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Alright, friends, we made it through Thanksgiving and now it’s officially acceptable to blast our favorite holiday tunes! Some people look at us a little funny when we start early, but now they simply can’t.

Amidst the holiday shopping chaos, it’s important to relax a little. I know I say it a lot, but it makes a world of difference. This time of year, patience may run thin, and taking time to relax will help you in the long run!

Plus, as I always like to remind you all, check out craft markets going on in the surrounding communities. There are so many this time of year and, now that it’s past Black Friday and the shopping centers are busier than ever, these markets offer the perfect place for you to slow down, talk so some creators, and get some shopping done at the same time.

Prepare for the busy shopping season ahead armed with the knowledge of what’s happening in Hughestown.

Council news

A special council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the borough building. During the meeting, the first reading of the 2019 budget will be held. A second reading will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, during the regular council session.

Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings.

Council is searching for a part-time borough coordinator (four days a week) to do borough work. If interested, visit the borough building to learn more and apply, or call 570-654-2061.

Council sends special thanks to Jerry Lynch, the borough street supervisor, for the excellent job he did on snow plowing throughout the borough during the recent storm.

Repairs have been made at the Hughestown Centennial Pavilion, including to the eaves and rain gutters.

The borough building also had repairs, including painting the rear of the garage, inside the borough building, and applying waterproof paint to the basement. Lines also were painted on the curbs. Also, a cap will be put on top of the chimney to eliminate water problems.

Council made and passed a motion to obtain a $45,000 tax anticipation loan. More information is to come.

Residents seeking bulk item stickers are asked to call the borough building at 570-654-2061 and leave a message. Stickers will be delivered to homes on Fridays.

A meeting was held regarding gas service in the borough. More details are to come.

The borough will look into applying for grants to complete work on the Rock Street sewer project and some other projects in the borough. More information is to come.

Police report

Hughestown Police reported four motor vehicle accidents, three domestic disputes, no DUIs, three drug incidents, four alarms, 67 citations, three arrests, one incident of criminal mischief, and 123 total calls for October.

Hose company report

Hughestown Hose Company reported eight activated fire alarms, 18 cancellations en route, 43 medical calls, two hazardous material incidents, three investigations, one motor vehicle accident, one public assist, one standby, four structural fires and 84 total calls for October.

Breakfast with Santa

Hughestown’s annual Breakfast with Santa will be held Sunday, Dec. 16. The breakfast begins at 8 a.m. and the last seating will be at noon.

Santa Claus will arrive around 9 a.m. to give gifts to the children at the breakfast. Following the gifts, children can take photos with Santa and participate in other activities throughout the breakfast. There also will be raffles during the breakfast.

Tickets are $10; free for children under 5. Tickets for the breakfast can be purchased by calling the fire station at 570-654-4188 or at the door during the event.

Canned food drive

Right after Breakfast with Santa, the Hughestown Hose Company will be collecting canned goods from the residents and donating them to Meals on Wheels in Pittston.

The canned food drive will begin around noon and residents are asked to have their canned goods in a plastic or paper bag on their front porch no later than the noon start time.

All canned good donations are appreciated and Meals on Wheels of Pittston asked that canned fruit be donated when possible.

Remember, when you hear the siren on Dec. 16, bring your kids outside to see Santa Claus riding on the fire truck!

Crime Watch meeting

The next Hughestown Crime Watch meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at the Hughestown Hose Company. The Crime Watch meets the first Monday of the month. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To include an item in her column, email kdemace@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-821-2004 by 5 p.m. Monday.