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Welcome to November! Sunday, Nov. 3, is Daylight Savings Time, so don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour (and gain an extra hour of sleep!).

I don’t know about you, but the weather lately has had me wanting to stay home for lazy Sundays in comfy clothes with some hot chocolate and good movies. Being able to do just that is something I’m really grateful for.

November is a month to give thanks. With Thanksgiving coming up, this month is filled with friends and family coming to town to visit and dinners spent with those we love.

Something else I’m thankful for?

Turning the clocks back.

Enjoy your extra sleep and get to planning your Thanksgiving dinners! They’re coming up fast, and the thought of it brings a smile to my face.

Crime watch meeting

Millions of people of all walks of life struggle with drug and alcohol addiction every day, including school-age children.

The Hughestown Neighborhood Crime Watch will present a forum on emerging drug trends at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the Hughestown Hose Company.

The guest speaker will be drug and alcohol prevention education coordinator Cammie Anderson. The presentation also will feature Jamie Flynn, drug and alcohol education coordinator at Pittston area school district.

All Hughestown residents are encouraged to attend this important discussion, and the public is invited. New members are always welcome.

Craft fair

Hughestown Park and Recreation Committee is holding its annual holiday gift and craft fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The event will be held Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Pittston Area Primary Center, 210 Rock St. in Hughestown.

A variety of vendors will be on hand with many new and exciting gifts for your holiday gift giving.

Anyone wishing to participate can contact Mary Golya at 570-655-4552.

Council news

Council reminds residents that the last day for yard waste collection is Wednesday, No. 27.

Ashes will be picked up beginning Wednesday, Dec. 4. There is a 30 pound weight limit for ashes. Anything over 30 pounds will be left behind.

A damage complaint form is available in the borough office during regular office hours for any residents with sustained property damaged due to the water company’s or UGI’s work in Stauffer Heights.

Council reminds residents that the borough building office hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

School taxes

Pittston Area School district tax bills have been mailed.

Residents can pay their bill from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the rebate period.

After rebate period, bills can be paid from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays only.

Halloween party

The Halloween parade and party was a success. Council thanks members of the Lions Club for their hard work.

St. Peter’s pork dinner

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church is hosting a pork and sauerkraut dinner, featuring homemade sauerkraut.

The dinner will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, with takeouts available. Food available include pork or hot dogs, with or without sauerkraut; potatoes, butter and green beans, applesauce, dinner roll, dessert and a drink.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 to 12 years old; children under 5 years old are free. Canned homemade sauerkraut also is available for purchase.

Well wishes

Council sends happy anniversary wishes to Les and Stephanie Lear on their 10th anniversary.

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown. To list a news item, email or call 570-821-2004 by 5 p.m. Monday.