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Happy National Peach Month!

In looking up this month’s holidays, I learned a lot about peaches.

Did you know that they are indigenous to China? The Chinese believe peaches bring luck and wealth, and they often carry peach blossoms with them on their wedding day for good luck.

Today, there are more than 700 varieties of peaches and China is still the top producer of the fruit.

While the fruit is nutritious, the pit contains hydrocyanic acid, which is poisonous. Ronald Reagan designated this month Peach Month and, as the last full month of summer, it’s certainly a good month to enjoy them. Plus, if it brings luck and wealth, you really can’t go wrong with bringing peaches to the party.

St. Peter’s rummage sale

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church’s rummage sale will conclude Saturday, Aug. 4. Saturday is bag day, with the sale being held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Wimpies, hot dogs, baked goods and beverages also will be sold.

Council news

Hughestown Council will hold a work session at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9. The council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13. Both meetings will be held in the borough building.

Recycling bins have been given out. If you missed collecting yours, call 570-654-2061 and leave a message to coordinate getting yours to you.

Council is looking into a program for Hughestown residents to discard electronics. More information to come.

Residents are reminded council will send maintenance notices to properties with high grass and hedges.

Crime watch

Hughestown Crime Watch meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month at the Hughestown Hose Company. The next meeting is Monday, Aug. 6. September’s meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 4, due to the holiday. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown. To include an item in her column, email kdemace@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-821-2004 by 5 p.m. Monday.