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Following a recent visit to Main Street’s Breznay Family Chiropractic, I read an interesting article about the impact texting has on our necks and spines And, let me just tell you, it is not pretty.

According to the article on, the angle at which many people – particularly teenagers – hold their heads while texting puts six times more pressure on the neck than is was created to withstand. The article states “the weight of the head is a key factor. The neck muscles are meant to support the weight of the head in a neutral position – 10 to 12 pounds. However, many people look down at a 60-degree angle when texting on their phones, which places 60 pounds of force on their neck.”

So what can we do to help alleviate some of these problems? suggests we can keep the phone at eye level to avoid bending our necks forward as well as frequently stretching, arching and exercising its muscles. One of its other suggestions is to take frequent breaks.

If taking a break seems like a good idea to you, why not take it right here in town where you can still communicate with friends and have fun at one of the many activities going on here in Avoca?

Langcliffe game and

movie nights

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church will host its monthly game night from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at the church, 1001 Main St. From chess to Uno, Parcheesi to Settlers of Catan, they’ll have an assortment of fun games to play. Stop by to learn a new game or play an old favorite. All ages are welcome.

The church will host its monthly movie night from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at the church. This fun and free night includes a family-friendly movie children and adults will enjoy while snacking on popcorn watching the movie on a giant screen.

Queen of the Apostles news

Queen of the Apostles Parish has Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the church, 715 Hawthorne St. At the present time, the parish is in need of a Eucharistic Adorer for the 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. hours. Anyone who can commit to one of these hours should call Ann Jake at 570-457-3521 or the parish office.

Tickets are available for the Pot of Gold Stocking Stuffer raffle. Tickets, which are $10 each, offer a chance to win $75 daily and $100 on Fridays throughout January, as well as $250 on Jan. 15 and $500 on Jan. 1 and 31. For more information or to purchase a ticket, contact the parish office at 570-457-3412. The daily winning number must match the state lottery’s evening Pick 3 number.

The parish announces the following meetings: women’s guild, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7, rectory; pastoral council, 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13, rectory; word committee, 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 20, rectory; worship committee, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 20, rectory; buildings and grounds committee, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 27, rectory, and finance committee, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 28, rectory.

VFW Auxiliary news

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8335 Auxiliary will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at the post home, 915 Main St. Plans will be finalized for the group’s Christmas party at this time.

President June Fitzgerald will preside over the meeting. Joan Emlaw and Patricia Bartnicki will be the meeting hostesses.

The Christmas party, which will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, is for members only. Reservations can be made by calling Mary Orluk at 570-457-5999 or June Fitzgerald at 570-457-9604 by Friday, Nov. 24.

Little League meeting

Avoca/Dupont Little League will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Little League clubhouse, 700 Mill St. The agenda includes the end of the fall ball season, projects and fundraising for the upcoming spring season and registration.

Anyone interested in becoming a coach or volunteer as well as anyone generally interested in the league is welcome to attend.

Farmers market

Open from noon to 6 p.m. every Wednesday until mid-November on the grounds of 822 McAlpine St., the Avoca Farmers Market is a great place to purchase fresh food, drinks and crafts all offered by local vendors.

For more information, visit the Avoca Farmer’s Market page Facebook.

Boy Scout membership

Boy Scout Troop 316 is accepting new members. The troop meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Queen of the Apostles Parish hall, 742 Spring St. The troop participates in various types of fun activities.

For more information, call Scoutmaster Matt Fino at 570-905-4001.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the basement of the Queen of the Apostles Parish rectory, 715 Hawthorne St.

Please use the sunroom entrance.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to Michael Berlew, who will celebrate his special day Monday, Nov. 6.

Happy birthday to Joann Stefanko, who will celebrate her special day Friday, Nov. 10.

Happy birthday to Paul Franceschelli, who will celebrate his special day Saturday, Nov. 11.

That’s about it for this week, my friends.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Avoca every week. To include an item in her column, email or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.