The holiday cheer is over and people seem solemn, discouraged by news that paints a bleak picture for the days ahead. Are you, like me, feeling blue? Helpless and frustrated by forces we don’t control? Maybe what we need is to focus on things that we can fix — or at least help. Don’t try to imagine how we can cure the world. Think local. Think of the communities we cherish.

There are many groups that do good work and would love an infusion of new blood. We can reaffirm that we are citizens who share the same values by helping those less fortunate — the sick and disabled, hungry children, veterans, the elderly and infirm, the poor. We can show pride in our towns and monuments, the natural beauty around us, and in our schools.

We have an abundance of groups that have established vital programs like Kiwanis, Lions Club, and Rotary International. We have volunteer fire and ambulance crews that show up when we are most in need. Scout troops help our kids grow in character. School booster clubs and PTOs support events that keep kids engaged in positive activities. The Wyoming Recreation Board and Exeter Proud organize activities that bring us together, or will as soon as we can do that again. Friends of the Wyoming Free Library raise money to keep the library afloat so that anyone in our community can borrow books or videos and use their computers to access the internet. The Veterans of Foreign Wars works on behalf of our veterans, people we should thank every day. Church groups perform a number of charitable activities and welcome all who need them. The Wyoming Cemetery Association, the Wyoming Monument Association, and the Wyoming Valley Historical Society keep our heritage and history alive for all to see and learn. The Al Beech Food Bank feeds anyone in need, no questions asked.

It’s groups like these that enrich a community, that make a community great. Although not allowed to meet in person, they are meeting via Zoom. Reach out to learn what they have planned for the future and if you can help. In most cases, these groups work with a skeleton crew because there are so few volunteers. We each have a part to play in shaping our communities, for good or bad. Let’s join the helpers and keep our towns great.

Food distribution

Wyoming, West Wyoming, and Exeter residents are eligible for free food from the Al Beech Food Pantry from 2 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday at the Church of Christ Uniting, 786 W. Market St., Kingston. The food is available without proof of income, but proof of residency is required. This is drive through only. No walk ups. Remain in your car and food will be placed in your trunk only. Everyone is welcome.

Library news

Wyoming Free Library is offering curbside pickup service only. You can schedule pickup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. You can return library materials in the outside book return and they will be quarantined for seven days. No fines will incur during quarantine. Staff will be available by telephone only. To schedule a curbside pickup or to request an item, please call 570-693-1364.

Wyoming trash bills

Wyoming Borough sanitation bills have been mailed out. The current discount period ends Feb. 5. Cost is $240 during the discount period. The face period runs from Feb. 6 until May 14, when the price is $250. Late fee of $50 will be added as of May 15. A senior discount is in effect until May 14. There will be no exceptions. Vacant properties are not exempt from sanitation fees. Rental property owners, not tenants, are responsible for trash fees. Cash will not be accepted. Check or money orders should be made payable to Wyoming Borough Sanitation. Bills can be paid online at wyomingpa.org using credit card or e-check. A small transaction fee will apply.

County/municipal tax bills will be issued Feb. 16. The discount period ends April 15. Face period ends June 15 and penalty ends Dec. 31.

Wyoming police signs

Support Wyoming Borough Police Department by buying a Back the Blue sign, available for purchase at the borough office for $10 each.

Wyoming notices

Wyoming residents are reminded they are not to utilize the West Wyoming compost site for their yard waste or they will be fined.

If trash or recycling is not picked up on the scheduled day, report it immediately to J.P. Mascaro at 1-800-243-7575, so they can dispatch workers to your residence. Also inform the borough so it can be reported to the Mascaro site manager..

Pay your bills to the borough with credit cards on line at wyomingpa.org.

First United Presbyterian Church newsFirst United Presbyterian Church of Wyoming holds in-person worship at 11 a.m. Sundays. Masks are required and social distancing measures are in place. For planning purposes, reservations are requested and can be made by calling the church office at 570-609-5410.

Services are also broadcast live on Facebook on Sunday at 11 a.m. Look for the live stream link presbywp.org. Also, Zoom Bible study and prayer time are held every Wednesday. Call 570-609-5410 for information.

Exeter recycling guidelines

Exeter has released 2021 recycling guidelines. Exeter accepts aluminum beverage/food cans, glass beverage/food bottles and jars, and plastic food and beverage containers, No. 1 and No. 2 only. All containers must be rinsed clean. Newspapers, magazines, junk mail and office paper also are collected. Cardboard must be flattened with all styrofoam removed.

Recyclable items in plastic bags will not be picked up.

Items not accepted for recycling include the following: styrofoam, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, shredded paper, plastics No. 3-7, pizza boxes (because of grease residue), paper dishes and towels, ceramics, dishes, Pyrex dishware, mirrors and window glass. No appliances, electronics, wires, light bulbs or batteries are accepted, nor are hazardous material containers, needles, syringes or metal. No food or animal waste. No plastic bags of any kind will be accepted. Grocery bags can be recycled at a local grocery store.

All commingled items can be placed in one container and put curbside every Monday by 6 a.m.

For information, visit www.exeterborough.com or call 570.891.4266.

Exeter refuse stickers

Refuse stickers for Exeter are now available. The price for residents under 64 is $170 if purchased by Feb. 28. From March 1 to March 31, the price will be $200. For seniors who have reached 64 by March 31, 2021, the rebate price is $130 until Feb. 28 and then $150 from March 1 through March 31. Mail or place check or money order in the box marked refuse, taxes and zoning and a sticker will be mailed to you. Please include a self addressed, stamped envelope, business size No. 10. The mailing address is 1101 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, PA 18643. There is no admittance to the borough building until further notice.

Call 570-654-3001, ext. 2, with any questions.

Bulk collection stickers are $35 per item. To purchase bulk stickers, contact the Exeter Borough refuse office at 570 654-3001, ext. 2. A bulk item includes small furniture, carpet, mattress or an appliance.

The borough building is closed to the public and open only to essential personnel until further notice. The borough will continue to serve the public needs for all police, fire and medical emergencies. Please dial 911 in the event of an emergency.

Payments can be dropped off at the secure payment box located at the entrance of the borough building outside for the following: trash, taxes, tickets, building permits and dumpster permits. Please call 570-654-3001 with any questions or visit the website at www.exeterborough.com.

Barbara Bullions writes about Exeter, Wyoming and West Wyoming every week. To list an item, email barbarabullions@gmail.com or call 570-301-2185 by Monday.

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