I think today may be one of my favorite national holidays that I’ve written about here — National Go For a Ride Day. In a pandemic world, there’s not much we can do and not many places we can safely travel to.

That’s where I think National Go for a Ride Day can really be celebrated by anyone and everyone. From the safety of your car, you can take a ride through the mountains or to visit your favorite place. You can even just park at an overlook and take it all in.

It’s a chance to get away from the news and our tiny screens and enjoy some nature from the warmth of our cars, too. If you have kiddos, a ride could also be a great way to spend some time with the family, off the phones and away from the TVs.

If you’re looking for something to do, I think this is a really great and safe way to get out of the house right now and it can do great things for the mind and body. So hop in the car with the people you live with and hit the road. Go to somewhere new or somewhere well loved. You can’t go wrong with a good car ride, some good tunes and good company.

Council news

The borough building will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, for Thanksgiving. The building will reopen Monday, Nov. 30.

Council sends thanks to Lynda Hoban and the Hughestown Crime Watch volunteers for hanging Hometown Heroes Banners throughout Hughestown.

The proposed 2021 budget was read at the Nov. 9 council meeting. The budget was approved and the second reading will be Monday, Dec. 14, at the council meeting, time to be announced.

With winter right around the corner, council reminds residents to properly remove snow from their properties and to not throw it onto the road when shoveling.

Hughestown is in the process of replacing stop signs and street signs and reminds residents to make sure their house has a number on it for emergency purposes. Also, if you notice any missing street signs, please inform the borough by calling the office at 570-654-2061.

Trash bills for 2021 will be sent out in the new year during January or February. Updates to come.

Residents are reminded that a building permit is necessary for any work done on your home.

Boxes for the Toys for Tots campaign are located in the Hughestown Borough Building. You can drop off your donated toys until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Council reminds residents of the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority drop-off box, located to the left of the building. No stamp is needed and the bill payment will be picked up daily. The next WVSA bill is due Monday, Nov. 30.

Trash and recycling

Mondays, newspaper and cardboard are collected; Tuesday is glass and plastic, and Wednesday is ash and lawn pick-up.

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.

Mattresses must be encased in plastic for pickup.

For information, call 570-654-2061.

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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