This past weekend we took down the Christmas tree in my living room. It’s one of my least favorite days of the year. The house just feels so empty after it’s gone. But that’s half of the beauty of it. So much of what makes Christmas trees so appealing to me is just how temporary they are. We know that our time with them every year is limited.

All of the decorations both in and outside of houses throughout the holiday season spark so much joy. On my walks in the evening, houses with Christmas lights that I enjoyed looking at are now replaced with dark houses with Christmas trees on the sidewalk. This year in particular, the residents of West Pittston really outdid themselves. There were so many beautifully decorated homes.

West Pittston Tomorrow held its annual house decorating contest and the winners and prizes have been announced. First place in the traditional category and winner of a $50 Agolino’s gift card are Christopher and Ivy Berry. Second place and winner of a $35 Old Mill Pine gift certificate are John and Mona Turner and third place and winner of a $25 Blue Ribbon gift certificate is the William Abene Revocable Trust. First place in the whimsical category and winner of a $50 Agolino’s gift certificate are Stelle and Francis Swickel. Second place and winner of a $35 Evans Hardware gift card are Paul and Korylynn Angeli and third place and winner of a $25 Ballyhoo gift card is Kevin Lasota. The best decorated block in the neighborhood was the 700 Block of Montgomery Avenue, between Salem Street and Tunkhannock Avenue. The best house on the best block and winner of a $35 Driscoll’s Hardware gift card is Regina Wierbowski.

Thank you to all the businesses that donated prizes and congratulations to all winners.

Here’s what else is happening around town:

Corpus Christi news

Religious education classes have resumed in Corpus Christi Parish. If your child is in second or eighth grade and is enrolled in a Catholic school, please contact Joyce at the rectory at 570-654-2753 or email jcecconi50@gmail.com to register them for the sacraments.

Corpus Christi Parish is offering a new opportunity to help financially support the parish through MyEOffering. 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 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.

Library news

West Pittston Library announced the following upcoming events:

Readers Theatre — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19. Independent readers of all ages make stories come alive by becoming characters in a play. This strategy develops reading fluency and strengthens skills and confidence, all without memorizing a line since participants just read from the script. Register to receive your part(s) and private Zoom link to the event. Audience members may tune in to Facebook Live at the time of the event.

Take and Make: Fleece Pillow Cover — 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. Learn how to make a no-sew fleece pillow cover to brighten and refresh your bed or couch. Pillow is not supplied. Registration is required and there is a $5 fee that includes all materials. Pickup begins Jan. 18. Stop in or call to register at 570-654-9847.

Foam Mandalas — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, for ages 7 and older. Learn about radial symmetry while creating a foam mosaic mandala by choosing colors, shapes and your own unique design. Register for your take-home kit full of all the supplies needed to participate.

Take and Make: Paper Succulents — 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28. Jump on the trend with everyone’s favorite houseplants reimagined in paper form to create even lower maintenance little plants. Registration is required and there is a $5 fee that includes all materials. Pickup dates start Jan. 25. Stop in or call to register at 570-654-9847

Take & Make: Pet Silhouette — 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. Commemorate your favorite stay-at-home companions with a silhouette project of your dearest pet. Registration required. Please stop in or call 570-654-9847. Pickup begins Feb. 1.

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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