With summer now beginning to look a little further away in our rear-view mirrors, it’s a good time to keep our eyes on the road ahead. As the hustle and bustle of the summer months wanes, I’m sure many of us will begin to turn our attention to the holiday months that, believe or not, are looming right around the corner. Many of our local groups will be hosting fundraisers for themselves and others, offering the ability to begin participating in the many charitable efforts of the season ahead.

From noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, the Jenkins Twp. Lions Club will host its annual ham dinner fundraiser at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company, 2 Second St. This take-out only meal will cost $12 and includes ham with pineapple, scalloped potatoes, green beans, apple sauce, coleslaw, rolls and cake.

Pre-paid registrations are strongly encouraged and greatly appreciated.

Payments and reservations are due to the Lions Club by Thursday, Oct. 7. Along with the dinner, the club will be accepting donations of canned goods and food items at this event. All goods collected will benefit the Greater Pittston Food Pantry located at the Care and Concern Ministries at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Pittston. The Lions Club asks anyone with questions to contact Virginia at 570-655-3538.

Jenkins Twp. Lions Club also extends an incredibly grateful “thank you!” to all who supported the club’s annual coin-drop fundraiser last weekend at the Eight Street Bridge. It was a great success! The funds raised will be put aside to benefit recipients of the Lions Club’s annual scholarship awards.

Party at the Park

Jenkins Twp. Memorial Committee will hold a Veterans Memorial Party at the Park on Saturday, Sept. 25, including a cornhole tournament, raffles, baskets, vendors, food and music.

It costs $50 to register a team for the cornhole tournament, with registration beginning at 11 a.m. and competition beginning at noon.

Cornhole players may contact Raynee Roxby 570-881-9931 or any veterans memorial committee member.

Jenkins Twp. senior organization meeting

Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizens will resume monthly meetings at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14. The group meets once a month at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company building, 2 Second St.

The organization welcomes all seniors living in the township and invites new members to come and join the group! For information, call Jean at 570 654-9710.

PTAA openings

Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association has positions open for a full-time EMS provider, part-time/per diem EMS providers, volunteers, and ride-along applicants.

Full information and an online application for submission can be found at ptaa-ems.com. Click the employment/volunteer tab. Donations will provide funding for EMT training and certification.

Call the PTAA at 570-654-4717, or email info@pittstontownshipems.com for information.

Paper shredding

Pittston Twp. will sponsor a free paper shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 25, at the parking lot at 421 Broad St., across from the municipal building, held rain or shine. The event may end early if the truck fills to capacity.

Township residents can bring up to four boxes of personal documents to be shredded at no cost. Please remove all metal and plastic paper clips and all checkbook covers. Staples do not need to be removed. Items for shredding must be placed in a box or bag. Attendees will be directed to pull up in their vehicle and empty any boxes/bags into the shredder. Items will be shredded on the spot.

Magazines, newspaper and photographs are not allowed. This is not a recycling event.

May Street Park

Jenkins Twp. Supervisors advise residents work is taking place at the May Street Park and parking lot until early fall. Residents will be unable to park in this lot as improvements are completed.

Jenkins yard waste

Residents are reminded every household must put yard waste in appropriate containers to have it removed.

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 with compost preparation. To utilize this service, simply call the township building at 570-654-3315 for proper scheduling.

Yatesville park hours

Yatesville Borough park is open every day until 8:30 p.m. The park is closed to guests from 8:30 p.m. until dawn.

Pittston Twp. yard wasteYard waste collection for the second Tuesday of the month will take place in the Suscon and Glendale areas of Pittston Twp.

Residents should call the office at least 24 hours prior to pickup at 570-654-0161 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to schedule collection.

More information can be found at pittstontownship.org.

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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