I missed Mother’s Day this year and I feel a tremendous amount of pressure to not forget Father’s Day as well, successfully shooting 0-for-2 as far as summer parental holidays go and sealing my fate as worst son of 2020. So before I forget to say it, happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers out there. And to mine in particular.
When I was younger, I thought my dad was a superhero. Now that I’m older, I’m positively sure of it. He can do anything. He’s a concert buddy, a travel partner, a friend and an endless source of wisdom and advice. I’m lucky to have someone like him in my life and I’m grateful everyday for it. He always does the right thing and never hesitates to give a kind word when the opportunity arises.
One such opportunity was last Saturday at the West Pittston Little League field, where a short program focusing on equality and diversity was held, organized by Peter Butera. I overheard my father saying to Peter’s father, attorney Michael Butera, that he must be a really proud dad today. While I can certainly not speak for Peter’s father, I can safely say that I was very proud of our town on that day. Roughly 100 friends and neighbors came to the Little League field with their masks, ready to practice social distancing and ready to listen attentively to the speakers at the program with an open mind and an open heart.
The event, which lasted about an hour, featured multiple speakers, including Abby Kolessar, Luzerne County Council members Matt Vough and Kendra Radle, and Zipporah Fulmore and Julian Campenni. Each speaker had something insightful to say about diversity and it was a terrific opportunity for our town to come together to learn more about these important issues. I’m always proud to call West Pittston my home. But last Saturday morning, I was extremely proud.
Here’s what else is happening around town:
Corpus Christi news
Corpus Christi Parish will hold its 10th annual car show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16. Car registration begins at 11 a.m. Donation is $10 in advance or $15 the day of the event. Come see antiques, classics, custom vehicles, street rods, low riders and motorcycles. There also will be food trucks, car corral, give-a-ways and music all day. Awards will be given for Best in Show, Monsignor’s Choice, People’s Choice, and Hard Luck Award. To show your support, you can become a sponsor, with sponsorships ranging from $25 to $500. For information on becoming a sponsor, contact Deb Altavilla at 570-574-4360 or call the rectory at 570-654-2753.
Back when the pandemic began, the parish was in the process of selling tickets to the annual bingo and Holy Name breakfast. Since these events are unlikely to be rescheduled in the foreseeable future, you can receive a refund if you purchased tickets to either event or gave a monetary donation to sponsor the bingo. Contact the rectory and the church will gladly refund your money. The parish wants parishioners to know their continued support of parish fundraisers is appreciated. Call the rectory at 570-654-2753 or send in your tickets with your name, address and phone number for a refund.
Monsignor John Sempa and Deacon Jim Meizanis will celebrate a Virtual Graduation Mass honoring high school seniors from the parish who are graduating from area high schools this year. If you have any questions, email Joyce at email@example.com.
West Pittston Library news
West Pittston Library is now open for porch pickups. Call 570-654-9847 to request up to five items and schedule a 15-minute window to pickup your items between 2 and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through Saturday.
Summer reading registration is taking place through Tuesday, June 30, while supplies last. This year, summer reading is virtual and shorter, but it will still include all the crafts and prizes participants have come to know and love.
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
If you or your family would like to purchase a banner for a friend or loved one who is a West Pittston veteran past or present you are encouraged to apply on West Pittston Tomorrow’s website www.wptomorrow.com. Banners must be purchased by Friday, June 26, for this year. Banners purchase later will be hung in May 2021.
The banner is made of a heavy duty vinyl and is 30 inches wide by 60 inches tall. The initial cost per banner is $200 and that cost includes the production, installation and removal and storage of the banner. Annual renewal fee will be $25, which will go toward putting up and taking down the banners in November.