Tuesday is Groundhog Day, which makes me wonder if Punxsutawney Phil is going to see his shadow this year. This is when we find out if there are six more weeks of winter. This year, we aren’t only waiting for spring, we’re hoping to say we’re six weeks closer to finding a return to a more normal way of life. The past year has been awfully similar to the Groundhog Day of Bill Murray lore — days and days of repetition, routine and exasperation with seemingly no end in sight. Yet, with the rising sun on Feb. 2, we get a chance at hope, even if it does come in the form of a groundhog’s shadow. So let’s hope for the best. Any way you look at it, we’re getting closer.

Baseball registration

Township Baseball Little League has announced its registration details for the upcoming Little League season. Registration will open in the coming days on the Township Baseball website at www.townshipbaseball.com. The league offers tee ball free of charge, coach pitch, $50, and minor and major baseball, $85 for a single child or $125 per family. Details can be found on the website or by visiting Township Baseball on Facebook.

PTAA news

Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association has openings for qualified applicants to become members of its EMS team. Visit www.ptaa-ems.com or call 570-654-4717 for details. Applicants are encouraged to apply on the website.

The PTAA’s annual membership drive is underway. If you have not received a mailing, please contact the office at 570-654-4717 or email info@pittstontownshipems.com. Membership provides unlimited emergency care and local emergency hospital transports to residents and guests, among other benefits. Membership is $35 per household.

Pittston Twp. Fire Department news

Pittston Twp. Fire Department announced new officers were sworn in during the department’s meeting on Jan. 21. The department also honored Charlie Salvo in recognition of his many years of dedicated service. The department thanks Magisterial District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz for swearing in new members, as well as Supervisors Joe Hawk and Dave Slezak for their attendance at the meeting.

Jenkins hose drive

Jenkins Twp. Volunteer Hose Company is 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 hose company is vitally important to its success and ability to help protect citizens.

If you haven’t received a mailer, please contact the hose company at 570-655-5045.

Pittston Twp. trash collection update

Pittston Twp. garbage is picked up each Friday. If a holiday occurs on or before a collection day, trash will be picked up the following Saturday. Presidents Day will not affect Friday collection.

The next recycling collection is Friday, Feb. 12.

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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