What did you give up for Lent? For Catholics, it is a question that many of us are likely to hear now that the Lenten season has begun.

Every year, I struggle to come up with some sacrifice that I can make during the 40 days that separate us from now until Easter Sunday. I find that it isn’t hard to think of something to go without, but it’s difficult to think of something to go without that is a worthy sacrifice to mark this time.

As we continue to face these difficult days, still under restrictions and safety measures, I’ve started to think that this Lent may not be about giving up, but rather about giving, instead. There are always ways to be of help to others, thinking more of them and less of ourselves. Along with small sacrifices this Lent, I will be trying my best to remember that small acts of kindness and giving of ourselves in any way is perhaps the best way to make a difference.

Amazon Smile benefit

There are several opportunities to benefit Pittston Twp. organizations through your Amazon purchases. Simply visit smile.amazon.com and search “Pittston Township” when prompted to enter a query. You will see several organizations to choose from, including the Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association and the Fire Department. Once you click “select” next to the name of your desired organization, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the proceeds of each eligible sale to that organization.

Jenkins Twp. tax collector vacancy

The position of tax collector for Jenkins Twp. will be open during the 2021 primary election. Any resident of Jenkins Twp. is qualified to seek this position. Petitions for inclusion on the ballot are available at the Luzerne County Election Bureau. The term lasts for four years, beginning in 2022.

Current tax collector Jean Mudlock will not be seeking reelection. She is willing and available to answer any questions from potential candidates.

Baseball registration

Township Baseball is conducting registration for its upcoming Little League season online at www.townshipbaseball.com.

The league offers T-ball free of charge. Coach pitch is $50 to register, and minor and major baseball is $85 for a single child or $125 per family. Details can be found on the website or by visiting Township Baseball on Facebook.

Pittston Twp. tax bills

Pittston Twp./Luzerne County taxes were mailed to residents Feb. 16. Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no office hours at this time. Instead, it is requested that all tax payments be mailed to the home office at 12 E Oak St., Pittston Twp., PA 18640. If a receipt of payment is required, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your payment. Taxes will be at rebate until April 15.

Snow removal and hydrant maintenance

Residents are reminded that in the event of a snowfall, if you have a fire hydrant in front of your property, please do your best to clear the snow and ice surrounding the hydrant. Clear away 3 feet from each side of the hydrant, and make a path from the area to the street to allow for safety and access.

Brandon Jopling writes about Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. every week. To list an item, email bjopling@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2175 by 5p.m. Monday.

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