It almost seems hard to believe that we’ve already reached the last week of July. What a difference a year makes! At this same point last year, it seemed as though life was only just slowly beginning to find a way to still happen, modified and adapted as it was to stay within the guidelines and restrictions imposed due to the pandemic. Yet in 2021, these days are filled with activity, places to be, and things to do — a positive improvement to a year ago. After enduring last year and being able to come through to “the other side” of such a negative period, I’m trying my best to take advantage of the community around me and the events and experiences I can have. As July goes to August, and then summer goes to fall, I hope you’ll do the same.

One of those events is coming up soon. Jenkins Twp. is sponsoring a Picnic on the River, to be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7. The free picnic is being held in partnership with the Plaid Church and will be held on the church grounds, 1575 River Road. This family-oriented event including rides, drinks, food, prizes and entertainment.

Jenkins Lions Club Scholarship

Jenkins Twp. Lions Club is happy to announce the club will continue its scholarship program to benefit college students again in 2021. The Lions Club will be giving out three awards of $500, $300, and $200 each to selected eligible applicants.

Deadline for submissions of applications for this scholarship is Saturday, July 31. Selection of winners will be made by a lottery system.

Details regarding this award and the Lions Club’s scholarship program can be found on the Jenkins Twp. Facebook page. Applications can be obtained at the township building, from any Jenkins Twp. Lions Club member, or by contacting Tom Ruskey at 570-407-3268.

Benefit for Andrew Connell

A benefit is planned from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at the Browntown Italian Club, 126 Oak St., Pittston Twp., to benefit Andrew Connell, a 32-year Army veteran fighting aggressive prostate cancer, and the disease is now spreading. All donations are greatly appreciated, including participating in raffles, monetary donations, or even the gifts of your time and energy. Contact Lane at 570-212-1366, Missy at 570-299-1977 or Alok at 570-878-7759 for information or to arrange for a donation to be picked up if you are unable to attend in person.

Pasta dinner for PTFD’s Mitch Prebish

Pittston Twp. Fire Department member Richard “Mitch” Prebish has been involved with the PTFD for more than 35 years. In early April, Mitch was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. As he continues his fight, a pasta dinner is being held to help defray some of the medical expenses he and his family will be facing.

The dinner will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, at Queen of the Apostles hall, Spring Street, Avoca. Dinner tickets cost $10 and include pasta, meatballs, salad, a roll and dessert. A bake sale, basket raffle, and 50/50 drawing also will be available at the event.

For information or to get tickets, messages can be sent to the event Facebook page found by searching “Pasta Dinner Benefit for Richard ‘Mitch’ Prebish.”

PTAA openings

Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association has positions open for a full-time EMS provider, part-time/per diem EMS providers, volunteer applicants, and ride along applicants. Full information and an online application for submission can be found at Click the “Employment/Volunteer” tab.

Donations will provide funding for EMT training and certification. Interested parties are urged to call the PTAA office at 570-654-4717, or email

Jenkins Twp. yard wasteJenkins Twp. yard waste pickup is continuing. Residents are reminded 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. DPW will assist with compost preparation. To utilize this service, simply call the township building at 570-654-3315 for proper scheduling.

Pittston Twp. yard wasteThis week, yard waste will be collected in the Cork Lane and Browntown areas.

Pittston Twp. reminds residents to call the office at least 24 hours prior to pickup at 570-654-0161 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. More information about yard waste can be found at

Yatesville yard waste

Yatesville Borough reminds residents to make every attempt to keep yard waste and grass trimmings off of the street.

Stray cats

Yatesville residents are advised a large number of stray cats can be found throughout the borough, causing problems for some residents. The borough asks residents to please refrain from feeding stray animals.

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

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