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With July here, we’re halfway through the year. I don’t know about you, but July is a big month for me. A month full of birthdays! With having celebrated the Fourth of July, summer is just starting for me.

I’ve been spending a lot of time outside lately, and I don’t see that stopping any time soon (with these birthdays coming up, plus hiking and kayaking). I think it’s time to talk about the ticks and sunburn that we’re all likely to encounter this time of year.

I’ve talked about ticks before here, so I won’t dwell, but I want to stress taking extra time to apply that sunscreen and bug spray and check for ticks after spending time outdoors.

I met a woman recently who told me her secret to looking so young was that she stayed out of the sun. I don’t think that’s it though. I think it’s more important to protect yourself from the sun rather than to stay out of it.

It’s been proven that spending time outdoors boosts our mood. Vitamin D is good for us, so there’s no reason to stay inside because we’re afraid of getting burned or bit by a tick. Taking the proper precautions is all that’s needed.

So lather on that sunscreen and grab your favorite bottle of bug spray! Summer is just getting started.

Hoagie sale

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church will be selling Italian and turkey hoagies at $5 a piece. You can order them with or without tomatoes and onions.

Orders will be taken until Sunday, July 14, and the pickup date is Wednesday, July 17. You can pick up your order from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 to 5 p.m. unless other arrangements are made to pick them up.

To order, please call the church at 570-654-1008 and leave a message that includes your name, order and contact information. You can also order on the church’s Facebook events page.

Council news

Council reminds residents that the borough building office will reopen Monday, July 8.

Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 8, at the borough building.

Council is happy to announce that work on Rock Street has been completed. Next, the street will be paved. Potholes throughout the borough will be filled by Fortini Blacktopping and Sealcoating, as well. More information to come.

Anyone using the fields in Robert Yaple Memorial Park must contact Councilman Steve Goyla at 570-655-4552 or Councilwoman Marie Griglock at 570-655-2626. Proof of insurance and a schedule must be handed in.

Anyone wishing to use Centennial Pavilion should leave a message at the borough building at 570-654-2061.

Bulk collection

Council reminds residents they are allowed two garbage bags for collection each week. If you have bulk items, please contact Maureen Murphy at 570-654-2061. Do not leave bulk items curbside.

Bulk item pickup is a free service for Hughestown residents but they must call to make arrangements.

Birthday wishes

Council wishes happy birthday to Lisa Rav Kossuth, July 3, and Debbie Cwalina and Coleen Tigue DeFrank, July 4.

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