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It’s officially August and the song that comes to mind is “Rain, rain go away please come back another day.” These last few weeks rain has put a damper on some events, family outing and simple chores. For some children, the rain has been a blessing and a curse. Puddles are great to play and jump in and it’s always fun to make mud pies. These are the two best things I remember from childhood and they still ring true today.

The imagination is needed to make fun out of horrible weather. Sometimes rain can add to the fun in certain events, like concerts. There’s nothing more fun on a hot summer day than when the sky opens and begins to pour down, not only cooling you off, but bringing forth amazing memories to be had.

Well, let’s hope the rain is done with us and will allow us to get back on schedule.

West Wyoming collection changes

West Wyoming residents are advised of a new yard waste schedule. To improve services in the borough, County Waste would like to move the yard waste collection day from alternating Thursdays to alternating Mondays.

The advantage of a Monday yard waste collection is that residents may use their regular yard waste containers and are not required to use County Waste containers for yard waste collection.

The schedule is as follows: Monday, Aug. 9, yard waste pickup will be in the Atherton Park section and Monday, Aug. 13, yard waste pickup will be from Eighth Street to the Exeter line.

Yard waste collection will continue to alternate each Monday until Nov. 5.

The collection for Monday, Sept. 3, will be made Tuesday, Sept. 4, due to the Labor Day holiday.

If there are any questions, please call the borough at 570-693-1311.

A bulk pickup will be held Monday, Oct. 8.

WAEA-R meeting

The Wyoming Area Education Association of Retirees (WAEA-R) will hold its 16th annual breakfast at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at Fox Hill Country Club, Exeter. This year’s event will be a breakfast buffet.

Paid reservations are required and are due by Monday, Aug. 20. Please call the WA Credit Union at 570-693-1339 if you plan to attend. The price is $12, which includes membership dues.

Those attending can have the reservation costs withdrawn from their credit union account. Those who are unable to attend or do not belong to the credit union can send a check for the dues or reservation made out to WAEA-R to WAFCU, 800 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, PA 18644.

There will be door prizes and special favors.

The current officers are President Phil Russo, Vice-President Steve Harmanos and Secretary Sandy Touw.

DePrimo Golf Tournament

The 10th annual 1st Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Fund Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Wilkes-Barre Golf Course.

The cost is $75, which includes 18 holes of golf, awards and dinner to follow. Registration is at 7 a.m. with tee-off at 8 a.m.

You can register at www.deprimogolf.com.

Come out and join in on the fun of golfing with a great group of people while benefiting the community.

Duck Derby

Wyoming Area Kiwanis Club will hold its third annual Duck Derby on Sunday, Sept. 2, on the West Pittston riverfront between the bridges.

Ducks are available for $5 on the Kiwanis Facebook page and from PayPal at www.paypal.com/donate, or buy a duck from any Kiwanis member.

First place finisher will win $500. Second place prize will be $300 and third place wins $200.

All proceeds are used for programs and events that the Kiwanis Club puts on for children and the community.

Wyoming Area Catholic news

The Cougar Cash summer 2018 schedule for Wyoming Area Catholic School is still in progress. Gift cards and certificates for local stores will be sold on a first come, first serve basis from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays.

Gift cards/certificates are available each week for the following local businesses: Gerrity’s, Weis/Mr. Z’s, Price Chopper, Bo Brothers, Redner’s, Wegmans, Cold Case Beverage, Pizza Perfect, Grotto Pizza, Superior Plus, Schiel’s, McDonald’s, Sabatini’s Pizza Sapphire Salon, Quinn’s, Perkins and Crest Cleaners.

Orders for other merchants available through the Cougar Cash program will be taken on Wednesday morning and will be available for pickup the following Wednesday morning.

Wyoming U.M. Church

holiday bus trip

Wyoming United Methodist Church will host a bus trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse Dinner Theatre to see the new show “Christmas in the Air” on Wednesday, Nov. 14, for the luncheon show. The trip will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. from the church, 376 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.

The cost is $110, which includes show, deluxe motor coach, full-course meal, tax and gratuity. To sign up or for information, call Audrey Harris at 570-693-0905.

Exeter collection reminders

Exeter Borough is now offering single stream recycling. All recyclable items can now be placed in the same container and can be placed out weekly. Pickup will still be Mondays.

A flyer is in the white rural mailbox in front of the borough building with a list of what can and cannot be put out. Everything on the calendar is still recyclable, with the exception of shredded paper, which will now go out with your regular garbage. Also, items are on the new list that were not picked up before.

Yard waste will still be collected Thursdays. Regular garbage is collected Wednesdays.

Please do not use the yellow recycling bins for garbage. Place your bags in regular garbage cans. There is a three-bag limit no matter what size the bag is, as long as it is under 30 pounds. Don’t place several small bags in your can. Condense them into a larger bag.

Placing the garbage in a refuse container reduces the likelihood of an animal opening it. If animals do open your garbage, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to clean it up.

Refuse, recyclables and yard waste are to be placed curbside the night before pickup or by 6 a.m. the morning of collection.

For information, call Lynda at 570-654-3001, ext. 2 or Karen at 570-654-0933.

Mariel Waters writes about Exeter, Wyoming and West Wyoming every week. To include an item in her column, contact her at mwaters@pittstonprogress.com or 570-301-2185.