April 22 is Earth Day, a special day where we recognize and celebrate the beauty of nature and the gifts of the natural world around us. Taking care of our environment is important, not only to appreciate our surroundings, but to conserve them for generations to come.

This ideal, shared by so many, was perhaps best exemplified, in my opinion, by the late Pat Solano. Solano, a lifelong Pittston Twp. resident who died earlier this year, served in the administrations of nine Pennsylvania governors, including as head of the state Department of Environmental Resources and later the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources. While his accomplishments and incredible life are well-documented, his dedication to the environment, notably the diversity of Pennsylvania’s ecosystem, was one of the things I appreciated most about him. One of the first conversations I had with him, shortly after we were first introduced, was about the different types of trees that grew on his property — how he could keep them healthy, and how he planned to grow more to ensure that nature had the ability to thrive and survive for years to come.

Each person has a unique legacy, but Pat’s love of nature helped me to realize that conservation and care for the environment could be our legacy — a legacy that could outlive each of us and continue to inspire for generations.

Police softball tourney

Pittston Twp. Police Department will host a “Paws for Justice” softball tournament beginning at 8 a.m. May 22-23. All games will be held at the Bryden Street Park. Registration for the tournament will cost $150 if paid before May 1 or $200 after this date. All proceeds benefit the Pittston Twp. Police K-9 Unit. First and second place trophies will be awarded during this double-elimination tournament.

Crime Watch Run/Walk

Jenkins Twp./Yatesville Borough Crime Watch will sponsor its 4-mile run/1-mile walk from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8, at Pittston Area High School, 5 Stout St., Yatesville. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Proceeds will be donated to the Jenkins Twp. Police Department in order to purchase equipment needed to protect themselves and the communities they serve. Registration is $15 for either the run or walk, and this fee includes a Crime Watch towel. Registration will be accepted until 11 a.m. Friday, April 30, at runsignup.com/Race/PA/JenkinsTownship/JenkinsTownshipYatesvilleBoroughCrimeWatchRun. Anyone with questions can email wssartin415@gmail.com.

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.

Acceptable yard waste containers can be similar to the current Jenkins Twp. recycling containers. Appropriate containers must have a perforation in the bottom, handles on each side, and cannot have a lid secured on top. Furthermore, containers cannot have rims on the top, be movable on wheels, or exceed 20 gallons. A 30-pound weight limit will be enforced. Any branches can be no longer that 3 feet in length, and must be bundled, tied and manageable for pickup. As always, no rocks, dirt or foreign objects can be mixed in with yard waste.

If you have an excessive amount of yard waste, including small branches, shrubbery clippings, etc., or are cleaning a large area and need to fill a pickup truck, the Jenkins Twp. Department of Public Works will assist with compost preparation. To utilize this service, simply call the township building at 570-654-3315 for scheduling.

Pittston Twp. compost and yard waste

Effective May 18, Pittston Twp. will participate in the Greater Pittston Compost Program at its facility located in Dupont. The township will provide curbside pickup as follows: on May 18, compost items will be picked up at Upper and Lower Browntown, Cork Lane (including Tedrick and Market streets west of the bypass), Stauffer Heights, Center Street, Laurel Street, Doty Street, Mill Street, Horizon Estates and Stauffer Point. On May 25, compost pickup will take place in Butler Heights and Route 315, Suscon, Pocono Ridge Estates, Houston City, Glendale, Route 502 and Quail Hill.

Starting in June, yard waste will be picked up monthly on the first and third Tuesday of the month in the Browntown and Cork Lane area. On the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, yard waste will be collected in Butler Heights, Suscon, Houston City and Glendale areas. Pittston Twp. reminds residents to call the office at least 24 hours prior to pickup at 570-654-0161 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to arrange for collection. More information about yard waste can be found at pittstontownship.org.

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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