A hallmark of any community is its members and how they interact with each other, support each other, and ultimately give of themselves to make the community they call home a better place. It is incredibly easy to simply live in a town, to have a place you live and go about your everyday life without much attachment. But to truly live in a place — to embrace it and become one part of the many pieces that complete the puzzle — is something that is a little more difficult. It takes time and effort, a want and a desire to be a part of a greater whole in the interest of so many others rather than ourselves. Our communities in Greater Pittston are blessed to be filled with these individuals — people who consider themselves blessed to call our corner of NEPA home and wish to share that blessing with others. When a member of this community is in need, it is inspiring how many are willing to step up in order to offer help and support in meaningful ways.
One such opportunity for our community to support one of its own involves Pittston Twp. Fire Department member Richard “Mitch” Prebish. He had been involved with the PTFD for more than 35 years. In early April, “Mitch” was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
As he continues his fight, a pasta dinner is being held to help defray some of the medical expenses he and his family will be facing. The dinner will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, at the Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall in Avoca. Dinner tickets will cost $10 and include pasta, meatballs, salad, a roll and dessert. A bake sale, basket raffle, and 50/50 drawing also will be held at the event.
For information or to get tickets, message the event Facebook page “Pasta Dinner Benefit for Richard ‘Mitch’ Prebish.”
PTAA staff openings
Recently, an email was sent to residents of the Pittston Twp. community notification list regarding staffing concerns and openings for EMS providers with the Pittston Twp. Ambulance. Two donors have agreed to provide funding for an interested person to obtain EMT training and certification and defray other costs associated with training. If there is anyone currently enrolled, nearing completion, or planning to enroll in EMT training courses, the association would like to discuss donation specifics and the available funding. Interested parties are urged to call the PTAA at 570-654-4717, or email firstname.lastname@example.org regarding any interest.
Available positions include full-time EMS provider, part-time/per diem EMS providers, volunteers and ride along applicants. Information and an online application can be found at ptaa-ems.com and clicking the “Employment/Volunteer” tab.
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. Registration is needed since attendance will be limited to the first 150 participants. This event is free of charge and will be held rain or shine.
Refreshments will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefitting the Crime Watch.
Wheel Life Experiences K-9 unit benefitWilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport will host “Wheel Life Experiences” and offer kids a chance to get up close to all types of vehicles, including air transportation, construction, public service, emergency, utility, landscaping, delivery and more, all in an effort to benefit the Pittston Twp. Police Department K-9 Unit. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at the airport, 100 Terminal Rd.
This family-friendly event will offer children an opportunity to see and talk to the men and women who serve and protect our community.
Tickets are $5 per person. For information or to purchase tickets, visit flyavp.com/wheel-life/.
Jenkins Twp. tax reminder
Jenkins Twp. and county taxes are now in the penalty amount. They can be dropped off at the township building or mailed to 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, please contact the tax collector by calling 570-654-9710.
Pittston Twp. tax reminder
County and Pittston Twp. taxes are now in penalty. In Pittston Twp., taxes may be mailed to Rita Timonte, tax collector, at 12 E. Oak St., Pittston, PA 18640. To obtain a receipt, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your payment. Office hours are held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays. For information, call 570-654-8807.
Pittston Twp. yard wasteThis week, yard waste in Pittston Twp. will be collected in the Cork Lane and Browntown areas. Pittston Twp. reminds residents to call the office at least 24 hours prior to pickup at 570-654-0161 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.. More information can be found at pittstontownship.org.
Brandon Jopling writes about Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. every week. To list an item, email email@example.com or call 570-301-2175 by 5 p.m. Monday.