Welcome to November! What a year it’s been, and it’s incredible to think that it’s almost over. The weather has taken a turn and we’re snuggling up at night at home and by the fireplace. It’s a whole new season. We’re even adjusting the clocks.

Remember to keep your loved ones close as the holidays approach, but also remember to be responsible as we continue to fight through this pandemic. It’s going to be tempting to get together for big family dinners, but if you’re not feeling well, it’s more important than ever before to stay home. Take care of yourself and of your family by avoiding getting them sick.

I’ve talked before about how fortunate we are to live in a world of technology. We can Facetime our friends and family from across the world for virtual dinners and Friendsgivings. We can stay safe while staying connected and keeping our friends and family safe.

St. Peter’s food sales

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is holding a takeout only pork and sauerkraut dinner Saturday, Nov. 14. The cost is just $10 per meal. Dinner will include pork, homemade sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, apple sauce and a dinner roll. Pints of sauerkraut also are available for purchase at $4 a pint. When ordering, you can indicate all items you would like included or excluded.

Orders are due by Sunday, Nov. 8, by calling the church and leaving a message at 570-654-1008. Pick up your order between 4 and 6 p.m. Nov. 14.

The women of St. Peter’s also are selling nut and poppy seed rolls. The cost is $10 per roll and you can order by calling Linda at 570-388-2751 by Sunday, Nov. 15. Pickup is from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23.

Council news

The next council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at the borough building. All attendees must wear masks and maintain a distance of six feet from others.

Hughestown residents are reminded of the following important phone numbers: borough office, 570-654-2061 and police non-emergency number, 570-654-2082.

Council reminds residents that ash pickup has begun and will continue on Wednesdays.

A Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority drop box has been placed to the left of the borough building. It will be maintained by the sanitary authority for the receipt of payments and pickup will be daily.

Trash and recycling

Mondays, newspaper and cardboard are collected; Tuesday is glass and plastic, and Wednesday is ash. Weather permitting, both lawn waste and ashes will be picked up Wednesday, Nov. 4.

All mattresses must be encased in plastic for pickup.

All questions regarding trash collection are to be directed to the borough building at 570-654-2061.

There is a 30-pound limit on all bins. Boxes for recycling must be broken down and newspapers go in a brown bag or in a bin to be picked up.

All recyclables must be clean and rinsed and jars must be empty. If recyclables aren’t rinsed, it can contaminate the entire batch, resulting in it being added to the landfill.

Pool and hot tub water disposal

Property owners should be mindful of proper pool water discharge guidelines. Pool water is not allowed to be aimed at streets or roadways, where it will ultimately end up in streams and rivers.

Water from swimming pools and hot tubs often contains high levels of chlorine, which is harmful to fish and aquatic life.

Instead of directing pool or hot tub water onto the roadways, release it onto grassed areas of your property.

Hose company drive

Hughestown Fire Department thanks all who have donated so far during the truck fund drive, which helps pay toward the 2018 E-One Typhoon Pumper loan.

There’s still time to donate. You can make donations through Nov. 15.

Please support the hose company. Donations of any amount are appreciated.

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown every week. To list an item, email kdemace@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-821-2004 by 5 p.m. Monday.

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