Back by popular demand, Queen of the Apostles Parish will be selling “Paul’s Famous Homemade Sauce and Meatballs” this weekend! The sale will take place in the parish hall, 742 Spring St., following the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Oct. 24, and the 8 and 10 a.m. Masses on Sunday, Oct. 25. Prices are as follows: quart of red sauce, $6; quart of red sauce and meatballs, $8, and a quart of vodka sauce, $10. Pre-orders are appreciated. To place yours, please call Paul at 570-430-9015 or the parish office at 570-457-3412.

Queen of the Apostles news

Queen of the Apostles Parish is exploring the possibility of re-establishing the Cardinal O’Conner Knights of Columbus Council 12967 which was very active at the former SS. Peter and Paul’s Church, Avoca.

The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization dedicated to charity and unity to support the community. Membership is open to all men 18 or older.

For information, please call the parish office at 570-457-3412.

Queen of the Apostles has set a new Mass schedule. Mass on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday has returned to 8 a.m. The Mass on Wednesday will remain at 7 p.m. The vigil Mass on Saturday will remain at 4 p.m. The 8 a.m. has returned Sunday. The 10 a.m. Mass also will continue to take place.

Knights of Columbus Council 5940, which is affiliated with Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca, and Prince of Peace Parish, Old Forge, is hosting a Welsh cookie sale. The cookies are $5 per dozen. Orders can be placed by calling Bob Gillette at 570-430-1521 by Monday, Nov. 2. Orders can be picked up from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Prince of Peace Parish, 123 W. Grace St., Old Forge.

For membership information, please call Grand Knight Bob Gillette at 570-430-1521 or Paul Chromey at 570-235-1738.

Recycling schedule

Avoca Borough’s recycling program has resumed. Commingled glass, jars and cans will be accepted weekly in the recycling truck at the municipal garage, 1103 Plane St., from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

For questions or concerns, please call 570-451-0625.

Langcliffe Halloween

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church will host a takeout supper and Halloween treat distribution from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at the church, 1000 Main St.

Sesquicentennial news

Avoca Borough will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2021. To honor the monumental celebration, the Avoca Sesquicentennial Committee is having an apparel sale until Saturday, Oct. 31. The apparel features T-shirts, sweatshirts, baseball hats, winter hats, long sleeve shirts and more.

To purchase apparel, visit or stop in the Avoca Borough Building, 950 Main St., for an order form. Paper order forms will be accepted until Thursday, Oct. 29. Payment is due upon submitting an in-person order.

Tax reminder

Tax Collector Therese Wrubel reminds residents the second installment of the Pittston Area School District taxes is due by Friday, Oct. 30, and the third installment is due by Friday, Dec. 18.

Payments can be made in person 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St.

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. If you are making payments for Luzerne County and Avoca Borough taxes along with school district taxes, please submit separate checks.

Voting locations

Per the direction of the Luzerne County Election Bureau, voting locations for Avoca residents for the Nov. 3 general election are as follows: first ward residents, Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St., second and third ward residents, Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St. West Side Social Club will not be a polling location for this upcoming election.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 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 more information, please call Jim at 570-921-9899.

Yard waste

Avoca will have its last yard waste collection for the 2020 season Tuesday, Nov. 17.

VFW Auxiliary raffle

Avoca Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary to Post 8335 is sponsoring an outdoor enthusiast raffle The winner will match the daily lottery’s evening Pick 3 number in January. 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 also 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 Dec. 31 or while supplies last. Proceeds benefit the Avoca VFW veterans and auxiliary to support their community services.

Police yard signs

Avoca Community Committee is sponsoring a yard sign sale to show appreciation to the Avoca Police Department. The signs, which are emblazoned with a police badge, say “We Support Avoca Police.” They are $10. A limited supply of signs are available, but another order may be placed if there is enough interest. For information or to place an order, please send a message to the Avoca CC Facebook page.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to Marie Burns, who celebrated her special day Oct. 19.

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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