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October is officially over and now we move on to the next best thing about the fall season — Thanksgiving. By now, the stores should be done with Halloween decorations and we should start to see Thanksgiving/fall decor. Also, homes will begin to be filled with the smells of the trial runs of Thanksgiving pastries. One of my favorite smells for the holiday season is cinnamon. That smell just tells you the holiday season is here.

This is also the time of year to do some reflecting on what and who we are grateful for. The days will be shorter and the nights will be longer, but if there is any silver lining to the days being shorter is that Nov. 4 we will be gaining an hour of sleep — that’s something to be happy and grateful about.

So, as we watch the leaves change color and start to fall, stand still for a minute and think about this past year and begin to feel excitement about the year to come.

West Wyoming yard waste

West Wyoming residents are advised Monday is the last yard waste collection for the season. Monday, Nov. 5, yard waste pickup will be from Eighth Street to the Exeter line. The final collection in Atherton Park was last week. Please call the borough at 570-693-1311 with questions.

Wyoming United Methodist Church news

Wyoming United Methodist Church will have a pork and sauerkraut dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the church, 376 Wyoming Ave.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 to 12. Tickets will be available at the door. Takeouts will be available. The church is handicap accessible. Call 570-693-2821 for information.

Wyoming/West Wyoming Seniors meeting

Wyoming/West Wyoming Seniors will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at St. Monica Parish Hall, 363 W. Eighth St., West Wyoming. Bakers are JoAnn Kwasny and Nancy Marcy.

New members are welcome. For information, call JoAnn at 570-283-3388

Wyoming sign ordinance

Wyoming Borough reminds residents any signs located in or extending into the public right-of-way, such as on tree lawns, are prohibited. This includes political signs.

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 the 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.