Welcome to the new year! This year is going to be a big one. I can feel it. Whether you’ve taken some time off, are back at work, or are just taking things one day at a time, I hope this year is an amazing one for you.

It can be hard to look ahead sometimes. With everything that we’ve gone through in the past few years, looking forward can be difficult. It’s tempting to just take the days as they come. But aspiring to new and different things is what keeps life fresh. It’s what makes life worth living.

New Year’s resolution aside, I encourage you to set some goals for yourself this year. Not resolutions, but things you hope to get done. It can be taking a class or redoing one of the rooms in your home. Whatever makes you happy, set a goal to get it done. You’ll be happy you did come the end of this year.

Lions Club news

Hughestown Lions Club recently delivered Christmas gifts to the residents of St. Joseph’s Home in the borough, wishing everyone there a very merry Christmas.

President Steve Golya, along with the officers and club members, wish everyone in Hughestown and surrounding communities a safe, happy and healthy New Year.

The club also sends thanks to everyone for their generous donations to the annual fund drive. Your donations allow the club to sponsor events such as the annual visit to St. Joe’s, the Easter egg hunt, scholarships and the Halloween party each year in the borough.

Council news

Hughestown Council wishes everyone a happy New Year.

The borough building will be closed Monday, Jan. 3.

Council will hold a reorganization meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, to swear in officers. This special meeting will be followed by a regular council meeting.

Crime Watch

There will be no Crime Watch meeting in January. Please check back for updates on the next meeting.

K-9 fundraisers

Hughestown Police Department is asking for donations from businesses and community members in Hughestown to help offset the cost of the purchase and training program for Jax, the new police K-9. To help, send checks payable to Hughestown Borough Police Department with “K-9 Jax” in the memo and mail to Hughestown Borough, 42 Center St., Hughestown, PA 18640, or buy T-shirts or sweatshirts at embroideryfactory.net/hughestownk9/shop/home. Stay tuned for upcoming fundraising events, including a spaghetti dinner.

NAT code enforcement

Any property owners who receive notices from the Neighborhood Action Team are required to contact code enforcement within 24 hours of receiving the notice. Call 570-654-4188.

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

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