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Happy September!

Last weekend truly felt like fall, and I was loving it. We’re celebrating Labor Day Weekend this weekend, and I want to make sure you all take some time to enjoy the extra day off.

Labor Day Weekend is sometimes thought of as a great time to catch up on some last minute projects around the house. As summer comes to a close, we think, “Now is the time I finish Marie Kondo-ing my life and finish staining the deck!” But it’s an important time to relax and reflect, too.

We work a lot, if you ask me. No matter your full time job, whether you’re at a desk 9 to 5 or are a full-time mom, we’re “on” most of the time we’re awake. So taking advantage of a three-day weekend at home with your loved ones, enjoying some R&R. It is much needed and deserved.

So, happy Labor Day, my friends. Take it easy and soak up these last days of sun. As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, we’re in for another beautiful season of life. Yes, I’m talking about the fall.

Council news

Letters have been sent to homeowners regarding the upkeep and care of their properties. With summer coming to an end, council reminds residents to maintain their properties.

Pothole repair has begun throughout the borough. Councilman Steve Golya is in charge of this much anticipated project.

Centennial Pavilion had its roof replaced and new eaves put on. The grass has also been cut in Robert Yaple Memorial Park as the borough gets ready for Stoners soccer season.

Council thanks PennDOT for clearing all brush along roadways in the borough.

Center Street will soon be milled. More information to come. Next year, Center Street also will have some work done, including the installation of a drain.

Crime watch

There will be no September meeting for Crime Watch due to the Labor Day holiday.

The next meeting will be held at the hose company at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, with Lynda Hoban presiding.

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 the 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

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