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Fire safety is important, no matter the time of year. Ensuring that your home is properly equipped to alert you of a fire can help save your life.

Did you know that the risk of fatality from a home fire is cut in half when working smoke alarms are present?

If you aren’t sure that you have smoke alarms in all the right places, this program is for you. The hose company is proud to announce they have partnered with the American Red Cross for their “Sound the Alarm, Save a Life” campaign.

As a Hughestown resident, you can request an appointment for the fire department to come to your home to evaluate the need for smoke alarms. If needed, new smoke alarms will be installed by the fire department at no charge to you.

The hose company encourages all residents to take advantage of this partnership and schedule an appointment today. Take this step to protect yourself, your family and your loved ones year round.

You can make an appointment by messaging the hose company on Facebook or by calling Station 143 at 570-654-4188 and leaving a message.

St. Peter’s pasta dinner

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is having a pasta dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 to 12 years old. Children under 5 are free. Takeouts will be available. There also will be a basket raffle during the event.

You can get tickets by calling Floyd at 570-574-4237. Tickets also can be purchased at the door.

Hose company pasta dinner

Hughestown Hose Company will sponsor its first spaghetti dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. The cost of the dinner is $10 per person.

The dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, a roll and dessert The dinner will be prepared by the hose company firefighters and both dine-in dinners and takeouts will be available. There also will be a basket raffle at the dinner.

Council news

Rock Street will be paved sometime in October. The exact timing will depend on work completion by UGI and Pennsylvania American Water. Council thanks residents and motorists for their patience with this ongoing project.

Centennial Pavilion was recently updated with new windows and a roof. Work also was done on the borough building to repair recent storm damage.

Council thanks Bob LaSota and Leroy Knowles for a job well done on the pavilion and borough building.

A problem on Searle Street and Rock Street from a broken pipe has been completed.

Letters have been sent to homeowners regarding the maintenance and upkeep of properties.

Council asks that anyone who would like to acknowledge birthdays call them at 570-654-2061.

Crime watch

The next Hughestown Crime Watching meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at the Hughestown Hose Company.

Domestic violence will be the topic of the meeting and the guest speaker will be Luzerne County Judge Tina Gartley.

October is National Domestic Violence Month. Domestic violence affects millions of both women and men in every race, religion, culture and economic status.

The public is invited and new members are always welcome.

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 and this fund drive is a major part of that effort.

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

This year, donations collected during the truck fund drive will be used for the loan payment on the fire engine.

The fire department is 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.