It’s always a little bittersweet at the beginning of the new year. Decorations are taken down. Christmas trees are found on the sidewalk. It feels like we are sent hurtling into the darkest part of the winter with not very much to look forward to.

But in that sadness there is also a little bit of hope. With each new year comes a couple of feelings. There is a feeling of melancholy at the end of the holiday season. There is a sense of reflection looking back on the prior year. And there is definitely a sense of new hope and new beginnings as we walk into the new year ready for anything it may throw at us.

Yes, 2020 was a trying year for many. But for me it was a transition year. It was a year of professional and artistic growth. The year was certainly full of obstacles for many people. A phrase I like to use is that every day may not be good but there’s something good in every day. That was the case for 2020.

The new year is also a great time to set goals for yourself to accomplish with the blank slate of a year that life has offered you. Some want to go to the gym more. Others want to travel more. Some want to take up a new hobby.

Moving forward into 2021, I have the usual goals for myself. I want to read more. I want to try to be more present and not worry about the things that I can not control. I want to write more. When it is safe to do community theater again, I would like to stage a couple of my original one acts. I want to act again. I want to focus on finding the good in every situation. I want to spend more time surrounding myself with people who I love. People who understand me. People who make me my best self.

May the new year bring you health, happiness and new opportunities.

Here’s what else is happening around town:

Corpus Christi news

Corpus Christi Parish has made more than $600 total profit on its Norwex fundraiser. To order cleaning, household or personal care products from the company, go to the parish website www.corpuschristinepa.com, click on the Norwex link in the middle of the homepage. Click on the link to shop, place products in your cart and checkout. It is important to remember that in order for the parish to receive credit, you must click on “Add Party” and select Corpus Christi Catalog Party 4. For a catalog, or if you do not have access to a computer and wish to order, call Lori at the rectory 570-654-2753.

Library news

West Pittston Library has returned to porch pickup only until Jan. 4. Call 570-654-9847 to reserve a pickup time. Hours of operation are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Returns can still be made in the outdoor drop box.

West Pittston Library announced the following upcoming events:

Soda Tab Bracelets, Take 2! — 6 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 5, for ages 7 and older. The last one was so much fun, the library is doing it again in a different style. Construct a funky bracelet with a handful of soda tabs and some ribbon. Register for your take-home kit full of all the supplies needed to participate. Some adult assistance may be required. Join the fun on Facebook Live.

Take and Make Journaling — 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7. Start the new year off right with hints, pointers and fresh ideas for journaling through the year! The group will talk about different approaches to journaling: bullet journals, list journals, daily entries, habit trackers, block schedules, junk journals and smash books. Registration is required. Please stop in or call 570-654-9847. Join the fun on Facebook Live.

Kindergarten Readiness — 1 to 1:45 p.m. Fridays. Miss Summer will be performing an abbreviated version of her regular Friday class so everyone can join in from the comfort of their homes. You can still look forward to your favorite songs, great books and crafts. Register for your take-home kit full of all the supplies needed to participate in the virtual fun throughout January. The Jan. 8 program will have a zoo theme; Jan. 15, money; Jan. 22, people in the neighborhood, and Jan. 29, feel better stories.

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. 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.

Leaf pickup concludes

Yard waste collection has ended for the season.

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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