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I was a 4-pound preemie and spent the first days of my life in an incubator. As soon as I reached acceptable weight to be sprung, my father collected me from the hospital and delivered me into the arms of my grandmother, who made it her business to assure that I would never be underweight again.

I grew up on pasta, pasta, and more pasta, enough to make a person say, “If I never see another plate of pasta again...” Not me. So, at a certain point in my adult life, I stopped resolving, on New Year’s Day, to lose weight. I also do not resolve to exercise more, to get organized, to learn a foreign language, or to save money. I’d like to do all of those things, but why set myself up for failure? Sometimes we just ask too much ,trying to become idealized versions of ourselves.

Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, let’s try to be happy with ourselves just as we are. I’m not saying we should continue bad habits that will kill us. If you smoke, try to quit. That’s a resolution I can get behind, but I don’t think a calendar day is the inspiration for that kind of resolve. If there are some changes that we can make to have a healthier and more secure life, we should ease into them gradually.

Above all, we should try to be kinder to family and friends, to neighbors and colleagues, to those who serve us, to those less fortunate, to the environment, and especially to ourselves.

So, I’ll eat my fettuccine and raise a glass at midnight, grateful to be surrounded by most of the people I love. I wish the same for you. Happy New Year everyone. May 2019 be one of peace and contentment in your lives.

Wyoming Hose Company

No. 1 fund drives

Wyoming Hose Company No. 1 would like to thank everyone who donated to its annual boot drive that recently took place at the Midway Shopping Center.

The hose company greatly appreciates everyone’s generosity during this year’s boot drive.

Also, as a reminder, the hose company’s annual fire drive donation request has recently been mailed. Please donate any amount you are able to give. If you misplaced the form or did not receive one, please drop you donation off at the borough building or mail it to: Wyoming Borough Building, 277 Wyoming Ave., attention Wyoming Hose Company No. 1.

Wyoming Hose Company No. 1 continues to serve Wyoming residents and businesses, as well as our neighboring communities through your donations.

Wyoming Borough notices

Wyoming Borough has announced temporary office hours. Offices will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon.

Residents are asked to use the secure payment box located next to the entrance to pay for trash stickers, parking tickets and taxes.

Taxes are now in the penalty phase and are due by the end of the year.

There is a correction to the trash collection calendar. The last recycling day of this year was Dec. 19. In January, recyclables will be collected Jan. 2, 9 and 23.

The 2019 garbage fee is now due.

The discount price of $190 is in effect until Feb. 6.

Face value of $200 will be until May 15.

After that, the cost will be $250.

Scouting for Food

The annual Scouting for Food Program of Exeter Cub Scout Pack 310 and Troop 311 is now underway.

Scouts are collecting non-perishable food items to be donated to a local food pantry. Each Exeter resident will receive a flyer from a scout listing the date and time when they will be collecting donations. Please attach the flyer to your bag of donated items and place it on your front porch.

Call 570-881-4052 for information.

Exeter refuse stickers

Exeter Borough refuse stickers for 2019 are now available.

Prices remain the same as last year.

Stickers will be in rebate period until Feb. 28 at a cost of $150; $110 for seniors 65 and older. Proof of age is required.

From March 1-31, the regular price of $180 will be charged; $130 for senior citizens.

April 1, the stickers will go into penalty and the price for anyone who hasn’t purchased a sticker will be $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 Borough Refuse Department, 1101 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, PA 18643.

Please use a long business size return envelope when mailing the payment.

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

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