Though the skies may be gray and the temperature chilly, let’s not focus on the negative. February can be a fun month.
Feb. 2 is probably the most whimsical day in America, when men in top hats stay up all night to wait for a large rodent to appear. We hope he doesn’t see a shadow. Or is it the other way around? Celebrate by watching the Bill Murray movie “Groundhog Day.”
On Feb. 5, glam up in your favorite red outfit and post a selfie for National Dress in Red Day to raise awareness of heart disease. Follow that later in the month with a day to clog your arteries — Fat Tuesday, aka Mardi Gras. In my house, we eat castagnole — deep fried little balls of dough drenched in honey. The idea is to gorge yourself on rich foods before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, a period of time when Catholics should have no fun at all.
Not everyone takes Presidents Day, Feb. 15, as seriously as I do. Yes, it’s a good time to purchase a mattress, but it is also a day to note the birth of two of our greatest leaders —George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Both have been in the news lately. GW because he was our first and set many traditions for the presidency, like a peaceful transfer of power that shocked the world. Lincoln’s election split the nation. Half the country refused to accept him and states seceded. The poor guy had to sneak into D.C. under threat of assassination. His inaugural address emphasized unity and he talked about our better angels. Historical themes repeat themselves. Show respect for these great men by displaying our flag.
Feb. 17 is Random Act of Kindness Day. I don’t know who started it, but I like it. Do something nice for someone in an unexpected way. It’s amazing how people react to kindness and how much nicer the world can be if we practice it.
I didn’t forget the most important February day. Valentine’s Day’s only purpose is to show our love. Here’s my message to the procrastinators out there. Treat your favorite person with a gift and a meal. Shop now. You can’t wait for the Presidents Day sale. It will be too late. Jewelry is always appropriate and we have a great store right in Wyoming. Head over to Sorick’s on Wyoming Avenue, next to the town hall. No cooking on Valentine’s Day! Place your order at one of our fine restaurants. They all offer takeout, but you better make arrangements now. Remember that the pandemic is hurting our local businesses and we don’t want to lose them. We’re lucky to have some of the best food in the valley right here in our towns. Show them some love, too.
Make the best of every day. Wear your mask when you go out and be nice to your neighbors. February can be a great month if you have the right attitude.
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 a 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, to 1101 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, PA 18643. There is no admittance to the borough building until further notice. Call 570-654-3001, ext. 2, with questions.
Wyoming sanitation 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.
Wyoming Library news
Wyoming Free Library is offering virtual storytime. May the Force be With You Fridays start Friday, Feb. 5, with stories from “Star Wars” at 10 a.m. Scooby Doo Saturdays will be held Saturdays at 7 p.m. On Monday, Feb. 8, storytime begins at 10 a.m., followed by an online Make a Valentine Candy Dog at noon.
Adults can participate in a Zoom discussion of the popular Netflix show “Bridgerton” on Monday, Feb. 22.
Email the library at www.wyomingfreelibrary.com and keep up with all activities on the library Facebook page.
The library has suspended in-person services and resumed curbside pickup service only. Call to schedule pick up between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. You can return library materials in the outside book return. Materials will be quarantined for seven days. No fines will incur during quarantine. For information, call the library at 570-693-1364 to place a request or schedule a pickup.
Barbara Bullions writes about Exeter, Wyoming and West Wyoming every week. To list an item, email email@example.com or call 570-301-2185 by Monday.