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Spring is here at last! I know because I have a hard time getting a parking spot in front of my house.

The basketball players have been at the Butler Street park for weeks. They aren’t a true measure, but now they keep their car windows open, mistakenly thinking I share their taste in music. Parents with carloads of kids are arriving. Kids ride trikes past my house, followed by wagons and strollers.

Later sunset gives me more energy after dinner, so I don’t feel like turning in at 7 p.m.

The spring play is in the books. The drama club wrapped up the year with a huge success, all scenery is down and packed away. Seniors took their last bow, crying tears shared by their parents and advisors. The final marking period has begun, promising more “lasts” for our seniors and more tears for their parents. Last game, last meeting, last concert.

Federal taxes are due.

I’ve been suddenly struck with the desire to clean my house, put screens back into the windows, turn on the hose. I guess I’m not the only one because I see yard sale signs going up. Spring cleaning and Marie Kondo have everyone emptying their attics, basements, and living spaces in general. Studies say that clutter causes anxiety. Toss the nerve tonic and get rid of your junk. Kondo says keep only things that spark joy. Everything else must go, but as they say, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. So why not try to make a few bucks on the way out?

The West Pittston Presbyterian Church in Wyoming is planning a mini flea market along with the annual strawberry festival in June. All community members are invited to purchase a table for $20 to sell used items. There is sure to be a crowd stopping by for some strawberry desserts, so start gathering up all your things that don’t spark joy. Tables must be reserved by Sarurday,May 4. Call 570-609-5410 or email presbywp@aol.com. You will be amazed at what sells.

Throw open your windows. Tune up the lawn mower, head to Kasarda’s, buy a new pair of sneakers. It’s spring at last.

Wyoming hose company drive

Wyoming Hose Company No. 1 is in the third month of its 2019 community fund drive. If you want to donate, please use the donation request form all residents received in the mail.

The hose company would like to thank all who have already contributed. Without donations, the hose company cannot continue to support the volunteers who respond in our time of need.

The campaign will officially close April 30.

New members are needed and welcome to apply.

Wyoming egg hunt

Wyoming will hold an Easter egg hunt for children ages 1 to 12 at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Flack Field. The borough would appreciate donations. Contact the borough manager at 570-693-0291, ext. 5.

Theater trip

Wyoming United Methodist Church will host a bus trip to the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in Hampton, New Jersey, on Friday, May 17, to see “Over the River and Through the Woods.” Cost is $98 and includes bus, show, meal and gratuities. For reservations or information, call Audrey at 570-693-0905 or 693-2821.

Sunrise service at the river

West Pittston Presbyterian Church in Wyoming will celebrate Easter with a sunrise service on the river common, Susquehanna Avenue near Elm Street in West Pittston at 7 a.m. and a worship service at the church, Wyoming Avenue and Institute Street in Wyoming at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

Library news

Wyoming Free Library’s fill-a-bag book sale held last weekend earned $483.50. The next sale will be in September..

The library is soliciting donations to replace its eight public computers. Computer use is free to all who need it, young and old. Not much can be accomplished without a computer and internet access, something that is cost prohibitive for many. The library allows them to do research, write papers, apply for jobs, check email, and pass time surfing the web.

Donations can be made on Facebook or mailed directly to the library, 358 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, PA 18644.

St. Barbara’s Lenten

offerings

St. Barbara’s Parish, Exeter, will hold its last Lenten food sale from 1 to 5 p.m. Good Friday, April 19. The event is strictly takeout and no pre-orders will be taken. Sales are strictly cash only.

Selection includes potato pancakes, $5 for half a dozen or $10 per dozen (13); pierogi, $5 for half a dozen; halushki, $5 per quart.

The last confessions before Easter will be heard from 10:30 until noon Tuesday, April 16.

Wyoming trash fee

The 2019 Wyoming garbage fee is now due. Face value of $200 is in effect until May 15. After that, the cost will be $250.

Residents are reminded to rinse jars, bottles and cans for recycling. Greasy cardboard, like pizza boxes, cannot be recycled. Please only put out clean, flat cardboard.

West Wyoming trash fees

West Wyoming reminds residents that sanitation fees are now past due and the penalty fee of $300 is in effect.

Exeter refuse stickers

Exeter refuse stickers for 2019 are now available. The penalty phase is now in effect and the price is $250. Stickers can be purchased at the Exeter Borough Building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Stickers also can be purchased by mail by sending a self addressed, stamped envelope to Exeter Refuse Department, 1101 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, PA 18643. Use a long business size envelope. For information, call Lynda at 570-654-3001, ext. 2.

State office hours

State Rep. Aaron Kaufer’s Exeter office, at 1101 Wyoming Ave., is open the third Friday of the month from noon to 2 p.m. Due to Good Friday, the office will be open the fourth Friday in April instead.

Barbara Bullions writes about Exeter, Wyoming and West Wyoming. To include an item in her column, email barbarabullions@gmail.com or call 570-301-2185 by Monday.