Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers, grandmothers, nanas, godmothers, sisters, aunts, nieces and terrific ladies of Avoca! I hope you all have a wonderful day where you can relax and enjoy the very people who love you for being such a wonderful influence in their lives.

I’d like to wish a very special Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, Lorraine! Thank you Mom for taking such great care of Tom and me as we were growing up and for continuing to care for us every day. You made so many sacrifices for us and still do to this day, and I just want you to know how much we appreciate it and how much we love you! We are very blessed to have you as our mother, and J.J. is extremely blessed to have you as his nana. I love watching you dote on him, making him laugh, and instilling good values in him. No wonder he calls you his favorite person in the world because you are certainly mine!

Queen of the Apostles news

Queen of the Apostles Parish will host three-time Grammy nominee, singer, songwriter and motivational speaker Marty Rotella for a special presentation, “Spiritual Recovery after the Pandemic,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 16, at the church, 715 Hawthorne St.

Rotella has presented the Gospel message of Jesus’ love in 43 states in addition to Australia, Europe, Central and South America and Canada. He has more than 30 years of ministry experience through teaching and motivational speaking in churches, schools, conferences and prisons. The public is invited to attend. All guests must wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.

Tickets are on sale now for Queen of the Apostles Parish’s Christmas in July Pot of Gold raffle. Tickets are $10. The winning number will be based on the evening Pick 3 Daily Number beginning July 1. The daily prizes will be $75 and $250 on Sundays. For tickets, please call the parish office at 570-457-3412.

The parish hall has reopened. The maximum capacity will be 75 people, including caterers. Anyone in the hall must wear a mask and practice social distancing. For information, please call Paul at 570-430-9015 or the parish office at 570-457-3412.

Knights of Columbus news

Knights of Columbus Cardinal John J. O’Connor Council 12967, Avoca, will host Queen of the Apostles Parish’s holy hour service from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, at the church, 715 Hawthorne St. The service will include praying the rosary.

The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 24, 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. 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.

Food pantry

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

Ambulance membership

Avoca Ambulance Association’s 2021 subscription membership drive is underway. Residents of Avoca and Dupont will receive a membership packet in the mail soon. Duryea residents will receive the packet at a later date.

The membership subscription protects the subscriber and his or her family members from out-of-pocket expenses which insurance may not cover in the event of needing emergency services. The membership subscription price remains the same as last year, at $40 per household; $35 for senior citizens. This fee is used for operating expenses and to maintain the viability of the Avoca Ambulance Association.

Avoca Ambulance provides coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week with paid professional emergency medical providers on duty around the clock. Without the community’s support, this level of service would not be available.

The association members appreciate the community’s support and vow to do their best to serve you in your time of need.

Yard waste

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

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.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Thomas Kaplavka, who will celebrate his special day Monday, May 10.

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

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