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It’s the last weekend of February! St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner and so is sunshine and shorts. I hope.

We’ve all been a little obsessed with the weather lately. At work and at home, it’s all I hear anyone talk about. “Boy, this weather is really getting to me. I cannot wait for this to be over!”

It’s important not to look too far ahead, though. We should count our blessings instead. We’re blessed to live in an area where the seasons change and where we have our friends and family close by to spend the chilly nights with.

Before you begin counting the days until summer, take a minute and look around at the last days of winter. It’ll be over before we know it and, if you’re like me, you’ll be wishing for cooler days in the midst of summer!

Enough about the weather. Here’s what’s going on in town:

Borough secretary hours

The hours for the new Hughestown secretary were incorrect. The correct hours for Maureen Murphy are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Hose company/police reports

Hughestown Hose Company reported five activated fire alarms, 22 cancellations enroute, two code enforcements, 32 EMS calls, two fire police call outs, two investigations, four motor vehicle accidents, four public assists, four structure fires and 67 total calls for January.

Hughestown Police reported six motor vehicle accidents, three domestic disputes, no DUI cases, two drug cases, five alarms, one instance of criminal mischief, 95 citations, two criminal arrests and 64 total calls for January.

Garbage collection

Council asks residents to please cooperate with the garbage fee, which is the same price as last year. Council will go through names and make sure everyone is sent a bill.

The borough has service from J.P. Mascaro & Sons. The service includes one free bulk item collected each month.

Collection of recyclables and garbage is Monday. Collection of ashes/yard waste is Wednesday.

Mattresses and box springs must be placed in plastic before they will be accepted.

If you have any questions, call Maureen Murphy, borough operations manager, at 570-654-2061.

Paper shredding

Council will hold a paper shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 8. This recycling event is free to all Hughestown residents and is a great opportunity to safely discard personal papers.

Crime Watch meeting

If you’d like to get involved with the Hughestown Neighborhood Crime Watch, the group meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of every month in the Hughestown Borough Building. The next meeting is March 4. All residents are encouraged to attend.

Birthday wishes

Council sends birthday wishes to Geraldine Sarti, Feb. 17; Gary Griglock, Feb. 20; Elissa Gydish, Feb. 20 and Andre Acierno, Feb. 22.

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.