Next week we’ll be celebrating Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial kickoff to the summer season. The warm weather and sunshine of June, July and August can’t seem to come soon enough. As restrictions begin to ease, it seems appropriate that we are able to experience this season with a relative sense of more normalcy than we’ve become accustomed to. I’m grateful that we can begin getting back to life as we knew it, knowing that this is just the beginning. As we continue to move toward the light at the end of this tunnel — the summer sun, in this case, I’ll keep doing my best to stay safe and smart, seeing the reward for the sacrifices and challenges faced since the early months of 2020.

Pittston Twp. K-9 unit fundraiser

The Pittston Twp. Police Department is selling T-shirts and hoodies to raise funds for its K-9 unit. Shirts are available in four different colors: black, blue, olive, and grey. To purchase and participate in this fundraiser, go to and place an order.

Firefighter training

Pittston Twp. Fire Department will host training classes at the fire headquarters, 3600 North Twp. Blvd., Pittston Twp., at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 25. The training will be centered on “Responding to Electrical Emergencies.” On June 7, 10, 13, 14, 20, 21 and 27, the topic will be “Vehicle Technical Rescue.” The weekday sessions start at 6:30 p.m., while weekend classes begin at 8:30 a.m.

Crime Watch seminar

Jenkins Twp./Yatesville Borough Crime Watch will host a seminar on Castle Doctrine, which governs the use of self defense against an intruder on your property. Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office and D.A. Sam Sanguedolce will present the program at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, at the Jenkins Twp. Fire Department, 2 Second St.

Registration is required by calling the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building at 570-654-3315. Please ask for the township clerk when registering for the event. Attendance is limited to the first 150 participants. The free event is open first to Jenkins Twp., Yatesville, Pittston City, and Pittston Twp. residents.

Refreshments will be available for purchase with proceeds benefitting the Crime Watch.

Jenkins tax update

The discount period for payment of Jenkins Twp. and county taxes has expired. The full face amount is now due until June 15. Taxes can be dropped off at the township building or at 1340 Inkerman Road in Inkerman, which is the home office of the tax collector. Please note that the home address was changed by 911 services, as well as the U.S. Postal Service, from 3 Laflin Rd. to the current address.

For information, contact the tax collector at 570-654-9710.

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.

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

Pittston Twp. compost and yard waste

Pittston Twp. is participating in the Greater Pittston Compost Program at its facility in Dupont. On May 25, compost pickup will be 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 areas. On the second and fourth Tuesday, yard waste will be collected in Butler Heights, Suscon, Houston City and Glendale areas.

Call 570-654-0161 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at least 24 hours prior to pickup to arrange collection. Visit for details.

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

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