Happy Valentine’s Day to all celebrating!

Feb. 14 brings perhaps the most romantic holiday on the calendar. This year, Valentine’s Day lands immediately before Presidents Day, which will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 15. Back when I was in school, it was easy to overlook Presidents Day as simply an excuse for a three-day weekend, and I’m reminded of that this year as it is somewhat overshadowed by the romance and attention paid to Valentine’s Day. In school, I remember being taught only a little about this holiday, including that it was observed on the third Monday in February to be closest to President Lincoln’s and President Washington’s birthdays. This day can be about much more, especially if it can inspire us to take a pause and reflect on the accomplishments, achievements and the American ideals present in so many of the leaders that have guided our nation — regardless of affiliation — from its earliest days to its current challenges.

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 will be available at the Luzerne County election bureau after Feb. 15. 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 registrationTownship 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.

Cold weather warning

With especially cold weather continuing to be forecast, Jenkins Twp. has shared a few tips from Pennsylvania American Water relating to safety and preventative measures against frozen household pipes. It is recommended to insulate exposed pipes, eliminate sources of cold air near waterlines, and even leave water running at a small drip in order to keep water moving through the pipes. The complete message can be found on the Jenkins Twp Facebook page.

Snow removal / 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.

PTAA news

Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association has openings on its EMS team. Job descriptions and details are online at www.ptaa-ems.com or call 570-654-4717 for information. Applicants are encouraged to apply online.

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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