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When my first child was born, my mother’s friend told me I would never have a good night’s sleep until I lay my head in the coffin. An odd remark, but one I found to be true. I was in my late 20s and pretty self centered. An only child, I was a bit spoiled and had no one else to consider for most of my life, until I married and then we were two people who didn’t worry about anyone else. I traveled a lot, regularly went to concerts, spent Sunday mornings leisurely reading the New York Times. Then I had a baby. Then another. Then another.

A person who had never had the stomach for anything that came out of an animal or another human body was suddenly up to my elbows in it. Remember cloth diapers? Rectal thermometers? Ipecac syrup? Yes, my days of examining the minutia of my personal life were over. I was now other centered. The next 20 odd years were spent doing what every mother in the world does because she falls head over heels in love with that helpless little bundle placed in her arms and in her care for the rest of her life. It’s instinctual and hormonal, required for the survival of the species.

Like many others cooped up waiting for the virus to pass, I’ve been house cleaning and finding all sorts of treasures that stop my progress and send me into a reverie of childhoods past. Art projects, poems, class photos. Articles of clothing that I just can’t part with like my older son’s Superman shirt, middle son’s bow tie, daughter’s tie dye dress. All size small and carrying a special memory. This weekend, we celebrate motherhood. It’s not so easy in the age of COVID.

When my kids got on my nerves, I shipped them off to a friend’s house or to visit my parents. Today, young moms don’t get a break, so they deserve as much pampering as possible under the circumstances. Takeout from her favorite restaurant is definitely in order, along with the gift of a beautiful plant for her garden. Kasarda’s has reopened, and from Exeter to the Midway, restaurateurs are trying to stay afloat. So, to all the moms and grandmas out there, thanks for all you do and have done to shape those kids into responsible adults. It is really true that the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. You’re awesome. Happy Mother’s Day.

My restaurant suggestion for this week is Marianacci’s in West Wyoming. In business since 1972, this family has long been associated with Wyoming Area football and other school organizations. Nick, Fred and his wife Patty and their kids are all WA graduates. Everything is homemade from scratch, just like nonna made it. I recommend the eggplant parm, but if tripe is your thing you can’t go wrong here. It’s important to support our local businesses now, especially those who have always supported our kids.

Food giveaway

Wyoming, West Wyoming, and Exeter residents are eligible for free food from the Al Beech Food Pantry from 9 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday at the Church of Christ Uniting, 786 W. Market St., Kingston. The food is available without any proof of income, but proof of residence is required. This is drive through only; no walk ups. You must remain in your car and food will be placed in your trunk only. Everyone is welcome.

Wyoming Free Library

mask fundraiser

Brackney Leather is selling cloth face masks for $5 each, with $3 from each mask sold being donated to Wyoming Free Library and the Wyoming Recreation Board. A wide variety of colors and patterns are available. Order on the company’s Facebook page. Pickup time outside the warehouse on Susquehanna Avenue will be arranged, as the store is closed at this time.

Wyoming yard waste

Wyoming Borough yard waste will be picked up the first and third Saturday through November. The following are considered yard waste: grass clippings, branches, leaves and weeds. Dirt is not yard waste. Waste must be placed in reusable containers or 30 gallon biodegradable paper bags. Branches must be tied in 4-foot lengths. If not properly bagged or tied, it may be left behind.

If trash, recycling or yard waste is not picked up on the scheduled day, report it immediately to J.P. Mascaro so they can dispatch workers to your residence. Also inform the borough so it can be reported to the Mascaro site manager. Mascaro’s phone number is 1-800-243-7575.

Wyoming payment notices

Wyoming residents can pay bills to the borough with credit cards online at wyomingpa.org. Sanitation fees for 2020 are $250 until May 15. After that, late fee is $300. Senior discount is $240.

Vacant properties are not exempt from fees. Rental property owners, not the tenant, are responsible for the bill.

No cash payments will be accepted. Check or money order should be made out to Wyoming Borough Sanitation.

The borough building is closed to the public. All bills must be mailed or placed in the secure box outside the entrance to the building.

Wyoming U.M. Church news

Wyoming United Methodist Church announced church services are canceled until further notice.

United Presbyterian news

First United Presbyterian Church is not conducting public services but services are being broadcast live on Facebook at 11 a.m. Sunday. Look for the live stream at First United Presbyterian of West Pittston/Wyoming.

Ambulance membership

Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance announced its membership drive for West Wyoming residents has begun. Membership packets have been mailed to residents. If anyone has questions, please contact the ambulance at 570-654-1202. Thank you in advance for your support.

West Wyoming trash bills

West Wyoming sanitation bills are due. All residents must pay this bill. The cost remains the same as last year. The cost is now $300.

You can pay by credit card at www.westwyoming.org. Mastercard and Discover will be accepted.

Exeter sewer and refuse

payment notices

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Exeter Borough Council has extended the due date for the second quarter billing of the Exeter Borough sewer payments. The new payment deadline is June 30.

Refuse stickers are available at $130 for seniors and $180 for all other residents. The March 31 deadline has been extended with no penalty until further notice. It is mandatory to purchase a sticker.

At this time, the borough building is closed to the public. All bills must be paid by mail or placed in the secure payment box outside the borough building.

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

Exeter emergency alerts

Exeter Borough has begun a CodeRED notification system to send alerts and updates to citizens during emergencies. Registration is required and can be done online at public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF7C830C8725 or on your smartphone text AlertExeterPA to 99411. You will get a text back with the link to register.

If your loved one lives in Exeter and you do not, you can register to keep yourself up to date with Exeter news. Choose to be alerted via land line, text, or email and you can add as many contacts as you want.

There also are options for the hearing impaired. Citizens without the internet can call 570-654-3001, ext. 7.

WA kindergarten registration

Janet Serino, Wyoming Area School District superintendent, announced registration of students who will be attending kindergarten in the 2020-21 school year will be conducted online. Parents can go to the Wyoming Area web page, www.wyomingarea.org, and follow links for registration.

Parents should take note of these important facts:

Children must be 5 years old by Aug. 31, 2020 to enter kindergarten, inclusive and without exception. A birth certificate as evidence of age must be provided upon registration.

Proof of residence must be presented. These include deed, signed lease agreement or property tax bill, plus a current utility bill for the residence, check stub for wages, public assistance, or Social Security.

State law requires children attempting to enroll must have proper immunization. Therefore, immunization records must be presented. Children entering kindergarten must have the following vaccines:

Four doses of tetanus, with one dose on or after the fourth birthday, and four doses of diphtheria with one dose on or after the fourth birthday (usually combined and given as DPT, DT, or Td);

Three doses of polio;

Two doses of measles, two doses of mumps and one dose of rubella (usually given as MMR);

Three doses of hepatitis B

Two doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity.

Children entering kindergarten at this time will receive required screenings.

For information, contact the Department of Student Registration at the Wyoming Area High School at 570-655-2836, ext. 2334.

WA bagged lunch program

Wyoming Area has begun a new COVID-19 bagged lunch program. Bagged lunches will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the secondary center cafeteria’s side door entrance.

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