Happy New Year — welcome to 2021! The new year, in spite of its name, brings about “the end” in many ways. New Year’s is typically where we end the holidays, we end our calendars, and we close the proverbial book on the 365 days that just passed.

It isn’t a shocking statement to say that 2020 was a challenging year in so many way, oftentimes unprecedented ways. With all the pain and frustration that the past months have brought, it can be hard to remember that January 2021 isn’t just an ending, it’s an entirely new beginning.

People each year often talk about making New Year’s resolutions, usually a commitment to better themselves through healthy habits, hobbies and practices. For me, I simply resolve to remember to stay on the optimistic side of things. I’m hopeful that 2021 holds the positivity of much more promising days than what we just left behind as of midnight on Dec. 31.

PTAA news

The Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association has been generously gifted two ballistic vests from the Wyoming Area Kiwanis Club. The club has been providing these vests over the past few years to first responders in Greater Wyoming and Greater Pittston areas. Along with the vest, the Kiwanis Club also donated additional items, including major wound care materials and bandages and tourniquet supplies for gun wound and trauma victims.

These important items will all be placed into service with the PTAA, along with other items acquired through a state grant. With the Kiwanis club donation, the PTAA is pleased to report that it now has three vests per vehicle.

The Ambulance Association sends its thanks to the Kiwanis Club for its kind generosity!

The PTAA reminds residents that its office phone number is not an emergency contact. This number is meant only for business matters, and not for emergencies. Please call 911 if you are in need of emergency services.

The ambulance association’s annual membership drive is underway. Brochures have been sent out to all residents. If you have not received this mailing, please contact the office at 570-654-4717 or send an email to info@pittstontownshipems.com and a brochure will be sent.

A 2021 membership provides unlimited emergency care and local emergency hospital transports to all residents, as well as any household guests.

Membership can be obtained for a donation of $35 per household for the year. For information or to obtain a membership, please call the office at 570-654-4717. You can visit the PTAA online at www.ptaa-ems.com.

The Pittston Twp. Ambulance EMS staff and board of directors wishes all a safe, healthy and successful New Year.

Jenkins Twp. Hose Company fund drive

The Jenkins Twp. Volunteer Hose Company is currently conducting its 2021 fund drive.

Approximately 70% of the operating budget of the volunteer hose company is supported by donations from local residents and businesses of Jenkins Twp. and Yatesville. Making your donation to the Jenkins Twp. Volunteer Hose Company is vitally important to its success and ability to help protect citizens and their loved ones 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you haven’t received a mailer, please contact the hose company at 570-655-5045. The officers and members of the Jenkins Twp. Volunteer Hose Company thank those who supported them in the past and look forward to many new supporters.

Pittston Twp. snowplow notice

Pittston Twp. residents are reminded to remove portable basketball hoops from streets to allow for snow plowing.

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 5 p.m. Monday.

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