As I sit down to write today, snow is falling outside of my window at a steady rate and is set to continue for quite some time. My family has already shoveled the sidewalk twice and there’s probably at least two more removal attempts left in us. I sit here with a piping hot mug of tea, reflecting on the snow. As a kid there was absolutely nothing in the world better than snow days. I remember days when I would wake up to see the news scroll on the local news stations. It rolled alphabetically. I used to have to wait for the S’s growing up for St. John the Baptist. I thought the wait couldn’t get any worse, until I was transplanted to Wyoming Area Catholic in seventh grade. This was before all the answers to all the questions were a click away in the powerful, tiny computers in our pockets.

When we would finally get the word that school was closed, my brothers used to go back to bed. I never understood the point. This was valuable video game and cartoon time. What were they doing going back to bed? School was closed! The world was my oyster! I would go sledding, build snowmen and have snowball fights. Nothing in the world compares to the pure joy of a kid on a snow day. Sometimes that joy was multiplied if school was cancelled for the next day in the middle of the afternoon. Those were always the best because you didn’t have to worry about going to bed early either.

I have a bad feeling that the joys of snow days may be the product of a bygone era. Just like our elders used to talk about “Walking to school and back — up hill both ways — in a blizzard.” I may be able to impart my fond memories on a younger generation and say “When I was a kid, virtual learning wasn’t a thing. If it snowed, the school was closed and I wouldn’t have any work to do. I was allowed to be a kid.” I hope that I’m wrong in my assessment that snow days may be a thing of the past for children everywhere, but I fear that with the birth of virtual learning in the time of COVID-19, little can hold schools back from teaching virtually in the snow.

Sometime around college, snow becomes a pain. It impacts your travel. That joy is substituted with a level of frustration. But sometimes that perfect moment hits. If I’m on a walk through the neighborhood, with everything covered in snow and just the right song is playing on my headphones, then a little bit of that childlike snow day wonder is restored.

Before I put my hat and coat and gloves back on and head out to shovel again, I want to focus on the beauty of the world while it’s snowing. Everywhere looks pretty under a fresh blanket of snow. But in my personal opinion, everywhere else pales in comparison to the beauty of our little Garden Village covered in snow. So while the snow is frustrating, sometimes it is important to recognize the beauty. It’s also very important to remember that the days are getting longer and warmer days are ahead.

Here’s what else is happening around town:

Recycling change

West Pittston Borough advises residents of changes to recycling collection. Recycling will now be picked up Wednesdays and Thursdays. Wednesday collection will be on Montgomery Avenue, both sides, south to the Exeter line. Collection for the remainder of town is Thursdays.

Library News

West Pittston Library lists the following events:

Felt Wall Hanging — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. A few cuts and some tied knots transform a plain piece of felt into a delightful decoration. Add a dowel and a few tassels and it’s ready to hang in your room. Register for your take-home kit full of all the supplies needed to participate.

Take & Make: Coffee Love Paint-At-Home — 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. Show your love for everyone’s favorite morning (and afternoon and evening) pick me up with this at-home kit. This time, the group will meet on Zoom so they get to paint and see each other, and see everyone’s work at the same time. When registering, please specify if you plan on watching live or on demand. Registration is required. Cost is $10, which covers all materials plus instruction. Stop in or call to register at 570-654-9847.

Woven Art — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. All ages are invited to discover fun patterns and textures with these three easy and whimsical projects woven on burlap, popsicle sticks and cardboard. Register for your take-home kit to get all the supplies. There will be a part two of the program coming in March.

Personal Care with Essential Oils — 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. Learn how to use essential oils in your daily life with personal care products from people who love simplified routines and healthier alternatives. Make easy switches for items in your daily routine. Leave with lots of information and a few samples to start your switch off right. Registration is required. Cost is $5, which covers all materials and instructions. Stop in or call 570-654-9847.

Corpus Christi news

Parents who are homeschooling their children through Corpus Christi Parish’s religious education program are reminded the Gospel weekly lessons through March 7 can be picked up at the rectory from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Students enrolled in eighth grade in a public school must be registered in the parish’s virtual religious education program to be eligible to receive confirmation. Students attending a Catholic school do not have to attend classes through the parish, but must contact Joyce at 570-654-2753 or jcecconi50@gmail.comto be eligible to receive the sacrament of confirmation. As of now, a date for this sacrament hasn’t been set.

The parish is offering drive-up Masses at both of its churches. You can remain in your car and listen to any of the weekend liturgies. Whether you choose to attend 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday or 7:30 or 10:30 a.m. Masses on Sunday at Immaculate Conception Church or the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday or 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday at Holy Redeemer, you can do so by remaining in your car. To listen to Mass from the Immaculate Conception Church parking lot, tune your radio to FM 90.3. To listen to Mass from the Holy Redeemer Church parking lot, tune into FM 89.3. At the conclusion of Mass, you will be directed to receive Holy Communion without having to enter the church.

Corpus Christi Parish is offering a new opportunity to help financially support the parish through MyEOffering. You no longer have to write checks or remember to bring cash every Saturday or Sunday when you attend Mass. Simply log into the service on the parish website and set up your offering. You can set the donations to match your pay periods and can even send one-time donations to the special offerings the church may have from time to time. This service allows you to give any amount, at any time, with your computer or mobile device. Visit the church website at www.corpuschristinepa.com and look for the green computer mouse icon. That button will take you to the MyEOffering page.

For information or help signing up, contact Lori at the parish office at 570-654-2753 or email her at lkasisky1@epix.net.

CodeRED notifications

West Pittston residents are encouraged to sign up for CodeRED, an emergency notification service that allows borough officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message, email and social media regarding time-sensitive, general and emergency information. To sign up, visit the West Pittston Police Facebook page.

Only authorized officials can access the system.

Any message regarding the safety, property or welfare of the community will be disseminated using CodeRED. These include AMBER alerts, hazardous traffic or road conditions, water boil advisories, evacuation notices or community events.

For registration help, call 1-866-939-0911. Required information includes contact name, address, city, state, zip code, phone number and whether the property is a residence or business.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To list an item, email jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.

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