Two weeks ago, when I mentioned Avoca’s 150th-anniversary celebration would be great because people who live in Avoca know how to throw a party and have a good time, I never imagined the weekend would be such a blast! From kickball to fireworks to parades and parties, last weekend’s sesquicentennial will be long remembered.

I particularly enjoyed the parade. There were so many participants in it but more importantly, there were so many people who stood along the side of McAlpine Street and Main Street enjoying the day! As my husband, Jim; son, J.J., and I navigated the parade route with my Greater Pittston Progress cohorts, we all really enjoyed seeing so many friends in the crowd from West Avoca all the way to the borough building on Main Street. Thanks again for supporting our town!

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, 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

Knights of Columbus Cardinal John J. O’Connor Council 12967, Avoca, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, 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.

Knights of Columbus Cardinal John J. O’Connor Council 12967, Avoca, is hosting a calendar fundraiser throughout October. There will be an assortment of prizes to win each day in October such as gift cards, cash and more.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from any member of Council 12967 or by calling the parish office at 570-457-3412 by Saturday, Sept. 25.

All proceeds will benefit the knights’ work within the community.

Knights of Columbus Cardinal John J. O’Connor Council 12967 will host its annual rosary rally at noon Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Healey Memorial Playground, 398 Foote Ave., Duryea.

Knights of Columbus Cardinal John J. O’Connor Council 12967, Avoca, is conducting a “Coats for Kids” 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.

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.

Queen of the Apostles

Queen of the Apostles Parish’s social concerns/respect life ministry will host its annual craft show and soup and more sale Saturday, Oct. 16, in Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St. Please contact Jane Maxwell at 570-335-8678 to participate as a crafter.

Queen of the Apostles Parish’s women’s guild and pastoral council will sponsor the parish’s harvest tea at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, in the parish hall, 742 Spring St. Hostesses are needed to sponsor each table, which includes selecting a theme for the table and providing food and refreshments that support the theme. Coffee and tea will be provided. Admission is $10 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Marian Award which provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors from the parish who are continuing their education.

To host a table or attend the event, please contact Jane Maxwell at 570-335-8678, Chrissy Wastradowski at 570-466-3676 or the parish office at 570-457-3412.

Tax reminder

Tax Collector Therese Wrubel announced the Pittston Area School District taxes have been mailed. Bills can be paid during 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 municipal building. 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.

Wrubel reminds those paying in installments that the second installment is due Oct. 20.

Anyone who did not receive a bill or who needs assistance should call 570-457-4891.

Trash stickers

Each Avoca household may only place three bags of garbage curbside for Monday pickup.

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 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 municipal building.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Jennifer Baker, who will celebrate Sept. 16; Gary Wardecki and Syd Bauman, Sept. 17, and Ann Hopkins, Sept. 18.

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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