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Hughestown Lions Club hosts Upper Valley Eye Bank meeting Hughestown Lions Club hosted the monthly meeting of the Upper Valley Eye Bank on Feb. 7. The meeting was held at the Hughestown Hose Company. First row, from left, are Stephen Vitek, Upper Valley Eye Bank secretary; Nancy Baiera, Upper Valley Eye Bank president; Mary Golya, Hughestown Lions Club member, and Fred Pierantoni III, Hughestown Lions Club member. Second row: District Governor Jeff Smith and Steve Golya, president of the Hughestown Lions Club.

At half way through February, the days are getting longer and we’re all ready for more sun. But February has some amazing attributes, and the birthstone is one I particularly love.

Amethyst is known for its vibrant purple color and is actually the stone of St. Valentine and faithful love. Fitting for this month. It’s properties are associated with energy of fire, passion, creativity, spirituality, temperance and sobriety. This stone is associated with the mind and is thought to clear negativity and stress, all of which help to encourage inner strength and peace.

The word “February” translates loosely to “purification.” It’s a theme we can carry into many parts of our lives, paired with the properties of amethyst for a clear mind. February, in a way, is a second chance at new beginnings. January got away from us anyway, if you ask me.

So give yourself permission to give those resolutions another go.

Here’s what’s going on in Hughestown:

Lions Club news

Hughestown Lions Club hosted the Upper Valley Eye Bank meeting Feb. 7 at the Hughestown Hose Company.

Members from various Lions Clubs in the area were in attendance, as well as Lion District Governor Jeff Smith.

Crime Watch news

Council thanks all the residents who attended and spoke at the February Crime Watch meeting.

Guest speaker Assistant District Attorney Angela Sperrazza spoke about crime prevention and urged area residents to get involved in the community.

She noted that home camera security systems may be useful not only to yourself but also to document anything that happens on your neighbor’s property, as well.

She reminded residents that if they see something unusual, they should make contact with the right people to help keep the community safe.

Residents also were reminded to always lock their car doors.

Council news

Council thanks everyone who helped neighbors with the snow and those who had to work during this recent freezing weather. It’s been a tough winter!

Council sends its sympathy to the Richards family for their loss.

Council sends get well wishes to those on the mend throughout the borough.

Maureen Murphy, the new borough operations manager, will be working in the borough building from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and Wednesday. Her office is located on the main floor of the Hughestown Borough Building.

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 and Wednesday is collection of ashes/yard waste.

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 a great opportunity to safely discard of personal papers.

Birthday wishes

Council sends happy birthday wishes to former Police Chief Jeff Balut, Feb. 12 and to Sharlene Cook, Feb. 15.

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.