weekly service at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church, 1001 Main St. All guests must enter through the Main Street entrance. Everyone who attends a service must wear a mask and sanitize their hands when they enter the church. To aid in sanitizing and virus prevention, guests must sit in designated pews and only with members from their household.

Queen of the Apostles

Queen of the Apostles Parish has a temporary Mass schedule in place. Daily Mass will take place at 9 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Weekend Masses will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday at the church, 715 Hawthorne St.

Anyone who chooses to attend Mass must practice the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These guidelines include social distancing, wearing a mask and other practices the parish has listed on its Facebook page. In addition to these guidelines, the parish is limited to 90 people in the church per Mass. Anyone who attends must sign-in so that contact tracing can be done if someone becomes ill with COVID-19, per the regulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

If someone is experiencing COVID symptoms, has a pre-existing condition which would make them more susceptible to contracting COVID or simply does not feel comfortable attending Mass yet in a larger group setting, they are welcome to watch Sunday Mass live at 10 a.m. on the parish’s Facebook page and or on its YouTube channel Sunday evenings. Please note, the Diocese of Scranton has not reinstated the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays.

The parish also will have Eucharistic Adoration following the 9 a.m. Mass until 8 p.m. Tuesdays.

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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