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The fifth annual fire truck fund drive is officially underway in Hughestown. Each year, the Hughestown Hose Company works tirelessly to raise funds to sustain the department. From the Good Friday fish dinner to the Santa Breakfast — all events many residents look forward to that help the hose company continue its work in the borough. Donations collected during the truck fund drive will be used for the loan payment on the fire engine.

The fire company had another record year in 2018, when it responded to 843 calls, including residential and commercial fires, motor vehicle accidents, hazardous materials incidents and emergency medical calls. The company is on track this year to surpass 1,000 emergency calls, and drives like this one help get the job done.

The department works tirelessly, undergoing regular training to ensure that you have the best emergency service possible. The funds raised at these seasonal fundraisers are what enable training, as well as allows for the department to pay utilities and other daily expenses required to provide you with fast and efficient emergency services. The truck fund drive is a great way for you to give back to the hose company.

How can you donate? The fire department has mailed donation stubs to all Hughestown residents, so look for it in your mail and be sure to return it by Sept. 30.

Any donation helps the emergency responders continue providing you with emergency and medical services.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, reach out to the hose company at 570-654-4188. You also can send them a message on Facebook or by email at

Thank you in advance for any contribution you can make! Members of the Hughestown Hose Company are always extremely grateful for your donation and continued support.

Lions Club scholarship

Hughestown Lions Club showed its support of community youth by presenting scholarships to six deserving students for continuing education. The club presented the awards at a dinner July 9 at the Hughestown Hose Company to honor the recipients and their families.

Scholarship recipients are Kayla Conway, Kaylee Copp, Anthony Gorey, Alexa McHugh, Kearney Turant and Kayleigh Walker.

“These individuals have set an excellent example for fellow students to follow, and are deserving of this scholarship,” said Lions Club President Steve Golya. “We are also extraordinarily grateful for the support and contributions we received from members of the community. You are helping us make a difference.”

In addition to awarding the scholarships, the club conducts a variety of projects and events, including the annual Easter egg hunt and the Halloween parade in the borough each year. For information, or to get involved with the Lions Club, please contact President Steve Golya at 570-655-4552.

Rummage sale

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church is having its annual rummage sale from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, and Friday, Aug. 2, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 3. Aug. 3 is bag day. You’ll pay just $2 for everything you can fit in a bag you’ll be provided with. Food also will be available for purchase at the sale.

Council news

Council thanks everyone involved in making St. Peter’s Lutheran Church’s hoagie sale a successful event.

Council sends its sympathy to Mike Stelma’s family for their loss.

UGI will have gas lines put in on Rock Street, after which PennDOT will pave the street. Additional pothole repairs is on the agenda. More to come.

Residents complained about water runoff in the borough, especially on Center and Rock streets. More to come on addressing the problem.

Anyone using the fields in Robert Yaple Memorial Park must contact Councilman Steve Goyla at 570-655-4552 or Councilwoman Marie Griglock at 570-655-2626. Proof of insurance and a schedule must be handed in.

Anyone wishing to use Centennial Pavilion should leave a message at the borough building, 570-654-2061.

At a recent council session, a new ordinance was passed regarding the responsibility of property owners to keep up maintenance of vacant structures and land.

This includes maintaining a clean, safe, secure and sanitary property free of weeds and other vegetative growth. All structures also must be free of insects, vermin and rodents.

A copy of this entire ordinance is available at the borough building if anyone is interested in reviewing it.

Crime Watch

Hughestown Crime Watch’s meeting for September is cancelled due to the holiday. The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at the hose company.

Happy birthday

Council wishes happy belated birthday to Sue Banos on July 16 and to Bernie Sonny Buchieri on July 24.

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To list an item, email or call 570-821-2004 by 5 p.m. Monday.