As I write my article this week, something feels different. Not a bad different at all. Actually, it’s a very good different. Under normal circumstances I will write my articles in my room under the light of the lamp at my desk. But not today. The front porch furniture at my house has come out of its hibernation. It’s set up and ready to go. The sun is shining. The birds are singing. It’s still a bit cool, but right now I’ll take what I can get and the sun on the river certainly beats the normal view of the cluttered desk in my room. It’s so nice to see, with the return of the warmer weather, our town starting to come back to life again.

It’s almost time for the Garden Village to live up to its name. The West Pittston Community Garden is ready to kick off another gardening season. Everyone with a plot from last year has the right of first refusal for a new plot. And if you would like to sign up on the waiting list to get a plot for this year, go to the West Pittston Tomorrow Facebook page. Small 4-by-4 plots are $10, medium 4-by-8 plots are $20, and large 6-by-12 plots are $40.

If you’re looking to find a new hobby and want to give gardening a try, or if you simply just plant too much to be contained in your home garden — like my father does every year — consider getting on the waiting list to secure yourself a gardening plot in the beautiful West Pittston Community Garden.

Here’s what else is happening around town:

Yard waste collection

West Pittston Borough announced yard waste collection will begin Monday, April 5, weather permitting.

Corpus Christi news

Corpus Christi Parish is offering drive-up Masses at both of its churches. Whether you choose to attend 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday or 7:30 or 10:30 a.m. Mass 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.

The parish also has the ability to stream the Masses to the basement of Immaculate Conception Church. So in the event you want to attend in person, extra seating is available. An usher will seat you and at the end of Mass, communion will be distributed downstairs.

Valley Alliance Church

Valley Alliance Church conducts Sunday worship from 10:30 a.m. to noon. In addition, Junior Church occurs concurrently with Sunday service. Nursery also is available during services. Prayer and Bible study is held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

Library news

West Pittston Library will offer the following activities:

Poetry Reading — 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8. Celebrate the winning combination of National Library Week and National Poetry Month with the library’s third annual poetry reading, held virtually again this year online with Facebook Live. Listen in, or if you are interested in reading your own or your favorite poems, contact the library to participate.

Beginner Coding — 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 13. Pre-school aged and young students are invited to this program which includes favorite Disney characters to help simplify the complex coding world with hands-on, interactive activities and no technology. Learn algorithms, loops, bugs and conditionals with Ana, Elsa, Dory, Wreck-It Ralph and the Incredibles. Appropriate for ages 10 and under. Slight reading, writing and simple math involved. Younger children may require adult assistance. Register to receive a private Zoom link to this event.

Take and Make Lion Painting — 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 15. March may come in like a lion but April comes in with this feline themed virtual Paint ’n Sip class. Registration is $10 and includes all materials and instructions for this online event. Stop in or call 570-654-9847 to register.

Parks and recreation

West Pittston Parks and Recreation Board announced it will hold a reorganization meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 7. Plans will be made and dates set for events during the coming year. Meetings will be conducted virtually via Zoom until further notice. Any member of the public who is interested in participating in the meetings will be able to join through the link that will be posted on the borough website at www.westpittstonborough.com.

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

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