Happy Father’s Day! I hope everyone enjoys their day as best they can.

For me, Father’s Day always reminds me of baseball, both as a player and a coach, and how much I loved sharing the sport with my dad. When I played Little League baseball, we often had an optional practice in the early afternoon on Father’s Day — usually a short practice that only a few of us attended. The practice was held more for fun while being together as a team instead of the much more structured practices we regularly had. My father helped coach a few teams I was on, but even when he wasn’t coaching, I still remember him coming to these special practices and getting involved in our fun. I always enjoyed the opportunity to share baseball with my dad. Even aside from these practices, we’d play catch in the yard or he’d often take us to the field for extra batting practice. We shared the game, and I know he learned to love it because of the passion I had for it.

Once I started coaching, I became an assistant for the same head coach I used to play for. One year, I asked him why he’d run an optional practice on Father’s Day, and he said, “My dad wouldn’t want me cancelling practice on his day; he’d rather me be out here!” Baseball was a huge part of the bond they shared, and discussing our practices and experiences was something that they cherished. Because of this and what I shared with my dad, I realized how powerful not only a love of baseball, but any shared bond between two people, especially father and son, can be.

Senior party cancelled

The Pittston Twp. Senior Party scheduled for Wednesday, June 24, at Tony Attardo Park has been cancelled.

Pittston Twp. Building open

Pittston Twp. Municipal Building, 421 Broad St., is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. A facemask is required to enter the building.

Pittston Twp. yard waste

and compost

Pittston Twp yard waste will be collected this week in the Butler Heights, Suscon, and Glendale areas. For information, the office can be reached at 570-654-0161.

Pittston Twp. also participates in the Greater Pittston Compost Program and will provide curbside pickup of compost materials in addition of regular yard waste pickup. To utilize this service, pickups must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance by calling 570-654-0161 between of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call for information about this service.

Pickups scheduled for the first and third Tuesday of each month will be for Upper and Lower Browntown, Cork Lane including Tedrick and Market Streets west of the by-pass, Stauffer Heights, Center Street, Laurel Street, Doty Street, Mill Street, Horizon Estates and Stauffer Pointe.

The second and fourth Tuesday of each month, pickup can be scheduled for Butler Heights and Route 315, Suscon, Pocono Ridge Estates, Houston City, Glendale, Route 502 and Quail Hill.

Jenkins Twp. yard waste

Jenkins Twp. yard waste will be collected every Thursday. Please be aware that the Jenkins Twp. truck is available to haul yard waste. Simply arrange a time for the truck to be left at your property. You are then free to fill the back of the truck with yard waste which will be hauled away at an agreed upon time. This can be a much better alternative than loading up multiple bags to be left at the curb.

PTAA news

Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association will participate in any township resident’s birthday drive-by parades. To request a parade, call the office at 570-654-4717.

The ambulance association has information from the Centers for Disease Control available via email only that pertains to the current COVID crisis. The information is meant to help determine exposure and what steps to take to protect yourself. This information can be obtained by email request by contacting info@pittstontownshipems.com.

Jenkins Twp. tax information

The Jenkins Twp. tax office at the municipal building will remain closed until mid July, when school taxes are mailed. County and township bills can be mailed or placed in a drop box in the lobby of the township building or 3 Laflin Road, Inkerman. The county/township tax face period is extended to Aug. 17, after which the penalty will apply. Please call 570 654-9710 with any questions.

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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