Part of what makes the warmer months so wonderful is that they only last for so long. Just when we start to take the warmer weather for granted, it shifts. That is one of the many benefits in my mind of living in a climate with four seasons. Each season certainly has its perks, but the fall has always been my favorite. Football is back. Cider donuts come out of hibernation. It’s sweater weather. And long nights can be spent with good friends around a fire. In my humble opinion, the fall sincerely cannot be beat.

I recently had a moment that comes once a year. I was running errands in the afternoon and was out and about. I was in my last stop of the day for quite some time and when I walked outside to my car, it was dark. The immediate thought in my brain was, “Oh. It’s dark really early.” The long days are gone and the seemingly endless nights are on their way back. This article is as much a reminder to me as it is for all of you that daylight-saving time ends this Sunday. Be sure to turn your clocks back one hour.

Here’s what’s going on around town:

Corpus Christi news

Corpus Christi Parish’s annual Veterans Day Mass honoring all veterans living and deceased will take place at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, in Immaculate Conception Church. All are welcome to attend and show support to our veterans and thank them for their sacrifices.

If you or someone you know could use help for Thanksgiving and Christmas, please call the rectory as soon as possible to put them on Corpus Christi’s list of families that need assistance.

The social concerns committee is collecting non-perishable foods for the Thanksgiving and Christmas food drives. Some suggested food items the church is in need of include stuffing, gravy, boxed or canned potatoes, yams, vegetables, pumpkin pie filling, pie crusts, etc. Food may be left in the vestibules of the churches or, during the week, at the rectory. Thank you for your help!

Valley Alliance Church

Valley Alliance Church conducts Sunday morning worship from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Junior church occurs concurrently with the Sunday service. Nursery is available.

Prayer and Bible study are offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. This mid-week service is intended to help build and strengthen families.

Estate planning event

First United Presbyterian Church of West Pittston will host a free community event, Estate and Asset Protection Planning — Your Questions Answered. The program will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Institute, 40 Institute St., Wyoming. Information will be provided by law offices of Colbert & Grebas, which specializes in elder law.

Library news

West Pittston Library will offer the following activities:

“I Have an Idea” book reading and presentation — 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11. Ed Ackerman gives a resounding presentation based on the book about local professional and philanthropist, Clifford Melberger. “I Have an Idea” is a history of Mr. Mel, Diversified Information Technologies, and his unique management style.

Robert Hughes presents FDR in His Own Words — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16. The West Pittston Library welcomes Robert Hughes to the library again, this time with a presentation giving life and color to the words of our 32nd president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Time For Turkey! — 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17. Visit the library for a simple and whimsical acrylic painting tutorial suitable for all abilities and levels. All ages are welcome with adult assistance. Registration is required.

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

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