In the middle of July, a sad reality (or happy one depending on your point of view) is beginning to creep in for many of us: school will be coming back in session before we know it. Walking into many stores it’s clear that “Back to School” is in full swing, with notebooks, pencils, backpacks and supplies prominently featured.

With these preparations in mind, the 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 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 at 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.

Pasta dinner for PTFD member

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 will 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.”

Jenkins Twp. Memorial Monument flag raising

The Jenkins Twp. Veterans Memorial Monument Committee will once again fly its veterans garrison flag, which previously had to be taken down. Frank Carey, the new owner of the property, will allow the flag to be flown in honor of all veterans. As it is a large flag, the monument committee is seeking individuals willing to help attach the flag and raise it. All family, friends and community members are invited to participate in this ceremony, which will take place at noon Sunday, July 18, at 805 S. Twp. Blvd., Jenkins Twp. Anyone with questions can call 570-881-9931.

PTAA news

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 pick up 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. 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 Butler Heights, Suscon, Houston City, and Glendale 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 notified that a large number of stray cats can be found throughout the borough, causing problems for some residents. The borough asks that residents please refrain from feeding stray animals.

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

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