We are now, like it or not, in the month of August. It feels bizarre to say that. It doesn’t feel like August. I don’t really know what it feels like but it certainly doesn’t feel normal. August is usually a time of so much excitement. Back to school shopping. So many exciting things around the corner like the return of football and temperatures where you don’t feel like you’re in an oven every time you step outside.

Summer has its appeal. Vacations. Concerts. Blockbuster movies. I went 0 for 3 this summer on the big things that make summer, summer. In a time that should be filled with so much excitement there is an undeniable undercurrent of uncertainty. Scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, I see a lot of my friends who are ready for 2020 to be over. While I certainly don’t disagree with them in the sentiment that this year has overstayed its welcome — and there is still 1/3 of it left — I do disagree with how they handle adversity. Lives have been turned upside down. It’s stressful. There is no denying that. Luckily all that COVID-19 has taken from me is maybe about half a dozen concerts. I’m one of the lucky ones for sure. My family has not been sick. It has been fairly quiet in my house. But for a social butterfly such as myself, not seeing my friends is taking its toll on me. I miss my friends. I miss concerts. I miss leaving my house without having to worry about potentially infecting my family. In spite of all of that I feel that I’ve adapted to what may very well be the new normal quite well. I’ve made a series of small adjustments to make the best of a bad situation and I feel that it is more effective than complaining about the way things are.

I understand the viewpoint of wishing the next four months away. But that would mean fast-forwarding through so many little moments that may have a sense of normalcy. We only have so many days in our lifetime. And to just blow past them would be a shame. Yes. 2020 has been challenging. But we’re still here. Since when has a little challenge been a bad thing? You adapt. You strengthen yourself.

You evolve. That’s the great thing about life. Evolution is an ongoing process. It doesn’t stop at a certain age. So here is my challenge to you. Find the good in the bad. Adapt to this chaotic new normal. Make the best out of every day. Don’t wish the time away. And please. Wear a face mask.

Tax collection

Tax collector George L. Miller would like to issue a friendly reminder to West Pittston residents that the Wyoming Area School District taxes will soon be mailed. Office hours for the rebate period are from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Office hours for the face period will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 11 am. Saturday. When sending payment enclose entire bill and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for a receipt. Property taxes and face value are due by Aug. 17. The tax collector can be reached by dialing 570-655-3801. The tax collector would also like to wish residents of West Pittston a very happy rest of their year and urges them to wear their masks.

Church news

Corpus Christi Parish is proceeding with its annual car show. All are welcome to attend the 10th annual car show on Sunday, Aug. 16. Car registration begins at 11 a.m. Donation is $10 prior to Aug. 16 or $15 the day of the event. Come see antiques, classics, customs, street rods, low riders and motorcycles. There will be food trucks, car corral, give- a-ways and music all day! They will even have prizes and awards that will be given out in the categories of Best in Show, Monsignor’s Choice, People’s Choice and Hard Luck Award. Don’t miss out on this fan favorite event. Fun is sure to be had by all.

Confirmation will be celebrated on two dates, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 and Aug. 29, in Immaculate Conception Church. A letter will be sent out next week to the eighth grade students who are registered in the confirmation prep class. If your son or daughter is a Catholic school student and is not registered in the parish’s Religious Education program, contact Joyce at 570-654-2753 or jcecconi50@gmail.com.

If you purchased tickets or gave a monetary donation to sponsor the parish bingo or the Holy Name breakfast, call the rectory 570-654-2753 or send in your tickets with your name and address and the church will refund your money.

Library news

The West Pittston Library is open for porch pickups. Call 570-654-9847 to request up to five items and schedule a 15-minute window to pick up your items between 2 and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through Saturday.

Virtual Story Time: Miss Summer performs her regular Friday classes on Facebook so everyone can join in from the comfort of their homes. Mother Goose on the Loose is held at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers. This program is full of songs and nursery rhymes. To fully participate, please have on hand: a rattle, shaker or bell (a small plastic container with rice will work), a piece of material for each of you, such as a small scarf, dish towel or hanky, and a drum-like instrument like a pot or plastic bowl. Kindergarten Readiness, for pre-K aged children, is held at 1 p.m. This will be an abbreviated version of Miss Summer’s regular class but will still include your favorite songs, great books and maybe other fun activities.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week. To list an item, email jbubul@pittstonprogress.com by Monday.

Community garden

West Pittston Tomorrow is accepting applications for its community garden. There are three plot sizes available. A small 4-by-4 plot is $10. A medium 4-by-8 plot is $20 and a large 6-by-12 plot is $40. To participate, make a check payable to West Pittston Tomorrow, 555 Exeter Ave., West Pittston.

Honor a veteran

Purchase a banner for a friend or loved one who is a West Pittston veteran past or present on West Pittston Tomorrow’s website www.wptomorrow.com. Banners purchased now will be hung in May 2021. Initial cost per banner is $200, which includes production, installation and removal and storage of the banner. Annual renewal fee of $25 will go toward putting up and taking down the banners in November.

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

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

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