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St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, but did you know that March is also Irish-American Heritage Month?

While I am not Irish in the slightest, I love everything about Ireland. From the food to the people to the scenery, I’m a big cheerleader for the country.

First celebrated in 1991, after Presidential Proclamation 6259 was signed by George H.W. Bush., Irish-American Heritage Month honors both the contributions and achievements of U.S. Irish immigrants and their descendants. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it falls on the month of St. Patrick’s Day either.

Those who have immigrated to our country played integral parts in shaping the way we live today, and these months are great prompts for us to remember and recognize all the work they’ve done.

So, while you’re celebrating at the upcoming parades, take a minute to appreciate and remember the Irish-Americans in your life and thank them for everything they have done for us.

Here’s what’s going on in the community, and we’ll see you at the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day parades.

Crime Watch news

Hughestown Crime Watch will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5, at the Hughestown Hose Company.

Hughestown Crime Watch works to help keep the neighborhood safe, and if you would like to learn more about what is occurring in Hughestown each day, be sure to attend the monthly meetings. All residents are encouraged to attend and new members are always welcome.

Council news

Council sends its congratulations to Hughestown resident Tony Gorey for being appointed Chief of Police of Plymouth!

Council will hold a discussion on issues with street parking during snow storms, specifically in Stauffer Heights and on Denning Street. Trucks are having a hard time plowing, and this is an issues that council is working to address.

Council is aware of the pot holes in the area, mainly on Rock Street. Councilman Steve Golya has toured the borough and reported the pot holes. PennDOT has been contacted about this.

Council sends condolences to the Tigue and Walsh families after losing Pat Walsh. He will be missed greatly by everyone.

Information on recycling and garbage collection is available on the desk in the borough building. Residents needing information on either are encouraged to stop by the municipal building.

Birthday wishes

Council sends happy birthday wishes to Sharlene Cook, Feb. 15; Gerry Sarti, Feb. 17; Bill Yaple, Feb. 19; Pat Acierno, Feb. 22, and Sharon Purday, Feb., 24.

Happy Irish-American Heritage Month!

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