It’s just days after Thanksgiving, and the Christmas season is in full swing! There’s something about this time of year that makes me smile. Everyone is cheery and bright. The crisp air wakes you right up in the morning. We’re bundled up and cozy all day long. Ahh, December.

As we start to light our trees and stuff the stockings on our mantles, I hope your last days of November and your entire holiday season are as filled with good food, laughter and love, just as I hope your Thanksgiving was.

Council news

Council reported a new flag, donated by state Rep. Mike Carroll, will be hung in St. Peter’s Cemetery in the near future.

New faucets and new lights will be added to the borough building. The front steps at the borough building are in need of repair and those repairs should be made soon, according to council.

Ash collection

Ashes will be picked up starting Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Fire truck fund drive

Hughestown Fire Department announced its seventh annual fire truck fund drive is underway.

Each year, the fire department works tirelessly to raise the funds needed to sustain the fire department. Your support of the Good Friday fish dinner, Santa Breakfast and other fundraising events goes a long way toward helping them. However, these funds pay for utilities, training courses and other daily expenses, not major purchases. Donations given through this truck fund drive will greatly assist the department in making loan payments on its fire engine.

Your support in this truck fund drive is necessary to help maintain firefighting, emergency medical services and rescue services.

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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