I’m sure many of us today will hear the question, “What are you thankful for?” I find it’s a question I think of often —sometimes without even realizing.

As we continue to live through this pandemic, there is so much to be grateful for despite such challenges and changes to all of our lifestyles. I, for one, am grateful for the family and friends that have been a source of happiness, sanity and normalcy in the middle of chaos. Small moments and little pieces of time have found a way to grow into so much more over the past 18 months and I realize that, despite leaning on the cliché, even a moment can leave a lasting impression on our lives — and that is what I’m thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Santa Squad donations

Greater Pittston Santa Squad, which collects and distributes toys to children in need in our community, has announced its drop-off toy collection sites for 2021. Collection dates and locations can be found throughout November and December all over the Greater Pittston area.

In Yatesville, toys will be collected at Pittston Area High School from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. In Pittston Twp., a collection will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, at Casey Dental, 1073 Oak St., Pittston Twp. Toys also can be dropped off any time at Arcaro’s the Next Generation and Hair Color Studio on the Pittston Bypass.

Pittston Twp. Christmas party

Pittston Twp. Recreation Board will have a Christmas party for the children of Pittston Twp., ages infant to 12 years old. The party will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at St. Joseph Marello Parish Center, 237 William St., Pittston. The event will feature food, music, prizes, and a visit from Santa Claus.

Guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable item for the local food bank.

Santa meet and greet in Jenkins Twp.

Jenkins Twp. Recreation Board will give children the opportunity to see Santa at a drive-thru Christmas party from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday Dec. 19, at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company parking lot, Second Street. The drive-thru party is open to ages 12 and younger. The children will all receive a gift from Santa, a bag of candy, and a gift bag from Plaid Community Church. They also will be eligible for the grand prize drawing of gifts donated by township benefactors.

You must register with the child’s name, age, gender and phone number. Deadline for registration is Friday, Dec. 10. Please call the township building at 570-654-3315 to register.

PTAA poinsettia sale

Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association reminds anyone who has placed an order for a poinsettia plant, that plants can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the EMS Station on Braden Street. If this time is not convenient, another time can be arranged. Payment of $10 per plant can be made upon pickup by either cash or check.

Any inquiries can be made through email or by calling the station office at 570-654-4717.

The Pittston Twp. Ambulance Board of Directors and EMS staff wish you a bountiful Thanksgiving holiday and blessed and holy Christmas season.

Police officers wanted in Jenkins Twp.

Jenkins Twp. is still seeking applicants for full-time and part-time police officers.

The deadline for applications has now been extended to Dec. 1.

Applications can be picked up in person at the municipal building, 46 ½ Main St. in Inkerman on business days between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Applicants must be over 18 and have earned a high school degree, among other requirements, which can be found on the Jenkins Twp. Facebook page.

Jenkins Twp. Hose Company fund drive

Jenkins Twp. Volunteer Hose Company No. 1 is holding its 2022 fund drive. The members thank residents and businesses for their past contributions.

More than 50% of the operating budget is supported by donations from Jenkins Twp. and Yatesville Borough.

The organization recently switched over 60 fluorescent light fixtures to LED in the hall and is having the entire building painted. The 1986 Dodge brush truck was replaced by a 2018 Ford F-550 with much more functionality and an F-250 is on order to haul pumps and hose to deal with storms, as the company’s duties continue to evolve.

Residents can drop off or mail donations to 2 Second St. Also, if anyone needs a donation kit, they can pick one up at the station or request one by calling 570-655-5045 and selecting “option two.”

Jenkins Twp. Little League field closed

The main field at the Jenkins Twp. Little League Complex has closed to undergo routine maintenance and will remain closed through the end of this year. The Little League kindly asks that you refrain from playing on this field as work is completed.

All other fields in Township Baseball complexes remain open at this time.

Jenkins bulk stickers

Jenkins Twp. reminds residents that when putting items out for bulk collection, they must have a bulk sticker on them. The stickers can be purchased at the township building for $30, which includes six stickers on a sheet. Bulk stickers do not expire. Each item you put out must have its own sticker.

Rugs, padding, countertops, cabinets, furniture, etc., that are longer than 6 feet must be cut to 4-foot lengths.

Please call the township building at 570-654-3315 if you have any questions or concerns.

Pittston Twp. yard wastePittston Twp. advises residents that yard waste collection has concluded for the year.

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

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