Happy Memorial Day to all! The Memorial Day holiday is an important day as we celebrate and remember the deceased members of our Armed Forces. I’m very proud of the members of my family who have served our country, especially my grandfather, Jude, who was a member of the Marine Corps. His years in the service were very inspirational to him, and the experiences he has had and shared with us from his tour of duty are something I greatly admire and cherish. I’m grateful for his service, and the service of so many who have sacrificed and given of themselves for our nation, most importantly those who gave all to protect and defend these United States.
Crime Watch seminar
Jenkins Twp./Yatesville Borough Crime Watch will host a seminar on Castle Doctrine, which governs the use of self defense against an intruder on your property. Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office and D.A. Sam Sanguedolce will present the program at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, at the Jenkins Twp. Fire Department, 2 Second St.
Registration is required by calling the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building at 570-654-3315. Please ask for the township clerk when registering. Attendance is limited to the first 150 participants. The free event is open first to Jenkins Twp., Yatesville, Pittston City, and Pittston Twp. residents.
Refreshment sale at the event will benefit the Crime Watch.
Jenkins tax update
The discount period for payment of Jenkins Twp. and county taxes has expired. The full face amount is now due until June 15. Taxes can be dropped off at the township building or at 1340 Inkerman Road in Inkerman, which is the home office of the tax collector. Please note that the home address was changed by 911 services, as well as the U.S. Postal Service, from 3 Laflin Rd. to the current address. For information, contact the tax collector at 570-654-9710.
K-9 unit fundraiser
Pittston Twp. Police Department is selling T-shirts and hoodies to raise funds for its K-9 unit. Shirts are available in four different colors: black, blue, olive and gray. To purchase and participate in this fundraiser, go to stores.inksoft.com/pt_k-9_unit/shop/home and place an order.
Pittston Twp. tax reminder
Deadline for face value on Luzerne County/municipal taxes for Pittston Twp. residents is set for June 15. Taxes may be mailed to Rita Timonte, tax collector, at 12 E. Oak St., Pittston, PA 18640. Post mark is accepted as date of payment. Taxes will be at penalty value from June 16 through Dec. 31. To obtain a receipt, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your payment. Office hours are from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays. For information, call 570-654-8807.
Pittston Twp. Fire Department will host training classes on vehicle technical rescue at the fire headquarters, 3600 North Twp. Blvd., Pittston Twp. Classes will be held June 7, 10, 13, 14, 20, 21 and 27. Weekday sessions start at 6:30 p.m., while weekend classes begin at 8:30 a.m.
Jenkins yard waste
Jenkins Twp. yard waste pickup has resumed. Residents are reminded that every household must put their yard waste in appropriate containers to participate. If you have an excessive amount of yard waste or are cleaning a large area including small branches, shrubbery clippings, etc. and need to fill a pickup truck, contact the Jenkins Twp. Department of Public Works. To utilize this service, call the township building at 570-654-3315 for scheduling.
Pittston Twp. yard wasteYard waste will be picked up monthly on the first and third Tuesdays in the Browntown and Cork Lane areas, and on the second and fourth Tuesdays in Butler Heights, Suscon, Houston City and Glendale areas. Residents must call the office at least 24 hours prior to pickup at 570-654-0161 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. For information, visit pittstontownship.org.
Brandon Jopling writes about Jenkins and Pittston Twp. To list an item, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-301-2175 by 5 p.m. Monday.