The New Year is a funny thing, isn’t it? 2021 became 2022 in a moment — late Friday night became early Saturday morning like it does every week, yet on the evening of Dec. 31 this occasion was marked with celebration all around the world.

This year especially, I’m embracing more than ever the viewpoint and cautious optimism of all things new.

As sad as it is to see holiday decorations come down, I’m trying to stay excited for the possibilities of what comes next, rather than trying to hold on to a moment in vain.

If you’re wondering what my resolution is this year, it’s to keep this positivity and perspective going throughout this entire year.

Jenkins Twp. refuse and recycling stickers

Refuse and recycling stickers are now available for Jenkins Twp. residents. Letters explaining pricing and options have been sent to all residents. Full information can be found on the Jenkins Twp. Facebook page or by calling the municipal building office at 570-654-3315.

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 also was replaced by a 2018 Ford F-550 with much more functionality, and a F-250 is on order to haul pumps and hose to deal with storms and other emergencies, as the company’s duties continue to evolve.

Residents can drop off or mail donations to 2 Second St.

Donation kits can be picked up at the station or call 570-655-5045 “option two.”

Jenkins meetings

The Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12.

The Jenkins Twp. Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20.

PTAA fund drive

Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association has begun its 2022 fund drive. The upcoming year will be the association’s 45th year providing emergency care and services to residents of Pittston Twp.

The annual ambulance membership is $35 and lasts throughout the entire upcoming year. All membership donations go directly to the PTAA, and funds are utilized daily to maintain equipment, facilities, staff and so many other important resources.

Memberships can be obtained by filling out the registration form and returning it to the business office at 24 Bryden St., Pittston Twp. Membership also can be obtained in person at this address. If you haven’t received a mailing brochure or if you have questions, visit the office or call 570-654-47217.

Yatesville notices

Yatesville residents are advised to keep an eye on their mail and look for letters regarding the 2022 garbage stickers.

The basketball courts at the Yatesville park have closed for the winter. Please refrain from using the courts at this time.

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

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