Outdoor gatherings and grilling are a staple this time of year. And while things still look different this year, CDC guidelines state that gatherings of 25 or fewer people — all maintaining social distancing and wearing masks — is acceptable.

Hosting an outdoor gathering with people you typically interact with regularly, while remembering to be more careful than you would typically be at a barbecue, is a great way to finish out the summer.

Did your son or daughter just graduate from high school or college? You can rent the Centennial Pavilion in Hughestown to hold a small outdoor gathering!

Council reminds anyone who rents the pavilion that social distancing and mask requirements must be followed, and that no more than 25 people may be in attendance at one time. But this could be a great way to celebrate with those close to you while still doing your part to slow the spread of this virus.

If you have any questions about renting the Centennial Pavilion, call the borough office at 570-654-2061.

St. Peter’s pasta dinnerSt. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is having a takeout pasta dinner Saturday, Sept. 19. The cost of each dinner is $10 and includes your choice of angle hair or ziti served with meatballs, a salad and a dinner roll.

Order by calling the church at 570-654-1008 and leaving a message. You can also order by sending a message to the church’s Facebook page. You can then pick up your order between 4 and 6 p.m. on Sept. 19.

Council news

The next Hughestown Council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, at the Hughestown Borough Building. Residents are invited to attend and social distancing and masking is mandatory. Council notes that no more than 25 people may be in attendance, per CDC guidelines.

Council reminds residents that you can receive one free bulk sticker each month. Pick up your bulk item sticker at the borough building during normal office hours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Council reminds residents that a permit is needed when doing any home improvements. Permits are available in the borough office.

Hero banners

You can get your application for the Hughestown Hometown Hero Banners at the borough building during normal business hours, which are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Hughestown Crime Watch is sponsoring the banner project.

Trash and recycling collection

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

Monday, newspaper and cardboard are collected; Tuesday is glass and plastic, and Wednesday is yard waste.

Branches must be bundled and be no more than 3 inches in diameter and 3 feet in length. No logs are to be put out for collection. There is a 30-pound limit on all bins.

Mattresses must be wrapped in plastic for bulk pickup.

Residents are reminded to break down boxes for recycling. Boxes that are not broken down will not be collected.

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.

One bulk item can be placed out each month. A bulk item sticker must be obtained at the borough building.

Council reminds residents to put out recycling and garbage the night before the pickup day.

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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