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Welcome to August!

I know they say August is the hottest month of the year, but that just means it’s the best month to get in an early hike or spend some time at the beach or in the water.

And who better to do that with than your friends?

This Sunday, Aug. 4, is National Friendship Day. Taking time with our friends is an important part of our daily lives, and oftentimes our friends become an extended part of our family. We grow up right alongside them, no matter how old we are when we meet.

We hold the memories we make with our friends near and dear to our hearts. These moments shaped us into the people we are today. We grow with our friends in many ways.

Sunday also is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, and I don’t think that’s an accident. It’s the perfect day to get together with a close friend and make or share some chocolate chip cookies!

It’s these moments in life that feed us. These laughs that bring us from one moment to the next that give us life. So enjoy them, friends. Enjoy an extra cookie with your bestie.

Crime Watch

The next Hughestown Crime Watch meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, in the hose company building.

Fire truck fund drive

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.

To donate, fill out the donation stubs you received in the mail and send them in by Sept. 30.

This year, donations collected during the truck fund drive will be used for the loan payment on their fire engine. They are on track this year to surpass more than 1,000 emergency calls, and drives like this one help them 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.

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 station143@hughestownfiredept.us.

Council news

Letters have been sent out to residents regarding property maintenance. Summer is almost over, but that doesn’t mean we can slack on maintaining our properties.

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

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